Mac’s Top 15 Power List (Guys)

I’ve toyed with how to do this list. I’ve decided to do the Guys tonight, and the Girls tomorrow. 30 people in one post is a little long. I don’t want to lose your focus. Plus, now that we know some of the song choices, it’ll be a little bit easier to judge.

15) Bryant Tadeo- I don’t think Heaven is the way to get into the Top 10 guys, unless everyone else is just terrible. It’s a boring karaoke song that reeks of what Idol is trying to move away from. Plus, Elijah making the top 10 boys really does hurt Bryant a little bit, even if no one will admit it.

14) Vincent Powell- I’m sure he’s a very nice person, and the fact that he *might* have the pimp spot should change my mind a bit, but Vincent seems like fodder to me. I think there are better voices in the top boys, and Vincent’s song choice has left me wanting. Can Vincent REALLY knock out Burnell, Cortez, or David? I don’t think so.

13) Mathenee Treco- His song has been done to death on Idol, and Mathenee has a tendency to not know how to not go “over the top”. He’ll go too far, and do too much. I don’t expect Mathenee to make it past this week. A reserved performance would come across as boring, but a crazy performance will be told he did too much. He really can’t win, as unfair as that may be.

12) Gurpreet Singh Sarin- I’m becoming less convinced that the producers intend to let America decide on Gurpreet. After JDA’s mind boggling elimination last week, the producers seem to not want to let America vote on their controversial contestants, and GPS could fall victim to this curse.

11) David Willis- David has to overcome a lack of screentime and connect with viewers. That’s a long term problem. In the short term, he has to convince the judges that sending home one of their favorites is a necessary evil to keep him in the competition. I’ve heard he’s playing guitar, which is always a good thing on this show.

10) Lazaro Arbos- How the mighty have fallen. I can’t take his song choice seriously, and I think that if David is good, he’ll steal Lazaro’s spot. Sorry. I realize he’s had a ton of screentime, but his song choice seems like he’s trolling us or something. Plus, Charlie made it, and I can’t see BOTH Charlie and Lazaro in the top 10 boys.

9) Josh Holiday- Josh benefits from the elimination of Johnny Keyser last week. He’s now more unique. His song choice isn’t original, but is always a favorite when it is sung on the show. I think if he does it well, he could eek into the top 10 boys, but he has a long road to the top 5 boys.

8) Charlie Askew- Most of America heard a weak vocal performed by a terrified young boy. The judges heard something else, and that’s why Charlie stuck around. I think Charlie is already starting to overstay his welcome, and he’s likely going home in the top 10 boys, unless the judges drop a wild card on him.

7) Elijah Liu- He’s really current, but he drew mixed reviews from the Idol fanbases. Some people think he’s cute, others note his weak falsetto. He’s polarizing, like Stefano. Song choice is VERY key with Elijah, because if he chooses too big of a song, he could go home for delivering an awful vocal that even the fangirls can’t get past.

6) Cortez Shaw- I think his song choice this next week is really interesting. Very current. Just the type of thing he should be doing on the show. He’s got some competition though, and he’ll have to fight his way into the top 5.

5) Curtis Finch Jr- Lucky for Cortez, Curtis Finch Jr exists. I’m having a hard time figuring out if Curtis can get enough votes to get into the top 5. He’s really smug, and he’s obviously an asshole. Will people feel moved enough to vote for him? Everything I’ve heard basically praised him as the best vocal of his night, which gives him a slight edge. Anyone who remembers his comments during Hollywood Week, however, may have a different opinion. It’s easy to compliment someone for their voice. It’s a whole different monster to pick up the phone and dial a number for someone.

4) Nick Boddington- I don’t know what his song choice is, so it’s hard for me to put him up this far. But I’m gonna do it anyway. I think Nick earned a lot of goodwill in his last performance, and something tells me he’ll be at the piano this week.

3) Devin Velez- Made a lot of headway with his cover of Listen, attracting the spanish voting audience to him. Smart move. He’s a really talented vocalist, and at this point, I think he should have no problem convincing enough people to pick him and get him into the top 5.

2) Burnell Taylor- People still seem to love Burnell on Twitter. I saw a lot of posts during last nights show on Twitter of people complaining that Burnell wasn’t singing. He seems to have struck a chord with America. Providing that the producers put him through to the top 10, I’m confident that America will vote him into the top 5 boys.

1) Paul Jolley- As the last remaining male country singer, I’m going to put Paul at the top of this list. It’s temporary, but I feel like he’s got the most forward motion coming out of last weeks show. Need I remind you of the last 5 American Idol winners? I actually don’t think Paul will go farther than 6th or 7th in the long haul, but for right now, he seems like a favorite among the fans.

Join me tomorrow, when I rank the girls. I’m actually unsure if ANY of these boys are winners. I feel like this is Season 3 all over again when all the boys are just incredibly weak and the girls are amazing.


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  • jammasta

    Just replace Curtis with Josh, Charlie, or David (whom I have NEVER heard, by the way) and that would be a good Top 5 guys (although I have no idea how David sings). 

  • blackberryharvest
  • Katie

    Im still really bummed that the blonde curly haired Jimmy Smith isn’t in that group….very talented guy that definately should have been.  :( 

  • LeahKittyS

    Okay guys, please bear with me, but this is how this week’s performing guys rank in my book so far. 1=no chance, 2=slim chance, 3=possibility, 4=good chance, 5=lock.

    Bryant Tadeo – 2
    His name was mentioned, but no singing heard yet. He’ll need a breakout performance to pass.

    Burnell Taylor – 4
    Based on his audition and Hollywood solo, he stands a good chance of passing. Downgraded from a 5 because there are several contenders for his niche.

    Cortez Shaw – 4
    Based on his Hollywood solo, he stands a chance of passing.

    David Willis – 1
    Not shown at all thus far. Will need a breakout performance to pass.

    Gurpreet Singh Sarin – 3
    Based on his audition and Hollywood solo, he stands a chance of passing. Downgraded from a 4 because his “ethnic” image and penchant for turbans may turn certain viewers away.

    Josh Holiday – 3
    Based on his audition, he stands a chance of passing.

    Lazaro Arbos – 4
    Based on his audition, Hollywood solo, and producer promotion, he stands a good chance of passing. Downgraded from a 5 because TPTB may decide his stuttering could stall production.

    Mathanee Treco – 2
    he was only shown in a snippet during the Hollywood solos. He’ll need a breakout performance to pass.

    Nick Boddington – 5
    Based on his breakout Hollywood solo, he’s a lock for the Top 10 men.

    Vincent Powell – 2
    Based on his audition, he stands a chance of passing. Downgraded from a 3 because he received no screen time in Hollywood.

    Questions? Comments? Words of wisdom? Sound off!

  • girlygirltoo

    Of the last 5 winners, only 1 is a country artist, so I’m not sure how that is supposed to help Paul more than the other guys. And in terms of personality, he seems much more high strung than any of the 5 previous winners, all of whom were very chill dudes who never seemed bothered by anything that happened on Idol. Paul keeps bursting into tears, so I wonder if he has the ability to stand up to the stress — which is only going to get worse as the competition progresses.

  • Larc

    Mathenee Treco isn’t the only one singing a song that’s already been sung several times on Idol.  “A Little Less Conversation” has been sung 4 times: by John Peter Lewis in S3, Chris Daughtry in S5 (it got him eliminated), Jackie Tohn in S8 (it was also her swan song) and Lee DeWyze in S9.  “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” has also been sung 4 times.  And “Imagine” has been sung 6 times, 2 of those by David Archuleta.

  • girlygirltoo

    Can someone explain to me why Elijah is considered very current? Just because he sang a Bruno Mars song (and not particularly well, I’ll add) doesn’t make him a current artist. I appreciate that he didn’t sing a boring ballad from the 1960’s or something, but being a current artist means more than trying to copy some other artist’s look and style, which is pretty much what I thought he did (or tried to do).

    Now, last week was the first time I saw Elijah, so maybe his other performances give more credence to the idea that he is current & marketable? Because, based just off what I saw last week, I’d say “not really” to that idea.

  • yummmybanana

    I hope Bryant can make it through…I listened to some of his youtube performances since we hadn’t seen anything from him on the show yet and he really is quite good. Very strong R&B/pop type voice. And lol at “Elijah making the top 10 boys really does hurt Bryant a little bit, even if no one will admit it.” Sooo true — that was my thought as well. 

  • daewoo94

    Guaranteed spots: Nick, Lazaro, Burnell (They’ve all received a good amount of hype due to backstories and breakout performances)
    Definitely not: Bryant (Elijah making it definitely hurt his chances and his song choice is a little boring)

    Everyone else has a fair shot in my mind. 

    Cortez has a massive range and has powerhouse vocals. A great performance would give him a spot.
    David is an interesting case. If you youtube his videos, you can see he has a different vibe then most american idol artists. I could see him surprising many people Thursday night…
    Gurpreet could make it, and then again he might not. It all depends on the judges critiques. 
    Josh is another that could go either way. It depends on whether he can bring something to the table that the other white guys haven’t yet.
    Mathanee has another powerhouse of a voice. If he doesn’t over-sing he should stand a good chance.
    Vincent has a good tone and good control. Although I have a little trouble seeing Vincent beating out Cortez, Burnell, or Mathanee. 

    My prediction: Nick, Lazaro, Burnell, Cortez, and drum roll… David! :0

  • asherlev1

    Please please please let Nick make it! After that, I would really love for Burnell + Lazaro to make it.

  • asherlev1

    Oh and Gurpreet!

  • Kariann Hart

    I still don’t like the fact that some of the contestants have had virtually no screen time.  Some have terrific performances on YouTube.  I am anxious to see what happens both nights!

  • Pat S

    I’m rooting for David Willis this week. Stellar folk sound. Shame he hasn’t gotten any airtime.

  • Jonathan Frahm

    WHOA. Right up my alley. Love him!

  • Katie

    please bring back Jimmy Smith as a wildcard!!! 

  • Erlinda

    For me, Burnell breakout performance is that song Jar of Hearts. He sang that song with his heart and soul. That put him in my list as one of the top 10. Can’t wait to hear more from him.