Who Are the American Idol “Wild Cards”?

We don’t yet have the results from American Idol’s Season 8 third semi-final show, but I want to take a few minutes to speculate on who we believe will sing on Thursday’s show to earn one of the last three spots in American Idol’s Top 12 for Season 8.

We have been covering Christian music artists competing on Season 8 of American Idol.  Three of those Christian music artists, Danny Gokey, Michael Sarver and Kris Allen were all voted into the Top 12.  See my round three wrap-up article to see what I think will happen tonight, but I suspect that Christian recording artist Scott MacIntyre will be voted into the Top 12 tonight.  Let’s take a few minutes to prepare for the “Wild Card” show.

Based on speculation all over the Web, the judges will pick nine contestants to perform on Thursday night’s show.  After the performances, the judges will select three contestants to complete American Idol’s Top 12 for Season 8.  That is all a guess but it sounds reasonable.  If they select more than nine performers there will not be time for the dramatic selection process at the end of the show.  I wonder if American Idol is going to throw all of them in a bus and run over to the mansion?  That way the judges can sit in those big thrones again.

One more thought on how this will work.  I betcha that the judges do not announce the Wild Card performers tonight.  If I were the producer, I would bring all the remaining 27 performers back and introduce them one by one.  What do you think?

Before we move on to predict who will perform in American Idol’s Season8 “Wild Card”, I will recap what I think will happen tonight.  Lil Rounds and Scott MacIntyre will go through as the top girl and guy.  I think the third spot boils down to Jorge Nunez and Ju’not Joyner.  I think whoever does not make it from those two may not make it to the wild card round.

Here is the deal.  American Idol works hard to gender balance and I think they have a problem.  After tonight’s show, viewers will have already voted six guys into American Idol’s Season 8 Top 12.  I cannot imagine the judges ignoring the “Wild Card” performances to select all girls, but I suspect the show will be heavily skewed to the ladies.

The problem for us is that the guys are a much stronger group in Season 8.  If  I listed the American Idol’s top 15 performers this year, 10 would be guys and only Lil Rounds would represent the girls in the top 5.  That does not bode well for male Christian music artists Matt Giraud and Ricky Braddy.  They may be watching the American Idol tour with us from the audience  because of gender balancing.  However, I think it will give Christian music artists Felicia Barton and Mishavonna Henson well deserved second chances.  Kristen MacNamara may even sneek into the Top12.

Here are my predictions assuming there will be five girls and four guys.  I have ranked them by how strongly I believe they will perform on American Idol’s “Wild Card” show:

  • Anoop Desai is an overwhelming favorite who sang a slow, quiet song and missed the Top 12 to Michael Sarver by only 20,ooo votes.
  • Meagan Corkery is a beautiful, husky singer with a quirky stage presence that the judges love
  • Felicia Barton declared herself as a worthy contender last night (see our live blog of the round 3 performances) and I think the judges are second guessing themselves for cutting her from the original Top 36.
  • Tatiana del Toro delivers the vocals everytime and I think the judges enjoy her drama.  Can she withstand the pressure?
  • Jessica Langseth walked through her performance of a bad song, but I think the judges love her.
  • Matt Giraud has been a judge’s favorite since the beginning.  Despite his terrible performance I think they give him one more chance.
  • Mishavonna Henson delivered one of the best vocal performances of the season but did not get much love.  I think she will receive another chance based on her performance.
  • Ricky Braddy delivered a fine cover of “A Song For You” and I think Paula loves him.
  • Jorge Nunez/Ju’not Joyner, whoever does not make into American Idol’s Top 12 tonight.

If the judges decide to skew even more heavily to the girls I think Kristen McNamara will push Jorge or Ju’not out.  If they decide to balance the “Wild Card” show evenly I think Von Smith will push Mishavonna Henson out and that will be a shame.

What do you think?  Who have I missed?

Check it out for yourself.  See performances by Christina music artists Kristen McNamara, Felica BartonScott MacIntyre , Danny Gokey, Michael SarverKris Allen, Ricky Braddy, Matt Giraud and Mishavonna Henson.

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  1. Steve says:

    Kendall and Jasmine may be invited. Taylor too. Jesse will not. I’m worried about Mishavonna.

    Matt Giraud’s performance was terrible? No.

  2. Good breakdown Chuck. I was thinking that Thursdays show would be a debate on who the wild card would be and next week they would sing it off..this sounds like a lot to do in one night!

  3. chuck says:

    yes Matt’s performance was terrible but the judges love him.

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