So I have watched with half an eye the home town auditions, the Hollywood round, the angst of the top 24 notifications up to the top 13 announced last night before this writing-3/2/12.
The Top 13 American Idol Finalists for 2012 are:
Erika Van Pelt
I did have some thoughts on the many singing competitions currently running, their technique, their foibles, their genres.
Whatever will happen in the future, as there are only so many terrific singers on the planet, for now and for the past ten years prior, it is Fox's American Idol that has captured the nation's attention. Indeed many American Idol winners have went on to great fame, a quick list that would include Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and quite a few others. Some snipe that there are many AI winners who go nowhere (what's the latest on Taylor Hicks?) but that's a silly argument. The successful amongst the AI winners/finalists outshine those who've faded to oblivion quite handily.
Since this is AI's 11th year, there are now quite a few AI alumni who, per the rules I must assume, have re-entered the competition. A couple of those former top placers in AI made the top 24, at least one is now in the top 13.
Which brings up this strange thing with 13 finalists. For some reason hyped all over the place, there was a contender that the judges felt deserved a place in the top tier with the chance to possibly win. That person is Jermaine Jones and he was announced as being in the "top 13" so we begin the couple of months of weekly AI eliminations with 13 contenders instead of 12.
Yes, I do have some thoughts and opinions on the final 13. We will leave Jermaine out of the opinions because however this came down, I did not get a chance to hear him perform.
Deandre Brackensick has a head full of gorgeous curls. Deandre did not initially make the top 13 but got to move up via the judge's pick as a wild card.
So that's the initial wrap up. It's a good group, talented, young, performers all.
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