Televised Talent: On Fan Base Voting

By Diane Smith | Staff Writer Published:

Even her fans must have known this day would come.

She had a penchant for singing unfamiliar ballads, and her latest performance had been less than "Perfect."

And so, it was time to say goodbye to MK Nobilette, the out and proud lesbian contestant on American Idol.

A teary eyed Jennifer Lopez, who once described her as "a quiet storm," clearly fought against the other judges to "save" her. Meanwhile, an overly charitable Randy Jackson, who now was mentor to the contestants, described the last part of her performance, when she was behind the beat, missed the lyrics and even stopped singing for several seconds, as "a train wreck."

What you saw Thursday night was not an example of homophobia. It also wasn't an example of the inevitable catching up with her, although several fans maintained she needed to go home since she failed to deliver "Satisfaction" weeks ago.

What you saw, rather, was a clear example of Fan Base Voting.

Let's use as our example last week's unlucky contestant. Remember Ben Briley? Ben may no longer be with us, but his presence is still being felt among AI voters.

Because as Ryan reminded us, there were a lot of his supporters among the votes. And now they had to throw their support somewhere.

And it wasn't going to be to Majesty Rose, even though her performance was better this week than last.

It wasn't going to be to anyone who reminded them of the one they thought should have gone home instead of Ben. (Sorry, Malaya, but it all worked out. Your fans saved you, and even Ryan brought you flowers.)

Ben's fans are country fans. Country is a huge subculture in the World of Music. And country fans are going to throw their support to guys like C.J. Harris and Dexter Roberts.

Their support not only saved C.J. from the bottom three but also clearly saved Dexter from elimination.

It's also why I believe that Majesty, not Dexter, would have gone home had MK had more votes. Remember, they tell us who the bottom three are and send someone to safety, but that doesn't mean the two standing before you are truly the "bottom two."

And come to think of it, it's probably the reason a guy went home after Emily was eliminated in the first week of voting.

The question to be asking yourself now is, who will MK's supporters back now?

My money is on either Jessica "pink hair" Meuse or Jena "It's Gina, not Jenna" Irene.

Judge for yourself. Was MK's Swan Song "Perfect" or not even close?

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