I wasn't impressed by this season at all. That Phillip won is fitting because he seems like he's just kinda there much like the season was as a whole. When the big moment of the season comes in the Top 13 (When Jessica sang Whitney) there is a problem.
Phillip is going to need the additional boost winning can bring as I believe he'll struggle after a while. Jessica, Josh and Skylar are on the way to being big stars. I'm not sure if we'll ever hear of any of the other finalists again.
The judging panel needs a MAJOR overhaul. I am so sick of the J.Lo show where everything she's involved in is constantly plugged. Dump Steven and Randy too since they hardly say anything of major importance. A panel of Jimmy Iovine, Elton John (or icon of a similar stature) and a former winner like Carrie Underwood or Jordin Sparks would be a good start in my opinion.
The voting is a joke. They should not allow multiple voting from the same people. Southerners are marks for geography so they go apeshit for anyone in the region regardless of talent (we are responsible for Taylor Hicks too). Add to that teen girls who thought Phillip was dreamy and he was a lock.
I thought he sucked. His CCR covers were horrible. His performances came off as phony and he smiled more than Cena.
I'm glad the ratings sucked, this year's finale was DREADFUL.
I agree with Scottyflamingo about the joke the voting process has become. I'll bet of the world record voting turnout they were bragging about, roughly half of the voters cast multiple ballots. I also agree that Phillip sucked and will be the next Lee or Kris Allen.
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I thought the Monaco Racing scene was extremely well-done and paced. I'd seen part of it in the trailer several times yet still got into into. Whiplash was made to seem very menacing and destructive- even after they drove their car into him.