1/2Taylor Hicks:Taylor Hicks
Why He Might Win: Taylor is the man. He's got prematurely silver hair, Joe Cocker's affectations, mad harmoni... Show More »Taylor Hicks
Why He Might Win: Taylor is the man. He's got prematurely silver hair, Joe Cocker's affectations, mad harmonica skills, a positive attitude and he used to dress up as the Easter Bunny. If this competition were to find the guy you'd most want to get drunk with at a small-town bar on a Saturday night, Taylor wouldn't have any competition. He seems fun, down-to-earth and genuine.
Why He Won't Win: In a perfect world, "American Idol" contestants improve as the season goes along, maturing before our eyes as Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken did. Taylor has remained the same. For members of the Soul Patrol, that's a plus. For the "Idol" producers who may eventually need to make an album with this guy? Perhaps not-so-much. At its best, Taylor's voice is pure and effective, but it isn't ever remarkable. How far can he got on personality alone? Pretty far, apparently. « Less
2/2Katharine McPhee:Katharine McPhee
Why She Might Win: Katharine's rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine" was as close to a show-stopping perf... Show More »Katharine McPhee
Why She Might Win: Katharine's rendition of "Come Rain or Come Shine" was as close to a show-stopping performance as "Idol" has had all season. For that one week, she looked unbeatable. In subsequent weeks, Katharine has gone up and down and up and down and up and down again. When she tries to be Christina Aguilera or Whitney Houston, the judges are unimpressed. When she tries to be sultry and playful and sexy, she's the most polished performer left in the competition. She's got the looks and the voice to have a lengthy career with or without the "Idol" title.
Why She Won't Win: But does she have the right attitude? There are a number of "Idol" viewers who have become convinced that Katharine's a snob, that she's an elitist. It's unclear where this interpretation comes from, but it's made Katharine vulnerable. Her refusal to just ditch the diva songs and concentrate on her strengths is also a bit peculiar. For all of her training, her voice has limitations and Katharine sometimes seems not to know what they are. « Less