Last night’s finale of American Idol saw Scotty McCreery take on Lauren Alaina and it was McCreery who eventually became the American Idol 2011 winner. Once again though it seems that Twitter enabled an accurate prediction of the result whereby the amount of tweets about a contestant seems to lead to that person getting the boot.
We would have imagined that more tweets about a contestant would mean that they were more popular and therefore more likely to stay in the competition but this rather odd phenomenon seems to work in the opposite way and has been referred to as the “Twitter Curse,” according to Charlie White over on Mashable. Yap.TV Pulse for Idol, an iPhone app, has been measuring the amount of tweets received during American Idol and for the last 4 weeks the contestant who has tallied the highest amount of tweet mentions has been the one who got sent packing. Sure enough, tweets measured for the finale showed Alaina to have received the most.
A clue as to why more tweets is likely to lead to eviction can maybe be seen from the YapTV graphic which you can see at the Mashable link above. Although Alaina was the subject of the most tweets, when looking at the sentiment of those tweets Alaina gathered a greater amount of negative and neutral comments than her competition.
What’s really strange is that Facebook as an American Idol predictor seems to work in the completely opposite way. McCreery received more ‘Likes’ on his Facebook page than Alaina, and of course he went on to win. What are your thoughts on the Twitter Curse and did you agree with the result of American Idol 2011? Let us know with your comments.
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