Chase Likens is a country singer. He is auditioning for the 11th season of American Idol. Chase was briefly shown in the initial auditions for the Nashville round. Likens is 19, and he is a college student from Point Pleasant, WV.
According to spoilers from TheIdolPad, Chase has made the Top 24 for American Idol 2012. If true, then he will sing for America’s votes against 11 other guys, 5 of whom will make it to the Top 12.
I suppose the guy is handsome, which might be good for getting early votes. But Chase doesn’t seem to be getting featured in Hollywood, and he seems to be the token country singer that is thrown in as an afterthought just to appease the country fans. While he sounded pretty good in his audition clip (although it was very short), we are not talking another Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina here. Chase is a competent country singer, but his tone and other singing aspects seem average to above average. In a season that is following up on the heels of a Season 10 that had two country singers in the Top 2 (that has never happened), I’d suspect only the hardcore country fans are looking for another singer to repeat that success. Others will likely be looking for something different this year, and the producers have chosen to focus on one cowboy during Hollywood Week that probably won’t even make the Top 24.
If a country singer is going to do well this year, I am more likely to predict that Skylar Laine may have a decent chance to go far than Chase Likens. This is just not a good year for country singers to be competing, and none of them is getting featured as of yet. Conversely, Scotty was one of the star attractions during Hollywood Week last year, and Lauren’s auditions were shown over and over again.
Chase Likens is a decent country singer, but that’s it. Other than being handsome, there is nothing there that seems very appealing or marketable that would give him an edge. Look for Chase to go out in the Top 24 round or early in the Top 12. It is not that easy to predict exactly how well he will do, but it is clear that Chase is not being edited as a favorite for the show. Thus, it is easy to predict that he will not win the 11th season of American Idol.