Idol Strategy

This has got to be my most overused phrase, but honestly, time flies!

I’ve been on hiatus for five months. Yet it feels like only yesterday that I left the UK and wrote my last post. Coming from a PhD student, now that’s scary, haha..

I know a post on my research progress is more relevant (like, it’s been five whole months) but I can’t help but doodle on the latest idol craze. Even if you’re not into music but living right here on Earth, you must’ve heard about this show. For Season 7 (yeap, it’s been that long), I’ve been following the show right from the start, which I didn’t do for the last two seasons. Caught the show last night on Star World, and like a groupie, my two favourites are David Archuleta (the talented 17-year old) and Michael Johns (the rocker). But one idol talk is enough, so I’m just gonna put my two cents on the boy.

So far, he has the most blemish-free performances and criticisms. He sang ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon last night, a very risky move but proved to the judges (read: brassy Simon) and the audience that he owned the song. You can check him out here:

The judges were basically floored by his ‘stirring’ performance, awarding him praises that made him blush for the next few months. To me, he was ok, but I thought he was better in his ‘Heaven’ rendition during the Hollywood week. But that’s just me.

Anyway, what I want to write about is this boy’s (lack of?) strategic move.

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