No. 9: Jessica Meuse. Please don’t hunt me down.
REASONS: Spoiler alert – my next two picks are Caleb Johnson and Emily Piriz. At this point, I could see any of the three being in this spot so this is a complete feel pick based on Caleb being a better showman and Emily having better sex appeal. Plus I put a darkhorse in my top five because you gotta take one shot, right? There’s no doubt Jessica has talent, but from what we’ve seen she really hasn’t settled on a genre (rock or country or country rock or whatever) and you need to find a niche. That’s what earns you votes.
WHY WE’RE IDIOTS: Country girls traditionally fare better than most expect because of the country vote. Normally I’d pick her to go even further, but with CJ Harris and Ben Briley still around, her numbers will start dwindling as other contestants start heading home.
WHY WE’RE NOT: We’ve really never had a bad-ass rocker chick on Idol, or at least do really well. If she makes it this far it will be a considerable success for Jessica. If she sticks with country, she could end up being the most successful of the bunch.
WHY WE’RE ROOTING FOR HER: Her sound is really cool and it’s gonna be excited to see her bang out some power rock songs – or rock versions of pop hits. Oh, and she can beat us up.