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 11:Bryce Larsen
Age: 26 (10/25/1983)
Hometown: Alexandria, Virginia, Long Island, NY
Instruments: Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
Pictures/Myspace/Links after the jump
With this guy, the question you have to ask yourself is if the Idol powers that be want to take the risk of featuring another good looking guy with a guitar and a talent for re-arranging songs. No question, this guy is talented, but with his similarities to the previous winners, will Idol risk having a third winner in this vein? On the one hand, this type of talent is clearly popular with the Idol fan base, is current on the charts, moves singles and will help to sell tickets on the tour. To have nobody to offer this segment of the Idol fanbase would be a mistake. On the other hand, you need to mix up the winners or you turn off other segments of the Idol audience (why even bother watching, you know the dude with the guitar will go far). And this guy seems to be a threat. He’s got the “highschool quarterback” good looks. He’s got a lot of on stage experience. He knows how to re-arrange. He’ll have no problem with the theme weeks. And he can sing.
What would be the bigger mistake for Idol to make? To cast this guy or to not cast him? With this guy, is the bigger misfortune to be cast or not to be cast? Can his band get signed on their own? They really seem to be organized and to be making some headway.
What do you think?
Thanks to Nico for the suggestion.