I will be celebrating at a Tessanne victory party (tomorrow) on Tuesday, December 17. Where will you be celebrating?
In my article entitled 'Tessanne needs an iconic song', published on Monday, December 9, I called on Team Adam to change the genre by singing a more classic song rather than a regionally accented one. In singing the iconic Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Tessanne was awesome, performing it flawlessly. It propelled her to No.1 on the iTunes Top 100 Songs and assured her of making the finals. She was still No. 1 up to a few days after.
In a poll conducted by E! News before December 1, and released on December 2, Tessanne was polled to win by twice as many as the next contestant, Jacquie Lee. It is useful to remember that was when there were six left (See table).
With her breathtaking performance last Monday, she is sure to have stretched that margin. Remember also that, true to the poll's findings, the three bottom ones have been sent home already.
My 'guesstimate' is that Tessanne must be the odds-on favourite, offering less than 1:3 or $1.33 for a $1.00 bet by the bookmakers. In fact, this is being written on Friday, December 13, and I just checked with Just Bet and they have stopped taking bets on Tessanne. The lady said that the last odds offered was even less at 1:4 or $1.25.
All that's left is for Team Adam to find another iconic song. I, myself, and a number of my readers, have suggested The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush, which held on to No. 1 for 10 weeks in the United Kingdom and which is rated at No. 39 on the Everyhit.com all-time list for that country.
The cover by Celine Dion performed even better, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, the first Celine Dion single to do so. This song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and an American Music Award for Best Pop/Rock Single in 1995.
In my column, 'Huge cost of migration; Ronstadt; and Tessanne' published Sunday, November 24, 2013, I wrote:
"I am looking for her to make the finals and to win, but I am also mindful of a number of factors that might make this extremely difficult. Chief of which is being 'un'-American - meaning, not from America. And there is a lot of underlying bias against this."
Maybe it doesn't matter which song she sings, I am looking forward to Tessanne making my final prediction come to pass.
- Egerton Chang (e_rider69@ hotmail.com)
Who you think will win
Tessanne 43% Jacquie22% Will14 % Matthew14% James7% Cole0%