So are you watching this 9th season? Every year I say I’m not going to watch but I get dragged back in. My opinion on who will win? Well here is my handicapping in order of which I think they will finish:
Siobhan Magnus – She’s this really geeky different girl with a big voice. I think people will fall in love with her and really grow with her. She’s unconventional but I think people will vote her to the top in the end.
Aaron Kelly: He’s got the American Idol formula. Young fresh faced boy with a winning smile and aw-shucks attitude will have legions of teenage girls voting for him. Think male version of “Taylor Swift”. Girls will want him to go to the prom.
Crystal Bowersox: Old school Janis Joplin-like singer. I like her sound, but she could get boring if she can’t change it up. Once again another singer with little appeal to the breoader general public. She also needs to get rid of the “I’m bored and too cool to be here attitude”
Michael Lynche: He has the big teddy bear feel just like Rubin Studdard did. He does need to develop an edge and have what Simon Cowell calls: “Your moment”. He’s a nice story, but not good enough in my book.
Andrew Garcia: An early favorite for me, he is starting to wear out his welcome after an initial great rendition of Paula Abdul’s “Straight up”. He has a great following on YouTube and if he pulls out another good number, he will stay a while. He has a strong fan base from the Phillipino community (they love karaoke) and should stick around a bit.
Katie Stephens: Reminds us of Katherine McPhee. The problem is this girl is grown up and so stiff beyond her years coming from an upper class type upbringing. She’s good but pitchy and people don’t relate to her.
Lee DeWyze : Raspy sound in the vein of David Cook and Daughtry. Just not the same talent and a real sleepy personality.
Didi Benami – Cute girl, but she hasn’t stood out at all. I would say she is probably the most unknown person of the season. Peole just don’t know who she is. Guys who vote on beauty will vote for her. Young girls who like pretty role models will also vote for her.
Tim Urban: Boring and young with a capital B. This kid is just getting his votes because little girls love his Zac Efron-esque hair. If I was 17 I’d throw this kid in the square awkward pile. He wasn’t originally supposed to be on the show and now it’s his time to go.