A light at the end of Idol's tunnel
Boy, that's rough having to learn a couple songs in a week; I think the challenge took its toll on the contestants. Those guys couldn't have looked or sounded more tired -- a fact which wasn't lost on the judges, it seemed.
There was very little love coming from the judges' table tonight. Only Jordin and Melinda seemed to get any praise on a night that should have been Blake's moment to stand out.
Granted, there's only so much you can do with '70s dance tracks, but it's dance music nonetheless. And you'd think that'd be enough to give him an edge.
I don't think he's at risk though. Lakisha didn't do so well either, and Blake fans aren't likely to jump ship this far into the competition. My prediction is that Lakisha says adios tomorrow night and Blake leaves the island next week. There might be a slight chance he gets into the finals, but that's as far as he'll go.
My not-so-early prediction for the finals is Melinda vs. Jordin, and between those two I think Jordin has a wider appeal. I think she's most likely to win this thing. That is, unless one of the others has an ace up the sleeve.
In which case, now's the time. Simon was right when he said that in the final four, he expects greatness. During the competition, the times when you can't get by on being OK are at the beginning and the end. I think the audience is really paying attention then and open to change because of a good or bad performance.
Plus, I think you have to take into consideration that the ratings get a boost in the last couple episodes and those new viewers vote without biases.
I like this part of the competition. All the tension and drama are fun ... plus, I feel like I've run a marathon keeping up with all of it, and now there's a light at the end of the tunnel. Hallelujah.
Answers to Reader Questions:
Who is your personal favorite? Do you think they have a shot at winning? Why or why not?
My favorite this year was Chris Sligh ... No shot at winning. But, I think he could have a solid career if he's smart.
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Jon Peter Lewis was a finalist on the third season of "American Idol." His newly released debut album, "Stories From Hollywood," is available everywhere online and can also be downloaded at americanidol.com. Visit Jon's Web site for more.