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In the world's ultimate talent search, where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Randy Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Final Judgment: Part 1
February 22

Next week, the decision becomes America's as to who is worthy of a shot at superstardom. But right now the contestants have ONE more chance to prove their mettle and earn one of 24 spots in the semifinals.

Wynn Las Vegas

First, the final 42 are treated to a performance of "Le Reve". After that, they took that same stage... One musician, one song, their choice. And then the next day, the judges will decide who gets to sing for America... and who's going home.

First, Jen Hirsh sings "Baby I Love You". Randy thought it was okay; he's seen better out of her. Is it good enough for a spot in the semis? Jen is... IN! One down, 23 to go.

Creighton Fraker went from starving artist to Idol hopeful via the Pittsburgh audition. From there, he went to "New York State of Mind" from Billy Joel. Will he get a trip to Hollywood from New York? Creighton is... IN!

Lauren Gray has thought long and hard about her father while singing "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James. Would the judges rather go deaf? Lauren is... OUT. And then reality sets in.

Joshua Ledet handled his nerves in stride with "Up to the Mountain", giving it all he's got. And the judges give him.... ANOTHER shot. Joshua's in. On the bad end of this good news: Blaire Sieber and Naomi Gilles.

Will that leave more room for Haley Johnsen? That... would! She's in!

Next up, Neco Starr, whose road to Hollywood went through Savannah. His final judgment is on "The Lady in My Life" by Michael Jackson. He says he's ready. The judges say... otherwise. He needs a little more time. Devastation continues with Clayton Farhat and River St. James... and Caleb Johnson, who fell apart in his final sing.

Elise Testone has waited years for this moment. That moment came with "It's a Man Man Man's World". But is there a place in this man man man's world for Elise? YES THERE IS!

Five singers down, and Reed Grimm hopes that he's number six. Not bad for a guy who auditioned with the "Family Matters" theme and had to pull a performance out of his butt in Hollywood Week. His final judgment on "It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing"... needed a little more movement and a little more vocal. But Reed'll get another shot at it. He's IN!

Hoping to follow him is Erika Van Pelt. She misfires with Adele's "Don't You Remember"... but her body of work was more than enough to make up for it. Erika will sing for America next week.

Hour #2, and we have seven of the final 24 seats filled. Next up, Chelsea Sorrell and Baylie Brown, survivors from the same Vegas group. Chelsea is... IN. Baylie, who sand Rascal Flatts' "Here Comes Goodbye" is... ALSO IN. A step up from that fateful season 5.

Richie Law laid down the law to anyone and everyone he came in contact with. His final performance was "Ring of Fire" by Johnny Cash... Will he be cast into that same ring? Unfortunately so. He will not sing for America.

Is his loss Heejun Han's gain? He gives it up to his hometown of "New York State of Mind". It was a little so-so, but is enough? He's a better star than a singer, so he's going THROUGH!

Ten spots are filled. Will #11 go to Jessica Sanchez of San Diego? She's gone from one strength to another, and she continued it through "The Prayer" by Josh Groban. She did a really great job throughout.... and she's going to be rewarded for that. Top 24!

Next is Phillip Phillips, going "Nice and Slow" on his guitar for his final sing. He is... not.... going home.

So the roster for next week is halfway up and halfway home.

Colton Dixon has been here TWICE before, having shunned an audition this year to support his auditioning sister. The two began another journey, but they were since separated. His final audition... dedicated to her, "Fix You" by Coldplay. It's MORE than enough to get him into the Top 24.

Brielle Von Hugel was cut LAST YEAR, but she came back this year with a vengeance. She tries to put it all together with "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack. That says it all... She's IN!

Ten spots remaining. Will Adam Brock join up after his performance with "You Don't Know Me" by Ray Charles? The decision is not unanimous. We will find out...


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