Has American Idol resumed shunning women and people of color?
Every year American Idol airs I bring this up. And every year fans get really upset with me. But it is a simple fact that, with its two eliminations Thursday, every finalist eliminated in the show’s last four weeks have been women and people of color. And its not a new pattern. In truth, with many of these shows, it may not matter which order people get bounced. Often, its obvious which contestants are the biggest contenders, and everyone else is just struggling to stay in the game long as possible. But on Thursday, hardworking Naima Adedapo, who is African American, got swept off with an admittedly overmatched Thia Megia, the youngest contestant to make the finals (with her disturbing habit of sounding like a cruise ship lounge singer, Megia never would have made the finals in a Idol cycle judged by departed star Simon Cowell). Paul McDonald, whose thin voice and inability to hit notes has always left me wondering why he’s still in the game, landed in the bottom three but ultimately s