Blake Lewis saves American Idol (+ The Utube Blog)

I’ve been grading law school exams, so it’s a good time to grade myself (and take a slight diversion from YouTube). Back in February (see here), I made my predictions for the Top 5 Finalists on American Idol out of 24 contestants. It’s sort of an annual guessing game I play in trying to predict who will win Idol months before the winner is selected and usually after only seeing the contestants once. This year, from the final 24, I correctly predicted 4 of the eventual Top 6. That’s not bad.

But, unfortunately, the two that I didn’t pick were the last two women standing, Melinda Doolittle and Jordin Sparks. I admit I made a big mistake in not selecting Jordin (I selected the one-hit wonder Stephanie Edwards instead). I never quite understood the fascination, though, with Melinda, the media’s and the judges’ absolute favorite this year. Yesterday, Melinda was booted in what the media called a “shocker.” I was only shocked that she lasted this long.

Truthfully, this year of American Idol has been pretty forgettable. Some have called it the worst Idol ever. That’s probably true. The guy who has made it halfway interesting is Blake Lewis, who can “beat box” (for those of you who don’t know, it’s basically making sounds like a record scratching and other hip hop/house music noises) in the middle of his singing. Blake’s beat box version of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name” (also here) was the most creative thing ever on Idol.

Blake Lewis also salvaged my predictions this year, since I had him in the Final 2. That keeps my string of predicting at least one of the final 2 contestants going, now for 5 years and running. I goofed up, though, in predicting the winner, since my girl (Lakisha Jones) is already out. I’m definitely slipping. Oh well.

4 Responses to Blake Lewis saves American Idol (+ The Utube Blog)

  1. Louise7 says:

    This past week Melinda finally finished the vocals on her CD! . All of that happens quickly then we will see her CD on shelves this Fall! Also, keep your eye out for her first official single that should be hitting airwaves in the coming weeks. Melinda is going to be throwing a lot of music at us in the coming months so get ready!
    New website to support Melinda career come join us and stop to the forum and read what Melinda have to say! She is a amazing

  2. Louise7 says:

    Good news for you Melinda Doolittle fans! She’s set to release her debut album titled, Coming Back to You on Hi-Fi Recordings in January 09. Produced by Grammy-nominated producer Mike Mangini (Joss Stone, Run DMC, The Jonas Brothers), Coming Back to You was recorded with a team of live musicians in Nashville and New York City.

    The first single, “It’s Your Love” will be released to radio in October.

    Keep you update about Melinda career at melindasbackups is a web site owned by Melinda Doolittle. Melinda’s Backups™ is a non-profit supportive association inspired by Melinda and authorized by her to operate this web site on behalf of her fans.

  3. GriotLori says:

    The ‘fascination’ (as you referred to it) with Melinda Doolittle stems from the fact that a woman this incredibly talented remained in the background for so long. Melinda said during her audition that she needed to prove to herself that she could step out from her BGV-life (Back Ground Vocalist) and perform the lead. Since the clock was ticking on her eligibility, the time was ‘now or never’ – so she chose the ‘now.’

    As for Melinda’s tenure on Idol, she proved that many Idol-fans ( young, old and in-between, text-messagers, power-dialers or just 1-ringy-dingy callers) were being delighted by her performances week-after-week. Regardless of what the naysayers emboldened by their IP-built fiefdoms have spewed out into the blosasphere, Melinda Doolittle is the real deal – a great voice and an exciting performer; and she is poised for a truly legendary career ala her Idols (Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin and more).

    Hope this clears it up for you. 😉

  4. Louise7 says:

    FREE SONG FROM AMERICAN IDOL’S MELINDA DOOLITTLE! GO TO and get it NOW – FREE! New album released on February 3, 2009! Don’t miss it!

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