Will Malaya make the Top 5? Hell yeah she will.
REASONS: Hey. How’d she get here? Here’s the thing – one of these 13 people is going to surprise everyone into the top five. And I’m picking Malaya. She showed off her voice pretty damn well and her personality is going to turn her into a superstar. Her musical background helps her with arrangements and we’ll find out that she’s everyone on the casts favorite. When she gets voted off, everyone cries.
WHY WE’RE IDIOTS: She could really end up as the most popular person on the show. She’s the anti-Idol; goofy glasses, band geek, giant 70s Diana Ross hair. She may very well end up a better version of Jordin Sparks and find herself in the finals. Of course, she could also get canned three weeks in and that would make this pick look really, really bad.
WHY WE’RE NOT: I don’t think she has enough to win it all, but definitely enough to keep staying on week after week, wowing judges with spectacular performances and giving J-Lo goosies like Affleck used to. Based on the gambling odds, she’s a longshot, but I like her here a lot.
WHY WE’RE ROOTING FOR HER: She had me at funk. And I want the funk, nothing but the funk.