As the remaining Idol hopefuls head to their hometowns this weekend, Blake Lewis made a somewhat surprising admission during an interview with a Seattle television station. “Jordin’s my pick for Idol,” Lewis told reporters while taking part in his homecoming festivities. So, was the beat-boxer just playing humble? Or does he not believe he will win? Lewis declined to predict his own chances – saying, “It is what it is” – but according to the Seattle Times some of Lewis’ friends have said they’d prefer if he didn’t take the tile. Why? Simply, the creative freedom not being the American Idol affords.
Others look to the success of last year’s fourth place finisher, Chris Daughtry, who has sold more than 2 million records, while reigning Idol Taylor Hicks has only sold 661,000 copies of his self-titled debut. Then again, winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are the most successful artists to graduate from the show.
Either way, Lewis has achieved his goals already, according to the Times, by making it into the top 4. Meanwhile, his attention has been focused on delighting fans in Seattle and his hometown Bothell (which named May 11 officially “Blake Lewis: Bothell’s American Idol Day.