I’ve been so busy soaking up the final season of LOST that I haven’t really posted anything about American Idol. Like everybody else, I felt that this season was pretty ho-hum at first. Maybe it’s the impending loss of Simon Cowell or the fact that after 10 seasons, the show has just become too predictable. For many, it had to do with the underwhelming cast of performers featured this season. But over the past few weeks, this group has really grown on me. Here’s my quick rundown on each of the remaining contestants:
Mama Sox has been my pick to win it all along. I would buy her album today. She is far and away the best and most original artist on the show this year. The only question is whether she’ll garner enough votes to be crowned the champ. I can only hope that Sinatra week doesn’t throw her for a loop.
This guy has grown on me in a big way. His tamed his nerves, amped up the personality a bit, and now he stands as the only viable opposition to Crystal, especially now that Shioban is gone. As it is, he has a radio-ready voice and the look to match. Of the remaining artists, his rock / singer-songwriter vibe most closely aligns with my predominant musical tastes.
When he took his shirt off for Kara, I thought this guy was a joke. But he has some real musical chops. Dude can play. His voice is just ‘aight, but so far so good. Am I the only one that thinks he sounds like Huey Lewis? Not that that’s a bad thing…I’m just sayin’. I’m predicting he’s the next to go home, which is about right. When that happens, his fifteen minutes will probably be up. He’ll probably go the way of Blake Lewis, never to be heard from again.
I think Big Mike made the right move by listening to whoever told him to lose the Jason Mraz vibe; instead, he’s been channeling Lionel Richie for the past couple of weeks and the change really suits him. Definitely not my kind of music, but he sings it well. He’s my dark horse candidate to win it all. The producers love playing up his story (Have you heard? Big Mike’s got a kid!) and America seems to love it — the judges’ save notwithstanding.
A good showing for a 17-year-old. But his performances have lacked the consistency of Crystal or even Lee and that’s going to hurt him in the end game. Still, he seems to blow out a power note or two each week that serves to remind us how he made it this far. Once his “Idol journey montage” rolls, Music Row producers will be all over this kid. But I don’t think he has a shot at winning.