Who Will Be Crowned the American Idol?

If you have been following Coach Rick and his take on American Idol, you know exactly how Season 18 is going to play out. It’s all about guys and their guitars, right? Of the seven remaining contestants that will compete on Sunday night, five are male. Several have guitars.

Is there any way one of the female contestants – Samantha “Just Sam” Diaz and Julia Gargano – can win? It’s certainly possible, but it’s highly unlikely. That’s why you should get in on a male winner at -115.

Disney Week on American Idol

The Top 7 performed Disney songs along with a song dedicated to their mothers, since the show aired on Mother’s Day.

Louis Knight performed “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King. Coach Rick was not feeling the love at all. Knight is a solid performer, but he’s not a guy with a guitar. He’s a dude with piano.

Speaking of dudes with pianos, Jonny West is another. The difference is West is immensely talented as a songwriter. He re-wrote the classic hymn “Amazing Grace” as a tribute to his mother. It was phenomenal.

What would prevent West from winning is probably his personality.

He’s a reserved kind of dude and he’s from the west coast. Remember, Idol is big in the South. Not sure if Jonny can get the votes needed to win.

So, not too long ago, Coach Rick said he thought when betting on American Idol this year, the race might come down to two – Arthur Gunn and Francisco Martin.

The pair didn’t disappoint on Disney Week.

Gunn sang “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid and Martin performed “You’ll Be In My Heart” from Tarzan. They appear to remain the frontrunners in the competition.


Arthur Gunn Performs “Kiss The Girl” For Disney Night - American Idol 2020


Representing the Women

If there is one chance for a female winner, it’s Gargano. When Coach Rick watched her audition with Mrs. Coach Rick, he commented that she could win the whole thing. The girl is practically a musical genius. She’s actually already released eight songs for the Rose Record Label Group.

The problem with wagering on a female to win American Idol at -115 is twofold.

One, Gargano is not a guy with a guitar.

Two, she hails from New York.

While Southerners tend to get more votes, Gargano has done well and gives the women hope. The last female winner in the last five seasons was Maddie Poppe in Season 16.

American Idol Guitar Guys

While none of the final seven contestants hail from the traditional south, we have three true “guitar guys.” Dillon James has a great story and compares to someone like Zac Brown.

Sometimes he’s country, sometimes he’s rock. James is from California and certainly worthy of being in the finals. Vocally though, the edge goes to Gunn and Martin.


FRANCISCO MARTIN Performs Effortless Rendition of “You’ll Be In My Heart” - American Idol 2020


When it comes down to it, Season 18 of American Idol is essentially a repeat of Season 17.

Of course, last year the U.S. was not facing a coronavirus crisis and the show went on as usual. There was a Top 6 which featured four males and two females before a Top 5 with three males and two females.

When there were just three, it was Alejandro Aranda, Madison VanDenburg, and the eventual winner Laine Hardy. Both males were guitar guys. This season its Gunn and Martin with Gargano as the female possibility.

All three are extremely talented, but sticking to the American Idol betting strategy lay your wager on the guitar guys to win.

Most online sportsbooks only offer American Idol odds for a male or female winner, but here at Scores and Stats, we go the extra mile for you. Coach Rick likes Francisco Martin to be crowned the American Idol this season.

About the Author

A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.