I just finished doing something I’ve actually never done before: I just powervoted for American Idol for 2 STRAIGHT HOURS. Why did I do this with my precious hours of free time? I’ll tell you why: It’s top 6 week.
Top 6 has been a heartbreaker for me ever since I first started watching in season 5. Since that season, the 6th spot has always gone to one of my favorites.
In season 5, the 6th spot went to the adorable albeit slightly clueless country powerhouse that was Kellie Pickler:
Season 6 saw off Phil Stacey, my personal #2 (after the untouchable awesomeness that is Melinda Doolittle of course) in the #6 spot, in what I still think is the #1 most totally awesome sing-out in Idol history:
Season 7 had the shocker elimination of my absolute favorite, the ridiculously talented Ms. Carly Smithson:
Season 8 we lost my boy Anoop Desai, whose Idol appearances have apparently been deemed too awesome for YouTube, but you can find one of my favorites here. (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page)
and finally last season, top 6 marked the end of the competition as I (cared to) know it with the ouster of TTATA superstar, the hilarious, the ridiculous, the infinitely awesome SIOBHAN MOTHAFUCKIN MAGNUS!
(yeah, go back and watch 2:54 again. And again. Ladies and gents: SIOBHAN MOTHAFUCKIN MAGNUS!!!)
Which brings us to this season. Now, let me start by saying that the talent pool this season has been ridiculous. This year’s top 11 as a whole could slay every other top 11 since this show started. Past contestants and so-called professionals who have come on the stage this season to perform on results nights have regularly been upstaged by these guys. I’m willing to predict that this season will produce a larger number of actual viable recording artists than any other season before. They’re that good. That having been said, there’s this thing happening where a “chosen 3” are beginning to emerge. 3 of the top 6 are already being fitted for that Idol crown and tonight that push was harder than ever. This makes me all the more nervous because it’s top 6 night, and because it just so happens that none of my favorites are among the chosen 3.
SO, I’m here tonight to talk about my favorites of the top 6 – the Unchosen 3, if you will – in the hopes that by throwing love out into the universe for them I might be able to stop the inevitable and keep one of them from becoming the next on my long list of top 6 heartbreakers.
First up, the one and only Jacob Lusk. Jacob’s first shining moment came in Hollywood when he gave this stunning performance of God Bless the Child:
100% perfect? Not at all. Completely over the top? Absolutely, but that’s what’s so amazing about Jacob. He’s been getting crap for the past few weeks for not always being technically perfect and for pulling faces and being crazy, but you know what? Technical perfection isn’t everything. Boyfriend is the epitome of a soul singer; his voice comes from somewhere else entirely. I don’t care if he hits bum notes once in a while, I don’t even notice because I’m too busy grinning from ear to ear. I can’t help it – he’s so sincere and adorable and TALENTED as hell and when he’s on… ooh boy, it looks a little something like this:
I mean COME ON, how epic would it be to see him at the end of this thing under a shower of confetti?? TOO EPIC!
Rounding out the Unchosen 3 are Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhart. I bring them up together not because they’re my new all-time favorite Idol power couple (though they are), but because they’re an interesting contrast for me. On one side we’ve got Casey, who has been a favorite of mine since day one (proof you ask? check who’s numero uno with an asterisk in my auditions guide!). He started strong and he’s been consistently solid throughout the competition. He isn’t afraid to take chances, even after they blow up in his face, and why should he be? Even on his worst nights, he’s still got the best ear for music of almost anyone in the competition. Like Jacob, Casey has gotten some crap for his over-the-top antics, especially his tendency to pull crazyface and growl during songs, but I for one love it. Boy can sing anything and he’s got a great sense of humor. What’s not to love? Case(y) in point:
Haley and I didn’t start off quite as well as Casey and I did. In fact, if I recall correctly, I was all ready to punch a girl in the face when she made it into the top 13 over the likes of Kendra Chantelle and Lauren Turner, but then a funny thing happened – she got good, and then she got really good, and then she got DAMN GOOD. She was one of those who always had potential, had the goods, but never quite pulled it together and I didn’t think she had it in her, but then SHE DID and it was TOTALLY AWESOME. This was the performance that officially converted me:
It’s possible that the awkward dancing had a little something to do with my falling in love, but COME ON! THAT VOICE! AMAZING! For some insane reason the girl still hasn’t really ever found her way out of the bottom 3 since the top 13 kicked off, but while some contestants have been more consistently good than she has, she just keeps getting better every week. I’m holding out hope she’ll pull an Elliott Yamin and fight her way into the final 3 against all odds.
Need more proof of how totally awesome Haley is? Check this performance she did with Casey a few weeks back. Honestly this might be THE coolest thing I’ve ever seen on Idol:
Can I get a SHWABAM???
So here’s to the Unchosen 3, to an upset tomorrow night, to anything but the inevitable Scotty-James finale (pleeeease!) and to finally ending the Top 6 Heartbreak Streak!!