Thursday, February 24, 2011

American Idol 10: Las Vegas and the Top 24

Tonight's 2 hour show brought overflowing tears of joy and heartbreak.

First, the Top 61 performed Beatles songs in groups of 2 and 3, some shining on the Cirque du Soleil stage, others, not so much. We finally managed to get a glimpse of some of the other remaining contestants who have not been given a lot of airtime. But of course, Nigel Lythgoe's favorites still get a spot. :p

The Las Vegas Auditions

  • First up during the Las Vegas round Stefano Langone and James Durbin. Stefano gave a solid performance, James squeaked out "Jojo" giving a preview of what he will be doing if he ever gets through to the Top 24 - well, a lot of squeaking. 
  • Pia Toscano and Karen Rodriguez sounded good on "Can't Buy Me Love" despite it being a key too low for them to showcase their voices. 
  • Drag queen sounding Jacob Lusk, Naima Adedapo and Hailey Reinhart rocked out with great harmonies except for one part where they really sounded out of sync. One of the ladies was singing flat (probably Hailey).
  • I saw Rachel Zevita, then saw Lauren Turner for the first time, and saw Jovany Barretto can harmonize too. What do you know? 
  • Tim Halperin sounded amazingly current, singing "Something in the Way" with Julie Zorrilla. They had no chemistry between them though. Hehe.
  • Jerome Bell, Lakeisha Lewis and Ta-tynisa Wilson was up next - Ta-tynisa was singing sharp. :/
  • Kendra Campbell sang a sexified version of Blackbird then hit that high note so effortlessly "...into the light of the dark black night..." She sang with Paul McDonald who was equally unique with that vulnerable voice.
Others were featured singing for music Producer Jimmy Ivine (who I seriously think SHOULD BE ON THE JUDGING PANEL), including Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, and Denise Jackson. I was surprised Scotty can sing that high. Haha!

Thia Megia and Melinda Ademi suffered under the Vocal Coach from hell, but managed to give a passable performance. I wasn't satisfied with it though. They could have done more than what they did.

We also heard Aaron Sanders for the first time and I thought he was good but forgettable. Even Jennifer Lopez said she always "forgets how good" he was. Well, because he's kind of forgettable. :/ He sang with Robbie Rosen and Jordan Dorsey who was the worst of the 3.

The Top 61 was cut down to the Top 40 and with one final audition, the American Idol Top 24 will be chosen.

The American Idol Top 24

America, meet your Top 24...

  1. Naima Adedapo, 25 years old, Home: Milwaukee, WI, Audition: Milwaukee
  2. Clint Jun Gamboa, 26 years old, Home: Long Beach, CA, Audition: San Francisco
  3. Haley Reinhart, 18 years old, Home: Milwaukee, WI, Audition: Milwaukee
  4. Paul McDonald, 25 years old, Home: Huntsville, AL, Audition: Nashville
  5. Ashthon Jones, 24 years old, Home: Nashville, TN, Audition: Nashville
  6. Brett Loewenstern, 16 years old, Home: Boca Raton, FL, Audition: New Orleans
  7. Stefano Langone,21 years old, Home: Kent, WA, Audition: San Francisco
  8. Casey Abrams, 21 years old, Home: Kent, WA, Audition: San Francisco
  9. Jovany Barreto, 22 years old, Home: Harvey, LA, Audition: New Orleans
  10. Scott McCreery, 16 years old, Home: Garner, NC, Audition: Milwaukee
  11. James Durbin, 21 years old, Home: Santa Cruz, CA, Audition: San Francisco
  12. Jordan Dorsey, 21 years old, Home: Laplace, LA, Audition: New Orleans
  13. Robbie Rosen, 16 years old, Home: Merrick, Long Island, NY, Audition: New Jersey
  14. Jacob Lusk, 23 years old, Home: Compton, CA, Audition: Los Angeles
  15. Tim Halperin, 23 years old, Home: Fort Worth, TX, Audition: MySpace
  16. Karen Rodriguez, 21 years old, Home: New York, NY, Audition: MySpace
  17. Lauren Alaina, 15 years old, Home: Rossville, GA, Audition: Nashville
  18. Pia Toscano, 21 years old, Home: Queens, NY, Audition: New Jersey
  19. Rachel Zevita, 21 years old, Home: New York, NY, Audition: New Jersey
  20. Lauren Turner, 15 years old, Home: Rossville, GA, Audition: Nashville
  21. Kendra Chantelle Campbell, 21 years old, Home: Nashville, TN, Audition: Nashville
  22. Julie Zorrilla, 19 years old, Home: Los Angeles, CA, Audition: San Francisco
  23. Thia Megia, 15 years old, Home: Mountain House, CA, Audition: Milwaukee
  24. Ta-tynisa Wilson, 20 years old, Home: Aurora, IL, Audition: Milwaukee


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