Now that the Top 36 are slowly trimmed down to The Final 12, here's what I personally think of the first batch of finalists.
One of my personal favorites. As early as this time, I am rooting for her to be the next American Idol and I strongly defy Randy's preemptive remarks that a male is going to get this year's title. Alexis Grace is a headturner, and more importantly, she's got an extraordinary voice that could give justice to Aretha Franklin's songs. I definitely agree with Simon when he told Alexis Grace that she is someone to watch out for this season.
Second Finalist: Danny Gokey
An oil rigger, Michael once said that he just wants to have a job which calls him to do the thing he loves, singing that is, while earning good money for his family. For me, he could just be a recipient of sympathy votes. Now that he is on the Top 12, they might as well include that welder guy. Let's wait and see. The judges believed that he could perform better than when he sang Gavin DeGraw's I Don't Want To Be. I agree with them and although his being married might make girl fans look the other direction, let's give this guy a chance and see what else he has to show. Aside from bending his other knee and almost jumping in place while singing his piece.