Rock Singer Clayton Farhat: American Idol 11 (2012) Spoilers and Predictions
Almost every American Idol season has at least one rocker. While rockers don't win, they do tend to capture a certain portion of the voters that like this kind of music and last a while. Clayton Farhat appears to be Season 11's resident rocker. Little is known about him so far, but he does have one YouTube video where he sings AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" with the group Time Machine.
It is particularly hard to judge a singer based on a performance like "Highway to Hell." I can certainly say Clayton has a pretty darn good Heavy Metal voice, though. Although not particularly original in his presentation, Farhat nailed "Highway to Hell."
TheIdolPad releases spoilers of the American Idol contestants. According to that site, Clayton has made the Top 24. This means he will sing for America's votes in a Top 24 live round. If he makes the Top 5 among 12 boys in that round, Clayton will move to the Top 12 weekly single-elimination round. If not, he still has a chance to get a wildcard spot. Idol typically has either 2 or 3 wildcard spots in the current format.
Based on just that one video and the history of rock singers on Idol, I predict Farhat has a good chance of making at least the Top 8 or so but not winning. If you look at the history of Idol, rockers do well on the show but always come up short. Clayton is a hard rocker, which is the type that has never won. James Durbin is the closest to being a hard rocker in the show's history, and he got 4th place in Season 10.
Chris Daughtry has become a millionaire with millions of albums sold since being eliminated in 4th place in Season 5. If Chris can't win Idol as a rocker, it is going to be mighty hard for anyone to win. Even Adam Lambert, who somewhat presented himself as a rocker on the show, could not beat the substandard Kris Allen.
Michael Johns was another great rocker from Season 7 who went out in 8th place. The only guys who have won Idol who might be considered rockers would be David Cook and Lee DeWyze. These guys are not really rock singers, though. Clayton Farhat is definitely a rock singer, so it is easy to predict that he is going to go in that direction. As such, unless he turns out to be someone who only learned to nail "Highway to Hell" but is poor at all other songs, then I predict that he will make the Top 12 and get eliminated around 5th place. No hard rocker is going to easily win American Idol unless the public's taste changes dramatically.