I don't follow American Idol so I'm a little late sharing this. The show recently caught my interest when I learned that one of the contestants for Season 9 is Maddy Curtis. She has 4 brothers with Down syndrome. I don't know her and her family personally, besides following her mom's (Barbara Curtis) blog, Mommy Life, but I think it is because of her 4 brothers who have Down syndrome that I feel somewhat connected. Maybe I'm just weird but ever since Matthew was born, I've felt a mysterious bond to other families who have kids with special needs, more particularly with Down syndrome. It's a bond that offers a certain level of familiarity and understanding that one can only gain through walking in the same shoes as the other family.
Matthew and I are also included in Barbara Curtis' photo album "Our Little Extras", which is on my blog's sidebar.
I was one of the recipients of Barbara Curtis' email with the video link to Maddy's audition. I watched it with Matthew on my lap. Matthew, my music lover, agrees that Maddy has a soothing, soulful voice. He signed "more" after watching Maddy sing the first time. I lost count but I think we watched the video at least 7 times as Matthew insistently signed "more" every time. She definitely has my vote because of her talent. The fact that she has brothers with Down syndrome is a plus.