It was unfortunate to see Michael Lynche bid farewell to “American Idol” on Wednesday night.
Lynche was granted the judges’ safety net five weeks ago when he was initially the odd man out in voting. In the following month Lynche proved the votes of confidence worthy with consistent performances and a wonderful personality. In the end it wasn’t enough, although he and Casey James were memorable with their cover of “Have You Ever Loved A Woman?” in the duet portion of Tuesday’s show.
The larger question now is whether or Lee DeWyze is emerging as this year’s Kris Allen. As you recall if you watch “Idol” regularly, Allen improved throughout the season and hit his stride at precisely the right time to nip heavy favorite Adam Lambert in the final.
Throughout this season, raspy Ohioan Crystal Bowersox has been the hands-down favorite. Her humility and references to her motherhood are the antithesis of Lambert’s flamboyance but her lead status has seldom been challenged. That changed Wednesday when she and Lynche shared the bottom two with DeWyze and fellow rocker Casey James safely planted on the couch. While host Ryan Seacrest mentioned there wasn’t a particular numeric order to who was seated where, it does raise larger popularity issues.
It seems difficult to imagine Bowersox not making it to the final. James and DeWyze fit too much of the same niche to see them facing off in the last round. Yet this week’s vote should be a warning to Bowersox supporters that nothing is a given and that DeWyze may be closing like Allen did last year.
At the beginning of the season DeWyze was played up as the kind of rags to riches story “Idol” loves to promote coming from a previous job at a suburban Chicago paint store. At some point though, the fairy tale needs to be expanded by talent and self-confidence, something DeWyze initially lacked. With that change apparent, Bowersox’s unabated run to the title may be in jeopardy.