Sir Elton John thinks the American Idol voting process is "incredibly racist" because Jennifer Hudson got voted off last week.
"The three people I was really impressed with, and they just happened to be black, young female singers, and they all seem to be landing in the bottom three," John said at a news conference on Tuesday. "The fact that they're constantly in the bottom threeand I don't want to set myself up herebut I find it incredibly racist."
He's set himself up here.
The other two singers he refers to, Fantasia Barrino and La Toya London, are not, in fact, "constantly in the bottom three." Barrino and London are favored to win the thing (I'd put my money on La Toya). In reality, John Stevens, America's young crooning sensation, has been whistling past the graveyard for the last four weeks. The shock was that Stevens wasn't in the bottom last week. No doubt the producers of the show got together after the Hudson debacle and said, "OK, this Stevens kid has been on long enough. What can we do to make sure this thing is nipped in the bud?" Since Chuck D wasn't available, they went with the next best thing: Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine.
Anyway, Elton John is clearly no expert in voting behavior. Why did Hudson get booted from the show? For the perverse reason that most voters thought she was safe. Millions voted to shore up their favorite weak contestants, at the expense of the strong ones. That's how Ruben Studdard wound up in the bottom two one week last season. And we all know how that worked out.