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The American Idol 2015 Top 24 are set to take the live stage this week, and if you really look hard, you’ll notice that most of the Top 24 come in pairs.

Let me explain. There seem to be two of every type of artist (Daniel/Trevor, Clark/Michael, Adanna/Loren, etc). So the thinking is that one of the similar artists will go on to the Top 12 and the other will be cut. But that might not be the case. We could end up with two teen crooners and two sassy divas. So I’m not going to tackle the which one is better. Instead, I’m just going to look at them as a whole. So who has what it takes to go all the way for Season 14? Let’s take a look.

The Girls

Adanna Duru

  • Strength: She has a lot of stage experience. From competing in the Miss Teen USA pageant circuit to her time on The Voice Season 3, Adanna knows how to work a crowd and that will pay off for her in the live shows.
  • Weakness: She’s had a lot of chances. I’m not saying she doesn’t deserve more chances, but the fact that she hasn’t made it work yet makes me wonder if American Idol will work for her.
  • Likability: From what we’ve seen from her, she seems to already have this star mentality. While that’s good for a person’s confidence and drive, she might not win over everyone watching her on TV
  • Will she break the Top 12? I think she will.
  • Can she win American Idol? I don’t see her winning. I could see her getting about 5th or 5th.

Alexis Gomez

  • Strength: She’s a great-looking girl who can sing and command a stage. So she has the overall package.
  • Weakness: She hasn’t gotten a lot of airtime and can seem generic at times. So can she stand out? Who knows.
  • Likability: See above. We haven’t seen a ton of her, but she definitely has a warmth about her that I think could make her likable.
  • Will She break the Top 12? I don’t think she will.
  • Can She Win American Idol? No.

Jax Cole

  • Strength: She seems to be a favorite among producers. And she is killing it on social media. She has worked hard to have pre-built voters.
  • Weakness: She seems a bit gimmicky and she could end up being a one-note.
  • Likability: People on social media love her, so I’m going to say it’s up there.
  • Will She break the Top 12? Definitely.
  • Can She Win American Idol? I think she could. I predict her to make it into the Top 3 at least.

Joey Cook

  • Strength: She’s unique and the judges are pushing for that uniqueness.
  • Weakness: She doesn’t have much of a big voice. She can’t do a whole lot so she could get boring.
  • Likability: She’s quirky and relatable, so I could see some people liking her.
  • Will She break the Top 12? I think so.
  • Can She Win American Idol? Not with Jax in the competition.

Katherine Winston

  • Strength: She’s an actual honest-to-goodness musician. She knows who she is as an artist and that comes through.
  • Weakness: She hasn’t gotten a lot of airtime and doesn’t really stand out in a crowd.
  • Likability: She seems sweet and quite likable.
  • Will She break the Top 12? No. I don’t think so.
  • Can She Win American Idol? No.

Loren Lott

  • Strength: She’s got confidence and carries herself well. She is very marketable with her look and voice.
  • Weakness: She seems sort of arrogant.
  • Likability: Not the most likable yet.
  • Will She break the Top 12? This is a tough one, but I’m going to say no.
  • Can She Win American Idol?

Lovey James

  • Strength: She’s just what Idol is looking for. An Ariana Grande type, she could easily be packaged and presented to audiences.
  • Weakness: She isn’t the best vocalist. She’s not bad, but there are better ones.
  • Likability: Eh. I mean she already acts like a star, so I don’t think she’s that likable.
  • Will She break the Top 12? Probably.
  • Can She Win American Idol? Probably not.

Maddie Walker

  • Strength: She’s very country and no one else is quite that country. So voters will single her out, I think.
  • Weakness: She’s a bit stoic.  She sounds good, but isn’t the funnest person to watch perform.
  • Likability: She seems ok. Her stage mannerisms could read as stand-offish, though.
  • Will She break the Top 12? I think so. She’ll be the designated country girl.
  • Can She Win American Idol? I think she’ll finish around Top 5, so no.

Sarina-Joi Crowe

  • Strength: She can sinnnnnng. She is a true talent and is an effortless singer.
  • Weakness: She’s not much of a stand-out. She needs a moment early on to make herself last.
  • Likability: I think she’s very likable.
  • Will She break the Top 12? I want to say yes, but I don’t know. I’ll say yes.
  • Can She Win American Idol? I think she has what it takes to win. With the right formula, yes.

Shi Scott

  • Strength: She’s got the judges and producers on her side.
  • Weakness: She comes off as very imagination-y. She doesn’t really have her own style. And she’s never performed before crowds before.
  • Likability: She’s goofy and all over the place, so she’s one of those people you’ll either love or really not like.
  • Will She break the Top 12? I think she might not make it. I think only the judges are into her.
  • Can She Win American Idol? No.

Shannon Berthiaume

  • Strength: She is the only girl with that rock ‘n roll edge. She is one of the best vocalists, I think.
  • Weakness: She’s forgettable.
  • Likability: I think she’s very down-to-earth and relatable.
  • Will She break the Top 12? She should, but I’m not sure if she will.
  • Can She Win American Idol? I don’t think so.

Tyanna Jones

  • Strength: She has an energy, a presence and a voice. Possibly the best voice in the competition.
  • Weakness: She’s young and could easily get tripped up with the wrong song choice.
  • Likability: VERY. She’s like the Miss Congeniality of the season.
  • Will She break the Top 12? Definitely.
  • Can She Win American Idol? I think she could totally win. Top 4 or Top 3 for sure.

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The Guys

Adam Ezegelian

  • Strength: He’s a great singer with a great energy and sense of humor about himself. And he has a pretty solid voice.
  • Weakness: He doesn’t look like a superstar.
  • Likability:  He’s funny and goofy and I think people will love him.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I think so.
  • Can He Win American Idol? I don’t think so. I’m seeing a nice 7th place in his future.

Clark Beckham

  • Strength: He’s a true musician and he’s a pretty handsome fellow.
  • Weakness: He doesn’t stand out. He really needs to have a moment.
  • Likability: He seems like a great guy. I think if he could make it, he could be very likable.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I’m not sure. I think he might get cut.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

Daniel Seavey

  • Strength: He’s cute as can be. Judges love him and American seems to love him already.
  • Weakness: He doesn’t have a great voice. Or at least his voice, where it is now at age 15, isn’t great.
  • Likability: He’s very likable. Sweet, cute, all the right things.
  • Will He break the Top 12? Definitely.
  • Can He Win American Idol? I don’t think he’ll win. I could see him going out early in the Top 12 or being the runner-up. It will come down to song choice.

Mark Andrew

  • Strength: He’s got one of the best tones in the competition. And he’s another true musician.
  • Weakness: He also doesn’t quite have that superstar look. He looks more like a band frontman.
  • Likability: He seems a little quiet and hasn’t had a ton of stage time, so right now I’m not sure.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I don’t think he will.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

Michael Simeon

  • Strength: He has magnificent charisma, he can sing and he seems to be cute enough for the girls who vote. And he’s gotten a lot of airtime. Jennifer Lopez is one of his biggest fans.
  • Weakness: I’m not seeing many right now.
  • Likability: He’s very likable. I mean he got JLo to slow dance with him!
  • Will He break the Top 12?
  • Can He Win American Idol?

Nick Fradiani

  • Strength: He has a great voice and a great look. The girls will definitely love him.
  • Weakness: He’s at the older end of the spectrum, so the younger votes could feel alienated from him.
  • Likability: He has a charm about him that works.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I think he will.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No. I don’t think so.

Qaasim Middleton

  • Strength: He has a great voice and a great stage presence.
  • Weakness: He might be a little too goofy for some people.
  • Likability: It could go either way. I think he’ll be another you either love him or not contestant.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I actually don’t think he will.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

Quentin Alexander

  • Strength: He has a solid voice.
  • Weakness: He hasn’t gotten much stage time and doesn’t stand out as much as other signers with similar styles.
  • Likability: I can’t even tell you.
  • Will He break the Top 12? No. Not even airtime.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

Rayvon Owen

  • Strength: He’s a fantastic singer and has a great look. And he has gotten a lot of airtime.
  • Weakness: He and Savion will likely be competing for the same spot, and Savion might be a slightly better singer.
  • Likability: Quite likable, this one is.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I think so.
  • Can He Win American Idol? He could definitely win Idol. If Savion doesn’t take it all from him.

Riley Bria

  • Strength: He’s a great little guy with a whole lot of talent. He’s fun to watch and will surely be a showman.
  • Weakness: He could get boring if he doesn’t take some risks.
  • Likability: He’s very likable.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I’m not sure. I think I’m going to say no.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

Savion Wright

  • Strength: He is one of the best singers in the competition. He is a complete natural.
  • Weakness: As I mentioned above, he and Rayvon are similar artists and it might come down to one or the other.
  • Likability: He hasn’t gotten as much story time as the others, but he seems like a great guy.
  • Will He break the Top 12? He should make top 12. He might not.
  • Can He Win American Idol? If he makes it into the Top 12 and bests Rayvon, possibly.

Trevor Douglas

  • Strength: He’s a really fun guy. He has a charm that so many others don’t.
  • Weakness: I don’t know if he and Daniel can both survive in the same contest. I think Daniel could edge him out.
  • Likability: He’s very likable. I would actually like to see him last the whole season.
  • Will He break the Top 12? I think he might not. I think he and Daniel will compete for votes and Daniel will win.
  • Can He Win American Idol? No.

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Who do you think has what it takes to go all the way in American Idol Season 14?

 


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