Jessica Eisenberg is a writer, actor, singer, teacher, musical director, and managing director for the Prologue Theatre Company in Chicago. On June 6th, Jessica published an article about American Idol runner-ups.
As a professional musician, Jessica used her musical knowledge to write concise and interesting comments about the singers. She looked at the big picture and ranked the nine runner-ups by their voice and personality. The following is the ranking that the author thought was correct.
9. Blake Lewis
8. Katharine McPhee
7. Justin Guarini
6. Diana DeGarmo
5. David Archuleta
4. Bo Bice
3. Crystal Bowersox
2. Adam Lambert
1. Clay Aiken
Jessica said of Clay:
(Season 2) Clay didn’t need any bells and whistles or lighting effects to get to this spot in this list. With one of the most impeccable voices we’ve heard on the show, all he really had to do was sing. He still has the vocals that have really only been rivaled by David Cook in range and consistency. No one on this list can match the finesse and power of Clay Aiken’s belting range, not even Adam and his constant falsetto. (Of course, we don’t know if Clay can scream, but how much screaming do we really want to hear?)
Do you agree with the ranking of the runner-ups? If not, how would you rank them?
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