Season 9 Preview: Samuel Larsen

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 15: Samuel Larsen
Hometown: Murrieta, Ca
Age: 17-18 (based on various dates given)
Style: Soul/Acoustic/Alternative

Pictures/Myspace/Links after the jump

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Sugar Live (youtube)
Viva la Vida (youtube)
As Long as You Love Me (youtube)
I’m Yours (youtube)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (youtube)
Guitar solo of Beat It (youtube)
Youtube channel
Garage Band
Band He Used to Belong to

This guy sings. He dances. He plays the bass, guitar and drums. He’s got amazing cheekbones. What’s to stop this guy? Well, for starters, TPTB have indicated they want a female to win this year and if TPTB don’t get their way, they get grumpy and try to run you over with a bus. Second, the dude totally looks like Jason Castro. As we discussed the other day, you can’t look like a previous popular Idol with distinctive (for the show) looks. Many of the other Idol’s fans will hate you for being a copycat and everybody else won’t take you seriously. So, seriousy, dude, lose the dreadlocks (he won’t listen, but it’s his funeral and MJ will have to get out her stun gun to stop the fanwars). And, if he loses the dreadlocks, he will be called a sell-out. Get used to never being able to win with the Idol commentators. Third, there seems to be a back-lash developing against white dudes who play the guitar and re-arrange songs always winning this show.

There is a tonne of stuff out there about this guy. There is a lot of opportunity to assess his talent and other intangibles. The dude will clearly be able to wow the crowd with playing a different instrument every week. His vocals are good. He’s got a bit of a personality. He’s looks are good enough that he’ll get some people swooning over him. He knows his way around a cover. If he makes the voting rounds, I think he’s a lock for final 5. And that may be what dooms him from ever appearing on the show.

What do you people think? Is this guy a contender? Should he lose the dreads? Does this guy even need the show?

Thanks IdolManiac for the tip. This guy isn’t listed in the big IDF spoiler list, but he is being discussed as a spoiler over at IDF.

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