American Idol 10 Top 11 Redux – Power List!

I’m enjoying Season 10 of American Idol, but what sets it apart from other seasons? I don’t have a favorite yet. Maybe you can chalk it up to a short semi-final season, or maybe it’s one of those seasons where nobody is going to strike my fancy.

It’s a talented cast to be sure–well, not the Best Cast Evah! as TPTB are hyping it. (Can’t blame them for that, Uncle Nigel and company had the big job of righting a seriously off-course ship–by any means necessary.)

I do have a group of contestants I like a lot that includes James Durbin, Casey Abrams and Naima Adedapo. But even last year’s funky season had me rooting for Crystal Bowersox by now.

Hm. Well, on to this week’s power list! There was some serious shuffling around–Casey Abrams and Stefano Langone dropped down the list, while Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk, Naima Adedpo and Haley Reinhart rose. Check it out after the jump.

How would you rank the Top 11 this week?

Here we go again…

1. Scott McCreery – Our basketball-playing country boy is still on top. The fact that Scott survived Motown week is a good sign for him. Elton John has plenty of country-tinged tunes in his catalog, so Scotty should do fine this week. Young Scottie knows who he is, and is sticking to it. that’s going to keep him on the top of the list.
2. Pia Toscano – She’s beautiful, her vocals are perfect, she could be molded into the complete package. She’s likable even if she’s a little dull. Pia is still on top and could win it all. Although, a surprise Tamyra Gray boot at 3 or 4 would not surprise me either.
3. James Durbin – James’ stock keeps rising. His vocal performances have been solid, and his on-air personality increasingly endearing. He could make the finals.
4. Lauren Alaina – The judges love her and her performances are solid. Lauren rises in the ranks, as some of her competitors have fallen.
5. Jacob Lusk – Jacob redeemed himself last week by pulling back and pulling off his Motown performance beautifully. If he can keep it together, he’ll go deep.
6. Paul McDonald – I like the idea of Paul, but his performances have only been so-so. Having said that, he seems to have a serious fanbase going at this point. If he can make his performances more accessible, he’ll stick around longer than mid-pack.
7. Casey Abrams – Casey took a dive on my list after earning the lowest number of votes last week. He obviously doesn’t have the fanbase we thought he did. The after effects of the save will keep him from hitting bottom this week, but Casey has to seriously re-think his strategy if he wants to stick around.
8. Naima Adedapo – Naima didn’t hit bottom last week, which is a good sign for her. But if she performs early this week and has a performance that’s bad/weird, she could find herself in trouble again.
9. Haley Reinhart – Haley’s improved performance (and her short shorts, I suspect) kept her out of the bottom last week. She’s still on the cusp, and has to perform really well to avoid being part of this week’s double elimination.
10. Stefano Langone – Stefano needs to begin taking Jlo and Byrd’s advice. Less corny–more connection. And brush up on your Idol history, dude! Stefano has a great voice, but his execution can verge on the cruise ship.
11. Thia Megia – I think Thia is running on fumes at this point. I can’t imagine her sleepy, pageant like performances are earning her new fans. She’s in danger of leaving this week.

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