Okay, before you go off on me, I know there were three talented contestants but...
As a musician myself, I was mesmerized by Joshua's performances. Awed that someone so young was that polished and flawless. When he hit the stage he got lost in the song and the experience. You could say that about Phillip as well, but not EVERY time.
Starpulse put it better than me but my point exactly. There have been few years when the best artist actually won. What system is in place behind the scenes to support great artists that don't make it? Surely, Adam still benefited by being on Idol. Maybe it was even in his favor.
Hopefully, Joshua will be proof that you don't need Idol win to be a big success.