There is possibly more buzz about who will be the next American Idol than who will be the next American President. Now in season 7 the American Idol franchise is obviously a huge hit. Every year there seems to be rumors of a voting scandal as viewers watch their favorite singer get the boot as others with less talent stay safe.
The best example of this was in 2004 season 3 as Jennifer Hudson got sent home earlier than expected and even the judges seemed surprised. She was a favorite to win the entire competition and claim the title of the next American Idol. So, what went wrong? My theory is that when people see a contestant that shines above the rest they feel confident that everyone is voting for that person and they are certain to win. So, they vote for who they want to see come in second, assuming that the favorite will remain safe. However, when millions of viewers cast their votes for their second favorite (or whoever they want to see perform again, Sanjaya) people like Jennifer Hudson get left behind.
My prediction for this season is that it will happen again. My best guess is that it will be David Archuleta. It's still too early to tell if he will grow as needed and continue to out perform the competition. But just keep in mind that you should always vote for your favorite and never assume that they will be safe.