Bil Browning

Holy American Idol, Batman!

Filed By Bil Browning | April 10, 2006 11:06 AM | comments

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I have to admit, I'm an American Idol fan. It's part of the spring tradition at our house - every Tuesday and Wednesday night you can usually find the three of us sitting around watching American Idol and talking with each other about the performances. I have friends that call and gossip about the show. And I keep up on the backstage drama. You've got me. I'm busted.

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So it was with great surprise that I learned that one of my favorite singers, Mandisa, had a small controversy brewing. Now Mandisa has a great set of pipes, no doubt. But she's always been aiming a little more for "Holy American Idol" or "Super Christian Idol" than the other contestants. She makes a big deal out of singing gospel-tinged music and always wants to thank her Lord and Saviour for everything. That's a big turn-off for me. I don't care if you're Christian, Hindu, or Rastafarian. I'm a Presbyterian - and that probably helps with the idea of "Keep your religion to yourself."

It seems Mandisa listed far-right Christian author and lecturer Beth Moore as her personal idol on the AI website. Moore is known for her anti-gay writings and speeches. Lots of people reacted negatively to this news, and the next week Mandisa found herself on the losing end of the vote for America's favorite.

When confronted about the anti-gay observations, Mandisa replies, ""I live my life by the value system that you treat others the way you want to be treated. I let love be my guide. I absolutely hate no one." When the reporter pressed her on the issue - asking if she'd perform at a gay-right event, for example - Mandisa's reply leaves a lot to be desired.

NEW YORK (AP) - Is ousted "American Idol" contestant Mandisa anti-gay? The 29-year-old soul singer and outspoken Christian, who was voted off the hit Fox show Wednesday, says she would not perform at an event held in support of the gay community.

Mandisa, a native of Antioch, Tenn., tells Advocate magazine, "Based on what I believe, I'm not an advocate for (being gay), so it's nothing I would take part in."


Perhaps America made the right choice in voting out Miss Super Christian USA. At least there's still super-cutie Chris to ogle!


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On the other hand, it's a stepping stone for climbing to the heights of christian music... she sacrificed her chance at pop music stardom for her 'christian ideals,' dontcha know.

I'm wondering if she'll draw the same crowds in Branson as Anita Bryant? I'm guessing not.

Although not "my" favorite, Mandisa had apparently achieved what she set out to do .. she has been offered a job by Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder & also by Kenny Rogers, as well as having Randy Jackson inform her that he wants to produce her. Sounds like Mandisa has a wide range of options, once the touring is concluded with AI.