In this age of writers' strikes and a lack of scripted television, it's nice to welcome American Idol back to the small screen. And as always, the first few weeks worth of episodes are the guilty pleasure shows, full of the people you love to hate. Or hate to love. The ones that literally make you cringe when they open their mouths. The ones that send chills down your spine, and not in a good way. But among the costumed freaks with delusions of grandeur, there are always a few diamonds in the rough.
One of my favorite parts of watching American Idol is predicting who will make it and who won't. Now, at this point, it's impossible to guess which of the singers will be in the top 12. But we'll get there eventually. For now, I just want to pick the few that I think will actually make it past the first week in Hollywood.
They sent 29 people through to the next round, but they obviously couldn't show all of the winning auditions. But of the ones they showed, there are three that stand out for me. First is Angela Martin who sang Stevie Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered. She seems like a really sweet girl and she's got a good voice. But she will have to step it up when she gets to Hollywood.
Next is Kristy Lee Cook who sang Amazing Grace. The song choice alone gives her bonus points in my book. She has a fantastic voice. I'm fairly confident that she'll at least make top 24, possibly top 12. Again, hard to predict on the first night. There could be people in Dallas tomorrow night that blow her out of the water.
Finally we have Chris Watson singing Uncle Kracker's Follow Me. This guy has a really good voice and a good look for American Idol. Of the guys tonight, I think he was the best. Another top 24.
See you tomorrow night for the Dallas auditions.