Yes, I'm an American Idol junkie. And I'm about to make a prediction.
Before I actually tell you who I think is going to win, let me tell you why.
The Cleveland, Ohio area is very loyal to their own. Although those of us who live in the northern half of Ohio have known this since birth, the rest of the country found out about it back in 1996 when Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell decided to move the Browns to Baltimore.
Even though Modell had spent DECADES in Cleveland, he sorely underestimated the loyalty of the blue collar city.
The Browns were not the first team to be relocated by their owner, and have not been the last. However, Cleveland is the ONLY city to go to court to retain the team's name and colors for a future expansion team.
Clevelanders (and northern Ohioans) are very proud and loyal.
The old Municipal stadium, sitting on the shore of Lake Erie, could easily boast a wind chill of ZERO degrees or below during a December or January football game. However, there would still be 80,000 fans in the stands. Even if the Browns had a losing record, the stands would still be filled.
Their loyalty persevered. That's why when the Browns came back in 1999, they were still called the Cleveland Browns AND wore the brown, orange, and white.
So....on to American Idol.
Back in 2005, there was a contestant from the Cleveland area. Scott Savol was a pretty good singer. He finished 5th in the competition that year. Was he good enough to end up in 5th place? Many would say probably not...he was a top 10 contestant for sure, but maybe 8th or 9th was more realistic.
However, Scott finished 5th and that was more than likely due to the fact that northern Ohioans showed their loyalty once again and voted for him enough so that he made it as far as he did.
That loyalty is something that can always be counted on, and that is why I predict that.....
the winner of American Idol this year will be.....
Crystal is from a northern Ohio town called Elliston. It's a small town of approximately 1509 residents. Although the town is almost 2 hours west of Cleveland, it's still in northern Ohio.
Please don't get me wrong. I think that Crystal is extremely talented, and would probably finish in the top 2 or 3 regardless of where she is from. But you just can't rule out that northern Ohio loyalty factor.