David Leathers, Jr.: American Idol 11 (2012) Predictions and Spoilers
David Leathers, Jr. is a 17-year-old singer. He is competing on the 11th season of American Idol. According to TheIdolPad, David has made the Top 42. If he makes it through just one more round back in Hollywood (the Top 42 are the survivors after the Las Vegas round), Leathers will be in the Top 24. However, based on YouTube performances, he appears to be a better-than-average karaoke singer who stands little to no chance of winning American Idol 2012.
David looks about 12 or 13. There is nothing wrong with this. He just happens to have a baby face, which may actually be a good thing as a contestant on Idol. After all, it does help him stand out in some way, which is all it often takes to start building a fanbase. Based on this built-in characteristic AND his better-than-average vocals, I would expect David to have a decent chance to make the Top 12.
Leathers will probably sing every song well in terms of vocal tone and control. He has a smooth, pretty voice. It is somewhat like Clay Aiken but with less power from what I have seen so far. He is sort of the "light" version of Clay, perhaps with a bit more soul to his voice than Clay but, as stated above, less power.
Idol fans tend to like either singers with big voices or artistic types like David Cook or Kris Allen. Leathers does not seem to find either of these molds, so he will have trouble winning. First and foremost, he does too much of a straight interpretation of songs. There is little to no personal style to his voice. And since he isn't going to suddenly turn into a power singer, then improving his artistry is the way to last longer on Idol. We just don't know enough to guess how much he can improve in this area. Maybe he has never been instructed to mix it up, instead receiving praise from locals for his excellent but karaoke-like vocals. But stepping up to win Idol is going to require more. And stepping up his artistic choices is the way to go for David.
In short, David Leathers is a fairly memorable singer and contestant. He has a good chance of making the Top 12 if the producers put him through to the voting rounds. But after that, his lack of both power and artistry could be a problem. Since people don't magically become power singers, then adding at least some kind of personal style to his performances is likely the only way that Leathers can win the 11th season of American Idol.