And so it seemed I was confused with the information I got last week about the results of Philippine Idol. It is true that Jan Nieto had overtaken Miguel Mendoza in the voting, but that was before the 2-hour voting window was implemented last week.
The 2-hour voting window produced the following:
Ken Dingle getting eliminated since his benefactors started voting for someone else (the benefactor of course); and
Miguel Mendoza was back as the top vote getter
Since this was still an unacceptable result (by any standard), the pre-paid voting cards have been discontinued. What will it mean? Well, hopefully, it has evened out the playing field by eliminating mass voting from one cellphone. However, do not underestimate the power of money — when there’s a will, there’s a way. I’m interested to know how many new cell accounts were created this week after the vote change was announced by ABC-5.
Of course, ABC-5 already knows if this worked, but take note: Miguel and Jan were already the top 2 vote getters even before the pre-paid voting cards were sold — their voting bloc is still around.
This problem with Miguel and Jan won’t be happening if there were more people voting and watching this show. But as I said before, ABC-5 set themselves up for this kind of debacle. They’ve even floated the idea of a LaSalle vs. Ateneo thing with Jan and Miguel, since that’s all they have going now and apparently that’s their target market. Since when was singing the battleground for this inter-collegiate rivalry? Who’s bright idea was this?
One of the strengths of the Idol franchise is that they have brought the opportunity of becoming a recording star to the masses and away from the privileged few. (There’s many more strengths, but this one’s obvious.) So why ABC-5 is handing it over to some rich kids with near-zero talent or appeal, simply tells me that this show is being run by total idiots. The fact that the inferior franchise (Pinoy Dream Academy) is actually producing singles is now making me cringe!
Jan Nieto winning is now hinging on the weak premise that when he and Miguel reach the Final 2, he will be the lesser evil choice. Of course at that point, most of Philippine Idol’s viewers won’t even care.
Results in a few hours.