Season 9 Preview: Ben Honeycutt and Jermaine Purifory

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. We might have even found the wrong person with the same name.

Number 19 : Ben Honeycutt
Home State: Alabama
Style: Acoustic/Metal Christian

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Idol Chatter: Jermaine Purifory
Hometown: Elizabeth, N.J.
Age: 25
Style: Gospel/R&B

Pictures/Myspace/Links for Ben after the jump

Ben Honeycutt:
Picture
Myspace
Pride in the Name of Love
No One (youtube)
Bleeding Love (youtube)
I Don’t Wanna Be (youtube)
Apologize
Youtube Channel

Band: Candlefuse
Myspace
Facebook
Website
Turn Around (video)
Fighter (youtube)
PureVolume

Will this guy ever see the light of day? It’s like somebody mixed Kris Allen with David Cook to come up with this contestant. Yep, another guy with a guitar who can arrange songs. From his covers on youtube, this dude would have no problem navigating the obstacle course of Idol theme nights. He’s already getting buzz in the Idol fandom world. And his name sounds like a popular character from M*A*S*H.

It would be a bit of a shame if Ben did not to make the show. This type of contestant is really popular, but Idol can’t take another artist like this winning a 3rd year in a row. So, can they risk it? He’s talented, though, so should he not get the chance just because he has the same vibe as some previous winners? The Idol stylists would no doubt be able to work their magic on him. I think Kara and Randy would like him. IDK. He’s definitely good and I’d like to see what he could do. The anti-white-dude-with-a-guitar crowd is likely screaming “NOOOOOOO!”

In other news, Jermaine Purifory featured on Idol Chatter looks promising. He’s got a flexible voice with a great tone and is not the type of contestant we’ve seen on Idol for a few years. He’s got a bit of a Chris Brown vibe (without the legal troubles) and would give Idol a male foothold on the Ryhtmic and Urban charts with strong crossover appeal to Pop. But, he’s male and Idol wants a female winner. So, Jermaine might be out of luck this year too.

If you’ve missed some of the Idol Hopefuls for Season 9, checkout the Season 9 Preview Roundup.

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