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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Can Melinda Win "American Idol?"

From early on, I thought Melinda Doolittle was the best singer on "American Idol." Now I've got another reason to root for her, after meeting her Cincinnati area relatives.

Can she win it?

Back in January, Robert Hatcher -- the Westwood guy who made it to the Hollywood round on "Idol" -- told me that the women were better singers than the men this season. That turned out to be so true, with only one guy in the final four.

My guess is that Melinda and Jordin will be the two finalists singing on May 22. Who do you think will win: Blake, LaKisha, Jordin or Melinda?


at 5/08/2007 10:14 AM Blogger pbrown said...

Melinda will be the next American Idol. Her spiritualty is a breath of fresh air in this time of destruction and immorality. Jordan is great and will receive a lot of the younger votes, but Melinda will go home the winner

at 5/08/2007 12:01 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they just start calling this Broadway Idol? I vote for Blake! :)

at 5/08/2007 12:44 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have never gotten into "American Idol",but do enjoy "Dancing with the stars"-most of the time. Did think that Billy Ray's tirade last night was just as bad as the judges comments.
Am pulling for Laila and Apolo.
from the neighborhood

at 5/08/2007 4:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lakisha blew the roof off the place with her Dreamgirls song but she hasn't really lived up to that performance since.

I'm picking Jordin.

at 5/08/2007 7:59 PM Blogger Mark said...

I prefer Blake. He is the only one who release an interesting album after the show is over. Jordin is number two for the same reason.

If Melinda or Lakisha win, who would seriously buy their albums? Their styles are not unique at all.

at 5/08/2007 9:51 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It won't be Melinda, it will be Jordin and she'll be in the top two with Blake. Melinda is a great singer, but I think Jordin has "it".

at 5/14/2007 3:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

YES, Melinda Can and WILL win American Idol. America Will do it right and vote for the BEST singer and she is the best by a mile!

at 5/23/2007 3:47 PM Blogger eleakrem said...

ummmmmmmmmmm duh melinda got voted off last week i think between jordin and blake , blake should win but jordin will win because i think blake is kool but most americans will like jordin better and i love the way she spells her name lol

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