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IDOL: Chad’s Top 5 Predicitions [Video]

Yes! I'm a dork. Don't judge me.

I guess you can tell by the photo who I am pulling for.  Yes!  As the 11th season of American Idol winds down, I am most definitely Team Josh.  For me, Joshua Ledet has been the most consistent performer on the show.  He has gotten the most standing ovations from the judges.  He’s given Jennifer Lopez more “goosies” than Marc Anthony ever did (LOL!).  And you just know that when he gets that mic he’s gonna lay it all out on the stage.  I am a HUGE fan.  But, I don’t think Joshua has any chance at all to win.  And, here’s why.  While he’s been consistently great, the remaining top five had all had great moments as well.  And here they are . . .

First of all, I have to give a big shout-out to my friends David Hamilton and Mark Broussard.  They live in Joshua’s hometown and bought me my very own TEAM JOSH shirt.  Here they are posing with it before they shipped that puppy FedEx to me. 

Yes. They bought that off the street. A bit sketchy. But, that's what friends are for!

And, now, down to business.  And, well, we might as well start with Joshua.  For me, his performance of “When a Man Loves a Woman” is THE highlight of the season.  But, honestly, it’s one of the greatest performances EVER on this show.  Check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQ4pNlvt0m8

While I am a huge fan, I am realistic about Joshua’s chances of winning.  And sadly, I don’t think he has a chance.  His style of singing is just too polarizing and he is the weakest contestant left in the personality department.  While Joshua sings like a bright, shining star . . . he just doesn’t come off like one when he’s NOT singing.  That’s a problem for Idol’s core voters. 

My second favorite contestant left on the show is Skylar Laine.  She, like Joshua, has been rock solid.  But her absolute best performance came a few weeks back when she tore into the old Gary Morris/Bette Midler classic “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Skylar has shown off plenty of country spunk, but in this performance showed off a voice to match.  Not only do I think Skylar can make the finals, I think she can actually win the whole thing (if the country music faithful pick up their phones and vote).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDRaXL_8Ax4

There’s no denying that Jessica Sanchez has mad chops.  When she took on Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” she hit that thing WAY out of the park and established herself as the early favorite.  Listen to this . . .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPX-H3KGjJI&ob=av3e

With that voice, Jessica SHOULD be the favorite to win.  But I just don’t think she is.  Idol made headlines a couple of weeks back when Jessica was actually the person voted off (the judges saved her of course).  But, as good as she is, there’s just something missing with this girl.  Maybe it’s that she seems like a Beyonce clone.  Or maybe it’s because everything is so effortless it doesn’t seem genuine.  Not sure.  But I really believe there’s one piece of this puzzle missing that is going to cost her the crown.

Now, Hollie started out brilliantly in this competition too, but faded in the middle section of it because of a lack of confidence.  For weeks she was a half-step under pitch and watching her was a strain.  That was until last week . . . when she rebounded like she was in the freaking NBA!  Her version of Miley Cyrus’ (gag) “The Climb” was the highlight of the week.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=660w4SA3Oqc

As good as that is, I don’t think Hollie can win.  In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose her this week.  I know our Idol expert, Steve Thompson, is a big fan, but I just think she waited too long to show the right stuff. 

The final contestant in the mix is one that many of my friends just LOVE.  And, I will be honest, I don’t get it.  Phillip Phillips seems destined for the finale.  He has the same DNA as similar winners from past seasons:  David Cook, Kris Allen, and Lee DeWyze.  But for me, no performance on Idol’s mainstage has been as good as his initial audition when he twisted up Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.”

So, who’s going to take the title of American Idol?  Honestly, I have NO idea.  I have been wearing my TEAM JOSH shirt to show support for my favorite contestant.  I just hope it helps him to get to the finale.  But, I just don’t think it’s gonna happen.  As much as I hate to admit it, I think Phillip Phillips is going to get there regardless of whether he gets outsung and outperformed.  Who’s going to face him?  I’m not really sure, but my gut tells my Skylar.  For this guy who makes a living in country music, I say “Bring her on!”

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