The American Idol ‘Scandal’ and Trenyce’s Part In It: Curiouser and Curiouserby Sting7 -- 05/03/2005
In season two of American Idol, forever (perhaps unfairly) known as the Ruben vs. Clay season, there were of course 10 other semi-finalists. Though season four is supposed to be the most talented Top 12 in Idol’s history, I do not think they managed to surpass the power of season two.
A big part of season two was Trenyce, the young beauty with surprising vocal power. Her rendition of Al Green’s "Let’s Stay Together" inspired Green himself to publicly applaud her effort. Trenyce arrived in the Top 12 via Wildcard selection from Paula Abdul, and delivered solid and consistent performances with polish and grace throughout her campaign.
As mentioned previously, Trenyce sent an e-mail to her fans that indicated she would be a part of the Primtime Live special, and that she had something to share. While Corey Clark’s accusations have been suspect, if Trenyce thinks something was amiss, we can believe her. However, Trenyce has not specifically said that, so we were waiting to see her ABC appearance.
Now, however, Trenyce seems to ask us to do a lot of reading between the lines. She recently followed up her first e-mail with another, quoted below. You decide:
Everyone,Speaking somewhat personally, I think Trenyce is a bit too concerned by what is being said out there. I would almost swear she is reading message boards, and those of you who have emailed me know I urge folks not to go to them because they are not reality. Message boards are full of people trying to be irreverent. They would rather get off a good one-liner than actually say what they think. Message boards have also become something of a license to judge the contestants – who they are as people, their motivations, their morals, their character, what their facial expressions say, etc. – things those who are doing the typing can't possibly know as fact.
Granted, everyone is entitled to their opinion. If Trenyce has a story to tell, she should tell it. You cannot please all of the people all of the time. No matter how or when she tells it, someone will question her motives. When you are in the eye of a storm, it is difficult to see your way sometimes.
She also seems a bit appalled that the public is so ready to dismiss Corey Clark’s claims. Speaking personally, I just don’t want it to be true. I want to believe that the judges and contestants are not intermingled in ways they should not be during a competition. I want to believe everything is above board. And I do. Many conspiracy theories have been sent my way and I’ve shot them all down.
But I think what Trenyce is missing is, if Clark and Abdul were involved, how much impact would it have on the show? Paula does not choose the winner – America does. She supposedly helped Clark pick songs or clothes to wear on the show? Big deal. I feel comfortable in saying that most of us do not vote for outfits. And I would be surprised if the contestants don’t get some input from someone about their song choices. Is Paula’s opinion really any better than yours or mine? And no matter what song is chosen, the contestants still have to perform it well!
If it happened, it is inappropriate. No question. But whether a relationship between a contestant and a judge gives a contestant an advantage is really questionable.
Hopefully, Trenyce will find the courage or the inspiration to speak her mind. I think she will find the public far more receptive to her than Clark, and far more receptive than she has been led to believe.
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