“AMERICAN Idol” is, well, American. But Taylor Hicks, the top-rated show’s latest winner, dominates the front pages — and not just the inside or entertainment pages — of today’s Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Philippine Star. Carrie Underwood, last year’s winner, was not accorded the same treatment by the Inquirer the day after she won. It is, perhaps, indicative of the show’s growing popularity in the Philippines that “Philippine Idol” will be debuting soon, despite the proliferation of singing contests here.
Meanwhile, on Inq7.net, where the Inquirer‘s stories are posted for online readers, three of the 10 most-read articles from May 14 to May 20, 2006, are related to “American Idol.” In fact, the number one article — about a contestant’s dissatisfaction with his ouster — had more readers than the story about the first Filipino to reach the summit of Mount Everest. It must also be noted that eight of the top 10 stories were showbiz-oriented ones. The remaining two stories were about the Mount Everest climbers.