Brett Loewenstern is a young singer and musician from Boca Raton, Florida, who is competing on the 10th season of American Idol. He has an interesting look and image that could very well get him lots of votes if he makes it to the voting rounds. According to JoesPlaceBlog, he has made the Top 40. The judges and producers are picking a Top 20 for the tenth season to compete in the voting rounds, so Brett has a good shot of making the live shows.
Brett easily fits the role of a teenage boy contestant on Idol. We could be looking at another Aaron Kelly or John Stevens here (but probably not a David Archuleta). Based on what we can see online from Brett’s performances, he seems to be someone who could catch some decent fire and make it to about 5th place. Yet, he has some weaknesses that may hold him back from reaching Archuleta-level results. While the raw talent is there, it seems he has to polish up his skills to become a serious American Idol contender.
Brett Lowenstern is reportedly a 17-year-old student from West Palm Beach, Florida. He has some performances online that give us some glimpse of his talents as both a singer and musician. Brett has an interesting version of Rihanna’s “Umbrella,” an acoustic version where he displays some basic guitar-playing skills. This could be a plus for him on American Idol, as musicality and instrument playing have proved to be an effective way to get votes (perhaps a gimmick in some situations).
Another positive for Brett is that the teen girls (as well as some smaller portion of adult women) could well power vote him into the Top 6 regardless of his actual performances. This seems like John Stevens all over again, all the way down to the red hair (except that it’s curly instead of nicely cut and short.
Now, it does seem that Brett has far more well-rounded skills than John, who was a crooner who seemed like a fish out of water on almost a weekly basis. On the other hand, he has some weaknesses that may hurt him on American Idol. Although Loewenstern’s vocal tone can hit that “sweet spot” that evokes emotion at times, he is rather inconsistent. Technical skill is not really that important on Idol, but it does play a factor, particularly when a contestant goes for notes he clearly has trouble hitting. Brett missed badly on his freestyle version of Maxwell’s “Wings” (along with Melissa Nicolee). The high notes were approaching cringe-worthy levels. This is something that he either needs to improve on or to make better choices by avoiding his weaknesses. Song selection will be vital to his strategy for success on American Idol.
But the problem with constantly hiding weaknesses is that a contestant comes off as very limited in skill. A contestant can make wise choices by knowing who he is, but if every performance is “watered down.” that could also lose votes. Brett needs to find that middle ground where he is showing off as much talent as possible without showing his weaknesses but also avoiding becoming predictable at the same time.
In short, Brett Loewenstern has some vocal weaknesses that may hurt his chances of winning American Idol. On the other hand, he certainly fits the pattern of someone who could easily finish around 5th or 6th place. Assuming that he makes the voting rounds, he will almost certainly pass the semifinals and make the Top 12 (supposed to be Top 13 or something like that for Season 10). But if he is to win Idol, he needs more consistency to get the casual voters that are not going to vote on the “cute teenage boy” factor.
Update: Brett’s audition in New Orleans was shown on TV. He sang “Bohemian Rhapsody” and was praised heavily by all three judges. His backstory was kind of weak compared to many others, as Brett was apparently picked on and bullied when he was younger because he is different. At any rate, he gave a performance that was great in vocal tone but did not display that much power. Idol fans love their big-voiced singers, so this is something he needs to develop to have any strong shot of winning American Idol.
JoesPlaceBlog AI Spoilers
Brett Loewenstern and Melissa Nicolee’s Version of Maxwell’s “Wings”
Brett Loewenstern’s “Umbrella” Cover