The thing is, I don't actually love the style - I'm not a mad fan of melisma, and tend to prefer other genres to soul. Except when the person singing the soul is ... singing soul, which is what Josh does for me. Things I would find to be affectations or ridiculous ornament or showboating from most other singers just come out of him in a way that feels authentic right down to his toes.
This is me, too. The thing about Idol is .. it sucks me in until I CARE about someone. Doesn't happen every year, but every so often, I end up tuning in for one performer only. I think about song selections for them during the week, and I get nervous for them on elimination night. Joshua is that person for me this season. *sigh*. So, it makes me wonder - if I didn't have that emotional connection to Joshua, and I just heard him on the radio, or saw him on a youtube vid - would I like his music? Would his crazy vocal skills rock my world the way they're rocking it now? I don't know. That's why I've stopped predicting who is going to wildly succeed after the show. I've gotten so enthusiastic over performers, only to have them struggle or flame out in the real world.
However, if I'm staying within the Idol bubble, and not taking the real world into account, Joshua Ledet is my favourite voice out of all my favourites (David Cook, Elliott Yamin, Alison Iraheta, Haley Reinhart). For me, he even surpasses Adam Lambert in power, dynamic energy, style, control, range, interpretive instincts etc. He completely blows my mind. I started out more or less dismissing him. Then, two weeks into the live shows, he sang "When A Man Loves A Woman" and left me wondering why the hell I was so riveted by it. I'm sick of the song; I don't like that style of singing; and he was supposed to be my "what is he still DOING here/ Who's VOTING for this guy"
contestant of the season, lol.
Now that I no longer expect
real world success for these kids, I kind of have mixed feelings about them winning the show. Winning has often turned out to be this big ol' pile of false hope. All I wanted for Joshua was to get the hometown visit in Top 3, get that special treatment for a day, and after that, whatever happens happens. I wish him the best, of course, but the post-Idol careers of these contestants have broken my heart so many times, I'm already getting sad for him. For some of these kids, American Idol ends up being their career peak, which is so
depressing. I can only hope this is not the case for such a rare talent. To paraphrase JLO: Jimmy, don't screw this up!
Edited by deedee2, May 11, 2012 @ 11:11 PM.