“American Idol” is almost at the top 5, and with that we are mere days away from possibly having our first-ever top 5 that does not include one of the two sexes. If Lazaro Arbos is eliminated next, we’ll have a battle royale of the ladies, and one that should be rather good given that they have all rocked it out at times over the course of the year.
But can we really count Lazaro Arbos out at the moment? This is what we hope to answer in the new addition of our contestant rankings, as performance quality is not the only factor that makes a star. We also have to look at the voting history, personality, and even take into consideration where certain artists have performed recently within the show. (It was easy to tell that Burnell Taylor would go home after he performed on the show first.)
6. Janelle Arthur (last week: 1) – Seriously? We hate to do it, but the public has spoken. We’ve thought that Janelle actually gave the best performances of the night for the past two weeks, but if the country crowd is supporting Kree, what can you do? We also think that Lazaro, regardless of whether or not it is deserved, is going to get a bump as the last guy standing.
5. Lazaro Arbos (7) – We’re really still trying to figure out the best way to go about talking about Lazaro still being here, which is basically America saying that he is the best out of tens of thousands of boys who auditioned for the show this year. Does he have the best story? Possibly, but this is not storytelling hour. Regardless of our opinion, it’s obviously that he has a large following out there, though we’re sure some conspiracy theorists out there may believe that the show revealed the top three Thursday so that his voting block could be lulled into a false sense of security.
4. Amber Holcomb (4) – Amber is in a bizarre holding pattern right now. It’s sad to say, but she probably does not have a very good chance at winning based on the fact that she’s never been revealed to be in the top three, and she has been in the bottom before. However, we expect her to survive to the top 5 with the help of either or fans or the judges’ save.
3. Candice Glover (3) – What was with Candice not getting a top 3 appearance? We attribute it mostly to her voice actually being in some ways too good for its own. You can be drawn to sleep if someone is consistently great week after week, and there is still an issue of vulnerability here that has yet to be addressed.
2. Angie Miller (5) – Meanwhile, Angie is almost all vulnerability and angst as a singer, which is interesting given that her love seems to be contemporary Christian music. She’s been able to survive a couple of pretty bad weeks, and this to us speaks more to her fan following than ever her being in the top three.
1. Kree Harrison (2) – Ultimately, we just look at Kree as this: a strong, incredibly smart country singer who seems to already have Nashville behind her more than most singers in this genre on the show do. She’s friends already with Kellie Pickler, after all, and while some performances have not been exceptional, every single one has been worthy of applause. You can’t hate consistency, and this from her and the voters gives her the top spot.
Who’s your favorite “American Idol” contestant in the top 6? Be sure to share some of your thoughts below, and you can also read some more news about next week’s theme here!