For the top 9 round, the contestants were asked to sing the songs of their musical heroes. If it is simply based on musicality and singing skills, this round would have been won by a quadruple tie between Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Elise Testone, and Jessica Sanchez. However, that is not exactly how it works. For this round, I predict that the one who won’t be joining the top 8 round is:
9. Hollie Cavanagh, who made a terrible choice for an attempt of a masterpiece by the most successful Idol so far, Carrie Underwood. Hollie’s rendition of “”Jesus Take the Wheel” actually translates to “Take me now, where are my wheels?” because I’m going home.
8. DeAndre Brackensick has the best falsetto in the entire history of AI and probably in the entire music industry. His rendition of Eric Benet’s “Sometimes I Cry” was almost flawless but either his voice or he himself lacks the X-factor that will keep him in the competition.
7. Skylar Laine sang Miranda Lambert’s “Gun Powder and Lead”. It was good enough to keep him in the middle but not too good to put her on top. This country girl has got to step it up if she wants to earn the title.
6. Heejun Han messed up with his attempt for a comic and revolutionary performance in the top 10 round. Now, he redeemed himself with his version of Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”, which he sang seriously after being reprimanded by Steven Tyler.
5. Elise Testone wowed both the judges and the audience with her version of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love”. From the very beginning, she proved that she has one of the best vocals in the show but she seemed lackluster so she started being in the bottom 3. For this round, she is redeeming herself creeping her way up so her rivals better watch out or else, Elise will steal that crown.
4. Joshua Ledet always showed an amazing performance but was never really considered a front runner. For this round, his version of Mariah Carey’s “Without You” is a breakthrough performance and his best so far. He can win the title if he keeps getting better and his rivals happen to choose wrong songs.
3. Colton Dixon never failed to wow the audience and the judges. This round, his version of “Everything” by Lifehouse is a manifestation of his overtly confession of his Christian faith, which can be either helpful or detrimental to the votes he will be receiving to keep him in the show.
2. Phillip Phillips is undeniably blessed with good looks and a unique captivating voice. His outstanding rendition of Jonny Lang “Still Raining” indeed proves that American votes are still raining on him.
1. Jessica Sanchez has the best vocals in this season, and she still managed to prove that with her slow and soulful rendition of Beyonce’s “Sweet Dreams”. She just needs to spice things up just a little bit more to avoid having the voters shift their attention to other strong contenders such as Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon.