The Top 24 contestants have finally been revealed, but not without some drama along the way -- from the pleas, the tears, and a Top 24er disqualified from the competition already! Though the season is proving to be one of the most dramatic, this group of Idol hopefuls are some of the most talented that I think we've seen in seasons and I can't wait to see what they belt out in the weeks to follow.
Among the Top 24 are a few front-runner favorites including Aaron Kelly (aka David Archuleta 2.0), new father Michael "Big Mike" Lynche, rocker Crystal Bowersox, and power-house Janell Wheeler. A few of my personal early favorites include rocker Lilly Scott, Broadway alumni Todrick Hall, and off-beat rocker Tyler Grady.
Poor Angela Martin missed the cut by a hair, for reasons that I don't understand. This is where I start to lose faith in Idol especially when this girl has proved for three years in a row that she has the voice and was, in my opinion, a leap better then half of the girls chosen to continue in the competition. But no breaks were cut this year not to mention the cruel torture the judges put these kids through as they await their fates. However, is good luck in her future? New Idol judge and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres had Angela on her show this morning, vowing to help Angela get a record deal. Ellen went on to surprise this ex-Idol contender with great news -- Kara DioGuardi is even going to produce and write a song for her.
American Idol continues Tuesday with the Top 12 girls singing first! I know I can't wait!
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Until next time! Your J-14 Intern,
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