I nailed my power list this week, but wish I hadn’t. I was rooting for early favorite Laci Kaye Booth to make next week’s (May 19) American Idol finale, but it wasn’t meant to be. Instead, it was Laine Hardy, Alejandro Aranda and Madison VanDenburg who will sing for the crown. Wade Cota had a good run, but he was also eliminated.
Laci is a more mature singer than young Madison, but the ability to hit major power notes counts for a lot on singing shows. Not that major vocal chops have been necessary for Alejandro Aranda’s success. He doesn’t even have a notable backstory! But Alejandro is an impressive songwriter and musician. Those skills are taking him far. I for one, am not complaining. Laine, a returnee from last year, has made all the right moves. He’s playing the game strategically.
The judges don’t offer up much criticism, but they weren’t subtle about their favorites last night. Madison, Laine and Alejandro closed the show, respectively, and in each case, Lionel implored viewers to VOTE VOTE VOTE for each one. Wade got what amounted to the kiss off goodbye speech.
Next week’s results will be interesting. Will the southern white(ish) dude win as they often do? Or will an Southern California Hispanic musician with a quirky edge (and impressive socials) take it all? Or will Madison go all dark horse and snatch the win? Stay tuned!