'American Idol' Predictions: Who's the Odds-On Favorite to Go All the Way?
Will Scotty's twang take him to the end or does James Durbin truly have a metal edge on the competition. And what about the two remaining ladies? Do Haley and Lauren stand a chance of breaking the boys' three year winning streak? Find out who oddsmakers recommend betting the house on and who has a better shot at winning the Lotto than 'American Idol.'
Odds courtesy of Bodog
Hometown: Idyllwild, Calif.
In a Nutshell: Casey has risen to elite status among the Top 7 via his fantastic vocals and keen musicianship.
Idol Odds: Once an early favorite among oddsmakers, Casey is now at 14-1, putting him in fifth place. His reliance on jazz standards to wow the judges (mainly Randy) may be lost on tween girl voters but this week's 21st century song night could freshen up his act.
Bottom Three: Once, saved after elimination
Hometown: Wheeling, Ill.
In a Nutshell: Haley seemingly sneaked her way into the Top 13 but found herself on the outs straight away.
Idol Odds: Haley's had a rocky 'Idol' ride but has managed to keep the girl power going with Lauren Alaina, as the only remaining female contestants. Currently in 4th place with 10-1 odds, Haley needs to focus on besting Lauren, if voters are keen on keeping at least one girl in the game.
Bottom Three: Three times
Hometown: Compton, Calif.
In a Nutshell: Most of Jacob Lusk's performances leave both the audience, and the 23-year-old church singer, in tears.
Idol Odds: Now in sixth place with 20-1 odds, Jacob's stock has fallen quite a bit since his preachy challenge to America and his unwillingness to break out of ballads. 21st Century song night will be a make or break moment for Jacob.
Bottom Three: Once
Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif.
In a Nutshell: Though he may not be a wild card pick, there's nothing tame about this unpredictable rocker and Adam Lambert-sound-alike.
Idol Odds: If the oddsmakers are right, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery are the ones to beat, this season. Sharing 2-1 odds with Scotty, James has yet to put in a "boring" performance, but his over-the-top, in your face antics could get old quick.
Hometown: Rossville, Ga.
In a Nutshell: Ever since Steven Tyler dubbed her "the one," Lauren's been "the one" to beat. Only 16 years old, she's unshakably consistent with an irresistible, down home charm, to boot.
Idol Odds: With 3-1 odds, Lauren has a real shot at making it to the finale, especially since she and Haley Reinhart are the only remaining girls. Though oddsmakers give James Durbin the edge, I have a feeling Lauren will get a leg up in the weeks to come.
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.
In a Nutshell: Scotty's breezed through the competition for weeks on end, with his bottomless vocals anchored in country music.
Idol Odds: With only James in his way, Scotty's 2-1 odds aren't surprising, as he's never appeared in the bottom three (or even close, we suspect) and the judges praise him to the hilt, week after week. As far as we can tell, it's Scotty's competition to lose.
Stefano Langone (wild card)
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
In a Nutshell: Stefano's a piano man who can also get out from behind the ivories and woo an audience.
Idol Odds: With two consecutive trips to the bottom three, it's not shocking to find Stefano with 25-1 odds. His babyface looks and a breakout performance this week could improve those odds but if he doesn't do something worthy of the "pimp spot," Stefano's 'Idol' run will be over.
Bottom Three: Three times
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.
In a Nutshell: A rising star out of Nashville, Paul's unique tone and composed stage presence made him a judges' favorite. However, Paul's indie roots were often at odds with 'Idol's' mainstream agenda, costing him the competition but getting his band, 'The Grand Magnolias' some major exposure, in the process.
Hometown: Howard Beach, N.Y.
In a Nutshell: Pia went largely unnoticed until she closed out the girls' Top 12 show with an incredible performance of The Pretenders' 'I'll Stand By You.' Quickly established as a top notch vocalist, her unexpected elimination rocked the foundations of the 'Idolverse' and is perhaps the most shocking in the competition's ten-year history.
Naima Adedapo (wild card)
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
In a Nutshell: Naima's another emotional performer who the judges obviously felt America overlooked. Her run in the Top 13 was marked by a number of creative performances, which we can look forward to seeing more of on the 'Idol' tour.
Hometown: Hayward, Calif.
In a Nutshell: Former 'America's Got Talent' star Thia Megia knows what it takes to impress America week after week. Though she didn't make it to the end, Thia will be on tour with her fellow 'Idol' contestants, this summer.
Ashthon Jones (wild card)
Hometown: Valdosta, Ga.
In a Nutshell: Ashthon surprised herself, and many fans, by earning one of the judges' three wild card spots. However, she lacked the consistency to make to the Top 11 (and the tour)
If we were betting the farm on 'Idol,' Scotty McCreery would be our man, with Lauren Alaina a close second, followed by James Durbin. Oddsmakers see it a little differently, but there's one thing we all agree on; this week's elimination. Both Bodog and your trusty 'Idol' editor have Stefano, Jacob and Haley in the bottom three, with Stefano going home. Of course, we've yet to see what this trio brings to the table on 21st Century song night. Speaking of which, we want your input on what the kids should sing to turn this competition on its head!
'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on Fox.