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“Idol” Top 10 — How does this year stack up?
“Probably as strong a group in the years that I have been watching ‘American Idol,’” country singer Randy Travis, who was this week’s guest mentor, said on Wednesday’s show.
Making the Top 10 is a particular victory on “Idol,” as only ten singers will perform in the show’s annual arena concert tour this summer.
This year, there’s the flamboyantly extroverted Adam Lambert, everyman Michael Sarver, tenderly earnest Kris Allen, gravelly-voiced Allison Iraheta, artful piano man Scott MacIntyre, big-voiced Lil Rounds, charismatic personality Danny Gokey, soulful Anoop Desai, bluesy Matt Giraud and quirky Megan Joy.
Last year’s Top 10 had Chikezie Eze, Ramiele Malubay, Michael Johns, Kristy Lee Cook, Carly Smithson, Jason Castro, Brooke White, Syesha Mercado, David Archuleta and finally David Cook, who ended up winning the “Idol” crown.
But which group was best? Last year, Kristy Lee Cook seemed to barely get through each week’s elimination round and ended as seventh runner up. Similarly, Jason Castro often failed to impress the judges during his run on the show though he ended up finishing in fourth place.
But who are the weak links in this year’s Top 10? So far, the contestants have all shown a lot of promise, as evidenced by Travis’ comment, whereas early on last season some media commentators were already crowning then 17-year-old David Archuleta as the show’s sure winner, even though he instead took the runner-up spot.
The frontrunners so far this year, based on the judges’ comments, include Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta, Danny Gokey and Lil Rounds, although on Tuesday night Anoop Desai, Kris Allen and Matt Giraud vaulted themselves into the judges’ good graces. It’s crowded at the top this year, which means that plenty of the show’s fans will be upset when their favorites go down.
On Wednesday night, it was 21-year-old Memphis native Alexis Grace’s turn to lose out. Did she deserve to go?