But did America get it wrong? According to Gold Derby’s exclusive predictions, poor Jena Irene was robbed!
For the past two weeks in a row, Jena topped our leaderboards for who would win “American Idol,” while Caleb placed second. Even Gold Derby founder Tom O’Neil was confident that Jena would triumph and Caleb would be crushed.
So what exactly happened?
The simple answer is that our oddsmakers forgot their “Idol” history.
Earlier this week I gave four rockin’ reasons why Caleb would win based on what we’ve gleaned from the first dozen years of “American Idol” in regards to trends, voting habits and statistics. By taking all emotion out of the equation and simply laying things out line for line, I was able to correctly predict Caleb’s upset win.
In brief, I knew Caleb would prevail because he’d never been in America’s bottom three (Jena had), “Idol” voters preferred guys over girls (only five female winners in 13 seasons), Caleb is older than Jena (the majority of winners are older than their runner-ups) and his Top 3 Week performance of “Dazed and Confused” melted Jennifer Lopez (and by association America).
Truth be told, I was actually rooting for Jena to claim victory as I mentioned in our “American Idol” slugfest last month. But it was Caleb who ticked all the right boxes and wound up being the first rock winner since Season 7’s David Cook.
Do you agree with America’s decision? Did Caleb deserve to win, or was Jena robbed? Sound off in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
Below, watch Gold Derby’s interview with recent cast-off Alex Preston in which he admits he didn’t think he would make it to the Top 3.