Creeping toward the conclusion of this "American Idol" season, I have noticed two common things about the five remaining contestants. One, is that almost all of them are male. That's not a surprise, as the show has always skewed more toward the female demographic, and they are more likely to vote for the opposite sex.

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Creeping toward the conclusion of this “American Idol” season, I have noticed two common things about the five remaining contestants. One, is that almost all of them are male. That’s not a surprise, as the show has always skewed more toward the female demographic, and they are more likely to vote for the opposite sex.

The only times a woman has won was either when all the finalists were female, or the woman was up against a scruffy-looking guy not likely to entice women to vote for him. Maybe if Bo Bice and Blake Lewis had found their way to the razor aisle of the local Rite-Aid, they would be proud winners. (I won’t count Justin Guarini from season 1, as that was the first season and dismissing him makes my point easier.)

As an aside, looking back at the finalists, Season 3 was definitely an outlier. The final three were all women, and the eventual winner, Fantasia, seemed to not be the ideal marketable pop star as she was a teen mom. Coincidentally, that is the season that I didn’t watch the show at all so I’m not really sure what happened there. Was there a sudden spike in male viewers that year or were the guys just really bad? I don’t remember a strike of any major sports occurring. Maybe it was a residual effect from that year’s Super Bowl halftime show with Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. After that happened, it’s possible that more guys were tuning into live singing performances than in the past hoping for another “wardrobe malfunction.”

The other thing that most of the remaining Idolists have in common is that all, save for Aaron Kelly, play the guitar. This seems to be the “year of the guitarist” as just about all of the finalists were able to pluck the strings on stage. Casey James has been stubborn in not playing without it. I think he sort of needs to get over himself a little. It’s not like he’s Jimi Hendrix or Eric Clapton up there. Maybe he’s being shrewd and waiting until the finale to ditch the guitar, going….um….”naked” for lack of a better word.

Strangely, last year everyone was playing piano. I guess next season will be the bass guitar. Look for multiple singers rocking the “thud staff.”