I confess to being a whore for American Idol. I have watched the show every year and every year it gets worse and worse. The pinnacle of its awfulness is now Ellen DeGeneres — who wouldn’t know funny if it ran up and bit her on the ear — but I digress. If you’re an Idol fan like me, you know the show is never about finding the best singer. American Idol is all about packaging a face and a body that can sell records — and that’s why I am telling you this year’s obvious winner of American Idol 9 is Ashley Rodriguez.
All the indicators for an Ashley Rodriguez win are already remarkably in place — even though we only learned who the top 24 are last night. We have months of thumb-twiddling until they give Ashley her crown.
I’m not suggesting American Idol is fixed, but any fan of the show knows the producers have their favorite contestants and Ashley is, by far, their odds-on favorite, and here’s how I know:
She’s been hidden in the show so far. That’s always a big indicator that the producers are holding her back to surprise us later. When we have seen glimpses of Ashley, her face fills the screen. Her undeniable beauty is both winsome and stunning.
It’s time for an “urban” female from the East to win. The last two Idols have been men. In the history of the show, we have never had one gender win three times in a row. It’s also time for a non-Southerner to win. Seven of the eight Idols were South of the Mason-Dixon line.
She has “the package look.” She’s tremendously intriguing and her personality sings better than her throat. Watch Simon try to make her cry by not liking her at first and then he’ll turn with her later in the show as “she proves” to him that she’s a worthy contestant. Or, he’ll like her straight off, but then turn against her for a week only to be — surprise! — won back to her side the next. Every winner of American Idol has had to face down the wrath of Simon Cowell — just to throw us off the scent of the eventual “winner” — and Ashley will be no different.
Ashley was “interviewed” by the Boston Fox affiliate before she auditioned for the final panel of judges. Why spend so much time and energy promoting a local singer who wasn’t going to win big?
Ashley Rodriguez has suspiciously become “Puerto Ricanized” to take full
advantage of her ethnicity and cultural fan base and that’s important
in promotion and packaging to help uniquely define her in the context of
the American Idol brand. She had been using the name “Ashley
Makailah” before her turn on Idol.
Here’s a screenshot of Ashley’s current official American Idol 9 page and you can see the naming confusion right there. In text on the page, she’s funnily both “Ashley Rodriguez” and “Ashley Makailah” — and in her video, she introduces herself as “Ashley Rodriguez” while a graphic appears labeling her “Ashley Makailah.”
Those inexcusable mistakes won’t last long on the website, but it is all
clear evidence we now know it is Fox who wants her labeled “Puerto
Rican” — by using “Rodriguez” instead of “Makailah” — and when Ashley
mentions in her video there has never before been a Puerto Rican
finalist on American Idol, all warrants and suspicions are confirmed.
If you do a simple internet search for Ashley right now, you will find she has been promoted as “Ashley Makailah” and not “Ashley Rodriguez.” I’m sure all those links will quickly reflect the pressed name change.
Ashley Makailah Rodriguez may not be the best singer, but she makes up for any lack of rhythm and vocal talent with a blazing, yet charming, personality and a fantastic face you will not forget. Place your bets now on Ashley Rodriguez because she’s already won American Idol 9.