January 30, 2007 11:25 PM by Joe Reality
Before this season of American Idol started airing, Randy Jackson hinted
in a media conference call that the eventual winner may be
someone that auditioned in Birmingham, but maybe not from Birmingham.
Randy Jackson also predicted to Entertainment Weekly that the winner
would be “someone with curly hair.” Could Randy Jackson have been
talking about Chris Sligh?
Paula Abdul also talked about a curly haired contestant to the NY Post. She described him as a guy resembling Penn Jillette. If you add Randy Jackson’s statement about curly hair and someone who auditioned in Birmingham but not from Birmingham to Paula Abdul describing someone resembling Penn Jillette, then it starts to add up to look a lot like twenty-eight year old Chris Sligh from Greenville, South Carolina.
In addition to bearing a resemblance to Penn Jillette, Chris Sligh also displayed a sense of humor like the famous magician. Before his audition, Chris told the cameras, “Some people tell me that I look like Jack Osbourne, some people say that I look like Jack Black, but when I look in the mirror every morning, it’s not those people that I see, it’s Christina Aguilera that I see in the mirror, and I think that’s who my body looks most like.”
Of course Chris Sligh’s best line came when Randy Jackson asked him why he was there. Chris said “I really want to make David Hasselhoff cry,” referring to how David Hasselhoff cried when Taylor Hicks won American Idol 5.
For his Birmingham audition, Chris Sligh sang “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. After his audition, Paula Abdul stood up, applauded, and told Chris that she liked him very much. Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell agreed and quickly put Chris through to Hollywood. Given the reaction of the judges, our guess is that Chris Sligh is indeed the curly haired favorite to win American Idol 6 that Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul have been talking about.