Thursday, February 15, 2007

My Take: American Idol - Top 24 Revealed!

And we finally have the Top 24! Hollywood round flew by, huh? I know they shortened it since these episodes tend to have the lowest ratings, but at the same time I'm not even sure who to root for because I feel like I barely know some of these kids.

But regardless, below is the top 24 with some of my random comments. Pictures and bios can be found here.

Chris Sligh
- Well, of course, he's still one of my favorites because he always makes me laugh.
Sanjaya Malakar - I'm torn on whether or not he should get a makeover if he makes the top 12. I like people staying true to themselves, but his hair is starting to become a mess!
Brandon Rogers
Philip Stacy
Blake Lewis - I've only seen him beatbox so I'm dying to actually hear him sing.
Rudy Cardenas
Paul Kim - I was rooting for him until he revealed he would always perform barefoot (yuck, feet!) and wear the same undies on cut days. TMI!!!
A.J. Tabaldo - Wow, this is his fifth try??? Geesh, I hope he makes the top 12 then.
Nicholas Pedro - He's kinda cute.
Chris Richardson
Jared Cotter
Jason (Sundance) Head - I don't get all the hype around him. And his goatee is very creepy to me.

Melinda Doolittle
- I like her - it'll be fun to watch her enjoy the spotlight for once.
Gina Glocksen
Haley Scarnato - I wasn't impressed with her first audition - she wore the skimpy black pantsuit from the "hoochie" store.
Jordin Sparks - I liked her during her initial audition but haven't seen anything too impressive since then.
Stephanie Edwards
Leslie Hunt
Alaina Alexander
Sabrina Sloan
Lakisha Jones
- One of the few (if only?) solid singers in the bunch, a belter for sure.
Nicole Tranquillo
Amy Krebs
Antonella Barba
- I hope she does well, I actually kinda like her. (Even if she has bad taste in friends.)

When they showed the kids dancing one by one at the end, all I could think was that this was the year for the boys. Because with the way the producers have played this season, we were familiar with a ton of the boys, but not so much with the girls.

And sure, there are a bunch of singers that I'm looking forward to seeing next week, but I don't think I have any real favorites yet. After seeing some of the final auditions during Wednesday's episode, I wasn't really blown away by any of the performances. So we'll see... and I'm actually excited to hear more from the ones that we haven't met at all yet.

As a side note, I'm glad they gave Thomas Daniels the boot - he had such an air of arrogance about him. Nice to see his ego get a little bruised. (Sorry, but he was so cocky!)

Can you believe there will be FIVE hours of American Idol next week??? On Tuesday, the 12 boys will sing for a 2 hour episode. The girls then go for 2 hours on Wednesday. The results show will be on Thursday. Yikes...

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