Is it time for a girl to win American Idol? Look at the names of the four past female winners: Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks. Now look at the list of the six male winners: Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze and Scotty McCreery. Which ones do you hear on the radio? Which ones do you even remember?
Idol has a good crop of finalists this year. The top four are all deserving of the title. When she sang “I Will Always Love You,” I thought Jessica Sanchez would win but I’ve become more of a Hollie Cavanagh fan over the course of the season. Her cover of “Rolling in the Deep” made me think she had a real chance at the title. Of the men, Joshua Ledet has impressed me, especially with his cover of a Bruno Mars song a few weeks back and his version of “It’s a Man’s World” last night. Phillip Phillips is my least favorite of the four, but only because his style reminds me of the Dave Matthews Band. He does seem to have a lot of fan support. One of the final four gets sent home tonight.
Last month Fox VIP group members were offered the chance to win one of five posters autographed by the Idol top 12. I entered the contest and was lucky enough to win. Oddly, the finalists signed a picture of the judges. The hard part will be deciphering their penmanship.