First off, let me clarify that I really don’t like American Idol and I’m bummed I know as much about it as I do.
This week, American Idol did their annual charity show. They chose to have the group of contestants sing an Evangelical praise song. BUT, they cut the name of Jesus out of it. This immediately caused a fire storm throughout the Christian community. The backlash seemed to have made it to the producer’s ears because the next night they redid the song but put Jesus’ name back into it.
What I thought was interesting was that they had the 3 contestants who were comfortable singing the song to Jesus sing that part of the song. 2 of those 3 contestants were Mormon. I’m sure there was a great deal of rejoicing throughout the land that the song became about Jesus once again. But interesting that if it had not been for those 2 Mormons, Evangelicals may not have heard the song the way they prefer it (the third contestant could have been voted off weeks ago).
(as a further piece of information, at least half of last year’s final 10 contestants were Evangelical Christians. This year their presence is not quite as dominant.)