American Idol Season 11 Top 13 Power Rankings

Now we, to the real contenders.  After a long night of results we are down to the American Idol Season 11 Top 13. It was a tough night for Christian musicians on American Idol Season 11.

I think America and the judges pretty much got it right.  I agree with the judges picks and only have minor disagreement with America’s picks.  The real contenders are in the Top 13 and I don’t think we lost anyone who was a serious contender to win the competition.  This is a very, very good group of singers so American Idol Season 11 should be a good one.

We at One21music cover Christian musicians competing on American Idol Season 11.  In that regard last night was not great.  We lost seven Christian musicians from American Idol Season 11 last night, so we are only left with four in the competition.

Christian Musicians in American Idol Season 11

Unfortunately we lost Chase Likens, Hallie Day, Adam Brock, Baylie Brown, Chelsea Sorrell, Aaron Marcellus and Eben Frankowitz. I think Aaron Marcellus should be in the Top 13 but his voting block was consumed by the tremendous performance of Joshua Ledet and the bigger than life story of Jermaine Jones. I though Hallie Day should be in but she is blond and not 16 and there are several blond and not 16 singers in American Idol Season 13. As much as we like Adam Brock, I don’t think he resonates with American Idol‘s voting block. Unfortunately for Chase Likens, Baylie Brown and Chelsea Sorrell they just could not deliver the blockbuster performances they needed to survive this week’s massive cuts.

So that leaves us with Christian musicians Colton Dixon, Joshua Ledet, Jermaine Jones and Jeremy Rosado in American Idol Season 13. I think Colton and Joshua are very real contenders to win. Jeremy Rosado and Jermaine Jones need to be very, very good over the next few weeks to create momentum.

American Idol Season 11 Top 13 Power Rankings

1) Jessica Sanchez

Really? This girl is 16? Jessica Sanchez is the total package. She has the vocal control of Melinda Dolittle, the vocal power of Jennifer Hudson and the 16ish of Jordin SparksAmerican Idol is a long road and many favorites have been derailed along the way (reference Pia Toscano) but the other contestants have some major work to do to overcome Jessica Sanchez in American Idol Season 11.

2) Joshua Ledet

On Tuesday, Christian musician Joshua Ledet made a statement that he was  a force to be reckoned with.  He is a great gospel singer.  However, he is raw and maybe a little naive. He will be really tested with the different theme styles and he will need to demonstrate versatility beyond gospel to keep America’s interest.

3) Phil Phillips

We were not big fans of Phil Phillips until Tuesday night.  His arrangement of “In The Air Tonight” was brilliant.  It looks like he is going to be able to twist any musical theme to his own.  With the departure of Reed Grimm and Creighton Fraker it looks like he will have control of the “indie rocker” vote that carried Kris Allen and Lee Dewyze to the American Idol title.

4) Colton Dixon

We are not sure what to think about Christian musician Colton Dixon.  He is the right age, good looking and extremely talented.  However, his look is way edgier than the music he plays. He has yet to develop a personality that the American Idol audience can settle into.  He is capable of delivering some show stopping performances and he will need to do that over the next few weeks to create the kind of momentum that could overthrow Jessica Sanchez on American Idol Season 11.

5) Hollie Cavanaugh

This tiny Texas blond stood in the middle of the stage on Wednesday night and slayed the Christina dragon with a powerful, if imperfect, version of “Reflections”.  Very few have taken on a Christina song and survived, but she did it.  Hollie Cavanaugh has a huge voice but she is very quiet.  America will need to see her break out of her shell is she wants to go far into American Idol Season 11.

6) Elise Testone

Three singers took on Adelle this week on American Idol Season 11.  Two failed.  Her gravelly, soulful voice is perfect for Adelle‘s music and she delivered with a nuanced and assured performance.  Elise Testone greatly benefited from having the final spot.  She is one of 11 great singers in American Idol Season 11. The judges’ decision to add her stylistic dopplganger Erika Van Pelt does not help Elise Testone.  She will need great performances and lucky performance spots to survive the early weeks.

7) Skylar Laine

Okay, so it was crazy and over the top, but isn’t Mick Jagger crazy and over the top? Skylar Laine saw herself lumped in with two others as the “country girls” and take a huge risk by performing a 30 year classic rock song.   “Stay With Me” was the boldest song choice of the week and she pulled it off.  Her performance was vocally great and manically in control.  Her intensely country persona may hurt her but she has the voice and now I believe she has the savvy to far into American Idol Season 11.  at least we know Skylar Laine is not going quietly. Note: watch the video, Skylar nearly falls into the pit near the end of her performance.

8) Jeremy Rosado

Faced with elimination, Christian musician Jeremy Rosado delivered one of the best performances of the week. A favorite among the Idol group, Jeremy has come through the first week as the only modern R&B singer.  That may enable Jeremy to survive until the Top 10 and go on the American Idol Season 11 tour.  He needs to bring it strong every week.

9) Jermaine Jones

Oh, the gentle giant of sub woofer tones got a second chance and was embraced by American Idol fandome. Jermaine Jones has a fantastic voice and has proven he can deliver an emotional punch. He will have some good performances through the season. The question with Jermaine is how he will be able to adapt to the different musical styles he will face this season.  I need to see him do an uptempo song before he can be counted as a contender.

10) Erika Van Pelt

We are now in the judge’s section of the Power Rankings.  Erika is a great singer but she is in that blond but not 16 category. She is going to need special performances every week and lucky placement in the performance line-up each week to last very long.  Expect Erika Van Pelt to be a repeat resident in the Bottom 3 for the first few weeks.  If she survives into the Top 10 it will be because she found an audience.

11) DeAndre Brackensick

He made a brilliant song choice for his wild card song.  Everybody kills “Georgia (On My Mind)” and DeAndre did on Thursday night. DeAndre Brackensick may sound great in person but his vocals and his persona are a little exotic for American Idol.  I expect DeAndre to make an early exit.

12) Shannon Magrane

Shannon Magrane took advantage of great placement in the performances and delivered a wonderful performance of  the CCM classic “Go Light Your World”.  I just have not connected with her and her performances.  She will benefit for a while by being a personable, blond teenage girl that the American Idol audience will relate to.  However, she cannot afford to have one bad performance and I am not sure she can be perfect through the first few weeks of American Idol Season 11.

13) Heejun Han

We love Heejun and we have laughed at every one of the numerous clips American Idol has shown of him through the Season 11.  We just don’t get his voice.  He does not seems to be that great of a singer over the television. Heejun has benefited greatly from the overwhelming air time he has received through the season but that screen time will start to level out.

Next week we believe that Heejun Hahn will struggle with the Stevie Wonder theme and Shannon Magrane could really falter trying to perform Whitney Houston songs.  However, we think their popularity will carry them through next week.  Look for Erika Van Pelt, Jermaine Jones and Elise Testone to face elimination next week.

One21 music will be there live blogging the performances on Wednesday night and analyzing the results on Thursday night.


  1. Jim Richardson says:

    The field is so wide open this year, 7 or 8 people could win. Last year Scotty went wire to wire but who had Lee over Crystal, Kris over Adam, Cook over Archie, Jordin over Melinda at this time? Most of those winners weren’t even top 5 projected. I miss having the field go from 24 to 12 over 3 weeks, that’s when stars were born like David Cook singing “Hello”. He might not even have made the top 13 under the current format. The last 4 years went to white guys playing guitars, unless Colton plays guitar only Philip falls under that umbrella this time around. This being are my picks:

    13. Jermaine Jones. Nice guys sometimes do finish last.

    12. Hee-Jun Han. Nice guys sometimes finish second to last as well.

    11. Erika Van Pelt. A wardrobe makeover might make this power hous…e singer a top 5.

    10. Deandra Brackensick. Toughest to call, could go anywhere.

    9. Shannon Magrane. If she keeps singing Christian songs I might keep voting for her lnger though.

    8. Jeremy Rosado. Just want to see this guy make the tour!

    7. Hollie Cavanagh. A personal fave, she could flame out early or win the thing.

    6. Joshua Ledet. About as far as Gospel singers go, I would be the first to buy his CD though.

    5. Elise Testone. This years Haley?

    4. Philip Philips. The white guys playing guitar streak ends!

    3. Jessica Sanchez. Any of these top 3 can easily win.

    2. Colton Dixon. This is who I want to win.

    1. Skylar Lane. If Scotty can win last year spliting country votes with Lauren all year, Skylar should ease into top 3 without a problem. What she does with it from there will be the key.

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