Joshua Ledet, 20, from Westlake Louisiana is one of the Top 6 finalists for the eleventh season of American Idol.
The R & B and Gospel artist is head and shoulders above the rest of the contestants, they come across as rank amateurs while he strikes me as a seasoned professional.
The only Idol hopeful who is in the same ballpark as Ledet is Jessica Sanchez, 16, who has wowed the judges with soulful renditions of "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" and "I Will Always Love You."
When I hear Sanchez sing I am blown away by her technical skill, but she fails to make an emotional connection with the audience. Ledet, on the other hand, is on the same wavelength as the audience, we go through a roller coaster of emotions with every standout performance.
If Ledet stays true to himself he is destined to be the next Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye, but will he win the American Idol crown?
Almost every Ledet performance elicits a standing ovation from the judges and the audience, he has this thing in the bag, right?
Maybe not, Ledet may be too gay to win the American Idol crown. The young people who make up a large part of the voting block, don`t care if Ledet is gay, straight, bisexual or asexual, but quite a few adults also vote, and they may not be too comfortable with Ledet`s perceived sexuality.
Let`s not forget that in 2009 an insanely talented Adam Lambert, who came out of the closet during the competition, lost to -- does anybody even remember who won that year?
Ledet has not come out of the closet, and I`m not saying he`s gay. I`m talking about perception not reality, and I bet that the vast majority of the viewers are convinced he`s gay.
In a perfect world Ledet`s sexuality shouldn`t be anybody`s business, and it shouldn`t matter, but we don`t live in a perfect world, and a safe white guy like Phillip Phillips will probably be the next American Idol.
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