A supposed glitch on iTunes last week revealed that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen are the most downloaded contestants of American Idol‘s season 8. More specifically, six songs by Adam crack the top 10 of an Idol-themed chart on iTunes, while three Kris performances appear on the list. It’s a controversial revelation — considering how Idol‘s producers try to keep sales numbers secret to avoid letting each contestant’s popularity be known — but more so because Idol‘s
producers fans were anticipating an Adam-Danny showdown in the finals. (iTunes have no comment.)
To be fair, Danny still made an appearance on the top 10 chart — his “Endless Love” nabbed the No. 9 slot — but is there any surprise that Kris’ performances are more popular among contemporary consumers? (Even I couldn’t resist downloading several of his tunes, like “To Make You Feel My Love” and “Ain’t No Sunshine.”) But more importantly, these iTunes stats make me wonder why the judges continue to push for an Adam-Danny final two, when Kris is supposedly a bigger draw on the charts. Isn’t the goal of Idol to find a future chart-topper à la Kelly Clarkson or Chris Daughtry?
Are you surprised by this new finding? And what tracks have you been downloading? (“Mad World,” anyone?)
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