Now that Tim Urban is gone and American Idol can get down to being a singing competition between first class singers, the Top 6 get to be mentored by the beautiful Shania Twain. After her candid and fun guest appearance on the show as a judge during the auditions, it will be interesting to see how the contestants do with songs from her catalog. It will also be interesting to see what sort of response the Top 6 will get from the judges panel. Country music has never been too friendly to the contestants (mostly because country music songs are generally so identifiable with the artists who originally sing them). And according to the TV Guide power rankings, Shania Twain Week doesn’t look as if it will be a good week for Big Michael Lynche.
The power rankings for the American Idol Top 6 put Michael Lynche at the bottom and that might be just as well. Lynche was Saved three weeks previous with the judges one and only Save for the season. And although some (including myself) thought he might still get the boot the following week during the double elimination, he did not. Nor did he go last week. “Teflon” Tim Urban finally felt the boot. But this week might prove a challenge for the funky big guy. Still, Michael Lynche has a way of arranging his songs to accommodate his style. And he’s a genuinely likeable guy. So don’t count him out until you hear his Shania Twain song — and the other five contestants’ renditions as well.
Casey James slipped to #5 in the power rankings this week. It seems that some think his continuing blues arrangements hurt him. Actually, it shows us the artist he is. When so many are clueless, it’s nice to see that people like Michael Lynche, Casey James, and Crystal Bowersox know the artist they are and want to be — even though the judges are continually telling them to step away from it, while telling those that haven’t a clue — Siobhan Magnus, Aaron Kelly, and Lee Dewyze — to show them who they are. It will be really interesting to see if Casey James goes the blues route with a Shania Twain song.
Aaron Kelly comes in at #4. Probably the purist voice in the competition and one well suited to country music. No doubt whatever he chooses will sound good. This teenager is a natural.
At #3, Siobhan Magnus and her big voice. This girl can really sing but she has absolutely no personality (sadly). She’ll probably do quite well with a Shania Twain tune. But she really needs to rein in her penchant for telling the American Idol judges what she thinks, unless she can keep it short. Her long explanations in monotone are vote killers for sure. Vote For The Worst picked her as Tim Urban’s replacement, so that should tell you something…
Lee Dewyze sits in at #2. TV Guide finds Dewyze as a lock for runner-up this season. He’s got a powerful, distinctive voice. He is also finally coming out of his shyness shell. The people at TV Guide might be right, but I’m still holding out for Casey James as runner-up.
The top position in the American Idol Top 6 is held by Crystal Bowersox, of course. She’s been the frontrunner since the Top 24 were announced. Hopefully, she won’t meet the same fate as Adam Lambert and Susan Boyle. Those expected to win often do not. But Crystal Bowersox has shown an amazing ability to be true to her musical muse and still keep the judges mostly off her back. Of all the contestants, she is one this writer looks forward to seeing each week, wondering what she might perform. She should do well with any Shania Twain song she chooses.
If you’re a betting person, Michael Lynche is not expected to be voted off this week, according to Bodog.com. Aaron Kelly seems to be the one least likely to win (at 30/1). Michael Lynche is the next at 18/1 odds. Sitting on top, of course, is Crystal Bowersox, with 4/7 odds to win.
But those are just power rankings and oddsmaker lines. Who makes the Top 5 is up to the American Idol viewing voters.