Monday, March 11, 2013

American Idol Final Four Forecast

I've been a fan of American Idol since Season 3, a season that gave us the likes of Fantasia Barrino, Diana Degarmo, and of course, the most successful singer from that batch, Jennifer Hudson (who is looking absolutely stunning and svelte these days). I have not missed a season since then, that is, until this current season came rolling around.

I watched the first few episodes but found myself quite put off by Nicki Minaj, who came off as too talkative and too dominating of the panel. I just wasn't interested to watch anymore.

But thank God for late night replays, I got to unintentionally catch some of the semi-final round and saw that the judges (Minaj, whom I'm starting to warm up to, included) actually picked a good crop of singers this year.

Here are my picks to get to the top:

Candice Glover - I was blown away by her performance of one of my favorites, Ordinary People by John Legend. Amazing vocals from this lady from South Carolina, whose third time trying out for American Idol finally paid off.

Candice Glover performing Ordinary People by John Legend
Video courtesy of Fox / American Idol

Candice Glover performing Like a Star by Corinne Bailey Rae
Video courtesy of Candi Rickelle (Candice Glover)

Angie Miller - Overcoming significant hearing loss (40% on one ear, 20% on the other), this incredibly talented artist wowed the judges from her first audition. She's my bet to win the competition this year. She's like the female version of Colton Dixon, who is one of the most successful out of last year's batch. Incidentally, Angie sings a Colton song, which got her a stint as one of the five girls advancing to the live shows.

Angie Miller performing her own composition Set Me Free
Video courtesy of Fox / American Idol

Angie Miller performing Colton Dixon's Never Gone
Video courtesy of Fox / American Idol

Angie Miller performing Bonnie Raitt's I Can't Make You Love Me
Video courtesy of Angie Kristine Miller 

Devin Velez - This Chicago Barista has been belting out songs in English and Spanish, which makes him a standout for me among the guys. 

Devin Velez performing Somos Novios (It's Impossible) first recorded by Perry Como
Video courtesy of Fox / American Idol

Amber Holcomb - What an strong contender this one is! And pretty, too! I love that she got a makeover and some confidence to go with the new look. My favorite song she's sung so far is her rendition of My Funny Valentine.

Amber Holcomb performing My Funny Valentine by the late great Frank Sinatra
Video courtesy of Fox / American Idol

There you go. My fearless final four forecast for American Idol Season 12. Can't wait to see them perform live these next several weeks!

I'd love to know: Who do you think will make it to the end? 

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