Okay, so now it is time for the big
boy girl time on American Idol Season 12. All of the guys are gone and we will have the first female American Idol since season 6. Candice Glover stands heads above the other four girls, but will she win? Life is tough for a mature soul singer on American Idol, but she has been so good this year that we are comparing her to the all time American Idol greats- Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood. Kree Harrison is as good a singer as we have seen on American Idol, but she has not had the spectacular moments we have seen from Candice Glover. The third real contender is Angie Miller who has had transcendent moments on American Idol Season 12 but has been inconsistent.
American Idol Season 12 Top 5 Power Rankings
1) Candice Glover- What a season Candice Glover has put together. She has demonstrated a big powerful voice, with a stylistic and vocal range unmatched on the show. However, what is putting Candice Glover in the same conversation as the all time greats is her ability to grab the meaning of a song, wrap it into a jazz or soul package and then perform perfectly. Candcie Glover’s version of “Love Song” was a performance and arrangement revelation.
2) Kree Harrison- An exceptional, polished singer, Kree Harrison has delivered a string of superior performances during American Idol Season 12. She has soul, blues and rock in her country voice. However, she has not had one transcendent performance. Every performance has been great but no show stoppers.
3) Angie Miller- On the other hand, Angie Miller has had several show stopping performances that will be talked about for years. We suspect that she has more to come over the next few weeks. However, Angie Miller has also stumbled on several occasions. When Angie Miller tries to sing lyrics that are not deeply felt she either comes off as theatrical or fake.
4) Janelle Arthur- Janelle Arthur has the best stage presence and most engaging personality of any of the American Idol Season 12 top 5. She has a beautiful voice, with a rich tone,but a voice not as strong as the other four. She has made up for her vocal strength with several great interpretations of songs that have created those special moments that are so important on American Idol.
5) Amber Holcomb- Another tremendous voice and, probably, the most stylish of all the Top 5. Amber Holcomb‘s deep jazzy vocal really shines on ballads but she still needs work on up tempo numbers. She has a cool, confident performance style that makes it hard to connect with her.
Who Will Win American Idol Season 12
Power rankings are one thing, but America does not always vote in the order of our power rankings. Voting demographics and likability are huge influences on who will win American Idol Season 12. As we have seen over the past few years, music genre matters greatly.
I think that puts Kree Harrison as the front runner to win American Idol Season 12. She has consistently been in the top 3 and last week she was in the top 2. That is while she is splitting the country vote with Janelle Arthur.
Despite the breathtaking flash that Candice Glover has demonstrated so far this year, I think she still has work to do to make it to the American Idol season finals. If Angie Miller anchors herself to her piano and finds songs that touch her soul, she will give Candice Glover a run for her money. She is younger and, thus, more relatable to the American Idol voting demographic. I think Angie Miller and Candice Glover will split the votes that Amber Holcomb is receiving once she exits American Idol Season 12. Angie will receive the teenager votes and Candice will receive the Amber’s soul music followers.
You can surmise from my analysis so far, that I do not believe Janelle Arthur or Amber Holcomb will win American Idol Season 12. Both are tremendous talents and both have created momentum for their careers but Kree, Candice and Angie are just too talented.
Wednesday night, the American Idol Season 12 top 5 will sing two songs. One theme will be “Divas” where the ladies will sing songs from divas such as Celine Dion, Whitney Houston or,would they dare, Mariah Carey. On the surface this works against Janelle Arthur, but if she is smart, she can set herself apart. The other theme is “Birth Year Songs.”
Join us on Thursday for our American Idol Season 12 Top 5 performance reviews.