In case you need a refresher, there hasn't been a female "Idol" winner since Jordin Sparks back in Season 6 (2007). Not only that, but every guy who has won -- David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, and Phillip Phillips -- has been a "cute" guitar-toting white boy. Clearly the teen-girl voting audience has awesome text plans.
Thursday night's final Top 10 boys' cuts were the clincher: The judges are tired of the same ol' same ol' type of winner (or at least tired of having it pointed out), despite the fact that the most recent two --McCreery and Phillips -- have broken some "Idol" sales records. Still, anyone who knows their "Idol" trivia knows that the show's biggest name winners are Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. White girls, a little guitar.
As this season's Top 20 lineup rounded out on Thursday night, the remaining boys had a whole lot of soul, and no one dared to bring a guitar onstage. Nicki Minaj even chastised Gurpreet Singh Sarin for showing up empty handed. "You needed to come up there with your guitar and draw us in," she said, knowing full well they weren't going to pick a guy with a guitar anyway.
The guys who did make it through -- Burnell Taylor, Cortez Shaw, Lazaro Arbos, Vincent Powell, and Nick Boddington -- aren't your typical "Idol" winners, at least not the type we've seen for the past five seasons. Boddington, the token white guy in the group, doesn't even play the guitar; he plays piano.
That's not to say this season's guy group doesn't have a shot at winning. These boys have big voices (Nicki Minaj already declared that she would pay to see Burnell Taylor's show "right here, right now"), but let's be clear: For the past few seasons, the judges have vowed that it's a girl's year to win, and this season they seem to mean it.
One of this season's girls even stole the show on Thursday. Top 20 finalist Zoanette Johnson got some camera time as she cheered on pal Vincent Powell, prompting Ryan Seacrest to give her a mic so we could hear her say, "Get it, Papa Smurf! You go get it!"
No, you go get it, girl. The "American Idol" title, that is.
Here's what the judges had to say:
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 PM ET on FOX.
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