Monday, March 10, 2008

American Idol Top 12: Who Will Be The First To Go?

I have to be honest -- I was underwhelmed by the American Idol semifinals. Sure, there were some stand-out performances (Archuleta's "Imagine," Smithson's "Crazy On You," Cook's "Hello"), but I felt more ho-hum then I did overwhelmed by excitement with what the contestants were bringing to the stage.

Having said that, I do think this is a strong crop of finalists, and I'm cautiously optimistic that now that we've reached the Top 12 we are in for some truly exciting performances.

Which brings me to the question -- who will be the first of the Top 12 to go? The Beatles theme will be a mixed bag -- the songs are great, for sure, but most don't contain the "money notes" and rockin' tempos often associated with killer Idol performances. So, who will thrive and who will falter? (Plus there's only 25 songs to choose from -- click here to read)

David Archuleta, David Hernandez, David Cook, Jason Castro, Michael Johns, Carly Smithson, Brooke White and Ramiele Malubay should be fine this week -- even if they don't knock it out of the park, they are each coming in with lots of viewer goodwill. I also think, to a slightly lesser extent, Amanda Overmyer should be fine -- she's still unique enough in the competition to stand out.

That leaves Chekezie, Syesha Mercado and Kristy Lee Cook as those most in danger going into the performance round. Of course, it's entirely possible that any of these three could completely knock it out of the park and save themselves. However, Chekezie came thisclose to elimination last week, and unless he starts showing some real personality, he'll be headed home very soon. I do think he earned himself some points with the viewers by being so sensitive to Danny Noriega at last week's elimination episode (how cute was that hug?), and therefore I think he'll be around at least one more week.

Kristy Lee Cook may also be livin' on borrowed time, but if she can countrify a Beatles song at least adequately, she, too, may be able to survive.

Yes, going into this week's performance I think it is Syesha Mercado who is most in danger. This girl can sing, and she's gorgeous, but she just isn't very likable. In fact, I found her reaction to being named to the Top 12 downright obnoxious. Add that to the fact that there is nothing particularly distinctive about her as a performer, and I'd say she's in serious trouble.

As I said, everything could change after the performers take the stage, but that's my bold declaration for the week. Do you agree? Disagree? Who do you think is in danger this week? Sound off below!

READ: Top 12 Only Have 25 Lennon/McCartney Songs To Choose From


NANCY said...

THE blonde bimbo coook

Anonymous said...

David Cook is'nt a blonde. Maybe Nancy has been looking in the mirror too long.

Anonymous said...

I think you must be blonde...poster obviously meant Kristy Lee, not David - they're both 'Cook's....duhh!

Anonymous said...

Duhhh??? Maybe what was said in the 2nd post was'nt a mistake. The 3rd post just shows that someone really does'nt read too closely ... duhhh!!

Maybe the 3rd poster along with the 1st are the 'real bimbos', or one in the same.

Anonymous said...

My prediction on who will go home will be KRISTY LEE COOK.

Syesha will get Ashia's votes.

Chikezie is LIKELY to stay unti Top 7 or Top 6 the least.

Final 2 will come down to David Archuelta and Ramiele Malubay, with David in a CLOSE vote, unless Archuelta pulls a Spitzer.

Anonymous said...

David Hernandez, or possibly Syesha (SyaNOrsha) Mercado.

And Kristy Lee Cook will be around for several more weeks.