At the moment, there are technically 16 guys left on “American Idol XIII,” and it’s pretty easy to feel good about the entire group. You have a nice little mixture of everyone you would love to see, whether it be soulful artists, singer-songwriters, country singers, or people with the potential to make waves in the pop world.
The photos below do include Ben Briley and Neco Starr, whose fate at the moment does still lie in the hands of America. You can see all of them below, and while we don’t know all the contestants well enough just yet to do some sort of fair contestant ranking (that will start next week), we are at least comfortable enough now to do the same thing that we did yesterday with the top 15 girls: Finding the three singers who are going to be the most interesting to watch.
3. Maurice Townsend – While he was at times a little inconsistent in the early rounds, he’s got a whole heap of soulful talent within that voice. He’s also had a pretty substantial story arc so far as a dad trying to make his dream come true and care for his family … which will probably lead to votes when you get to the live rounds.
2. Dexter Roberts – We said yesterday that Brandy Neelly was our favorite female country singer since Kellie Pickler on the show, and Dexter may be our favorite male country singer ever on here so far. The man is just as country as country can get, and while we’re not the biggest fan of the genre, there is just something about him that feels real, genuine, and wholly authentic.
1. Alex Preston – Is he the second coming of David Cook or Kris Allen? It’s a little early to anoint him as that yet, but he brings some of the same stuff to the table: Musicianship, an interesting voice, and also artistry. We’re more excited to see his song choices than anyone else in the competition.
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