We're at the point of "American Idol" where you can be fairly certain that all the remaining contestants will get record deals.
So as we say goodbye to LaKisha Jones
, who was the most amateur of the final four, I wonder where she fits in. She can do great singing gospel; Christian-themed music suits her low-key personality better. And I think her records will be solid because her studio voice will be much more controlled than her live voice.
But now it's on to Blake, Jordin and Melinda. Next week they'll each get three songs, with music executive Clive Davis picking one song for each contestant (probably after a five-minute video montage showing how great he is). Davis gets a lot of criticism for his song choices -- justifiably, because they're usually awful choices. I can only surmise that he intentionally takes the singers out of their comfort zones.
Which means Blake Lewis could a chance to shine, since he's easily the most inventive of the three. The most pressure is on my favorite, Melinda Doolittle. I hope she breaks out a little "Chain of Fools" to get back the momentum she's lost over the past few weeks. But then again, Simon will probably call her old-fashioned.
Jordin Sparks still seems the odds-on favorite, which is a'ight with me, dawg. And she is young, so she has room to grow.
Song suggestions, anyone?