The Next American Idol: Lakisha Jones

February 23, 2007

Sorry, I’ve been insanely busy this week and will be skipping my usual “Video of the Week” selection. In its place, I have my American Idol predictions.

This is a slight diversion from YouTube, but each year, I like to predict the winner of American Idol during the preliminary stage even before the 12 finalists are selected. Sometimes, I’ve picked the winner based on just the tryouts based on a standout performance in the very beginning. My record right now is 2-2. I correctly predicted the winners of Season 2 (Ruben) and 3 (Fantasia). I missed on Season 4 (Carrie Underwood) and 5 (Taylor Hicks) — although I did have them in my final 3 and my picks (Bo Bice and Katharine McPhee) did make it to the finals. (As far as Season 1, I wasn’t even watching then. Sorry, Kelly Clarkson.)

This year, I haven’t been following Idol that closely. I’ve seen everybody once, though. So here are my picks:

Top 5: Lakisha Jones (bank teller w/ Taylor Hicks energy), Blake Lewis (beat box guy), Phil Stacey (bald guy), Chris Richardson (Justin Timberlake wannabe), and Stephanie Edwards.

Top 3: Lakisha Jones, Blake Lewis, Stephanie Edwards.

Top 2: Lakisha Jones (bank teller), and Blake Lewis (beat box guy).

The Next American Idol: Lakisha Jones (bank teller). OK, I only saw Lakisha sing once, but she gave the only performance of the year of any Idol contestant that sent chills up my spine (video also available here). She reminds me of Taylor Hicks in energy and ability to leave a lasting impression. Even if she didn’t win, I will remember that one performance. Pretty mind blowingly amazing.