Bo Bice ODDS 2-1
WHY HE’LL WIN With Constantine kicked to the curb, the consistently strong Bo has a clear shot at becoming Idol‘s first rock-oriented winner, though we still think he could use a good V05 Hot Oil treatment.
WHY HE WON’T Well, there’s that gag-inducing dashiki a few weeks ago. And we do wonder if Bo’s distinctive growl would sound better with the backing of a full band.
Carrie Underwood ODDS 5-2
WHY SHE’LL WIN A naive, purdy young country girl who can belt — well, heck, that image worked wonders for Kelly Clarkson. And we’re still listening to our MP3 bootleg of her rendition of Heart’s ”Alone.”
WHY SHE WON’T Carrie’s woeful stage presence — seriously, sometimes she looks like she’s going to break out a robot dance — often mars pitch-perfect performances.
Vonzell Solomon ODDS 15-1
WHY SHE’LL WIN Awww. . .who doesn’t love perky, playful Vonzell? After a wobbly start, the friendly ex-mailwoman gained traction with upbeat audience pleasers like ”Best of My Love” and ”Let’s Hear It for the Boy.”
WHY SHE WON’T She’s got nowhere near the pipes of past soul sisters like Fantasia, La Toya, or (yeah, we’ll say it!) Trenyce.
Anthony Fedorov ODDS 30-1
WHY HE’LL WIN Teenage girls — Idol‘s most rabid fans — love a well-meaning dork with a soaring voice, and Anthony (usually) doesn’t disappoint. Bonus points for that immigrant/tracheotomy story.
WHY HE WON’T He’s performed unevenly (which, we guess, will have resulted in his ouster by the time you read this). Recent talk of his twice-daily gym habit is vaguely unsettling.