Blake Lewis saves American Idol (+ The Utube Blog)

May 17, 2007

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.

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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.