Other "chosen ones" have won their seasons but probably more have lost. Think David Archuletta, Melinda Doolittle, LaToya London, and Crystal Bowersox. I think the judges pimping is a big part of her problem, but I also think Jessica just isn't likable. I said it at USA Today but it bears repeating. Jessica has no charm and grace. The way she answered Ryan's question tonight about was she shocked didn't do anything to make anyone want to vote for her? Carrie Underwood would have been all humble. Jessica was none of that. She needed a reality check. The American public gave it to her, but the judges chastised the voters as stupid for not voting for her. So I'm sure she still believes her own hype.
Personally I don't like her. The voice is fine, but better voices have lost this competition. And in fact, there aren't many seasons where the best singer has won. I'm a Colton and Phil fan, but I worry that they'd suffer the same fate as Kris Allen or even worse Lee DeWyze. I'm afraid they won't sell well after. Still I'd prefer one of them or Joshua win this. Jessica would end up more Jordin Sparks than Kelly Clarkson. 17 year olds who have success early rarely have long standing careers. Yes Michael Jackson and Donny Osmond are exceptions, but also think about LeAnn Rimes, Tiffany, and Debbie Gibson. I think the only young artist who stands a chance at long term success is Taylor Swift. I'm not a fan, and I'm not even 80% sure she'll be around in 10 years. Bieber sure won't. Jessica and all the other young ones who try out for this show should get a clue about that and get some humility.