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Well, well, well . . . what do you know, country fans? Looks like there’s going to be a little twang in the American Idol top 10 after all.
Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison and Paul Jolley all garnered enough votes to advance to the finals round where they will compete to become the next American Idol. I’m no math expert or anything, but I think that means Idol is 30 percent country this year. So up top, y’all, that’s really good representation on the big stage.
Also making it through to the surprise of exactly no one, was early female favorite Angie Miller, who looks at this point like she might be the one to beat. And following his standout performance of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly,” Curtis Finch Jr. was also sent through. It’ll be interesting to see if they can keep up the momentum going forward.
The remaining contestants advancing were the golden-voiced ladies Amber Holcomb and Candice Glover and über-talented fellas Lazaro Arbos, Devin Velez and Burnell Taylor. And hey, I don’t want to blow my own horn or nothing, but allow me to point out I was 8 for 10 on picking finalists. How'd you do?
It’s important to note that, following pretty much every female “victory” song performance tonight, the judges were out of their chairs for a standing ovation. We’ve had five straight seasons of male winners, and it looks like things may finally be stacked in the women’s favor. But I fear I’ve said that before, only to see a Lee DeWyze go home the winner. Let’s see how the first few rounds go, lest we get our feelings hurt.
As for a country artist’s chances of winning, we’ve definitely seen the show is capable of producing huge stars (hello, Carrie!) and promising newcomers (yo, Scotty!). You all keep voting, and we might just have us another one.
Do you guys agree with the results so far?
See you next week . . .