'American Idol' finds its 24 semifinalists
Tuesday night it took two hours to unveil seven of the 24 semi finalists on "American Idol". Tonight they will have just one hour to reveal the remaining 17. Is "Idol" up to the strain?
"Many are just praying to get it over with as soon as possible," show host Ryan Seacrest says. No, he's not talking about you and me - he's talking about the wannabe Idolettes in the holding room, two of whom are seen holding hands, praying.
No one is shakier than twenty four year old Janell Wheeler, Seabiscuit says, explaining that after one of her performances during Hollywood Week she was left feeling "chagrined." We like him better for it. New judge Ellen DeGeneres, who has by now completely memorized the American Idol Torture-the-Idolettes Manual, rambles for several minutes about how hard it is for someone like her to have to tell ask someone like Janell whether she's slept well the previous night and that she's not going to make it through to the top 24 - so she's not going to tell her that! When did Ellen sell her soul? I'm glad I wasn't there.
*Tyler Grady tells us "this is the biggest opportunity that has presented itself to me so far," because apparently Sony Music hasn't phoned yet. Tyler would have been great as a guest actor on Fox's "That 70's Show" playing a dweeby aspiring rocker, but is all wrong for "American Idol." So, naturally, the judges decide to put him through so Simon will have someone to bat around and call his song selections "old school."
After a commercial break, Seabiscuit tells us that for most of the competitors, "this is an overwhelming baptism of fire into the world of 'Idol'." Lacey Brown isn't getting no stinkin' baptism of fire into "Idol." She was in the top-50 LAST season, but got dumped in favor of pretty blonde Megan Joy. Lacey was a mousy brunette then - but she's a redhead now, so she's through to the top 24.
Ashley Rodriguez, Alex Lambert - no relation - and Joe Munoz all get through in the bat of an eye. The producers obviously don't think they have a prayer and have decided not to waste precious minutes on them.
Crystal Bowersox says she's been laid back through the whole process even though "Idol" is seen by about 3 million viewers. When informed she needs to add a zero on to that number she chokes, "Wow - you just made me nervous!" The judges put her through because, despite the fact Simon thinks the show might not be the right platform for her, she is so clearly one of the two most talented singers this year even THEY an't find a way to mess this one up.
Angela Martin, on the other hand - that one they can mess up. This is her third at-bat and she oozes talent. So judge Kara DioGuardi parks herself on the chair with Angela and proceeds to patronize her mad, telling Angela they think she's "so special" and has "improved so much" and "shown such incredible growth," and it was soooo difficult to narrow it down to 12 chicks this season, but she's going to remember Angela "forever." Pop quiz for Kara in five years! Seabiscuit also patronizes her as she leaves the Chamber of Sorrow, demanding she look him in the eye when she looks away, crying.
Katie Stevens, on the other hand, gets put through, but only after Ellen messes with her for a while. Yes, Ellen is now perfectly happy torturing 17 -year-old girls who say their dream is to compete on "Idol" because it would make their grandmother so happy except it has to happen now, or never, because granny has a pretty advanced case of Alzheimers and won't even know who Katie is in the not too distant future.
Peroxide blonde Lilly Scott goes through to the top 24, because, Kara explains, she doesn't think Lilly is one of this year's best singers. You had to be there. And, be Kara.
Also continuing in the competition are Paige Miles, Siobhan Magnus, Michelle Delamor, Jermaine Sellers and John Parks, who we hardly know - if at all. Don't get too invested in any of them - the producers aren't.
Finally, only one chick and one guy slot are left. Haeley Vaughn beats out Tori Kelly - no surprise there. Meanwhile, Thaddeus Johnson gets the hook but lesser singer Andrew Garcia survives. The cameras follow a distraught Thaddeus into a men's room stall, with his mother in hot pursuit.
And then, it's time for the traditional Top 24 Happy Dance. Only, shoe salesman Chris Golightly is among the semi-finalists seen toward the end of Wednesday's episode, but another guy named Tim Urban does the Happy Dance in Chris's place at the very end of the episode. Fox issued a statement in the middle of the night saying "it has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition" and that Urban had replaced him.
Lisa de Moraes
February 18, 2010; 7:12 AM ET
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