‘American Idol’ predictions: ‘Awkward’ Alex Preston now has best odds to win

“I’m so freaking awkward!” admitted “American Idol‘s” Alex Preston earlier in the season when mentor Randy Jackson helped him with his stage presence.

Apparently, America loves awkward as he is now the frontrunner to win. He tops our leaderboard for the first time this season with odds of 2/1 to win.

This year’s competition has proven to be unpredictable. This is the third week in a row that a new singer has emerged as the one to beat for the Season 13 title. 

The Mont Vernon, NH native replaces last week’s #1 singer Caleb Johnson (now at 3/1 odds) and the previous week’s predicted champ Sam Woolf (now at 10/3 odds) on our winner’s chart.

Alex has continued to grow throughout the competition, with his most talked-about performances so far being “Falling Slowly” from Songs from the Cinema week and “Story of My Life” from last week’s Billboard Top 10 show — watch this performance below.

After covering the popular One Direction song, Jennifer Lopez compared Alex to Buddy Holly, while Harry Connick Jr. said that he hit the bullseye. In fact, the judges have yet to say anything particularly negative about Alex, which bodes well going forward.

Both of our top two contenders — Alex and Caleb — have so far avoided being in America’s bottom three during any of the live shows. Sam, on the other hand, saw his position on the leaderboards change the moment he was forced to sit in those dreaded metal stools during Top 11 week. Sam dropped from first to second last week, and now he’s dropped from second to third. Not a good trajectory from our one-time frontrunner.

Do you think Alex Preston has what it takes to win Season 13? To make your predictions, log in to your free Gold Derby account, click on the “American Idol” button and then answer our weekly questions.

The user with the most points at the end of the season will receive two tickets to a live taping of “American Idol” next season (airfare and lodging not included) plus a $100 Amazon gift card. So what are you waiting for? Start voting!

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