Newsweek Frets about Christian Influence on 'Idol' Voting

According to Newsweek's Ramin Setoodeh, “American Idol's” Adam Lambert could “be heading home” due to those homophobic Christians that watch every week.

Lambert, Setoodeh wrote in a May 12 blog post, “has been called the best 'Idol' singer in the history of the show, thanks to his Celine Dion-like pipes. But he's also one of the most controversial, thanks to his Marilyn Manson-like wardrobe and his (not-so) ambiguous sexuality.”

Despite the fact that Randy, Simon and Paula all like Lambert, and he's garnered enough votes to compete in the semi-finals of “Idol,” Setoodeh warned of a “possible roadblock” to a Lambert victory:

“Idol” is the No. 1 show on TV at least in part because it's so family-friendly, and it also appeals to a large demographic of Christian viewers. These are the same fans who made “High School Musical” and “Dancing With the Stars” huge TV hits. Many of “Idol's” previous winners – Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Ruben Studdard – are devout Christians. Coincidence? Perhaps. But we don't know much about Lambert's faith, and that might hurt him with Christian voters. He could be extremely religious, but he's kept his religious beliefs quiet.          

Setoodeh pointed out the religious background of Lambert's competitors, Danny Gokey and Kris Allens and further tipped off Lambert fans, “both have gotten substantial interest from Christian blogs and websites.”

Apparently those people who read “Christian blogs and websites” also have no ear for talent. Setoodeh concluded, “Adam is still the best singer in the competition. But since Idol isn't really a singing competition – despite what Randy Jackson tells you every week – don't be too shocked if there's a shocker elimination this week.”

Colleen Raezler is a research assistant at the Culture and Media Institute, a division of the Media Research Center.