My 'American Idol' Prediction: Andrew Garcia Is Going to Win the Whole Shebang!

Tue, February 23, 2010 12:53pm EST by 16 Comments
My 'American Idol' Prediction: Andrew Garcia Is Going to Win the Whole Shebang!

Season 9 contestant Andrew Garcia should take home American Idol’s top prize because he has it all — unique looks, a super emotional story, charm and, most importantly, mad talent.

Andrew Garcia, the laid back, hat wearing, Buddy Holly glasses-sporting Southern California native, had me at hello this season on American Idol. My obsession started after hearing Andrew’s heart-wrenching tale before his actual audition — his parents were former gang-bangers and now, at 24-years-old, the Idol hopeful wants a better life than he had for his toddler son.

My love continued to grow as soon as he opened his mouth and started crooning Maroon 5’s ‘Sunday Morning.’

I always get stressed out for my favorites during Hollywood week, since that’s typically when things fall apart. Andrew, however, totally killed it, cool as a cucumber, and managed to wow judges Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson with a cover of recently departed judge Paula Abdul’s ‘Straight Up,’ while his fellow contestants were failing auditions faster than me losing focus with a diet.

I was craving more of Andrew’s soulful crooning, and managed to dig up this video of Andrew jamming with his guitar to Michael Jackson hits pre-Idol…and let me tell you — you will not be disappointed.

Shot with a Web cam in a darkly lit house, Andrew collaborated with his friend, singer Cathy Nguyen, to make this MJ Tribute, where he sings and strums along on the guitar to hits like ‘Man in the Mirror,’ ‘I Want You Back,’ ‘ABC’ and ‘I’ll Be There.’

After watching Andrew’s pitch-perfect medley, try telling me you don’t think this kid isn’t the clear Idol front-runner. And if you don’t believe me, well, check out the odds. The SBC Global Sportsbook has also favored Andrew, with odds of 9:2, to become season nine’s American Idol.

My official analysis? This is guy is a genius.

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simonsays

Posted at 9:43 PM on March 3, 2010  

this guy is not going to win. he has not been good since hollywood week.

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criselda

Posted at 3:59 PM on February 25, 2010  

Casey James and Didi Benami were the best.

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tellmemore

Posted at 11:49 AM on February 24, 2010  

After last night, I’m liking Crystal and Siobhan the best of the girls.

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finnandbailey

Posted at 3:50 AM on February 24, 2010  

Who thinks the girls were just so-so tonight? The only exception was Ashley Rodriguez who really rocked it. Loved her outfit and her song choice.

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rubytuesday

Posted at 3:44 AM on February 24, 2010  

I love mamasox!

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momoftwogirls

Posted at 3:43 AM on February 24, 2010  

How did you find this?!? This is so awesome and he’s totally my favorite. And his little girl is so precious!

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lkgarcia

Posted at 6:13 PM on February 23, 2010  

i don’t watch the show, but this guy is awesome and he has my last name! thanks for the great video!!

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scarla

Posted at 5:55 PM on February 23, 2010  

He’s got my vote Kirsten!!!

Tonight, Haeley Vaughn…teen cowgirl is going home!

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northernexposure

Posted at 4:55 PM on February 23, 2010  

It’s too soon for me to pick a winner, but I do like this guy! With a male winning last season, do you think they’ll pick another guy this year? It shouldn’t matter, but it seems like it does in the end…

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getbacktowork

Posted at 2:29 PM on March 3, 2010  

if last season is any indicator, only a boy can win… i’m convinced tweens are the prime voters for this show. which saddens me, b/c i was an alison fan!!! (even though she was kind of obnoxious and arrogant when she came back to perform last week.)

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joe2

Posted at 3:11 PM on February 23, 2010  

I remember this guy – they’ve given him a fair amount of air time. I’m guessing the producers like him too. It’s going to be a good season. Lots of talent.

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JacksonD

Posted at 3:06 PM on February 23, 2010  

I wish they all could win, but Casey James has my vote!

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getbacktowork

Posted at 2:29 PM on March 3, 2010  

cute, but, yawn…

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tellmemore

Posted at 2:13 PM on February 23, 2010  

He’s fantasic! Thanks for sharing, Kirstin!

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AlltheBest

Posted at 1:30 PM on February 23, 2010  

Hello Kirstin,

I think your Great!!!!! I read all your work!!!!!!!

I agree again with you again, Andrew Garcia has my vote.

All the Best,

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rich_and_famous

Posted at 1:23 PM on February 23, 2010  

lol….i don’t watch but u argued so well for andrew that i voted for him anyway!

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