Hard to believe it was just over a month ago that I first made predictions for the AI3 finals. Now, here we are: six down, six to go. It is an ideal time to look back at my picks to see how they stacked up, and also to look ahead at what the coming weeks may have in store.
The first to go after a disastrous showing in week one, I had predicted Leah to be a long-shot at 18:1 odds. Leah had been Paula's wild card pick, meaning she made it into the finals without America ever once having voted for her to be there. She didn't step up to the challenge and was thus dismissed.
While I was a fan of Matt's, I had him pegged from the very beginning as a early bootee with 50:1 odds. While he added some diversity to the group, he was simply out of his league.
Amy was my favorite from the start, and it broke my heart to see her leave the finals so early. I granted her generous 12:1 odds based on her talent and spunk. While she was gone before her time on AI3, I have to hope she'll find a career in Nashville.
I was immensely pleased to see Camile voted off in the fourth round, though would have been even happier had it been one week earlier. At 20:1 odds, I speculated that, like Matt, she was way out of her league.
JPL surprised everyone, myself included. Initially pegged with 30:1 odds, he quickly became a favorite with his quirky dancing and solid vocals. His fan base wavered in week five, unfortunately, and not even an encore of his Wild-Card-winning Elvis impression could save him from the chopping block.
Though she seemed destined to live in the shadow of Fantasia and LaToya, Jenn really came into her own in the last few weeks. I had granted her 9:1 odds, and she certainly deserved better than to have left the show this early.
With those six gone on to bigger and better things (or, for some, merely other things), we are left with: