American Idol Top 9 Preview

Erik admits to enjoying American Idol.

OK, I admit it. I enjoy watching American Idol on Fox, and it’s on tonight (8:00-9:00 PM ET). In fact, it’s a popular topic during our lunchtime at work. And I think we’re getting pretty good about predicting the results. Tonight’s theme is country music. Here are my thoughts on how it’ll play out.

I don’t listen to (or enjoy) country music, but I am able to separate my personal preferences how I judge the performances. Some of the judges will not be able to do the same, I predict, and some performers will get negative feedback as a result.

The conventional wisdom says that those whose chosen genre is country (Bucky Covington, Kellie Pickler) will have an easy week. I think that Bucky and Kellie have the most to lose, because expectations are so high.

I expect that Chris Daughtry and Taylor Hicks will have no trouble adopting their singing styles (rock and soul, respectively) to the country genre. Similarly, I expect Katharine McPhee to sing well but to perform in a forgettable manner.

I expect that Elliott Yamin, Ace Young, Paris Bennett, and Mandisa Hundley will have the most trouble tonight.

FWIW, here is the order I predict the top 9 will finish overall.

1. Taylor Hicks
2. Chris Daughtry
3. Kellie Pickler
4. Mandisa Hundley
5. Paris Bennett
6. Katharine McPhee
7. Bucky Covington
8. Elliott Yamin
9. Ace Young

And if you want some really good American Idol chatter, check out these blogs:

  1. American Idol Season 5 Blog
  2. Reality TV Magazine
  3. TeleChimp TV NewsMagazine
  4. Various and Sundry » American Idol
  5. Vote For The Worst

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