American Idol – Final 12 Rankings (Pre-Game)

americanidollogo_2.jpgOK, tomorrow night kicks off the real competition.  It’s time for the gloves to come off and the cleats (or pleats in this case) to go on.  So in the spirit of competition, it’s time to roll out the power rankings. In other words, these are my predictions for who will leave spike marks on whose back.  (You never knew vocals could be so violent, did you?)  So here goes:

 

 

Men’s Power Rankings

Women’s Power Rankings

1.  David “Aw Shucks” Archuleta

  • Strengths
  • Overall like-ability; raspy-edged mature voice; speed-dial teen girl fans, confident performer, “aw shucks” personality
  • Weaknesses
  • Too low-key so far, front-runner status can be disadvantage
1.  Brooke “I Dare You Simon” White

  • Strengths
  • Totally unique among all the women, strongly reminiscent of Carly Simon (which can NEVER be a bad thing), underestimated
  • Weaknesses
  • Whole new world for a girl that has never even seen an R-rated movie(although I admire that), environment and experience may catch up to her and overwhelm her
2.  Michael “Double D” Johns – “Dingo Dude”

  • Strengths
  • An Australian accent (always a plus), a strong voice, ability to do “foreign songs” well
  • Weaknesses
  • Is either really good, or just average, still hasn’t risen to the level of his “Bohemian Rhapsody” standard since then
2.  Carly “Take 2″ Smithson

  • Strengths
  • Incredibly strong voice, LOTS of experience
  • Weaknesses
  • A previous contract, too MUCH experience, I think voters will eventually think twice before giving her the win because of it
3.  David “Help Me With My Hair” Cook

  • Strengths
  • Has the most “edge” to his voice of any of the dudes left, seems to be comfortable with himself, benefitted by comparison to Carrico
  • Weaknesses
  • Demeanor, dude just doesn’t seem to be “in it”, May be trying too hard to be cool with an “I don’t care” ‘tude.
3.  Syesha Mercado

  • Strengths
  • Winning personality, good vocals
  • Weaknesses
  • Seems a bit frail and sickness-prone, not particularly distinctive which could drop her lower unless voters find something more to latch onto
4.  Jason “Dreading It” Castro

  • Strengths
  • Like-ability, uniqueness, folksy
  • Weaknesses
  • Doesn’t have a real strong voice, still not completely sure of himself as a performer
4.  Amanda Overmyer                                      “The Rock n Roll Nurse”

  • Strengths
  • Like Brooke W, she is VERY unique, appeals to a voting segment no one else does
  • Weaknesses
  • Like her style, but probably to one-dimensional, not enough range in her voice
5.  David “Busted” Hernandez

  • Strengths
  • Strong voice, confident performer
  • Weaknesses
  • His past history will most likely make his stay a short one
5.  Ramiele Malubay “Barbie”

  • Strengths
  • Pretty good voice, strong support from Asian community (which could move her past Overmyer), very likable
  • Weaknesses
  • Poor song selection, shyness, Lack of confidence while performing
6.  Chikezie “Cheezit”

  • Strengths
  • Luther Van Dross vibe
  • Weaknesses
  • Luther Van Dross vibe
6.   Kristy Lee Cook “KLC”

  • Strengths
  • Looks, nice personality, country appeal (probably the only one with that niche in the competition)
  • Weaknesses
  • Not a very strong voice, seems a bit uncomfortable with herself, doesn’t seem to want to “compete” (which she will have to in order to stay in it any further)

I think anyone in the bottom 2 on either side could easily be the first to go.  It will come down to the first round of performances.  Out of those four, Hernandez has the best voice, but his fate will depend on how people respond to the news of his previous activities.  Since this is a fairly “family friendly” program with those types of viewers, I think it will hurt him.  The least confident performer is Malubay Barbie, but she’s capable of surprising.  So, it all comes down to who will hold up under the pressure.  Should be fun. 

So how are my rankings?  Do you agree?  Who do you see making it all the way?  Who’s going home first?  Predictions here!!!

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3 Responses

  1. I’m not so sure about your faith in Sayesha. I think she’s cute, and I totally dig the crazy hair, but I’m not that impressed with her vocals. And I think Kristy Lee Cook might surprise us all. I think she has more talent than she’s let show yet. I think that the guys are stronger than the girls at this point. We’ll see tonight!

  2. Nice job on breaking it down. This smacks of the last 2 game. Are you playing this season?

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