MANILA, Philippines – Is Jessica Sanchez losing momentum?
Going into Wednesday’s performance night (Thursday morning in Manila) of the TV talent search “American Idol,” the popular magazine Entertainment Weekly again ranked the Filipino-Mexican-American contestant at No. 4 on its Power List.
Sanchez was also at No. 4 last week – her lowest since the magazine began ranking this season's contestants of the hit US TV show.
“This should be a strong week for Jessica performance-wise (heck, they all are) but she’s become a polarizing contestant,” the magazine said.
“Some think she’s perfect; others think she’s a robot; many suspect she’s both. I almost think she’ll be better off if the judges give her a hard time tonight,” it added.
With last week’s elimination of Elise Testone, several “Idol” bloggers, including MJ’s Big Blog and Rickey.org, have shifted their bets to country singer Skylar Laine.
Even Entertainment Weekly have joined the bandwagon, putting Laine on top of its “Idol” rankings.
“I just have a weird feeling that unless she picks strict country songs that might alienate crossover fans, Skylar is poised to win this thing,” the magazine said, adding that teenage girls, which make up a significant voting bloc, find her the “most exciting.”
“She’s not a living doll, she has so much unbridled fun on stage, and she can wail when necessary,” it added, an obvious reference to Sanchez.
The magazine is now predicting the finale to be between Laine and rocker Phillip Phillips.
“He’s a white guy with a guitar who just wants to jam with you. Millions of voters are dying to let him,” the magazine said.
Once again, Entertainment Weekly placed Hollie Cavanagh at the bottom of its list.
“She’s been in the bottom two recently, even after two solid weeks of more confident, emotional performances. I can see it in the script: The judges will put a (sparkly) pin in their brief love affair with Hollie in the interest of advancing the others,” the magazine said.