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'American Idol' Recap: The Final Three Perform

In a little over a week, "American Idol" will crown its latest champion, and any one of the three remaining contestants could feasibly be standing in the spotlight, being showered with confetti and force-fed a song they probably never would've chosen to sing under any other circumstances.

Many (myself included) would say that Joshua Ledet, Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips were the show's frontrunners right from the start -- perhaps along with Colton Dixon, if only because he's attractive and reasonably talented as both a musician and vocalist -- so the field is wide open as we reach the home stretch.

I gave up on being invested in the outcome of an "Idol" season the year that the phenomenally talented Adam Lambert lost to the pretty-but-bland Kris Allen, so I honestly have no horse in this race. I will say that Phillip Phillips seems to be the most marketable (as another pretty white boy with a guitar), while Jessica probably has the most malleable crossover appeal. Joshua will appeal to a very specific demographic, but his gospel-inspired warbling, while impressive, is not the sort of voice I would want to listen to over the course of an album. I guess that's my way of saying I'd prefer Jessica to win (not least of all because we've had a four-year run of dull, white boy winners) but that if I had to bet, I'd bet on Phillip -- especially since he's the only remaining competitor who has never been in the bottom three. Then again, seeing the way Joshua packed an arena during his hometown visit, maybe it's unwise to count him out entirely. Read More...


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