While I do fear that a fair few of my fellow TGR bloggers will find it difficult to even read this post, I thought I’d share my thoughts on American Idol and give my official predictions for 2009. I began watching American Idol regularly last year, and despite my incorrect tip for David Archuleta, I’d like to think that my predictions are generally quite accurate. Followers of the show will know that Matt Giraud was voted off from the show earlier today (after guest Quentin Tarantino mentored the Top 7 on the previous night), but was saved by judges Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi, Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell at the last minute, which means two contestants will be eliminated next week.
I do agree with The New York Times’ winner prediction, because it appears Adam’s popularity gets bigger and bigger every week. He is also a very talented singer and entertainer. Allison is also very talented, and I feel Paula’s “special sauce” comment (while somewhat tenuous) is accurate. Kris I feel has also gained a large fan base and his videos certainly show him as a down to earth and experienced individual. He is certainly very marketable, which, honestly speaking, is really what the show’s about. I’ve placed Danny Gokey at fourth in the competition because I feel he has become a little predictable, and while he is a very good singer, does get lost amongst Allison and Adam. I agree with the judges’ decision to save Matt but I also believe that fifth is an appropriate place for him, and something to be very proud of (especially considering he was only given a place after the Wild Card show). Meanwhile, I really consider Rounds’ and Desai’s performances to be quite lacklustre in the past fortnight, and this will lead to their removal after the Disco theme next week. – r.