American Idol 2011: The Top 24, three nights, your votes

The “American Idol” week ahead is going to be a long one. And not just for the contestants. For us. According to Fox, the Top 12 guys perform Tuesday from 8-9:30 pm . The girls go on Wednesday from 8-9:30 pm with a two-hour results show Thursday. Welcome back, too-long results shows. Gah.

Since this season doesn’t seem to really be playing out as anyone previously said, I’m going to guess what happens Thursday. All press releases say the Finalists will be announced. I’m guessing that’s the Top 12 (though I’ve heard there will be a 13th wild card member, but who knows). That means 12 people would be cut Thursday. Six guys, six girls? Of course I could be wrong. Last season went from Top 24 to Top 20 this week. Anything is possible this season.

That all being said, Tuesday night the guys are singing songs from their musical idols and I must say, there are some pretty interesting choices. Check out our guys’ song spoilers if you’re interested.

I’m going to go out on a limb and predict the four guys who will definitely be safe, the two guys that will probably be safe, the two guys that could go either way and the four guys that will probably go home (the latter eight can be interchangeable to protect myself from being wrong – ha!). And remember these are just predictions mixed with opinion. Nothing more. Think I’m wrong? What’s your say.

Who will be safe

Casey Abrams. I heard he’s even in the “pimp spot.” And almost dying and exiting the competition surely can’t hurt you get votes.

Robbie Rosen. His name is popping up on A LOT of blog comments as a favorite. And his talent and boyish good looks. He’s fine.

Brett Loewenstern. He’s been showcased a lot. He’s got “stage presence.” Vote For the Worst will probably pick him for the characiture alone.

Scotty McCreery. He’ll get the country vote and his sweetness is going to carry him a bit at least.

Who will probably be safe

Paul McDonald. That smile. That voice. He’s pretty refreshing. But he gets weird on stage. That could be off-putting.

Jacob Lusk. He’s a musical freak (in a good way). He, too, is pretty refreshing. But, he too, is also weird on stage.

Who could go either other way

James Durbin. He’ll get some sympathy votes. He’ll get some rocker votes. But he’ll get  a lot of Adam Lambert fan hate. He could go either way.

Stefano Langone. He’s gotten a lot of blog comment love. If those people vote, he’ll be fine.

Who will probably go home

Tim Halperin. He might be one of the most talented and marketable guys but he’s been so sidelined that viewers don’t know him yet. He and Stefano could easily be interchanged here depending on their performances.

Clint Jun Gamboa. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part, but people hate this guy already. He really shot himself in the foot during Hollywood week.

Jordan Dorsey. The only person possibly disliked more than Clint is Jordan.

Jovany Barreto. He’s kind of a tool. I just don’t see him beating out any of the other guys.

The girls take the stage Wednesday. Stay tuned for my predictions on that tomorrow.