If Sanjaya can do it, why not David Archuleta? So what if Archuleta is still a teen-ager? He is writing a memoir set to come out June 1.
It’s called “Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance.” You can pre-order his book at amazon.com.
With 16 left and four set to go home Thursday, let’s look at where each candidate stands:
VIRTUALLY GUARANTEED SAFE:
1. Crystal Bowersox. She would have to have a serious medical condition pop up again not to make it to the top 12, even if she has an off week. She is probably the only one who can get away with a bad performance.
2. Lee DeWyze – The guy still hasn’t sold me yet, based on one good performance last week. He still seems deeply uncomfortable on stage and he sounds too much like Chad Kroeger to me, minus the swagger. But the judges love him and he does seem like he could be packaged as a “current” artist. I can’t see him going home even if he has an off week.
3. Andrew Garcia – He has sincerity, a unique style and decent chops. But can he change it up? There has been a certain sameness to his performances so far.
4. Siobhan Magnus – She was virtually ignored before the semifinals but has made a reasonably good impression so far. She has a beautiful voice and a quirky personality, but I’m not sure she has picked the right songs yet. I suspect she has the ability to sing virtually anything decently so whatever happens, I think she’ll get the votes.
5. Casey James – After a solid, confident “Heaven,” he fell off the deep end with a lame version of Gavin DeGraw, great guitar playing or not. Which is the real Casey James? Maybe we’ll find out this Wednesday.
6. Michael Lynche – He is Mr. Back Story with decent soul chops. He really stood out last week with the best male performance of the night with “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” I don’t sense him in any real danger but there’s definitely a skeptical contingent out there.
ON THE FENCE
7. Katelyn Epperly – I liked her Coldplay performance last week but I’m not sure what type of artist she is. That could hurt her in the voting department.
8. Katie Stevens – She has a wonderful voice but sings like she’s in a cabaret from 1937. If she’s going to draw votes, she’s going to have to mod it up a bit, maybe enter this century.
9. Paige Miles – She grinned her way through “Walk Away,” not quite capturing the point of the tune. But she has basic vocal talent. With the duller Michelle Delomar out last week, there isn’t another female R&B singer of her ilk left so that will keep her safe if she has a good performance this week.
10. Lilly Scott – She’s quirky but less talented than Siobhan. She is a bit Bjorky that way. I’m not sure that will necessarily draw votes.
11. Aaron Kelly – He doesn’t seem quite ready for primetime, though probably more so than Haeley Vaughn, eliminated last week. He lacks the experience. song selection skills and confidence. He might sneak through simply based on cuteness but I don’t expect him to be around too long.
12. Alex Lambert – Like Tim Urban, he’s got that cute thing going (mullet or not) but has a better voice and stage presence. He improved last week so if he can take it up another notch this week, he might be able to sneak through to the top 12.
13. Didi Benami – Meow! Meow! She could be this year’s Megan Joy mixed with season seven’s Brooke White (at least visually). I liked her more the first week of semifinals but last week, she took a tired song and didn’t add anything interesting to it.
14. Todrick Hall – The man has originality on his side and some passable chops. But he doesn’t seem to know how to re-arrange songs properly. I have a feeling he may be toast this week when he attempts to simply ape a tune, which is what the judges were telling him to do.
15. Tim Urban – He’s really over his head. He has a cute look but mediocre (at best) voice. He was the sub for Chris Golightly. There’s a clear reason why he didn’t make the top 24 in the first place.
16. Lacey Brown – Two subpar performances and she’s still around. She’s going to have to not just pick the right song this week but excel vocally to survive.
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