The wait is coming to an end: In just over 24 hours, HunterGirl, Leah Marlene or Noah Thompson will be your next American Idol.
But before the three remaining contestants of the season face off in Sunday’s finale (ABC, 8/7c), we have to ask: Which team do you predict will make it to the finals? will win, and who do you believe in the final Candlestick Victory? As we’ve learned over the course of 20 seasons, the answers to those questions are rarely the same.
WHO WILL VICTORY? | In predicting the finalist who is most likely to receive the most votes, there are a multitude of factors to consider. For example, HunterGirl has the edge on social, boasting 118,000 Instagram followers compared to Thompson’s 87,000 and Marlene’s 86,000.
But if YouTube is your barometer of choice, Thompson’s last four Idol performances averaged 291K views, giving him a significant advantage over HunterGirl’s 204K and Marlene’s 186K.
There are also voters’ collective preferences to consider. In many ways, Thompson feels like Season 19’s second winner is Chayce Beckham, while Marlene and (to a lesser extent) HunterGirl embody the nuances of Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe. The truth is, any of these finalists could have won if there were no surprises.
And don’t discredit trendy hunches. As the only contestant left to receive a Platinum Ticket, HunterGirl was a favorite of the judges from the start. As evidenced by the return (and triumph) of Laine Hardy, we all know how much this console loves being proven right.
And these are just some of the factors that can lead to victory. Personally, I distinguish between HunterGirl and Thompson as the singer most likely to take home the title.
WHO CANDLESTICK VICTORY? | This question is much more complicated, as it is completely subjective and it all comes down to personal preference. And there’s really no wrong answer, although anyone who disagrees with you will certainly tell you otherwise.
Personally, I’m on Marlene. She may not have the HunterGirl experience or Thompson’s “heavy” charm, but she’s the most interesting of the three. And her journey from lackluster to stardom has been a joy to watch. I also felt she showed more flexibility than her finalists, who showed us all they had to offer.
But where do you stand when we enter Idol final’s night? Which finalist do you believe will win, and in what way do you anticipate winning? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with your thoughts.
https://tvline.com/2022/05/21/american-idol-finale-winner-predictions-season-20-results/ ‘American Idol’ Finale Winner Predictions — Season 20 Results