The term “Power Rankings” gets thrown around a lot, and we have a preconceived notion of what it signifies: the listing, in order of quality, of teams/people who are in competition with each other. If you are #1 in a particular power rankings, that means you have the best chance of winning whatever competition you are being ranked for. However, in a majority of rankings, this is irrelevant.
Power Rankings are most often employed in the sports world, but the problem with ranking sports teams is that “best” is not subjective in sports (unless we’re talking college football). One team will eventually win the championship. While one person will win American Idol, the results are based on pure subjectivity. This is why we can do an American Idol Power Rankings, and they can be at least somewhat relevant.
Whereas there are standings in sports, American Idol has nothing of the sort. We aren’t told who almost got eliminated. Therefore, with power rankings, we can at least get a visual map of where the contestants stand as of this point in time. It will also be nice to look back, after the winner is crowned, to see who improved and who fell off as the season progressed.
So, with this in mind, I’ve created my rankings of the remaining sixteen American Idol contestants. My rankings are based on, as of now, who have the best chances at winning the whole thing. They aren’t my personal favorites, but who I judge to be America’s favorites.
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-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer