Meet the 'American Idol' final five

In case this season of "American Idol" has become a never-ending Adele cover in your memory, I'll remind you that we're down to five singers. Here's a quick primer on the final five. Tune in at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Fox.

Phillip Phillips

Why he'll win: The Leesburg, Ga., singer is the only finalist who hasn't entered the bottom three on this season of "Idol." He's been compared to Dave Matthews and boasts a sense of musical artistry that the other singers don't always deliver.

Why he won't: He generates memories of "Idol" champs like Kris Allen and Lee DeWyze -- guys who made for good TV, but didn't do much in the recording world.

Skylar Laine

Why she'll win: She's proven she could have a future as a contemporary country music recording artist. Her personality and solid vocals work well on the "Idol" stage.

Why she won't: Country music already has a Miranda Lambert. Not to mention the fact that women seem to be at a disadvantage when it comes to winning "Idol."

Joshua Ledet

Why he'll win: He consistently delivers big notes and strong emotion on stage. The almost-guaranteed standing ovations from the judges don't hurt, either.

Why he won't: A gospel singer has yet to win "Idol." And while Joshua is ready for the big time, it's unclear where he fits in the contemporary recording world.

Jessica Sanchez

Why she'll win: From a technical standpoint, she's one of the strongest singers in the competition. She showcases soulful, big notes and an emotional maturity that makes viewers ask, "Wow, is she really only 16?"

Why she won't: She's only still on "Idol" because the judges used their one-time "save" to keep her around. While she's near-perfect technically, viewers might not connect with her on a personal level.

Hollie Cavanagh

Why she'll win: She has a strong voice and a personality that plays well on camera. Plus, she's arguably the underdog in the game right now, and viewers often love to root for "Idol" underdogs.

Why she won't: Her frequent trips to the bottom three suggest she might not last much longer. To make matters worse, her choice in songs isn't always stellar.

Sonya Sorich, reporter, can be reached at or 706-571-8516. Read her "Idol" blog for more commentary.