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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
Announcer Mark Thompson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
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Round of 25: Men
February 28

Over 100,000 hopefuls came by the truckload. From that we got to 24... then added four more. By the end of the week, only the top finalists will remain, and one by one they will be knocked out until we reach the finals at the end of the season. But first... the guys and some unfinished business. Time to take it up a notch as we come to you live... FROM TELEVISION CITY IN HOLLYWOOD!

CBS Television City

Now here's how this will work. The judges have had a chance to review four of the castoffs from Vegas: Johnny Keyser, Richie Law, David Leathers, and Jermaine Jones. They will allow one of them back into the competition. That one will perform LAST. Meanwhile, the 12 guys will sing for your vote. FIVE of them will earn an automatic place in the finals. Tomorrow, same thing with the ladies. and each judge will get one pick to make a top 13.

Tonight the guys will sing a song of their choosing.

1. Reed Grimm - "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera - What a bad way to start the show. A lame faux jazz arrangement and his voice put me to sleep. This is really a bad performance and the Sheila E drum solo didn't work. The judges were way off. Again. (OUT)

2. Adam Brock - "Think" by Aretha Franklin - I liked his White Soul vibe. And his vocals are decent. But the clothes, and lack of stage presence bother me. OUT.

3. DeAndre Brackensick - "Reasons" by Earth Wind & Fire - Great look...off key performance. Way off key. (OUT)

4. Colton Dixon - "Decode" by Paramore - Very bold choice. The first one to show stage presence and actually wanting to win this damn thing. Although, (as my father put it), he did swallow the mic a lot. SAFE.

5. Jeremy Rosado - "Gravity" by Sara Bareilles - I am very intrigued by this arrangement. He has a better R&B Vibe and Voice than Deandre, which could spell big trouble for DeAndre later. (OUT)

6. Aaron Marcellus - "Never Can Say Goodbye" by the Jackson 5ive - And here's #2. Great voice, great performance. I liked this a lot. His voice is going to get him FAR. And he NAILED that money note. SAFE.

7. Chase Likens - "Storm Warning" by Hunter Hayes - This is our first country singer. While the performance wasn't blow away, he did what he had to do to cement himself in the genre. SAFE.

8. Creighton Fraker - "True Colors" by Cyndi Lauper - I thought this was going to be a comedy bit...but the performance was not half-bad. Actually, it was pretty good. If he keeps singing like this, he will be in this for a while. SAFE.

9. Phillip Phillips - "In the Air Tonight" by Phil Collins - Where Moves Like Jagger failed, this succeeded. He has a hard rock vibe and sneer that is pretty damn cool. SAFE.

10. Eben Franckewitz - "Set Fire To The Rain" by Adele - Bold choice that failed...too young and weak a voice. Sorry girls. OUT.

11. Heejun Han - "Angels" by Robbie Williams - Sorry, no Jeremy Lin story here. Horrible Performance and bad vocals mean he is gone. OUT.

12. Joshua Ledet - "You Pulled Me Through" by Jennifer Hudson - Aaron has a R&B Competitor. Great voice and great stage presence. SAFE.

And now the final spot in the men's bracket. If you remember, the judges pulled four castoffs: Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law, and David Leathers. One of them will get another shot at Idol glory. That one, based on the judges' opinions...

13. Jermaine Jones - (WC 2nd Choice) - "Dance With My Father" by Luther Vandross - Damn what a low range. I think he did enough to get into the top 12 SAFE,

OVERALL, there was nothing stopping the guys from owning the stage, but alas, technical faults will cost a few their shot at the big stage and the big money...

OUT: Heejun Han, Eben Francewitz, Jeremy Rosada, Deandre Brackensick, Reed Grimm, Adam Brock

TOMORROW, it's the ladies' turn.


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