I vote according to whom I think will put out a CD that I'll want to buy.
Fantasia promised that she would put out an album for everyone, but she didn't. I love her voice, but not the songs she sings, so I did NOT buy her CD, neither one of them.
If someone is the best singer but I think they'll put out a rap or hip hop or other album that I know I won't like, then I won't vote for them no matter how well they sing! Why would I?
I think Chris Sligh has a great voice, and I think I'll like the CD he will put out, if he has anything to say about it. Sometimes the ones who don't win get to make more choices than the winner, who has to go along with whatever American Idol wants them to do, at least for a certain amount of time.
I don't like the screamers. Singing out loudly is fitting in some songs, but I love soft ballads, which the judges reject. I love to have a cup of hot tea and listen to relaxing music when I'm feeling stressed. When I'm in the car, I like to play Rod Stewart (songbooks or older stuff, both are great), and I love to play "In the Air Tonight" really LOUD. My tastes are varied.
So I wish the judges will just let the audience vote for whomever they want and stop badgering them over it.
How the voting goes:
Let's say there are 100 voters, to make it easier to explain.
80 people like Ann the best, Betty second, Carol third, Dan last.
17 people like Dan the best, Carol second, Ann third, and Betty last.
2 people like Carol first, Dan second, Ann third, and Betty last.
1 person likes Betty first, Ann second, Dan third, Carol last.
So even though more people like Betty better than Dan, Dan got more votes, because we only vote for first place! So Betty gets kicked off the show! Only one vote for first place for her, even though 81 liked her better than Carol and Dan.
So, this is how someone who's the second favorite of almost everyone can get kicked off, while someone that more people don't like gets to stay.
I think it would be better to vote someone OFF the show, because even though it would make that person feel bad, they feel bad when they go anyway, and it would be a better indication of what the audience really wants, IMO.