Crystal Bowersox appears to be one of the clear and uncontested frontrunners among American Idol’s Top 10 finalists. From the get go the competition looks like it’s hers to lose. Yeah, right. We’ve seen that kind of thing before. If there’s anything that watching American Idol’s past seasons have taught me is that America’s voting public can be unpredictable. Case in point, Chris Daughtry.
She has been my female pick to win the competition since Hollywood week. Her acoustic, singer-songwriter style has lended itself to some very consistently strong performances so far. Is the competition indeed hers to lose? Her back story of being a struggling mom, slash, wannabe singer has seen her get some support from the voting public. Her humble demeanor and quiet confidence only serve to reinforce her popularity. Yes, American Idol is a popularity contest as much as it is a singing competition. At times popularity seems to take a driver’s seat over talent, as seen in Lilly Scott’s early exit from the competition. That was probably a landmark in America’s cultural decline. Perhaps that was too strong. In the end, America is looking for someone they want to hear on the radio and see in various TV appearances. Scott’s music preferences may just have been too far away from the average mainstream tastes.