On Fri, 28 May 2021 15:11:54 -0400, Zob <***@yahoo.com> wrote:
| On Tue, 18 May 2021 10:39:51 -0700 (PDT), The_LA_Flash
| <***@gmail.com> wrote:
| > The thing that stood out to me about A.I. bringing back the kids from last season that didn't win was they that didn't invite the winner back just so she could perform 1 song on the big stage; I know they couldn't give her a chance to win a spot since she won last season but I would have at least thought they could had her there, which makes me wonder if they did invite her but there was some drama that happened with her so they ended up pulling the invite.
| That's a really good question, one that I was wondering also. Just
| Sam was such a likeable, popular personality and singer last season
| that I was gobsmacked that they didn't invite her back to sing in the
| finale, maybe promote a record like they've done with so many others.
| But it was more than that even. I don't think they even mentioned her
| as last year's winner although they mentioned several other
| contestants from the past couple of seasons (like Alejandro).
| Something must have happened because this is just plain weird. I
| wonder what the story is.
On the face of it, not even mentioning Just Sam seems inexcusable. But I think there
was a lot going on. The fact that main showrunner Trish Kinane bailed (or was pushed
out) before the season was over was likely involved. Wonder if bringing back S18
contestants was her idea? That certainly blew up in Idol producers' faces, from
viewer grief they got all the way to Arthur Gunn blowing them off for the finale. If
things were going on, I expect somebody will leak them before long.