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American Idol: The 24 Chosen Ones

Hollywood.jpgAfter weeks of ear-shattering auditions, we instantly have our top 24. Blink, and you probably missed it. Something that stayed with me: The opening with Seacrest. Is it me, or is he looking more and more like Dick Clark?

Tonight's episode wasn't about singing (except in flashbacks); it was all drama. Dreams were made and shattered. It's basically 40 million people watching 40 people take a long walk into a long room, and an even longer walk out if you weren't accepted.

Sanjaya Malakar, whose sister was cut last night, made it. The guy can sing, but I thought his last performance sounded horrible. He does, however, have a little Michael Jackson thing going on. Decide for yourself whether that's a positive or not. It could work in his favor if MJ winds up gracing the "AI" stage later on down the line.

Melinda Doolittle and Brandon Rogers did make it through, and rightfully so. Not sure if either one will go all the way, but maybe singing backup all those years prepared them the take that step into the spotlight.

Philip Stacy missed the birth of his daughter to go to Hollywood, and apparently, it was worth it -- at least so far.

It seemed inevitable that the quartet of Chris Sligh, Rudy Cardenas, Thomas Lowe, and Blake Lewis would break up at some point, but I didn't expect it to be this early. Lowe didn't make it; the rest did.

Paul Kim vowed to be barefoot for every performance -- but he made it through anyway.

Simon really has a way of telling people they've made it. They usually look like they have to think about what he's said and translate it in their heads.

Speaking of poor delivery, it's really crappy how they make the last two guys and last two girls go in together. It's not fair to either person. One person is going home, and the other has to suppress their excitement. Also, you know when each one wishes the other "luck" in the elevator, it's pure grade A bull-poopie.

I was glad to see Antonella make it over Marisa. I thought she was the better singer, and had a bit less attitude during the group sessions.

What did Thomas Daniels do to his hair? I think that might be why he didn't make it. Sundance screwed up his lyrics in the group round, and should have been cut then. However, I still hold on to that dream of seeing the words "Sundance Head" on an album cover.

I know I missed a few people that made it. The final 24 are:
• Antonella Barba
• Haley Scarnato
• Lakisha Jones
Jordin Sparks
• Stephanie Edwards
Melinda Doolittle
• Alaina Alexander
• Gina Glocksen
• Amy Krebs
• Leslie Hunt
Sabrina Sloan
• Nicole Tranquillo
Philip Stacy
• Jarrod Cotter
Chris Sligh
• Nicholas Pedro
Brandon Rogers
• Sundance Head
• Rudy Cardenas
AJ Tabaldo
Paul Kim
Chris Richardson
Blake Lewis
Sanjaya Malakar

And finally, for those of you that were sad to see Baylie Brown go, she will be on tomorrow's "Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" on Fox. Don't ask me where this show came from, but I was flipping channels today, and during a satellite interview, they told her to head to the airport and perform on tomorrow's episode. Check your local listings for details. -- Rachel Cericola

Posted by Rachel Cericola on February 14, 2007 11:19 PM
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