the top 40 returned from Vegas to face the Final Judgment. Naima Adedapo,
Clint Jun Gamboa, Haley Reinhart, Paul McDonald, and Ashthon Jones would
emerge on the other side of the lonely road as Top 24 contenders vying for
your votes next week. But the road ended for Chris Medina... and perhaps for
a judge as well. We pick up the Final Judgment from there...
An undisclosed hangar...
After a few
moments with Randy and Steven... she takes a short break. But the show must
goes on, and it does so with Karen Rodriguez. She's one of Jennifer's
greatest fans... She is known for taking big chances. Karen decides to take
one more with "No Me Queda Mas" by Selena... It pays off. The bilingual
beauty is IN. She promises that we haven't seen anything yet.
was a breath of fresh air, nailing soul-stirring classics. Will "Sorry Seems
to Be the Hardest Word" lock him in? YES!
Wilson is next. Hollywood Week was a challenge with this one. She took full
advantage of her chances with "Unbreak My Heart" by Toni Braxton... it's
worth it. SHE's in. The news would not be good with Brittany Mazur and Jimmy
about Tim Halperin? He sings an original number with his final shot... Big
risk... Big payoff. He's in. What about his partner Julie Zorrilla? Another
big risk... another big payoff.
Next up, a
pair of country boys, Scotty "Babylockthemdoorsandturnthemlightsdownlow"
McCreery and John Wayne Schulz. Scotty is first, as he had to face... not
singing "Your Man" by Josh Turner. He sings another Josh Turner song for his
last chance, "Long Black Train". "I know you can't tell... but I'm a quarter
Puerto Rican." That's nice. But is it 100% yes? Yep. Would there be room for
John Wayne? Nope.
Barreto heads for his judgment bared it all... for his final performance of
his "Your Man" tune, "Angel" by Jon Secada... Angels brought him here... but
talent will keep him around.
halfway home. Lauren Turner was a hard-working housekeeper who worked hard
up to her performance of "Steal Away". But will she steal another spot in
the Top 24? She... WILL! Not following her, Ti-Juan Strong and Eryn Kelly.
Rachel Zevita, who has only made it as far as Hollywood in season 6. Now,
four seasons later, she stands in the face of her final judgment. She chose
"Speechless" by Lady GaGa on her final performance. She hopes that the
feathers on her shoes will take her to the live shows... They WILL!
Chantelle is hoping to get a spot in the Top 24... She tried to open up
after being too stiff in Nashville. She did. But was it enough after
performing the song that she started her journey with, "Fallin'"? It WAS.
follow her is Jordan Dorsey, as he remembers schooling a few of the players
in Hollywood in both word and deed. In Vegas, he got dragged down to earth.
He hoped "So High" by John Legend was impeccable... It WAS.
spots have been claimed. With eight more to go, let's pause 10 seconds for
station identification. This is "American Idol" on Fox Broadcasting Company.
from commercials, everyone. Next up is Lauren Alaina, who enters the final
walk in a poofy dress. She has real talent and a way to show it off. In Las
Vegas, things took a turn for the worst when she delivered a shaky
performance. She tried one more time with "Unchained Melody".... and
redemption is hers. She's IN.
Stefano Langone, who had to overcome a lot of obstacles just to have his
moment. He sang a song of his own in the last shot... And it paid off for
him. HE's in.
7p, and spots are at a commodity. Jackie Wilson missed the words on her
final performance of "Because of You". That misstep costs her a shot in the
final 24. Jacob Lusk has been sailing through on his voice and his
personality. And as we've said before... This cat right here. This. Cat.
Right. Here. "A Song for You" hit all the high notes... ALL OF THEM... and
local time... we're down to eight more... Pia Toscano is one of them. NYC in
Harmony wouldn't be the same without her in group day. Then she tore it up
with Karen in Las Vegas. But it was when she sang "Doesn't Mean Anything" by
Alicia Keys... that's when she had her moment. And it gets her into the Top
is next. He's been a fighter all through the process, and his distinct style
either hit home or fell short. He would need to deliver a killer SFYL if he
wanted to survive with "A Change Is Gonna Come". His high register and long
range sends him into the Top 24 guns blazing.
we're down to six. Casey Abrams is fighting for one of two spots in the
guys' bracket. He was fearless and nothing short of versatile in the
Hollywood and Vegas Round. He wants to prove that people that look like Seth
Rogen can be sexy with Peggy Lee's "Why Don't You Do Right". Is it smooth
enough for the top 24? IT IS.
two ladies - Thia Megia and Jessica Cunningham - enter. Thia came into this
as the natural talent that went from strength, but would it carry her into
the highest of all TV stages, or would it falter her? Jessica, on the other
hand, was a dark horse all the way through, using seven years of Idol
experience to her benefit. This road would end with a fork. One Idol dream
continues. One will fall. The last female through to the Top 24... is...
THIA. Jessica has made it this far before... and the second time is just as
hard. Yeah, happy birthday indeed.
three guys... Brett Loewenstern, Jacee Badeaux, and Colton Dixon... and
they're all fighting for ONE spot. Jacee and Brett relied on charm and being
different. They were in the same group of outcasts in Group Day. The two
have been buddies ever since. Jacee's SFYL: "Gone Too Soon"... eerily
prophetic, as he is gone too soon. Brett tried his own songs... and that
risk didn't pay off. Colton Dixon has been flying under the radar... but his
potential started to shine in Hollywood. The final spot goes to... COLTON.
THE PUBLIC VOTE
Clint Jun Gamboa
the 24 who'll sing for your votes, America. Next week, the deepest public
cut in Idol history, as the top 24 become the FINAL 12. The road to Nokia
Theater LA Live begins NEXT TIME!