Can A ‘Chubby’ White Man Win American Idol?

Filed under: Television — @ March 22, 2007


Chris Sligh has the vocal talent, but will his obesity become a liability

Have you been watching Season 6 of the hottest show on television today–American Idol! You just gotta love a program like this where the dreams of being a famous music superstar are almost immediately realized overnight if you are fortunate enough to make it into the final 24 contestants with 30+ million people watching you each week.

Just look at what happened on Tuesday night’s show this week.

Did you see that adorable little girl who started crying her eyes out when the singers were performing (although now we know she was a plant by the FOX producers!)? These contestants have barely even been in the spotlight performing on television for about two months now and they have already developed a fan base of “groupies” following their every move and “Idol”izing them enough to cry over their singing! Only in America!

One of the reasons I am watching this season is to see my fellow Upstate of South Carolina resident Chris Sligh, who hails from Greenville which is just a hop, skip, and a jump from my hometown of Spartanburg, perform and cheer him on to become the next American Idol. He certainly has the chops for this competition, although I personally think Blake the Bodacious-Beatboxer and Melinda Doolittle the Background-Singer-No-More will both give him a run for his money.

With that said, though, I am and have been concerned about one thing regarding Chris since he first started progressing through the competition–his hard to ignore excessive weight problem. Yep, if you haven’t noticed it before, Chris Sligh is pretty fat along with that now-famous big curly hair of his. If the tens of millions of people who are voting in American Idol can look past the image of Chris Sligh and judge him on his singing, then he may have a shot.

But at some point I believe his obesity will become a severe liability. Click here to find out why I believe Chris Sligh will see an early exit from American Idol simply because of his weight.

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