The new season of American Idol is less than 24 hours old. So how can there already be controversy over the results?
Here’s why: the singer considered to be most impressive last night, Kristy Lee Cook, was under contract with record company Arista Nashville in 2001, and even inked a deal as the debut artist in Britney Spears‘ (now defunct) production company.
This raises an interesting question, in regard to American Idol: Is the show reserved solely for amateurs, those whose singing background extends no further than the local karaoke bar?
Or is it acceptable for Cook and others with a professional history to try out?
At the age of 17, Kristy Lee Cook signed a recording contract. Should this disqualify her from American Idol?
In a bit of an American Idol spoiler, this debate may heat up when Carly Hennessy moves on to Hollywood.
The Irish singer – who producer Nigel Lythgow has gone on record as picking to win this season – was given a $2.2 million marketing and production budget from MCA Records in 2005. But her album went on to sell a total of 378 copies.
Last year, Melinda Doolittle was an example of someone with a professional resume, as a backup singer, who made it all the way to the final three. She eventually lost, of course, to a pair unknowns: Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.