In fact, journalist Rick Amburgey, who is writing a book about the series and its fans, says the show really comes alive on the internet, where its common for fans to spend hours each day pumping up their favorite singers and dissing the ones they hate.
Amburgey believes American Idol would not be as successful without the internet and says it allows the friends and family members of contestants to let the world know about the singers real personality.
Of course, it also allows some websites to promote some sub- par candidates such. For example, votefortheworst.com is credited with getting Scott Savol into the American Idol 4 top ten.
But while the show inspires both passion and anger in fans, Amburgey says most of the vitriol is for Simon Cowell, even though he admits, 60 percent of viewers say that if Simon werent on, they wouldnt watch.
The show is just beginning its second week, but Amburgey says fans are already speculating on various aspects of the show, including which hunky guy Paula Abdul will choose to mentor.
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