Q4U: The Most Important Question

Who will be in the Top 3 of American Idol? Give us your prediction!

My daughters and I had a hard time coming to a consensus, but here is our guess:

Adam, Allison, and Danny.

However, I absolutely love Alexis. I’m thinking she might be in the top three. But who would she replace? Danny? Hmm, hard to say.

Also feel free to tell us: Who do you WANT to be in the top three?

Have a good weekend!

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


  1. Skipfly on December 11, 2011 at 1:59 AM


    Fantastic blog post, saw on…

  2. Solvang Sherrie on March 18, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    >I like Adam, Allison and Danny. I think they would be an awesome top 3. But Kris and Matt were awesome last night. They just might sneak up from behind and surprise everyone…

  3. Nicolette Zamora on March 15, 2009 at 5:24 PM

    >I think the top 3 will be Adam, Danny, and Lil.

    I want the top 3 to be Allison, Danny, and Scott.

    I love Anoop but he has no chance at winning. I hope he’ll be around for awhile though.

  4. The Things We Carried on March 15, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    >The dark haired guy with style and a KILLER voice. The guy rocks the house!I could watch him for two hours, no problem. Adam?)

  5. Rob Roush on March 14, 2009 at 6:23 PM

    >I agree with Robin: Adam, Lil, and Danny.

  6. natalie on March 14, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    >Allison, Alexis, Adam. I think one of the girls will win – I get more of an underdog vibe from them, dawg. 🙂 But Adam is cool. Did you guys know he was in Wicked? Go Fiyero!

  7. Audra Krell on March 13, 2009 at 11:18 PM

    >Since Scott and I go to Church together I want him all the way. Actually I want him to win because he is truly an incredible musician, a gifted, godly man.

  8. lindacassidylewis on March 13, 2009 at 10:01 PM

    >I say Danny, Alexis, Adam … in that order.

    Sorry, but I don’t “buy” Adam. Elvis, he ain’t.

  9. IQOkie on March 13, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    >Adam to win–Elvis all over

    Danny to place

    Lil to show

  10. crt on March 13, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    >Uhh I like the guy that sang the Michael Jackson song (not only this week but last week too)…Can’t remember his name. The one Simon said shoudn’t have brought his wife out so early.

    Allison and err, uh Adam. (I guess)

    All three of them because they didn’t make me want to turn the channel. I don’t like Michael Jackson’s music too much.

  11. Sandy on March 13, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    >It’s really hard to say so early. I think I’d go for Danny, Adam, and Alexis. They entertain me the most.

  12. Gwen Stewart on March 13, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    >Danny and Matt are my favorites. Loved Danny from first audition and Matt is a local boy with amazing piano and vocal skills.

    I think Alexis is on the way up, and Allison is on the way down as far as “star quality”.

    (My 5th grade choir kids willingly give up recess to come to my music room and play American Idol. No Simon and no one gets voted off–only positive remarks allowed. We have a Ryan Seacrest who makes up a story about each child before he or she sings. The stories are HILARIOUS, but the kids take the singing seriously–and since it’s a ‘game’, they don’t realize how much they’re learning about singing. Awesome fun stuff. 🙂

  13. clindsay on March 13, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    >Allison for the WIN!

    Any sixteen year old who can hit every single note in an Annie Wilson sing had nowhere to go but UP!

  14. Jennifer AlLee on March 13, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    >Here's my pick for top three: Adam, Danny & Scott.

    Why? Adam and Danny are obvious to me. I love them both and they're crazy good. To use Kara's word, they're ridiculous.

    The third one was harder to pin down. I love both Allison and Megan, but I don't think either one of them will make it to the end. Megan probably confuses a lot of people (she looks so girl-next-door, but then there's that big tattoo…) and Allison runs the risk of sounding the same week after week.

    I pick Scott for third place because he does connect with the audience. If he can play the piano and sing every week, I think he's got a good chance to make it into the top three.

  15. Lea Ann McCombs on March 13, 2009 at 1:27 PM

    >I’m just so glad to be rid of that annoying Tatiana, I almost don’t care who wins!

    My faves are Danny and Scott–who could vote off a sweet blind guy? I’m not an Adam fan, but he does have the stuff to win.

    Predictons for top 3: Adam, Danny, Lil Rounds. Adam will win.

  16. R. K. Mortenson on March 13, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    >I’ll be the voice for the three people in the country who haven’t watched a single episode of Idol this season. Just to let you and the world know that we’re here. So, I can honestly say I have no interest in who will make the top three or win. It’s actually quite liberating. 🙂

  17. Katy McKenna on March 13, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    >I’m predicting Megan will go the way of Brooke. I also think Allison will not make it to the top 3. She’s very young, which explains her discomfort during all the times she’s NOT singing. Those times might take her down! I agree that Lil will make it in the business, regardless, and I predict she will be stepping up in a big way in the coming weeks—a force.

    Top Three? Danny, Alexis, and Adam. I will go out on a limb and say it will come down to Danny and Alexis.

  18. Marybeth on March 13, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    >Danny by a LANDSLIDE will probably win. But for the top three I’m torn between him, Adam, Alexis, Matt and Allison. They are all very good.

  19. Kevin Feldotto on March 13, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    >Top Three:
    Adam – Hands down, the best performer
    Danny – How could you not like him? (as long as he doesn’t dance)
    Alexis – Great vocals, great personality, great performance the other night.

    Allison – Amazing voice for 16, but doesn’t have the presence on stage or off.
    Megan – I love her. She is beautiful, quirky, fun. She doesn’t have strong enough vocals and Rockin Robin probably did her in.
    Lil – She doesn’t need to win. She will do great no matter what. She has already established herself.

    Of course I am too busy writing to actually watch Idol. I just got this 2nd hand.

  20. Spongian on March 13, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    >Adam, Alison, and Lil. :p

  21. Ashley on March 13, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    >I’m with you… I’d like to see Danny, Adam, and Allison in the top three… not sure yet who I’d like to see win it all.

  22. Achim Zahren on March 13, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    >I think you’ve got it right unless the judges use their special new save rule and bring back Tatiana in which case she will sweep the competition

    …and I’ll get a book deal.

    Best weekend to everyone

  23. Robin Caroll on March 13, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    >My picks are: Adam, Lil, and Danny.

  24. Sara J. Henry on March 13, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    >Adam won’t make final 3 – his fan base will cave. Plug in Alexis or Lil – also, it’s time for a girl to win – they seem to alternate year to year.

  25. T. Anne on March 13, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    >I’m thinking Adam, Scott and Alexis. I went to itunes yesterday and downloaded some of their songs. Can you tell how far gone I am?

  26. a story to tell on March 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    >I’d love to see Adam, Alexis, and Danny for the final three, but I also really like Megan.

    Not an Allison fan– girl can sing, but AWKWARD. Wow, does she give an annoying live interview. I don’t hate her or anything, but I like Alexis and Megan far more.

  27. Lorie Langdon on March 13, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    >I’m all about the guys this year!
    In order of preference, based on their performances so far:
    1) Adam
    2) Danny
    3) Kris
    I have to say that personality does play a part in my selection. Is this wrong? Should we base our judgment on talent alone? Not sure if I could. ^_^

  28. Cheryl Barker on March 13, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    >Adam & Danny are crazy talented so those two for sure. I'm hoping Lil will be the third one.

  29. Anonymous on March 13, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    >LOVE Adam & Danny! Also the tiny blond girl who looks like a young, skinny Dolly Parton is great.

    Has anyone watched Dragon's Den on BBC? Now THAT reminds me of submitting to editors/pubs and agents: What one likes, the others will hate–or it's unanimous either way. Just imagine a panel of mean agents or publishers, and you have Dragon's Den! (Not you, Rachelle)

  30. Marcie Gribbin on March 13, 2009 at 8:21 AM

    >Chatty Kelly’s comment got me thinking: American Idol Haiku Contest. What do you think? Could be a good laugh.

  31. B. Schell on March 13, 2009 at 8:02 AM

    >Top two – Adam and Danny!!!

  32. Marcie Gribbin on March 13, 2009 at 7:55 AM


    Allison is next on my list.

    I could listen to Matt anytime, especially when he’s on the piano.

    Lil Rounds is good, though her last song wasn’t that great. She’ll market well, though. So, no matter what happens on this show, she’s going places.

    Adam? Excellent performer,fabulous singer, but, hmm… ‘Nough said.

    But all in all, I think you’re right on the money with your picks, Rachelle.

    IMHO, the top two will be Adam and Danny.

  33. Deborah Vogts on March 13, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    >Top three in our house are:
    Adam, Danny . . . Lil or Matt. I think it’s going to be a pretty good/tough competition this year. Fun topic!

  34. Katy McKenna on March 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM

    >Oh, Danny boy….Sing it with me now! I love him. Not just his singing and his crazy dancing, but HIM.

    Adam is fantastic and I like him a lot, but “endearing” means a lot to me.

    Now, David Cook, HE was endearing!!!

  35. Sharon A. Lavy on March 13, 2009 at 7:39 AM

    >It will be interesting to see who gets this right.

  36. lynnrush on March 13, 2009 at 7:38 AM

    >It’s tough. Great singers this year. I hope for Allison, Lil Rounds and Danny.

    BUT, I really like Megan….Gosh, I’m torn.


    Have a great weekend.

  37. Chatty Kelly on March 13, 2009 at 7:00 AM

    >I think the Top 3 will be Simon, Randy and Kara, and that Paula will be voted off.

    Wait, you were talking about the judges right?

    **off topic** My 5 yr old got a new book – DogKu by Andrew Clement. I thought of you, it is all Haiku. It is so cute. I know how you love the Haiku, and your Scully haiku (Twitter) made me laugh out loud! Have a great weekend.

  38. Jenn Nixon on March 13, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    >I won’t make my prediction until the top ten. LOL But I think your daughters are right. Those are the ones on my list right now!

  39. heartreflections on March 13, 2009 at 2:43 AM

    >I just watched my first episode of this season… but here are my pics – Adam, Danny, Matt

  40. Martha Flynn on March 13, 2009 at 1:29 AM

    >My picks are Alexis, Allison and my boyfriend (aka Kris)

  41. ~Jamie on March 13, 2009 at 1:14 AM

    >For me this year is SO clear cut…

    If Adam doesn’t win… well… I LOVE Adam, so what can I say!

    But… I LOVE me some Allison too… girl just has to learn to keep her mouth shut on stage haha!

    I like Danny a lot… but for me he is the one out of the three I could go without.

    But yeah, unless America screws it up with their voting at some point.

    Then Adam, Allison, Danny
    (The judges can’t save all three ya know.)