While the “American Idol” top 3 are all visiting their hometowns this weekend, they also have their work cut out for them. There are three songs that they must memorize before the finale, and they have to do so on little sleep while dealing with thousands upon thousands of screaming fans vying for their attention.
Trying to rank these three at this stage of the competition may actually be one of the biggest challenges the show has faced yet. All three ladies are quite frankly great, though they are great at very different things. We have a soulful powerhouse, a contemporary Christian pop / rock type, and a country crooner with a passion for storytelling. It’s hard to know who has the capacity to win, but we should find out pretty soon.
All three are amazing, so at this point we’re just judging our rankings solely on who we feel as the greatest chances of actually winning this whole competition.
3. Kree Harrison (last week: 2) – Even though she really dives into the music quite possibly more than any of the ladies remaining, she somehow still does not get so into the story that she forgets how to perform. On paper, she has everything a potential winner needs: Great talent, a likable personality, and originality with her performances. The one thing holding her back, sadly is something out of her control and that’s screen time. All season long, Candice and Angie have been more consistently promoted by the show, and while we did have an all-country final two back in 2011, both Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina were constantly pumped out all season long.
2. Candice Glover (3) – We would personally pick Candice to win, just for the sake of her overall body of work. While “Love Song” may be the performance she is remembered for, there have been numerous extremely strong nights for her. Even when a song choice (“Find Your Love”) is not perfect, she is still artistic enough with it to earn major props over some of the other contestants this season. Plus, she has one of the best voices that we have literally ever heard. As angry as we were at “American Idol” last year for cutting her, we’re now so grateful that they did because she was able to come back much stronger this year.
1. Angie Miller (1) – The interesting irony here is that while Angie has had highs in this competition that have been just as strong as Candice’s, she has also had lower lows (like with “Shop Around.”) She may be the most inconsistent of the remaining three, but she also has the best overall track record behind her. She has never landed in the bottom two, appeals to much of the show’s core faith-based demographic, and she also has an emotional undercurrent thanks to being from a Boston suburb. (Note that we’re not trying to trivialize anything that happened there, but just pointing out its impact on the competition.)
We typically like to think that we are very accurate with our predictions, but the honest truth this time around is that anything could really happen, and we’re thrilled about it.
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