MalwareDie Posted May 21, 2022 Share Posted May 21, 2022 (edited) When I look at some of the critiques the judges have given Maddie and Leah, it is clear that much like with Maddie, Leah has not been skating by every week and is even doing well enough in votes that the judges sometimes decide to use her performances to hype up the season by talking highly of the group instead of giving her praise. Lionel on Maddie's God Only Knows: I'm watching you all grow, but tonight, I want the people out there in the audience to understand the only way we're going to get these kids to the front... you've got to vote because the talent is here. *Filler.* And I want those people out there to vote you guys-vote because that's the only way we're gonna get this talent through. As you can see, Lionel does talk mostly about Maddie, but he also refers to the group when he says "these kids" and "vote you guys" because he knows Maddie is safe and that he can safely use this moment to talk up the group in general. Katy on Leah's Heal: What happened to you guys? I mean, we leave you for a couple of nights... Luke: You guys are going above and beyond anything I ever could have imagined. Lionel: This class right here is the strongest class ever. As can be seen again, they all try to big up the group, which shows they know that Leah does not need their assistance to advance further. Luke on Separate Ways: I mean, there... y'all are going after each other now. I mean this is... Katy: This might be a little cutthroat. Luke: Yeah, this is getting... This is-This is happening. It's happening right now in front of us. Katy: I see dangerous. This is a game. Lionel: What I was thinking about... how graceful can they all be together. This is a slugfest, okay? You all are now-I mean tit for tat. This is getting ready to get very interesting. All of the judges here are talking up the competition, which shows Leah is in no danger of going home whatsoever and that the judges were trying to make it appear as though it wasn't obvious that it would be Fritz and Nicolina going home. Katy even saying that she sees something dangerous and that it's a game perhaps shows she knows that Leah is following the David Cook playbook given how David C. revealed what his strategy for the entire season was after he won his season, and surely a lot of Idol superfans who want to go far have educated themselves on that strategy. Those were meta remarks from Katy. These critiques do not suggest that Leah needs much help voting-wise. She is a front runner in her own right even if Noah ends up winning. I fully expect HunterGirl to end up third on finale night, and while Noah is certainly the favourite to win, Leah is not without a shot at the title. It certainly won't be HunterGirl that wins. She's the only one I give a 0% shot of becoming the next American Idol, especially with the narrative that she has been performing all her life being contrasted with Noah's situation. Even though Leah has been performing for most of her life as well, that has not been heavily emphasized in the edit like it has been with HunterGirl, and Leah's been edited moreso as having grown up around music all her life, which bodes well for Leah even if that is leading up to a 2nd place finish. Casuals may buy HunterGirl as being the favourite to win, but HunterGirl has to be the fakest favourite to win American Idol I have ever seen. I see her as being an easy 3rd placer. Edited May 21, 2022 by MalwareDie 1 1 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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