I've been watching American Idol with interest this season. Many of the singers seem more current and modern than the batches in previous years, and we have a genuine competition brewing. Apart from the Sanjaya phenomenon (yeah, he's cute and got charisma, but can't sing his way out of the shower) I think this is the strongest vocal group yet.
Of the four singers remaining, my vote is for Melinda Doolittle. Blake rocks, Jordin is amazing, and LaKisha is a belter. But Melinda knows how to tell a story with a song, and she reins in her voice in order to let the melody shine. She never screeches or overreaches, which is LaKisha's problem at times. I'd pay to see Melinda and I can't wait to hear her original material.
She out-Faiths Faith Hill in this song, There Will Come a Day, from the Idol Gives Back special. Her interpretation is spot on, restrained when it needs to be, and inspiring and original as she finishes it. Is Simon ever wrong in his assessment of singing talent? Rarely. For once, I agree with the judges. Regardless of whether Melinda wins the competition, she can look forward to a solid career from now on.