I only like half of the remaining six: Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, and Haley Reinhart. The other half is simply the most overrated triumvirate that Idol has had EVER. James Durbin is too hit and miss, Lauren Alaina Suddeth is reason enough to raise the age minimum to 18, and Scotty McCreery's voice is BEYOND affected. I had such high hopes for this season, and it's become a bloody disaster.
There was a Scottish 30-something on Britain's Got Talent last weekend who sang a coterie of nursery rhymes to the music of "Run" by Leona Lewis. That had more talent, personality, and charisma than ANYTHING Idol has put out all season long. In fact, the X Factor and Got Talent franchises (sister franchises of Idol) have been more successful in recent years than Idol has. On those franchises, an audition, no matter how lame or how grand, can become a worldwide viral hit within hours and provide water-cooler chatter for weeks on end. Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Susan Boyle, Paul Potts, even a drag queen doing animal sounds on the Filipino version of Got Talent got a lot of attention. No Idol show, not even American Idol, has ever had that singular moment (or similar moments) that results in worldwide (or at least Internet-wide) attention. Which begs the questions: Should Idol be retooled to attain some of the recent glory of X Factor and Got Talent? Or has Idol simply become the red-headed stepchild of Fremantle Media?