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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 Simon Cowell
Ellen DeGeneres
Kara DioGuardi
Randy Jackson
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Tues & Wed, Fox
Available In High-Definition Where AvailableStreaming Online

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Hollywood Week: The Final Judgment
February 17

Last night, after a grueling Hollywood Round, the steps to build the Final 24 were put into motion. Who did enough? Who barely squeezed by? And who is going home? With the stakes this high and the competition this rich in talent, something has to give.

As a reminder, Didi Benami and Katelyn Epperly are the only women through to the public vote. The men are sending Lee Dewyze, Todrick Hall, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, and Big Mike Lynche.

Janell Wheeler is next. She was left with the feeling that she had something to prove in Hollywood, and she proved it, though she stumbled TWICE during the week. Did that come back to bit her? Nope. She's IN!

What about Tyler Grady? He got a sweep in Boston. "Home" was not on his list of things he's planned to do. He'd like to stick around a little while longer... He'll get his wish. He's IN!

Lacey Brown is making the longest walk for the second time in her life, having lost the first to Megan Joy in a sudden-death sing-off. Will fortune smile upon her this year? It's a good day for her. She's IN! Joining her: Ashley Rodriguez, Alex Lambert, and Joe Muņoz.

Will Crystal Bowersox join her? Her voice has gotten her through this week, and she's hoping to be a nice little pick-me-up. She's got her son's photo, a guitar, and a new disfiguring mark. The decision was unanimous... she's IN!

The holding room is thinning out. Next is Katie Stevens, whose grandmother has Alzheimers. Her talent shone in Hollywood Week. And she's also IN. Same could not be said for the next five...

Nine spots remaining. Will one of them go to Angela Martin? This is her third time auditioning. She's had highs and lows both on stage and off. Year 1 had a death in the family and her daughter being taken to Shriners. Year 2 had her in jail. Will she be third time lucky? No she did not.

Denver's Lilly Scott blew the judges away with her jazz stylings. Will she get a chance to blow America away after a bad rehearsal? She knows who she is. We know she's IN. More good news coming for Paige Miles, Siobhan Magnus, Michelle Delamor, Jermaine Sellers, and John Park.

Two girls left: Haeley Vaughn and Tori Kelly. Two girls. One slot. At times, Haeley can be great, but at other times, she can be annoying. She's super talented. Same can be said for Tori. Flashes of brilliance. Strength to strength. It's a thick field... The final spot for the girls goes to... HAELEY.

Just two guys remain: Andrew Garcia and Thaddeus Johnson. Thaddeus' strengths have been galvanized by the presence of a very proud mother. Andrew's trying to provide for his own family. Thaddeus' last performance started with a little misstep. Thaddeus is first. It was a close call for him... unfortunately, it's all for naught. And he leaves the room in tears, really having done nothing wrong.

Which just leaves the panel to tell Andrew Garcia that he's IN, giving us this lineup for next week.

TOP 24
Didi Benami
Crystal Bowersox
Lacey Brown
Michelle Delamor
Lee Dewyze
Katelyn Epperly
Andrew Garcia
Tyler Grady
Todrick Hall
Casey James
Aaron Kelly
Alex Lambert
Michael "Big Mike" Lynche
Siobhan Magnus
Paige Miles
Joe Muņoz
John Park
Ashley Rodriguez
Lilly Scott
Jermaine Sellers
Katie Stevens
Haeley Vaughn
Janell Wheeler

... wait. That's only 23. What's going on here? Well, after digging through a lot of material and a Fox press release, we have the final contestant... TIM URBAN. And they'll all perform NEXT WEEK for your votes. Take a good long look at that list. One of these jokers is your next American Idol. America... don't mess this up.

For more info on the auditions, and to see this episode in its entirety, go to www.americanidol.com.