I’m an American Idol fan. My kids and I started watching the show the year Carrie Underwood won. It was a good year to start. Carrie has a powerful voice and a strong presence. She’s sure of herself, and even now, throughout all her success, she seems (from the outside) to be sure of herself and to know who she is.
Then Daughtry came along. I liked him, but haven’t bought his music. What struck me most about Daughtry was his marriage and his commitment to his wife. He’s been on a good ride from what I’ve seen, I like his music, and I hope he’s still with his wife and that fame hasn’t compromised his values.
Last year, Adam Lambert took the spotlight. His success has been phenomenal. He’s been clear about his goal--fame. He’s super talented, has his hit song, One, and is still riding his skyrocket to superstardom.
It’s all good, but this year I’m rooting for Lee DeWyze. I like Casey and Crystal, but Lee’s humbleness and his transformation from shy to confident has been great to watch. He seems like a genuinely nice person (as they all do), and his authenticity makes him so likable. Like Daughtry, he seems to be so grounded and is truly astounded by his own journey and success so far. And his version of Hallelujah was really phenomenal. I love his husky voice and the emotion which comes through his singing.
Lee's safe for another week, and may end up being the American Idol. We'll know in a week whether it'll be him or Crystal, but regardless, they're all winners and all three of the final contestants are worthy and authentic. Heck, I'll buy all their Cds.
American Idol is fun, but what I like most is seeing real people who appreciate the opportunity they’ve been given and are moved by moment they’re living in.
Are you an American Idol fan? Who are you rooting for?