I’m off Monday and Tuesday. Feel free to use this space to talk about “Idol” stuff until I’m back Tuesday evening from the West Coast.
Deirdre will surely be your guide and your confidante on breaking news.
Although I completely botched my prediction last week, I did have Elise Testone on the bottom of my Power 6 last week. The week before, I had Colton Dixon at the top.
At this point, we know each singer’s strengths and weaknesses. Will someone do something as gutsy as Bo Bice did during the top 3 show and sing a capella on a song hardly anybody knew? Will someone screech their way out like Danny Gokey on that Aerosmith song?
My power 5
1. Phillip Phillips. Although he was just okay last week and picked a Dave Matthews Band song that only big Dave Matthews Band fans would have embraced, he remains the only contestant who has never been in the top three. Colton’s absence appears to have helped him. These two factors should help him get to the finals and a possible victory the way things are going. (last week – 1)
2. Jessica Sanchez. Despite her low vote count, now three weeks in the past, she has remained safe the past two weeks. Her fan base will likely not be so complacent again. I’m just not clear if Hollie leaves next, will that help Jessica? (last week 2)
3. Joshua Ledet. Last year, Jacob Lusk finished fifth. I did a poll on the live blog and the fans were split between him and Jacob. I generally prefer Joshua though his full throttle style doesn’t always move me. Still, he has only been in the bottom three once and he is beloved by the judges. (last week 4)
4. Skylar Laine. I am a big fan of hers but the fact she landed a second time in the bottom three last week indicates some weakness in support despite a good week. I’m a big country music fan and I appreciate her Reba-esque style. (last week 3)
5. Hollie Cavanagh. I think she also had a very good week last week and being in the pimp spot, I think, saved her. I’m not sure what she can do to get past the other four at this stage, since she’s been in the bottom three four times now. She has improved over the weeks and is singing with more emotion but she seems to have gotten as far as she could. (last week 5)
- Before I left, I did see Ryan Seacrest signed a deal with NBC which will. Though he will still host red carpet events, he will no host E! News daily, and stopped doing it when “Idol” started in January anyway. Besides doing work at the Olympics, as previously announced, he will be a special correspondent for the “Today” show and provide content for prime-time, too, though the network wasn’t too specific. Interestingly, this means he will now be active on Fox (”American Idol”), ABC (”Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve”) and NBC.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk