Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Meet The American Idol 10 Top 13

The American Idol Season 10 finalists could potentially be one of the strongest groups from top to bottom, with America and the judges mostly getting it right in the semifinals. One thing this season is lacking, which is a good thing, is a Sanjaya/Chicken Little type of contestant who you just cannot believe is in the competition week after week. But the season is still young, and there is a possible Jasmine Trias in the making in the mix, so we'll see.

Here's a look at the finalists in order of how I think they'll finish:

Scotty McCreery
Idol introduction: "Baby lock them doors and turn the lights down low ..." (Milwaukee auditions)
Why he could win: He's ready to make an authentic country record right now.
Why he won't win: If he gets forced out of his comfort zone and bombs in consecutive weeks he could go, but it sounds like Idol is trying to let the contestants stay in their genres.
Prediction: Your American Idol

Paul McDonald
Idol introduction: A few seconds of his "Maggie May" during the Nashville auditions was enough to get a decent fanbase.
Why he could win: Good-looking singer-songwriter. Duh.
Why he won't win: TPTB will find a way to throw him under the bus to prevent another male singer-songwriter type from winning. But more importantly, if he's in the finals with Scotty with Lauren coming in third, all of Lauren's votes are going to go to Scotty.
Prediction: Top 2

Lauren Alaina
Idol introduction: Before her audition even aired, executive producer Nigel Lythgoe was raving about her giving Kelly Clarkson "a run for her money". And when her audition aired (she sang "Like We Never Loved At All" and then after getting her golden ticket sang "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" for her parents and asked Steven Tyler to join in), they showed Steven Tyler walking outside afterwards saying "I think we found the one."
Why she could win: She has pipes, sings country, and is a non-threatening young female that the younger audience would gravitate to. And the judges, especially Steven Tyler, LOVE her.
Why she won't win: So many voters grow tired of overpimping and manipulation. Plus, she's really annoying.
Prediction: Top 3

Casey Abrams
Idol introduction: He was shown in the Austin auditions playing the melodica. I was certain it was going to be a joke audition, but then he sang/scatted Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor" and blew the judges away in the same way Taylor Hicks did back in Season 5.
Why he could win: He may be one of the best musicians this show has seen. His "Georgia On My Mind" audition with the upright bass in Hollywood was a true highlight.
Why he won't win: He doesn't sing as well as he plays, and he can't sing jazzy songs from 50 years ago every week on this show.
Prediction: Top 4

Pia Toscano
Idol introduction: I don't recall seeing her until the group round in Hollywood, when she and her group kicked off the round with a strong performance of "Grenade".
Why she could win: She has the strongest voice of the women, and she can power ballad her way pretty far.
Why she won't win: The designated pretty girl NEVER wins this show. Also, you can only power ballad so many times before it gets boring. And she's already lacking a bit in the personality department. I feel like i know absolutely nothing about her.
Prediction: Top 5

James Durbin
Idol introduction: Not only was he teased throughout the entire San Francisco auditions as having a voice and story you can't believe, but he basically threw the entire kitchen sink at us with his backstory. He has Tourette's, he has Asperger's, he was bullied, he barely knew his dad, his dad died, he has a kid, he's broke, he has no job, they can't afford diapers. He's living in a van, down by the river!
Why he could win: He is the only rock singer in the competition, and while everyone else is boring us with ballads, he's bringing some excitement.
Why he won't win: He screams too much, has said he wants to sing more metal, and there's no way the Glamberts will allow this guy to win when Adam didn't.
Prediction: Top 6

Jacob Lusk
Idol introduction: He was first shown in Hollywood group rounds singing "Get Ready" with Naima Adedapo, amongst others. After the performance, Ryan Seacrest voice-over'd "And a new star emerges in Jacob Lusk."
Why he could win: He has crazy range and can sing really low and really high.
Why he won't win: He oversings like whoah, and he has an old-fashioned style of singing.
Prediction: Top 7 (after which he will claim he's the Jennifer Hudson of his season)

Thia Megia
Idol introduction: She auditioned in Milwaukee and sang "Chasing Pavements".
Why she could win: She's got the Filipino voting block that helped Jasmine Trias (it wasn't just Hawaii), and she's known from when she was on America's Got Talent.
Why she won't win: She's a robot! And she sings the same types of slow songs all the time and has little to no personality.
Prediction: Top 8

Naima Adedapo
Idol introduction: She was shown in the Milwaukee auditions cleaning toilets at Summerfest and then singing "For All We Know" by Donny Hathaway in front of the judges.
Why she could win: Her tone is fantastic, she has a unique style of singing (and dressing lol).
Why she won't win: Her unique-ness isn't mainstream enough to win.
Prediction: Top 9

Stefano Langone
Idol introduction: In the Sob Francisco auditions, Idol practically did a full-on re-inactment of his car accident and rehab (they showed his scars!) before they showed him singing "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".
Why he could win: Teen girls.
Why he won't win: He's the weak link amongst the guys and he's got an uphill climb since he didn't win the public vote to get into the Top 13.
Prediction: Top 10

Haley Reinhart
Idol introduction: She was shown in the Milwaukee audition singing/shouting "Oh Darling".
Why she could win: No. But she managed to get voted into the Top 13, so she must have some fans.
Why she won't win: The only thing more annoying than her growling is her baby voice singing.
Prediction: JUST misses tour.

Karen Rodriguez
Idol introduction: MySpace's Karen Rodriguez was shown singing "You Give Good Love" in the LA Auditions and then telling Jennifer Lopez that she sang to her when JLo was on TRL back in the day.
Why she could win: She can't win. But she could stay for a little bit with the Latino vote.
Why she won't win: Karen keeps picking boring ballads to sing.
Prediction: Eliminated the first two weeks

Ashthon Jones
Idol introduction: She was shown for the first time in the group round in Hollywood, handling Ashley Sullivan and her leaving and then coming back craziness quite well. I thought she was a standout in that group during their "Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops)" performance.
Why she could win: LOL she's not winning, but her divatastic looks and style could possibly get her by a week or two.
Why she won't win: Most of the other girls are better singers, and she wins the award for most annoying Tweeter amongst the Top 13.
Prediction: Eliminated in the first week


SarahBeth said...

This is really interesting - and I agree with a lot of it. I'll also be interested to see how this pans out as we go through the season.

Michelle said...

I think Haley survives long enough to make tour and torment us all summer.