Roundup: The Jewish Fallout from Adam Lambert's 'Idol' Loss

Kris Allen’s taking of the “Idol” title from Adam Lambert may seem like old news, but to say that would be to ignore the importance of dissecting the psychology of “American Idol” culture. What is most titillating about the wildly successful show is the predilections and biases of everyday Americans — the millions who vote each week — that it lays bare.

The Arkansas-bred, evangelical Christian, Kris Allen’s victory over the Jewish, androgynous, and perhaps the most skilled Idol contestant to ever compete, Adam Lambert (dubbed Glambert due to his makeup and costuming choices) seems ridiculous to anyone who cares about talent. The Jewish Journal’s Danielle Berrin who called “Idol” 8 the most “culturally polarized competition in the show’s history,” argues that this season was not about talent at all, instead it was consumed by who these singers were when the cameras stoppedrolling:

Haaretz treads more lightly, simply referring to Allen as more provincial than Lambert:

Of course, the outsider sensibility is old hat to the Jewish experience. The funny folks at VH1’s Best Week Ever call Lambert’s otherness a boon for the Jewish people:

The comic, David Feingold, who blogs at takes it even further — stating that Lambert’s loss has greater international ramifications:

Lambert’s loss bad for Israel? Doubtful, but here’s hoping for a Jewish “Idol” contestant next season so this discussion can continue.

Roundup: The Jewish Fallout from Adam Lambert's 'Idol' Loss

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