I just couldn't read all the posts in this thread, wow, either there is big controversy, or lots of Harlemm fans of which I am one. I just wanted to drop in and say that I dropped all my votes for him during the last show even though I think Brandon just sang his little heart out and took the night, and at age 16.
That said, there is something about the quality of Harlemm's voice that is different from many of the singers we hear today. Personally, I'm tired of everybody trying to sound like Britney or Mya, or Luther, although I am a fan of Ruben Studdard's also.
Being older, I understand Harlemm lying about his age, I bet had he come clean in the beginning he might very well have been passed over. I also have read at other boards about the professional credentials of many of the finalists. Understandably, I think most viewers were a little upset when they learned this about the contestants because they were thinking that this show called "Fame" was similar in philosophy to the movie about a high school where you had to audition to get in. Well, it is isn't, and they never said that it was for amateurs only -- so at this point regardless of their backgrounds, I believe the best person will win, or at least the most popular, lol.
I hope all four get recording contracts. I can't imagine how much better Brandon will be at 35 if he is this accomplished at 16. Good luck to all of them for much future success.