The American Idol competition kicks into high gear on Tuesday night. We have our Top 12, but in the coming weeks, it will be narrowed down to one. The votes so far this season have been anything but predictable. More than one stand-out performer was booted off, and at least a few surprise picks made it into the finals. While everyone has an equal shot at this point, we've seen them all perform at least once. Some predictions may be in order.
Poor Matt. He is way out of his league here. Not a snowball's chance in hell. Sorry. Current odds: 50:1
Jon Peter was entertaining enough in the wild card show that he became America's choice for the finals. Unless he shapes up into more than a novelty act quickly, the fun will end very soon. Current odds: 30:1
Like Matt, Camile is out of her league. But I don't think she's quite as doomed as he is. As the judges pointed out, she does seem to have the potential to blossom into a star. But can she do it before she's trampled by the rest of the pack? Current odds: 20:1
While Jasmine certainly managed to hold her own in the semi-finals, she's in a whole other league now. She definitely has the image down, from the trademark flower in her hair to the shy smile. The judges and the audience respond to her, but her voice doesn't quite stack up when compared with the other contestants. Still, she could surprise us if her song choice is apt. Current odds: 18:1
The judges like Leah, though its hard to see why. She is bland and ordinary in every sense of the word. While she is a decent singer, the way she blends into the crowd could hurt her immeasurably among an incredibly varied and flashy group. If she can find her "thing" within the first episode or so, she could gain some fans. Just keep in mind, America did not vote for her to be here. Paula Abdul did. Current odds: 18:1
John is something of an enigma among this group. It seems he can sing, and he has a style all his own. While he certainly stands out among these twelve, its tough to decide if America is willing to carry him very far along in the competition. His first-place showing in the semi-final group shows that he has a fan base, but he's not a powerhouse among these singers. Unless he pulls a Clay Aiken transformation early on, his time could be short. Current odds: 15:1