The Top 14 have been decided on American Idol, and it seems pretty clear who this season’s frontrunner is. Earlier this week, Talent Recap asked fans to vote for their favorite Idol contestant in a poll. The results so far pretty much speak for themselves.
As of this writing, Alejandro Aranda has 52 percent of the vote. Laine Hardy is in second place with 14 percent, and Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon is in third place with 10 percent. Let’s take a look at why the poll might have turned out this way, and who might be going home soon.
Why Does America Love Alejandro Aranda?
It’s hardly surprising that Alejandro has an overwhelming amount of votes. From the first sneak peek of his audition, even the show was touting him as the best of the best. His performances are consistently the most-viewed on YouTube, and if you scroll through the comments on Idol‘s new Top 14 video, it’s Alejandro all the way down.
So what is it about this mellow singer/songwriter that has everyone obsessed with him? If you ask me, it’s because he’s different from what we’re used to seeing in these competitions. He doesn’t belt out overdone songs each week. His style is a lot more understated, and he plays original music or puts his own spin on existing tracks.
He also doesn’t rely on a wacky personality or a heartrending story to keep people’s attention. His music speaks for itself, and his talent on guitar is just as unique as his singing style. After 17 seasons of the same predictable stuff, I think people are ready for something a little more unexpected.
Will Laine Hardy Be The Underdog?
Although he was nowhere close to Alejandro, Laine came in second place on Talent Recap’s poll. This isn’t surprising either. The judges clearly love him, otherwise they wouldn’t have asked him to return to the show. He also has fans who were upset over his elimination last season and would love to see a comeback.
Laine has also clearly improved since last season. He’s reinvented his style and gained more confidence on stage. As last season’s winner Maddie Poppe said on Twitter, he’s an interesting mix of rock and country. Like Alejandro, this brings something new to the table, and might appeal to various music tastes.
It follows, based on these results, that Laine will come in second place this season. But should we rule him out as an underdog? Remember that just because people love Alejandro doesn’t mean they will all take the time to vote for him. The actual, real-time results on the show might turn out to be much closer than an online poll.
Who Will Be Eliminated Next Week?
Four contestants will be eliminated next week to create the Top 10. Interestingly, there are four hopefuls who received less than 1 percent of the vote on our poll. Those artists are Dimitrius Graham, Eddie Island, Evelyn Cormier, and Riley Thompson.
Other contestants with a lower percentage include Madison VanDenburg and Uche at 3 percent, and Wade Cota at 2 percent.
Keep in mind that both America’s vote and the judges’ opinions will affect who makes it to the Top 10. According to Gold Derby, America will determine six of the contestants to move forward, and the remaining eight will perform for the judges’ choice.
It will be interesting to see how the actual results line up with online opinions. And if you haven’t voted in our poll yet, go ahead and do so here.