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Perhaps, it’s the best time to go.


In its halcyon days, Idol sparked a large dose of unnecessary debates amongst its millions of fans as it created a phenomenal take on how stars are born on this current age – a cycle that sort of transpired for a good long fifteen years. It’s actually a feat tough to match, even for the copycats. Hello X factor and The Voice. And as a humbled follower of the defunct show, I have a good share of those Idol moments, ever since I became a fan from season 4 up to the 12th, before eventually losing that burning passion.

For me, the fifth season is probably Idol‘s worst season, it’s a double-edged sword wherein the gray-haired Taylor Hicks, a harmonica-playing blues musician, took out Katharine McPhee, one of the best vocalists Idol has produced, over a terrifying finale.  Two weeks earlier, Chris Daughtry was shortly eliminated resulting in a very much dismayed Simon Cowell irking his familiarly endearing brand of Anglo-sarcasm. 

Over the seasons that followed, there came more unlikely eliminations including those of Didi Benami, Michael Johns, Pia Toscano, Matt Giraud, Carly Smithson, and so on.

Well, Idol tried to push back against this when it introduced the judges save.

Then of course, there were those favorable events I still savor up to this day.

In season 7, David Cook and David Archuleta, went head-to-head until the very last minute in perhaps the most confusing season. Imagine three Davids in the Top12 in Cook, Archuleta, and Hernandez. Then there were also three Cooks as David, Kristy Lee, and Syesha (Overcook) made it.

There was also that dogfight between Kris Allen and Adam Lambert belting over “No Boundaries” on Season 8.

Also, Lee DeWyze battling it out against she-that-I-forgot, during that nai-biting season 9.

Then came season 11 when Phillip Phillips coolly marched for the title, over the Philippines’ bet Jessica Sanchez, after those goosy performance of “Home” along with that full marching band.

In each case, the finales were extra tensed until the winners were proclaimed. Clearly, some people were hugely disappointed, while I, on the other end, rejoiced. But to top these all, I think the greatest win was that of Carrie Underwood in season four.

Fast forward, American Idol has officially ended, and we could all agree that the show did something quite revolutionary in a lot of ways. And as once a fan that I was, I will somehow miss it. But perhaps, it was the best time for it to go.
Perhaps, it’s the best time to go. Perhaps, it’s the best time to go. Reviewed by Oliver Salangad on 4:05 AM Rating: 5

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