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American Idol: Final Performances and 7 Are Chosen

February 16, 2010

“71 started.  They were split into 3 rooms.  Two rooms made it through.  That’s 46 contestants.  7 were chosen tonight, with 17 remaining!!”

Here’s the rundown:

Like years past, the contestants were split into 3 groups.

Room 1 (First room to be decided…The verdict is…IN)

These are the standouts (they showed their final performances):

Andrew Garcia, Todrick Hall, Crystal Bowersox, Thaddeus Johnson

These are the good (they showed their final performances):

Casey James, Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Alex Lambert, Michael Lynche, Tori Kelly,Lilly Scott

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Tim Urban, Tyler Grady, Katie Stevens

Note:  From the get-go it was evident this was the A-Group.  Most of these singers have been featured countless times performing with ease and effort and it was obvious that they were going to go through.  The standouts possess all of the necessary elements needed to make the top 24.  The good are here based on their body of work but there were a couple who may not make the cut in the end.  There were some whose voices we have heard before (Casey sounds like Bo Bice) and others who we have heard that didn’t make it (Michael Lynche who’s Dad announced on national TV that he made the show, which is a breach of contract).  Finally the one’s mentioned all represent some of the best, such as Katie, who Kara stated could win, so maybe they are saving her talents for the top 24.  Overall there were a lot of great performers!

Room 2 (Second room to be decided….The verdict is…OUT)

These were the singers whose performances were shown:

Mary Powers, Lloyd Thomas, Hope Johnson, Jermaine Purifory, Charity Vance, Tasha Layton, Brian Walker

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Tisha Holland, Keia Johnson, Christian Spear

Note: Since this room didn’t make it through I won’t go into it as much, but I will say that Mary Powers would have made for some drama as she created during groups.  Also a pity for Jermaine Purifoy who did great during the earlier rounds and sappy story Hope Johnson whose story would have connected too many people.

Room 3 (Third room to be decided….The verdict is…IN)

These were the good (they showed their final performances):

Ashley Rodriguez, Angela Martin, Haley Vaughn, Lee Dewyze, Joe Munoz

The questionable: (they showed their final performances but there were struggles, poor song choices and forgotten lyrics):

Shelby Dressel (struggled), Aaron Kelly (forgot lyrics), Janel Wheeler (wrong song choice)

And there are the ones who were mentioned but whose performances were not shown:

Maddy Menrose, Jessica Furney, Didi Benami, Jessica Furney, Casey Brown,John Park

Note:  This group prior to the judges coming in was the question mark.  I did think group 2 was going home but then they showed in this group some forgotten lyrics, struggles and wrong song choices so it could have gone either way. So I would definitely consider this the B-group and if anything, more performers from this group may get cut in the end.  The good mentioned seem the safest bests but they didn’t wow me so anything can happen.  Among the mentioned singers whose performances weren’t shown John Park, Didi Benami and Casey Brown are some of the ones to look out for.  Among the questionable contestants was Jane Wheeler (Tim Tebows girlfriend, from tabloids) who did well earlier in the rounds but picked a poor song choice.  She might end up being one of the last ones selected for dramatic effect.

Show’s not over yet:  Now in the Kodak Theater, the fates of some contestants will be decided.

Here’s the call order and my personal final grades based on a variety of factors including style, vocal ability and overall commercial appeal:

Michael Lynche – IN

My Grade: A-

Didi Benami – IN

My Grade: B-

Katelyn Epperly – IN

My Grade: C+

Shelby Dressel – OUT

My Grade: C+

Casey James – IN

My Grade: B

Aaron Kelly – IN

My Grade: B

Lee Dewyze – IN

My Grade: B-

Todrick Hall – IN

My Grade: A

Jessica Furney – OUT

My Grade: B- (Although she had the voice, I feel like it’s the look that lost her a position in the top 24)

Final thoughts:

There were a lot of good performances.  I like that the producers decided to spread the love and show more of the contestants rather than the same few who they are pushing for.  We saw some new contestants and some old ones we haven’t seen since the auditions.  The way they integrated these performance montages worked well to paint the different rooms.  No Tatiana’s this year unfortunately, so not too much drama.  Then they decide to show us 7 of the 24 contestants who make it through.  I wonder why they chose these specific contestants to showcase giving them a week long advantage to be judged and scrutinize by the public while the remainder are in limbo as to their fate.  The trailer for the next show seems to point at some surprises.  My favorites for the top 24 are Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens, Crystal Bowersox, Thaddeus Johnson, Jermaine Sellers, Siobhan Magnus, Ashley Rodriguez, Angela Martin and Haley Vaughn.  Any of these who don’t make it would be a surprise to me and I can’t wait until the rest of the top 24 are revealed.

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2 comments

  1. “I wonder why they chose these specific contestants to showcase giving them a week long advantage to be judged and scrutinize by the public while the remainder are in limbo as to their fate.”

    Unless I’m mistaken, the rest of the top 24 will be revealed on tonight’s episode. Meaning that week long limbo is cut to 24 hours. Also, I think Thaddeus Johnson will be cut. I just don’t think he’s good enough. The finals will be Andrew Garcia and Katie Stevens.


  2. Love reading your site, I usually learn random new facts.
    Emily R. from Training Huskies



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