When it came down to his pick for this season’s winner of American Idol, season ten’s 7th place contestant Stefano Langone (currently making the rounds to promote his latest single “I’m On A Roll” and now going by the one name moniker Stefano) quickly voiced his support for Jessica Sanchez during a recent interview. But he also said there was no question in his mind that Phillip Phillips would walk away with the Idol title based on three simple facts: he’s white, male, and plays guitar.
“She’s dope and he’s a white guy with a guitar,” Stefano confided to Melony Torres. “I mean that’s what happens. If you white and you got a guitar you’re good to go.”
Of course that sentiment has a lot of foundation in past American Idol history, starting with season seven winner David Cook. Cook made his way to the Idol throne with his guitar and unique acoustic takes on songs such as Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean.”
That winning combination of guitar and alternate arrangements also served season eight winner Kris Allen well. Allen’s subtle style and strumming ended up beating out Adam Lambert’s enviable vocal gymnastics to snag the prize.
Season nine found two guitarists, Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze, facing off in the finale. But Stefano’s theory once again prevailed, and it was the “white guy with a guitar” DeWyze who ended up taking the season, if not taking the charts by storm.
And last season’s winner, Country teen Scotty McCreery, once again continued the tradition, although in a slightly different genre than in the past.
So what is it that keeps this five year tradition alive? A prominence of boy crazy tweens who have a thing for the guitar and the patience to continue phoning in their votes? And will we once again see the same thing next year during season eleven? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section below.