I have been watching American Idol since season one. One of my medical school classmates, the only flamboyantly gay Orthodox Jewish guy I've ever known, was a contestant that year. He sang "if I were a rich man" for the judges, and when he got eliminated, he said, "Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes you just look fabulous in that dress." I think eventually dropped out of medical school.
There have been some incredible seasons. I think my favorite contestant on the show was Adam Lambert, and that season was probably my overall favorite, although my favorite post idol singer is probably Kelly Clarkson. It's hard not to like her music.
American Idol used to be one of those water cooler shows that was really fun to talk about with people at school or work. These days, I don't know a single person who watches the show. I'm only watching out of my anal desire to have watched every single season. (Well, except for that awful season where Nicki Minaj was a judge.). I also think that the show has gotten better since Harry Connick Jr came on and revived it, but it's just not as interesting to me anymore.
Anyway, for those of you not watching, they are currently down to the top 8. The judges seem to have a lot more control this year than they ever have in previous years... they are basically picking our next American Idol for us.
Based on previous years, there is a long tradition of the hottest guy on the show taking the win. If that doesn't happen, it's only because there isn't a hot guy in the top 10 or one that has any talent.
Based on that, I'm 99% sure the winner this year will be Dalton Rappatoni. He might not be the best singer on the show, but voters have traditionally not voted for the best singers. The voters giving the La'Porscha the win would be unprecedented.
Knowing who's going to win definitely does take some of the fun out of it. But I'm still going to watch till the end.