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American Idol Spoiler Watch for Benjamin "Ben" Honeycutt

Updated on January 18, 2010

Engaging Vocal Tone Will Make Him a Favorite

As American Idol 9 rolls along through its city auditions, spoilers over at JoesPlaceBlog.com indicate that Benjamin "Ben" Honeycutt has made the Top 24. Ben has already gained in popularity on online forums like IdolForums.com. He should come out as an American Idol favorite right from the start. Of course, this may depend on how the show edits his appearances. But if Ben gets a fair shake from the producers, he is destined to be a favorite.

Ben Honeycutt has an amazing vocal tone. Although many fans are already trying to compare Ben to David Cook or Kris Allen, I don't see that comparison at all. It's amazing that anyone would compare the pedestrian vocals of Kris Allen with the sweet vocal tone that Ben possesses. I would think most people are looking more at the image instead of focusing on vocals. In fact, Ben is more like Bo Bice when it comes to vocals.

Nonetheless, there are several potential detractors for Ben in this ninth season of American Idol. First is the fact that most people are theorizing that it's a girl's year to win. A guy has won the last two seasons. The theory goes that the producers want to mix it up and crown a girl this year. This presumably keeps the show fresher for later seasons. No one really knows exactly what the producers are going to do, but it could hurt Ben's chances.

Of course, Ben also could have trouble gaining fans if he really does remind people of the past two winners (Kris Allen for Season 8 and David Cook for Season 7). This is not exactly fair, but neither is life.This would be especially unfortunate, though, if fans made the comparison based on looks or image. How about actually listening to vocals. All these singers are different, and they should not be lumped together in the same pile. Ben is completely different than David and Kris (just as David and Kris are completely different).

There is some concern about Ben Honeycutt's versatility. He seems to take any song and slow it down or put a soft side to it. In the real world, this is a fine thing. Many singers specialize in genres or styles throughout an entire career. However, American Idol is a different animal. The contestants must sing during theme weeks and pick from a limited list of song choices. It is not yet clear that Ben can turn up the heat and pull off faster or harder-hitting song choices. The vocal tone is amazing, but does he have different gears?

All things considered, Benjamin Honeycutt has the kind of vocal tone that grabs attention. It pierces right through to the soul. He has some detractors that might stop him from winning the ninth season of American Idol, and there is a question about his overall versatility. However, Ben is a solid American Idol favorite at this pre-stage of the competition. If he has decent edits from the producers for his appearances, Ben should at or near the Top 5. If it is a girl's year to win it, then Ben won't have a chance. But he should be in the top 2 or 3 among male contestants if he brings his "A game" to the competition.

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