Barring an epic shock, tonight's double elimination on American Idol
was not going to be an earth-shattering event. There seemed to be a clear top three among the fans and the judges: Blake Lewis
, Melinda Doolittle
, and Jordin Sparks
. After that, I sure wasn't going to be surprised by any elimination tonight. And I wasn't. However, now that we have our top four, the overall picture has gotten clearer.
Next week could be interesting, though. I know who I think will be going home, but I'm not going to proclaim it a certainty. To me, the likeliest candidate for elimination next Wednesday is Lakisha Jones
. This is contingent, however, upon Lakisha reverting back to her typical, underwhelming self. She has been prone to flashes of brilliance, as we witnessed yesterday and a couple times earlier in the season, but she has yet to put together a string of great performances. She'll need to if she wants to stick around.
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I'm working under the pretense that, under no circumstances, will Melinda or Jordin be eliminated next week. This is by no means a certainty (remember Chris Daughtry), but those two ladies seem to have a loyal voter base that will vote for them no matter what. And, they've been the two consistently best singers all year and, besides Jordin's little hiccup yesterday, we should expect a solid performance from both next week.
The big wild card, as he has been all year, is Blake Lewis. If he drops another “wow” performance next Wednesday, I think he'll be safe. But, will he have the intestinal fortitude to remix a popular song? Will he be reticent to go out on a limb two weeks in a row?
An all female top three doesn't seem likely and, if I'm remembering correctly, we've never had one before (Oops, it happened during Fantasia's season...thanks JoshHollowayFan)
. I'm calling it early: Lakisha Jones will be eliminated one week from today.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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