Odds say Chris Daughtry's the next 'Idol'

115450__chris_lIs it too early to call Chris Daughtry the next American Idol? Not according to the online gamblers at PinnacleSports.com, who’ve made the shorn, North Carolina rocker a solid 7-2 favorite to take home the season 5 crown. While Daughtry opened at 8-1 in the wagering back when Idol‘s final 24 were announced on Feb. 15, the money started pouring in on him after his performances of ”Wanted Dead or Alive,” ”Hemorrhage (In My Hands),” and ”Broken” won the praises of Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson, and landed him in the final 12. Also taking heavy action in the last few weeks is Mandisa, the uni-monikered Tennessee diva who opened in the wagering at 47-1, but is now the second choice among bettors at 11-2. (Her ”I’m Every Woman” was pretty legendary, no?) Rounding out the top-five are Ace Young and Katharine McPhee, both at 6-1, and gray-haired Taylor Hicks, at 15-2.

Now while I wouldn’t disagree Chris and Mandisa are the logical frontrunners, let’s be honest: The idea of disco night has got to fill the former with nameless dread, while the latter’s rendition of ”Cry” showed she’s not above the occasional wonky note. Which makes the current 9-1 odds on Elliott Yamin look like a tempting proposition. As for rank outsiders like Kevin Covais (40-1), Bucky Covington (50-1) and Melissa McGhee (60-1), might I suggest they prepare for tonight’s Stevie Wonder-themed episode by taking notes on former Idol Fantasia Barrino’s scorching ”Superstitious”? Randy, can you handle it? Paula, can you handle it? Simon, can you handle it? I don’t think they can handle it!

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  • Mike

    I thought Fantasia did “Signed Sealed Delivered.” Oh well, was never a huge fan of hers, maybe she did both.
    I agree with Chris being a frontrunner at this point, but I also agree he may be a one dimensional act. But Bo got to the final 2 even with that awful Pippen performance. He can pull it off. If only they would allow tunes from RENT for the showtunes performances.

  • SeangSTM

    He has ZERO ability to sing ANYTHING other than angsty, raspy crap. It got old in episode 4 for me. No way will he win.
    Its unfortunate the best male singer has such horrendous teeth – it will prevent him from winning.

  • Jim

    Agree that Chris is becoming a one-trick pony but an awfully good one. Even if he tanks on theme nights, he’s still got a recording contract pretty much guaranteed.
    Would love to see Elliott in the final four–teeth and all. 90% hearing loss in one ear and he can still sing like that? Inspiring and gifted.

  • Terry

    Pickler is the best for the ladies.
    Hicks is the best for the gentlemen.
    The rest are just not that fun to watch or listen to.
    Being the best singer doesn’t always win this. Clay
    Aiken proved that. It takes more than that it takes the ability to win over the crowd. I think Pickler and Hicks
    do that the best at present.

  • colette

    I think Chris will be a great idol, he has a great voice and is very handsome. I also think Taylor Hicks is great he has a very soulfulsounding voice. but my problem is (chicken little)Kevin how in the hell did he get to stay and Giddon got voted off! are we all listenig to the same people? or is he suppose to be the next William Hung? I demand a recount!

  • Sven

    Now I don’t watch the tripe that is called American Idol, but as a resident of Virginia, and more specifically Central VA (where Chris was born, raised, and lived until recently moving to NC), I do want to point out he is from Fluvanna County, in the great commonwealth of VA. How do I know this? The local daily rag finds a way to keep him on its frontpage at least four days of the week.

  • loveidol

    Terry,
    Elliot has severe diabetes and wears an insulin pump. His teeth are like that due to complications from diabetes. Add that to your comment about his hearing loss, and you are doubly right about talented and gifted- and look at all he has overcome!

  • Jaime

    Ok people, do you not remember the Hollywood round when Chris sang Emotion by Destiny’s Child? Yes it was only a 20 second clip but he absolutely awesome in it!! He is not a one-trick pony, he’s the best there is. I sincerely hope he wins it.

  • Laura

    Not to take anything away from Elliot…but as my boyfriend pointed out, being mostly deaf in one ear actually makes it easier for you to stay in tune. There’s less noise to drown out and you’re only hearing yourself through one ear, so there’s no interference really ((boyfriend is a music major)).
    I do not agree that Chris is a one trick pony…and even if he was…I wouldn’t mind. Out of all the singers he’s performed the only set of songs I consistantly like. After all, I love rock…the thought of r&b, country, and mowtown fill me with dread.

  • Joe

    Ace is my pick to win it all; he’s got the voice AND the look. It will be Ace over Mandisa in the final. Chris can’t win; AI will never have a ‘rock singer’ as its winner.

  • honey

    I am going to have to agree with the one of you about Taylor and Kellie being the final two. Ok….they are both awesome…..but their stage preformance is what keeps me coming back to American Idol each week. If they dont make it to the final two…..once they are both gone……..I will be gone and my American Idol days will be over. Rock on Taylor and Kelli

  • Tammy

    “Emotion” was not originally recorded by Destiny’s Child. It was originally on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977–before the members of Destiny’s Child were born.

  • Cyn

    I stopped watching American Idol last year when “THEY” said that Carrie Underwood beat Bo Bice..YEAH RIGHT?.. I thought how could a country bimbo blonde beat a hard rocker like Bo. He has been the best one so far on Idol and yes I have bought anything he has recorded..He can sing country, rock, R&B, jazz, anything..and they say Carrie Underwood is the American Idol?..Please spare me..

  • debbie

    it will be taylor all the way!!!! woooohoooooo,love him,doing bama proud!!!!

  • Juan

    Actually, Emotion was sung by Samantha Sang and produced by the Bee Gees who did backup on the song. It was not on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack though you think it would be because it sounds like the stuff the Bee Gees did for that soundtrack. (I actually love Samantha Sang’s version so much more than Destiny’s Child’s.)

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