This is our continuation of our preview of possible Season 9 contestants. Remember, that the Hollywood round doesn’t occur until January 9th this year. We don’t know how far any of these contestants might go. And since we never see some of the competition round contestants until the competition starts, we might never see some of these people.

Number 12 : Heather Todd
Hometown: Arkansas
Style: Rock

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A frequent “type” on American Idol, is the red-haired “rocker chick” (with varying levels of credibility). Season 1 had Nikki (F3). Season 2 had Vanessa (F12). Season 3 had Amy (F10). Season 6 had Gina (F9). Season 8 had Allison (F4). Either red-hair dye is part of the job description, confers some magical ability or somebody on the AI production staff has a soft spot for that type (please don’t turn this into a referendum on those red-haired singers. Let’s just accept that some are better than others).

Is Heather Todd going to be the red-haired “rocker chick” for this season? Well, on the one hand she has managed in the past to get some airplay as an Indie artist which is not easy, so she may have some “X-Factor”. On the other hand, at least one reader is bound to listen to her Myspace and think “dime a dozen”. The fact is, it’s often a matter of luck to make it in the music business. For almost everybody who makes it, there are lots of people like them toiling away in local bars, theatres and churches (Hello, Susan Boyle). You have to get noticed at the right time in the right place by the right people. Then, all the extra bells and whistles that comes with exposure and a major label can get you enough attention so that people listen to what you have to sing and find out how talented you are. Sometimes, that right place and right time and right people is American Idol.

So, do I think Heather Todd is something special? Not from her Myspace, but it’s possible with a bit of polishing that she could sparkle more. It’s tough out there for a female rocker. Just check the airplay list for any of the rock formats and it’s a real sausage-fest. But, again, female rocker fills a niche in the American Idol demographic. Perhaps she will be cast to add a bit of contrast in a season that seems to feature a lot of singer/songwriter/mellow types. Plus, they have to cast people to be eliminated leaving room for the people they would really prefer to have win. Perhaps I’m being too harsh, she’s not bad. She’s just missing some je ne c’est quoi for me. Not everybody will appeal to everybody. And some people grow and blossom on American Idol. Some fans like that.

What do you think?

Thanks to itsalleternal for the tip.

 
  • sr4mjc

    lol at sausage-fest

  • sonyab

    Meh. I’m not interested. Unless she can change my mind and wow me on the audition. :) How old is she?

  • jms

    I guess I look at these people different than most. She can sing as well as most. And she’s cute. So what really will make the deciding factor for me is seeing her perform and hearing her speak which there are no links for here. For me, the key in who will make it is a combination of personality, performance persona and musical ability. Notice which was last. I assume they are all coming in with basic singing ability. It’s the personality and performance aspects that will make them stand out or not. Since she’s managed to get some indie play, I’m guessing she’s been out there performing and is pretty good at it. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of her and be able to decide for ourselves.

    And I got a good chuckle at the red-haired rocker chick. I hadn’t watch any seasons prior to S8 and didn’t know this was a slot they seemed to like to fill.

  • itsalleternal

    You’re welcome, needed to find something different – even if she is not unique by any means. It is certainly possible she could make it though, but I am definitely not a huge fan right now.

  • chessguy99

    She seems to be more power pop than rock. The song that got radio play was one of those borderline Christian rock songs. Not to say she’s a Christian artist, but there was enough of a message in the song to get mostly Christian Rock/AC play. The voice is unremarkable. Looking at her MySpace I see Flyleaf as one of her top friends, and I say she is at best a lesser version of their singer, Lacey Mosley. She has management for booking purposes only, and there is a better picture of her on their website I’d have to agree, she could fit the cannon fodder profile, especially if they play the limited exposure game with her.

  • Lauren722

    I actually like her. Though I admit she sounds similar to many other artists already out there. Who knows? Maybe she will bring something different on the show.

  • gangreen29

    not a fan. Also, she is not telegenic at all. If they want a female rocker she could serve as a foil but that is the biggest role I can see her playing. I have a feeling it won’t be any kind of rocker this year though, I think it will be the year of country and r&b, make the show feel fresh again.

  • sr4mjc

    Kind of a loud thin voice, not too impressed.

  • BootStar

    I guess I look at these people different than most. She can sing as well as most. And she’s cute. So what really will make the deciding factor for me is seeing her perform and hearing her speak which there are no links for here. For me, the key in who will make it is a combination of personality, performance persona and musical ability. Notice which was last. I assume they are all coming in with basic singing ability. It’s the personality and performance aspects that will make them stand out or not. Since she’s managed to get some indie play, I’m guessing she’s been out there performing and is pretty good at it. Hopefully, we’ll get to see more of her and be able to decide for ourselves.

    I agree with all of this and would add an ability to adapt to the various genres thown at the contestants with little time to prepare. She’s a pretty decent lyricist, too, so it will be interesting to see if she gets a fair shot or is just given the “cannon fodder” reveal.

    And, yeah, it’s time these young chicks found another look besides the magenta hair. It’s really getting old and they all start to look the same. Kind of defeats the purpose, no? Plus it’s never really worked for any Idol contestant to date.

    Unfortunately, the typical Idol audience expects their female contestants not to be too edgy. Remember the horror some people greeted Carly’s tattoo sleeve with? I’m no fan of tatoos, but hers was pretty at least!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Plus it’s never really worked for any Idol contestant to date.

    ITA

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    ugh Arkansas ;(

  • jms

    Unfortunately, the typical Idol audience expects their female contestants not to be too edgy. Remember the horror some people greeted Carly’s tattoo sleeve with? I’m no fan of tatoos, but hers was pretty at least!

    This is where I think the problem is. The “typical idol audience” is slowly becoming a self fulfilling prophesy. There really is no typical audience. But because the show doesn’t put people with a lot of edge forward, they’ve been losing the younger demographic. Even if a lot of the edgy peeps get voted off, they need to have them to begin with to keep the show alive. All it takes is one or two to get through to the top 12 to reinvigorate the show a little bit.

    As for the tattoo sleeve. The more you put them in front of people, the more comfortable people will become. And I didn’t notice any huge negative reaction to Megan’s tattoos this past year.

  • BootStar

    As for the tattoo sleeve. The more you put them in front of people, the more comfortable people will become. And I didn’t notice any huge negative reaction to Megan’s tattoos this past year.

    Good point! I’d forgotten about Megan’s sleeve (probably because I thought she was an awful singer and did my best to ignore her).

    What they need now is a hard-rocking, angelic-looking, Taylor Swift clone sporting a tattoo sleeve depicting ponies and castles.

  • Kirsten

    You’re welcome, needed to find something different ‘“ even if she is not unique by any means.

    I totally agree. There seems to be a degree of homogeneity amongst a lot of the contestants I’ve been looking at. There definitely seems to be a few types they are going for this year, so it’s interesting to see some of the outliers who will no doubt be cast to supply some contrast to the group (plus, they make the previews less redundant).

    Thanks again for tracking her down. It energizes discussion.

  • Pam

    She not unique enough to stand out (in a good way) from the typical run of the mill top 40 artists IMO. I’d have to see her audition to change my mind.

  • alison8701

    She’s a lot prettier as a brunette, gotta say. The red hair, heavy eye makeup paired with a choker just makes her look like a middle schooler. She looks more sophisticated with brown hair, less like a poser. Kind of looks like Carly, though, but the black hair was really severe on Carly. Stick with the brunette hair, kid! it comes off more genuine, less “trying to be something.”

  • erinnthered

    mj, could you add a “season 9″ or “contestant” tag or something to these? I’ve had to skip over them, but I was going to go back and catch up, only to discover there isn’t an easy way to find the speculated contestant posts.

    Then again, maybe you’re doing it on purpose so as not get these people in trouble? .

  • itsalleternal

    Some of the most unique (and not traditional Idol material) contestants I have found, unfortunately, only have scarce information – such as just a YouTube video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2SyVaR6PTc – Savannah Low (presumably from around Fort Worth, TX, but unsure her exact hometown and unsure her age)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea0TxcEbhXM – Kelsey Madsen (the one standing) – she is 19 and from Cedar Rapids, IA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30B7mXIpMnU – Maddy Curtis (unsure her age, she is from Loudoun County, VA)