Ricky Muscat is out of Australian Idol 2006 and it couldn’t have come a moment too soon. In fact, I’d go as far to say that it was a mistake from everyone involved that he managed to make it into the final 12 contestants.
As I’ve pointed out previously, I don’t like Ricky Muscat as a performer. I didn’t like him at the start, I didn’t like him in the middle and I sure didn’t like him towards the end. Each time Ricky performed, all I heard was the same stuff each week. It didn’t seem to matter what genre he sang, I never connected with it – which is a shame as I’d consider that a pretty big part of a lot of music.
It would seem to me that the judges are putting contestants through to a certain stage based on merit; which is fair. Unfortunately, as soon as the voting begins – Australian Idol becomes a popularity contest rather than a singing contest. Now don’t get me wrong, being popular is part of being a successful musician as without the popularity, you won’t sell anywhere near enough records. The problem is, often a contestants popularity isn’t based on their singing ability – its based on them being hot, sexy or cute.
I don’t have the silver bullet solution for the Australian Idol voting issues, however if the Australian Idol producers were serious about finding talented musicians and not fixated on making money; they would limit the number of votes a unique phone number can produce per voting session.
A vote is a vote, you shouldn’t be allowed to vote more than once as it just allows people to skew the statistics. Maybe it hasn’t occurred to them that you aren’t actually allowed to vote more than once in a federal election and that there is a reason for it?