Even though we haven't even hit the big stage yet, this season's American Idol has already delivered one contestant who ran away with many a fan's heart. Josiah Leming came in with a classic livin'-in-my-car, just tryin'-to-make-it story as well as genuine talent. His voice was unique, his story compelling — and even if he was a little obnoxious from time to time, it was hard not to be utterly fascinated with him.
As Hollywood Week wore on, I think most Idol fans got comfortable with the idea of watching him for a couple more rounds. But then, after a great take on Mika's "Grace Kelly" couldn't counter a subpar "Stand by Me," he was booted off before the Top 24. To be fair, his occasionally bratty behavior showed he probably wasn't mature enough for the rigors of reality television competition. Still, with all the screen time Idol devoted to this kid, it was shocking to see him go so soon.
But do not cry for this early Idol castoff. His small moment in the sun is garnering him (and his music) some positive attention, and for once, I'm going to say this guy may deserve his 15 minutes. MTV posted a video of him singing a song he wrote called "One Last Song," and it's beautiful. No, seriously. I want this song in my iPod mix titled "Stuff like Coldplay." Josiah has more of his music on his MySpace page, and to see the MTV clip and let me know what you think,