Yeah. Since I was on a hiatus, I managed to miss the Hollywood rounds and two episodes after the Top 24. But this week’s Top 16 with 8 guys competing to make a place in the final 12 (only 6 seats for the Guys) just blew me. I have to say, season 7 looks much better than the dead Season 6 with Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks in the finals ugh! And oh the uproar about Sanjaya Malakar. Sanjaya did sing good in his audition (Stevie Wander-Signed Sealed Delivered) but that was actually his best. Coming back to this season, the guys this year really have some REAL thing going on. And this is not based on just one episode. I have seen some of the recap performances online and here’s my bet on who will finally make it to the Top 6 guys.
Michael Johns: The Aussie from LA , actually brings in the thunder from down under. Look at his playlist till now. Light my Fire -Doors, Go Your Own way -Fleetwood Mac, Don’t You (Forget About Me)-Simple Mind. This guy plays it cool and definitely is Idol Material. He is at ease on the stage, loves to PERFORM, ain’t shy and of course, sings his heart out.
Jason Castro: Okay I have only heard him sing two songs, missed his auditions. I have heard him sing “I Just Want To Be Your Everything” by Andy Gibb and “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. There is a weird thing about this guy, and Idol loves weird. But yes, his vocals are spot on. The hair is very much Marley and he is actually sure to make it into the Top 12.
David Archuleta: He is the one hyped by all to be the Idol. He performed John Mayers “Waiting on the World to Change “, and his performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” is already on the top 10 downloaded mp3s on iTunes. The kiddish looks and the piano are all set to kill. He performed “Another Day in Paradise ” by Phill Collins and what can I say, he has confirmed his place in the finals. And oh, fans have already picked his nickname -Archies.
David Cook: David Cook’s rendition of Linoel Ritchie’s “Hello” can be sold as a single and can be played in any of those radio channels airing contemporary rock. He is the Daughtry of the year, and doesn’t matter if he’s gonna win or not, but he is defintely star material.
Luke Menard: Why him? Coz he sang Killer Queen. Need any more reasons? C’mon, anyone who can pull off Killer Queen with all those vocal variations deserves to be in the Top 12 of any competition.
Lastly:Chikezie: He has one of the strongest vocals in this competition. Although he didn’t bring the heat with last night’s performance of Whitney Houston’s “All the Man (woman) that I Need”, he still has it. Although I wouldn’t be surprised if he is dropped from the Top 6 for may be, the entertainer Danny Noriega. Well, Idol is known for that.
So what did you think of the Idol Top 12 predictions? Okay, half of the Top 12 predicitions. Did it match yours? I guess Ryan Seacrest will be the only one who can tell if I was wrong or right, this Thursday night. Until then, Adios.All pics and music courtesy Rickey.org
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