'Idol' thoughts from area residents

May 24, 2006

The Herald-Mail asked people around the Tri-State area who they thought should be the next "American Idol." Here's what they had to say:

"I'm going to say Kathleen because Taylor doesn't deserve it. Because she's more the image of 'American Idol.' There's more talent this year than in any other year."

- Teri Pepe, 35, Hagerstown

"Probably Taylor because people like his stupid dancing. I don't want either to win. I wanted Chris to win. I'm totally disappointed. I'm not voting."

- Pam Grosh, 48, Smithsburg

"I picked the guy because I didn't think he was going to make it as far as he did."

- Eryn Greene, 15, Hagerstown

"Taylor. I want Taylor to win because he's not the norm. I think he's pretty down to earth."

- Erin Muritz, 20, Hagerstown

"I despise the show. I despise pop culture. With all the things going on in the world, I think we have better things to worry about than the best singer in the land - for the fifth season, I might add."


- Eric Muritz, 22, Hagerstown

"Well, it's down to the last two. I would pick the gray-haired guy. He's got the better voice from what I hear."

- Michelle Martin, 40, Boonsboro

"Kat. I just think she's the better of the two."

- Marilyn Shives, 56, Hagerstown

"Taylor because that's who all the kids are talking about."

- Claudine Harbaugh, 66, Hagerstown

"Katharine. I think they're going to pick a lady this time."

- Rick Jones, 45, Hagerstown

"Everyone thinks Taylor's going to win, but I'm going with the underdog, Katharine."

- Larry Pentz, Waynesboro, Pa.

"I'm hoping that Taylor Hicks wins. I think he has a lot more talent than Katharine. I think she's just flaunting her good looks, and she needs more lessons than Taylor. He's just a natural."

- April Luhn, 17, Hagerstown

"I like Katharine. I just like her voice. And every time she sings, her dad cries."

- Sarah Hoffman, 18, Smithsburg

"It's a toss-up. I'd like to see Katharine win. I like her. But I like him, too. Both of them would be a good winner. But Katharine is my favorite."

- Judi Quelland, 58, Williamsport

"Taylor Hicks ... I don't know, just because I've heard the name."

- Eric Barney, 28, Falling Waters, W.Va.

"Yeah, I think the girl should win ... because she's hot. I do remember her."

- Kenny Eagle, 26, Falling Waters, W.Va.

"I liked Chris, but if I have to choose out of the two of them, it would be Kat, because she's more ... I don't know, I just think she's a good singer."

- Jessica Horton, 19, McConnellsburg, Pa.

"Taylor, because he's just ... I don't know, because Katharine, I don't like her. I don't think she should have made it that far."

- Angelina Barnhill, 16, Hagerstown

"(Taylor) ... 'cause he's good, and he's funny, and he sings good."

- Jade Jones, 18, Hagerstown

"The one I think it should have been is gone. I wanted Chris. But right now, Taylor, because he gets into the show, and he performs. He entertains the people."

- Brittany Funk, 15, Hagerstown

"The girl, because I think she has a better voice."

- Keri Lewis, 21, Charles Town, W.Va.

"I would say the dude with the gray hair just because he has gray hair."

- Justin Kimmel, 23, Greencastle, Pa.

"It's been a while since a man has won 'American Idol' and I think it's time for a guy to win."

- Kayla Taylor, 16, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"He's got soul. You never know what he's going to do next. He's always got something different going on."

- Jessica Weisenberg, 16, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"He's different than the other people that have gone on (the show).

- Jessica Allen, 17, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"They've had a lot of girls on the show win and they need another guy."

- Kristin Lester, 17, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"I think he's making the younger generation like older music. I like it."

- Ashley Chambers, 17, Martinsburg, W.Va.

"Kate. I think she just has a better appearance to herself, and she has a better range of notes."

- Mike Baker, 58, Greencastle, Pa.

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