For a 16-year-old, Jessica exemplified what professionals do in her performances and it earned her 3 standing-ovations in recent episodes of the popular singing competition.
But the problem, according to producer and mentor Jimmy Iovine, majority of voters on American Idol lately are young girls who tend to vote for male contestants. It was proven true in the last 5 years with David Cook winning the title in season 7, Kris Allen in season 8, Lee Dewyze in season 9 and Scotty McCreery in season 10.
This season, two male contestants have huge fanbase comprised of mostly girls 12 to 18 years old, and they are the heartthrobs of the show–Phillip Phillips and Colton Dixon.
But Iovine reiterated that girl power should prevail this year.
“At 16 years old, Jessica has managed to harness enough experience like she’s been here for 10 years singing like this. What she’s doing with her vocals at each and every moment of building that song, is something that people who have been doing it 20 years have difficulty doing. She got lost in that song, yet kept her composure. I am fully on board with this. I don’t know how this voting pans out. But I do know that young girls tend to vote for young guys–seen by the last 5 years of who’s won and lost this thing. But I think what we need right now is a little girl power,” he said.
With her vocal fireworks, Jessica is being expected to break the guys’ winning streak on American Idol. If she succeeds, she will be the first female winner of the show in 5 years and fifth female American Idol overall following Kelly Clarkson (season 1), Fantasia Barrino (season 3), Carrie Underwood (season 4) and Jordin Sparks (season 6). Not to mention that she will be the first contestant of Asian descent/Filipino heritage to bag the title.
So who do you think will battle it out in the finale? Jessica-Phillip, Colton-Jessica or Phillip-Colton?
What do you think?