Which 'Idols' will (and should) Clive Davis sign?

2lakisha_lAfter five emotionally draining months, American Idol‘s sixth season is over. (WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH MY LIFE?) And yet, in some ways, the real competition starts now. Over the next few months, BMG’s Clive Davis and the folks at 19 Entertainment will be deciding which of the current crop of contestants they’ll be signing to record deals. (Last year, they signed winner Taylor Hicks, runner-up Katharine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, and Kellie Pickler, while foolishly passing on Elliott Yamin, who’s scoring some pretty impressive numbers with his self-titled indie release; it’s No. 20 on Billboard’s album chart this week.

Barring some unforeseen revelations about a secret, felony-filled past, this year’s top 2 — Jordin Sparks and Blake Lewis — ought to land under Clive’s wing, and I’d be shocked if popular third-place finisher (and Simon’s personal favorite) Melinda Doolittle doesn’t get a BMG deal herself. But after those three, the future looks fuzzier. Based on the startling lack of screentime during the Idol finale for popular contestants like LaKisha Jones (pictured), Chris Richardson, Phil Stacey, and Gina Glocksen, I’m going to go out on a limb and bet that Clive & Co. pass on the remaining nine finalists — although even as I write this, I’m overcome with a horrible, sinking fear that they’ll try to score a few quick bucks off the Sanjaya phenomenon, despite the fact that there’s nothing left of that lemon but a few strips of rind.

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Still, I think it’d be a mistake to pass on LaKisha. True, her songchoices throughout the season proved that she’s got a fairly limitedmusical imagination, but if she’s put in the studio with the right teamof writers and producers, I still think she could be a winner on thecharts. There’s something authentic about Kiki — a warm, funny vibethat’s been evident in her post-Idol interviews but never seemed to come through (or got left on the editing-room floor) during her Idolrun. Is it so wrong that I have a vision of her debut CD kicking offwith a revamped version of Another Bad Creation’s "Iesha"?("LaKiiiiiisha, you are the girl that I never had. But I want to get toknow you better…")

Keeping in mind that sometimes, even Americacan let a chart-topper slip through their fingers (season 5’seighth-place finisher Bucky Covington is now signed to Disney’s LyricStreet label and is doing nicely on the country scene), I’d also diginto the semifinal vaults and pick up Sabrina Sloan. C’mon, she’sgorgeous, she’s talented, and (as she proved on an episode of Idolaty)she’s even willing to sing in a cubicle if that’s what the publicdemands. Okay, so clearly I’m biased, but if you were Clive Davis,which season 6 contestants (other than Jordin and Blake) would you signto a deal, and why?

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  • No Likey The Idol

    Ugh.. none of them. We have enough mediocre “talents” from the previous seasons. Make this show go away!

  • tk

    LaKisha should totally get a deal & Rodney Jerkins could produce some banging songs for her – R.Kelly could do a good job with her also…

  • Sam

    I would sign Melinda without question, possibly Lakisha, Phil, and Gina…the rest are a mess…and deserve to be left that way…

  • Dan

    Melinda could (probably will) land on BMG’s Sony/Provident arm in Nashville. Gina deserves a contract. I agree about Sabrina, too. Also, Stephanie has the talent but needs to work a bit more before she’s ready. I think Phil could make it in a Clay Aiken vein but with better songs. And I’m still mad Rudy got dumped in the top 24. The guy can sing!

  • cookiemac

    Hey if you’re wondering what to do with the rest of your life, Canadian Idol starts the first week of June. If you can pick up CTV in Canada, your summer is filled

  • anonymous

    Stephanie Edwards before Sabrina Sloan, Slezak. Granted, I don’t wish either of them to do poorly, but I never got why you liked Sloan so much. I hate to parrot Randy, but girl was pitchy. Stephanie, however, sounded like Beyonce, who is still doing well right now. The trick would be figuring out how to tap into the market without making her mere imitation.
    I’m not going to mention The Wronged One because I’m hoping there’s already a battle over her among the labels. So moving on, I think KiKi needs to release a gospel album. I just feel she’d be most comfortable in that field. I would also stick Phil in contemporary Christian with a slight country vibe–same vein as “Imagine,” which was huge a while ago.

  • loudrockmusic

    To sign: Mindy Doo, Nosphilatu, Chris R. (let’s make some teen girl money!), LaKisha (disco/house diva), Gina.
    I just don’t see it in the cards for everyone else.

  • Jason Bonkers

    Girl needs a makeover. She looks like she is about to explode out of the dress.

  • anonymous

    Ps. A lot of previous Idols have also done well on Broadway, which unlike Simon, I don’t consider “lower” than pop music (but admittedly not what AI’s looking for.) Any contestants from this season you think may cross over there?

  • KJS

    I’d give Phil Stacey a go in the country venue. He’s got a smooth and powerful voice that could do wonders with the right songs. But the boy needs hair, and fast. Melinda and Blake need a contract, of course. I’m curious as to what a producer could do with Sanjaya. I never hated him, and even got to enjoy his performances. I think, with a little time and training, he could have a career in…well..something in entertainment.

  • Laura

    I would sign Melinda, Blake, Phil and LaKisha.

  • Leandra

    It would be interesting to see what Phil could do without nerves and the right song choice. He was coming into his own in the final weeks and I definitely think he had the best voice of all the guys.

  • Anonymous

    Melinda is the only one who should get a contract. Lakisha sings well enough (although she screams too much), but there’s nothing particularly original or special about her voice. Plus, she comes across as having a nasty attitude. I don’t know if she could learn to actually smile once in awhile.
    But for the love of God, PLEASE don’t let Phil get a deal. If I have to suffer through seeing/hearing him on a regular basis again, I’m going off the deep end.

  • TT

    I will miss you Slezak! Until next January. Hopefully they’ll make changes next season. The 12 this season were very talented, but they got shafted by Nigel/Ken in my opinion.

  • Teri

    Sabrina should’ve won Idol this season. I hope she gets signed.

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