Is this season of "American Idol" turning into a giant boys' club?
USA Today's Brian Mansfield tackles that question here. He notes how voters have agreed with judges' rave reviews of the male contenders.
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Of the 9 finalists, 6 are men. Mansfield suggests that tonight's wild card show could add some gender equality to the mix. More thoughts on that later.
This is a strong season for men, but I think ironically the strongest male vocalists so far haven't advanced to the Top 12. Yet, at least.
Just look at Ricky Braddy. Anoop Desai. Von Smith. (I'm not a Matt Giraud fan, sorry.)
Sure, the finalist pool is dominated by men so far, but really...how many of them have proved themselves vocally? I'd say Jorge Nunez stands alone here.
Danny Gokey's and Scott MacIntyre's vocals have taken a back seat to their inspiring back stories. Michael Sarver and Kris Allen seem like nice guys, but they lack vocal uniqueness.
And Adam Lambert? It's still unclear whether his over-the-top stage presence and standout range could really translate into success as a recording artist.
If tonight's wild card show will be used for gender equality, that's a shame, because the men dominating the pack now are getting by more on personality than talent.