Today is a big day for singer/songwriter/Season 7 Idol alum Mickey Guyton, as her debut single for Capitol Nashville, the lovely, soulful waltz “Better Than You Left Me,” goes for adds at country radio and her video for the single premieres.Guyton cowrote the song with Nathan Chapman, Jennifer Hansen, and Jennifer Schott, and has emerged over the past couple of years as 1 of the most buzzed-about new country acts in a while.R&B became more of a way to spice up folk-pop than a genre with its own solid footing in pop, or at least in the Idol top two. The willingness to stand up for artistic choices, even if doing so results in some British acidity being flung back. “It’s a singing competition,” Simon Cowell would drone again and again when he found someone’s performance not quite up to par. His snide comments about “loving” his fellow contestants in a strictly “Godly way,” which came before season-eight runner-up Adam Lambert came out on the cover of Rolling Stone, played both to his fanbase and to those who were looking for reasons to vote him off.
(Thanks to the variance of talent pools and Fox’s faith in Idol’s ability to pump up its ratings, the number of finalists has varied from season to season; the final run’s finalist-tally of ten matches that of its first year.) As a warm-up for this final run through the Idol choreography, we’ve decided to rank those singers who have reached the almost-winner’s circle.
Also, if things don't work out with 2 of those 3 ...
we're told Keith Urban is an 'Idol' vet who could slide in as an alternate.
The departing reality competition kicked off its final Hollywood Week, the post-audition boot camp where contestants are deprived of sleep and forced to work with each other and generally subjected to other horrible conditions.
If they stick it out, and keep their energy up through some semifinal rounds, contestants can reach the finals, where they’re guaranteed airtime, glammed-up makeovers, more pointed critiques, and the promise of mugging for a major sponsor or two.