I totally disagree with what this author says about Crystal but I do think articles like this help advance the AI agenda for Lee.
MTV is asserting that Lee will win:
"Why Lee Dewyze Will Win 'American Idol'"
"Crystal Bowersox might be the front-runner, but so was Adam Lambert, in Bigger Than the Sound."
Some snippets from the article:
..."I hate to break it to you, fellow members of Bowersox Nation, but our girl isn't going to win "American Idol."
It pains me to write that, as I love Crystal and all that she stands for (shoot, I feel like I know her), and I really want her to win, but it's just not in the cards. Not with Lee Dewyze still shrugging in the background, anyway."
..."See, no matter how much Simon Cowell wants to shout it, "American Idol" is not "a singing competition"; it's a popularity contest. "
..."Because "Idol" isn't based on talent (I mean, it is up to a certain point — usually about the time we reach the top 10, then things tend to get all high-schooly). It's based on intangible stuff like "familiarity" and "likability." And those are the two categories in which Bowersox doesn't dominate. For better or worse, viewers tend to vote for the contestant they feel they have the most in common with, the one they feel is a nice person, the one they already feel like they hear four times an hour on the radio. And more often than not, that contestant happens to be a slightly scruffy, well-proportioned, slightly hunky, kinda underdoggy, totally inoffensive guy."
..."And this year, that guy is Lee Dewyze."
..."He plays the kind of bland, radio-ready sorta-rock that continues to mystify me. Of course, none of this makes him interesting — and, frankly, when he speaks, I tend to lose consciousness — but it makes him a shoo-in to win season nine of "American Idol."
...' "Idol" voters don't want "interesting"; they want "nice," "dependable," "relatable." "
.... "He reminds me too much of Allen in every possible way, right down to the fact that most of the media that covers "Idol" seems hell-bent on making him the "underdog," despite all evidence to the contrary. "
...."(Crystal) She is considered too weird by the people who actually vote on this thing, and eventually — probably in the finale — her luck will run out."
...." America will go for Lee Dewyze, because they've gone for him in season seven (David Cook) and eight (Allen). They will go for him because he's the safe, familiar choice, and because he seems nice. But most of all, they will go for him because he's not Crystal Bowersox."