Update: Sources are now saying Chris GoLightly was disqualified from the top 24 for having an old expired contract. You are allowed to have contracts, you just have to let it be known, which he did not. Is this a double standard? Big Mike Lynche was almost disqualified because his father blabbed to a local newspaper about him being in the top 24. Why not give Chris a second chance as well?
Update 2: Check out Joe’s Place for an exclusive conversation with Chris GoLightly about his getting disqualified.
Tonight we saw the last 17 contestants who made it into the Top 24 of American Idol 2010. If you had checked out our Top 24 spoilers, you would not have been surprised by any of the names as the spoilers were 100% correct except something happened to Chris Golightly, the orphan. He is in the pictures with the other contestants but he is now replaced by Tim Urban. As soon as I find out what happened I will let you all know.
The 17 remaining hopefuls to compete for our votes are Janell Wheeler who sang off key in her solo with the band. Why they chose her over Angela Martin is beyond me. Like choosing Katelyn Epperly over Shelby Dressel last night. I think if you have 2 singers who sing well and on key, you choose them especially Shelby Dressel. She has a dynamic voice.
Then they bring in Tyler Grady aka the broken hands guy. He loves the 60’s and 70’s and says his idols are Robert Plant and Jim Morrison, my kind of music. Alex Lambert, Joe Munoz, Jermaine Sellers, John Park and another favorite of mine, Andrew Garcia round out the top 12 guys.
They look over Thaddeus Johnson the 16 year old kid with amazing vocals. Not sure what happened there as he was phenomenal. Even the judges told him he did everything right so I’m not getting their reasoning behind some of these choices.
The final girls are Lacey Brown who made the same walk in season 8 but this time with better results, Ashley Rodriguez, Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens the 16 year old with remarkable vocals for a girl her age, Lilly Scott, Page Miles, Siobhan Mangus, Michelle Delamor, and Haeley Vaughn.
Add these to the 7 from last night and you have our new Top 24. What do you think of these contestants and who is your favorite?
will bet for andrew garcia.
One of my favorite singers of this competition was Shelby Dressel. She has a beautiful voice and an amazing story, and I never saw a bad performance.
Simon even made the comment that, “she should have gone through”. That means that Kara and Ellen voted against her. They are wrong, plain and simple. Regardless of what the girls decided, I completely disagree!
id put money on andrew garcia, hes a lock for top 10 easy
I think Ellen will be great she can even make Simon Smile 🙂 This year is going to be the best there is soooo much talent and remember the public will be voting so pick your favorite and vote and have fun this season
Crystal Bowersox will run away from the pack with John Park coming in second. Crystal probably has the most talent of anyone ever seen on American Idol, but sometimes that doesnt matter. Look at last years winner.
i definitely agree with you ashley, janell wheeler and that katelyn girl should have gone home and also haley vaughn wasnt that fantastic, tori kelly, shelby and most especially angela martin deserved to be there..for the guys, casey james is not also deserving of that spot..the judges and definitely the PRODUCERS had there faves from the start, they knew even b4 hollywood who’ll they pick..what a let down..andrew garcia, ashley rodriguez, michael lynch and that didi girl are my faves..:)
this season of AI is definitely mind boggling! lotsa great and amazing talents. andrew garcia would be a definite shoo in for me for the top 5, along with casey, and alex lambert even, if he manage to show more confidence.. for the girls i love didi and crystal
I think there were lots of mistakes yesterday including big mike and not shelby. Well, Ellen is a mistake too!
Thaddeus Johnson was elimiated because of his appearance – plain and simply and unbelievably cruel – he was phenominal! Guess facial distortions and over young weight people need not apply.
I think shelby should have made it too. People would vote for her. But i don’t think allen was the one voting against her. I think it was randy.
Randy and kara must have voted against her b/c ellen made a special mention of shelby on her show and is even bringing her to her show next week.
I agree that the only reason Thaddeus Johnson was eliminated was because of his appearance. It was so sad and they couldn’t even give him a reason. How could they justify saying no to him when he had all great preformances but yes to Aaron Kelly who forgot the words in two of his performances. It’s not right, and it makes me reconsider if I should even watch the show.
I’ll be happy when the Top 24 finally gets underway next week and we get to see everybody equally. Andrew Garcia has been overexposed (much like Danny Gokey was last year) while nobody even knows who Joe Munez is. I’ll be eager to see how it goes when we get to hear everybody’s voices. From the little tidbits I’ve heard, I’m most excited to hear how Katie Stevens and Aaron Kelly will do – both very young yet have the strongest crispest voices in the competition.
I am not sure of the reasoning either on some of there choices. I do like Casey – (the long blonde hair hottie, and Lacy Brown is good too.)
I think they showed have let Angela Martin thru before Haley Vaughn. I want to know their reasoning behind that? Especially when they dedicated at least 5 mins. last night telling her how good she was and she should keep going. Way to much drama, I think this year. Everyone has their sad stories, but focus on the singing. But, in Angela’s case, she had sad stories, yeah she needs a break, but the difference is: She can really really sing. But all in all, I agreed on the choices except maybe 2, Ellen is doing a great job, Kara/Cara is less annoying this year and Simon is the Man. I haven’t heard Randy say “DOG” yet????
FINALLY, I’M NOW READY FOR THE TOP 24 TO SHOW THEIR STUFF…..FOR SOME REASON ONCE IT BECOMES THE TOP 24, THESE PERFORMERS START TO CHANGE. I THINK THE VOICE COACHES HAVE A LOT TO DO WITH IT….IT SEEMS THAT THEY ALL GET BETTER…I’M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON AND HOW IT DEVELOPS FROM HERE ON OUT….TOO SOON FOR ME TO PICK A FAVORITE…..
Very disappointed Angela Martin did not make it
AGAIN! Why make her go through it all AGAIN!
Angela was much better than some of the contestants chosen. There are a few girls that I would never have even thought of selecting, lets choose one of Simon’s famous words used “ANNOYING” and “OVERINDULGENT”.
Next year all the 4 judges, or maybe 3, if they make Angela go to Hollywood to at least give her the chance to go to the top 24.If not please send her home on the first audition. DO NOT GET HER HOPES UP AGAIN.
I am sure America will love her.
Man Phyllis, are you still using all CAPS? HA HA, I’m jokin.
Totally agree with Mana.
Mana, this was Angela’s last year to qualify as she is 28 and will not be eligible next year due to the age requirements.
Can someone tell me why they MUST have 12 girls and 12 guys? If most of the good voices are female this year, send 14 girls through and 10 guys through. Last year they should have allowed more guys through. But this year Shelby and Angela should have gone through. Or if the judges are divided as they were with Shelby maybe they should give the fence sitters one more chance.
I was hoping for a “Girl’s” year this season, but there is some amazing male talent.Crystal, Didi and Lily are my top favs for the women, with Janelle and Lacey as question marks till I hear them next week. Top men in my book are Andrew, Casey and Michael with question marks on a few that need to hear. Real sorry to hear about Golightly – he would have been one of my favs.
Congratulations to AI’s top 24.
My favorite is Andrew Garcia. He just has the it factor.
Ellen is terrific and a great addition. Never cared for Paula and her long, drawn out responses.
Lilly’s my fav!
Katie Stevens the 16 year old girl is my favorite winning American Idol this year.
Lilly is my favorite contestant thus far. Sure glad Paula is no longer a judge–she would try the patience of a saint!
Katie Stevens has mad talent, and she is so young… but, we need to see how they do when we can hear them alone, and if the talent holds up when learning songs quickly each week. Time will tell for the top 24.
HI KATHLEEN F.
WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE ….LETS WAIT BEFORE WE JUDGE THESE CONTESTANTS……
SORRY ABOUT THE CAPS ROSE!!!!
I was just kidding Phyllis, caps don’t bother me and as far as waiting to judge the contestants, I’ve been judging them all along, that’s part of the fun…picking who you might think will make it to the top 12 and on….it’s not set in stone, you can always change your mind.
UNFORTUNATELY THIS SEASON WE KNEW THE TOP 22-24 WAY TOO EARLY……BUT DO YOU NOTICE THAT WHEN WE WATCH THESE PRE-LIVE SHOWS THAT THE SINGERS ARE GOOD BUT WHEN IT GOES LIVE THEY BECOME EVEN BETTER…..I REALLY LIKE KATIE STEVENS AND ANDREW GARCIA….THEY ARE MY FRONT RUNNERS RIGHT NOW…..JMO….
I’m not totally sold on Andew Garcia yet… He’s one I do have to see perfom more…but I have a feeling he’s going to be around a long time, lots of people like him already. But who knows with AI….
Angela Martin was just on Ellen Show. Kara/Cara however you spell her name is writing Angela a song and she’ll be getting her own record label….that’s great for her but not sure I think it’s fair…
They made alot of mistakes in choosing!! They let alot of good people go!
YOU KNOW ROSE, SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF THAT WAS ALL PLANNED. I THINK THEY KNEW SHE WAS GOOD SO THEY WENT DIRECTLY TO A RECORD LABEL. I REALLY THINK SHE WAS EXCELLENT AND KARA MUST HAVE DECIDED TO HELP HER CAREER….IN A WAY I HOPE SO BECAUSE I FELT SOOO SORRY FOR HER THAT NIGHT OF ELIMINATION…
yeah, I wondered that too Phyllis, but you would think they would have said at the beggining that they were going to pick someone this year & give them a record label right off the bat…because that way, the other ones would know beforehand becuz it’s really not fair to them….
POINT TAKEN!!!WHO KNOWS MAYBE ANGELA WAS A PET PEEVE OF KARA’S….REMEMBER IT WAS HER FIRST YEAR LAST YEAR AND IT WAS ANGELA 2ND YEAR AUDITIONING….I GUESS WE REALLY WILL NEVER KNOW THE TRUE STORY BUT I’M STILL HAPPY FOR ANGELA…..
Now Anglea Martin’s mom is missing…I didn’t know that until I heard it on the Ellen show today. Man, I thought I had the bad luck.
ellen has been an awesome addition to AI this year, she makes good points and as usual shes very funny. christal bowersox is the best!
I’m disappointed that Angela didn’t get thru despite her great voice. I think Chris Golightly should have made it also. Both sing better than some of the others they have in the top 24.
I would like the judges to bring back Shelby Dressel. I was looking forward to watching the show to hear Shelby sing.
muy buena la eleccion de los 24 finalistas.
felicitaciones para todos ellos. de BUENOS AIRE . ARGENTINA
I really, really like Lacey! Not only does she sing great but she has the look too. I think she could win it. As for my guy pick…Andrew Garcia of course. He’s great, but Lacey is better!
I absolutely love Lacy Brown. I think she will do very well this season. Go Lacy!
Crystal Bowersox is the most talented person ever seen on Idol. However, she is not a gum-popping glamour queen, so she probably won’t win, but let’s hope her career takes off for the sake of her young son. Ashley R. will probably walk away with it, unfortunately.
i think this is the worst year for talent, I thought both nights were terrible, There were better choices I think the judges did a aweful job in picking the top 24
I totally agree with Patty S….they were all horrible..even the ones who I thoght I liked….I am watching one more show and if they stink again, I’m done. And it wasn’t fair to Casey, they were making him laugh while he was singing becausing they were joking with Kara…I didn’t even like him last night as much as I thought….the girls really were bad, the boys, a little better but that’s not saying much……
Disappointing overall especially in light of great performances seen during Hollywood week. However, I am hoping for better things.
aaron kelly is going to win it
Aaron kelly is NOT going to win it..sorry, disagree : – )