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‘American Idol’ top 24 Green Mile recap: more male talent than female

Jordan Dorsey, Atlanta's Aaron Sanders and Robbie Rosen perform during the Beatles round. Aaron did not make the top 24. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Jordan Dorsey, Atlanta's Aaron Sanders and Robbie Rosen perform during the Beatles round. Aaron did not make the top 24. We didn't even see him! The other two did. CREDIT: Ray Mickshaw/FOX

The Green Mile two-hour episode (on top of Wednesday’s one hour portion) went by relatively pain-free.

The only disappointing departures for me were John Wayne Schulz and Colton Dixon. Otherwise, favorites and not so favorites made it through in not-so-surprising fashion.

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No-brainers such as Casey Abrams and Robbie Rosen breezed in. And it’s clear the male field was far stronger than the females. Unfortunately, “Idol” required equal male and female numbers so we got a couple of less-than-worthy women in favor of better guys. Such is life on “Idol”  and its requirement for all-male and all-female semifinal rounds next week.

The  show earlier in the day confirmed that online voting will be available via Facebook through www.americanidol.com starting next week. And brace yourself: there will be two 90-minute shows from 8 to 9:30 p.m. next Tuesday and Wednesday, with the 12 men first, then the 12 women. On Thursday during a two-hour episode, we will find out the top 10 vote getters. Then the judges each pick a wild card to round out the final 13.

Oddly, one contestant didn’t make it through was completely ignored: Atlanta’s Aaron Sanders!

The good news: for the first time in the history of the show, I think we got at least a passable sampling of all 24 contestants at this stage of the competition. The three judges also heard them each at least six times (audition city, four rounds in Hollywood, the Beatles portion, then “Sing For Your Life”). That’s more than enough to know how good these contestants are.

Overall, it’s a much better top 24 than what we had a year ago, undoubtably.

The top 24 (including the five from Wednesday): Ashthon Jones, Brett  Loewenstern, Casey Abrams, Clint Jun Gamboa, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Jordan Dorsey, Jovany Barreto, Julie Zorrilla, Karen Rodriguez, Kendra Chantelle, Lauren Alaina, Lauren Turner, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Rachel Zevita, Robbie Rosen, Scotty McCreery, Stefano Langone, Tatynisa Wilson, Thia Megia, Tim Halperin

RECAP

Up first: Karen Rodriguez. She has a pretty voice and a brightness to her. Jennifer Lopez enjoyed her take on “If You Had My Love” and everything she did afterwards.

Seventh in: Robbie Rosen: he nailed it up to his “sing for his life” point. Sure, he has a monstrous schnozz and hair from “Saturday Night Fever,” but he brings an incredibly pure voice that could take him far. At age 17, he seems mature beyond his years. “So good right out of the box. You sang your a** off,” Steven Tyler said. He’s in, of course. Randy noted afterwards: “He’s so unassuming you don’t know he’s genius.”

Eighth in: Tatynisa Wilson did well in Milwaukee but had to start over during her solo round and then botched the lyrics of Lee Ann Womack. Her final performance was Toni Braxton was apparently good enough (we only hear a few seconds.) Randy Jackson: “It took an unsure sort of nosedive. You disappointed yourself during Hollywood Week.” “Yes. I’m sorry,” Tatynisa. “You can’t have a bad day,” J. Lo said. “We saw what you cried about. So congratulations girl, you made it,” Tyler said. Looks like she snuck in – just barely. I don’t know we got enough from her to make a clear judgment.

Then a two no’s: Brittany Mazur and Jimmie Allen are gone.

Ninth in: Tim Halperin was not a unanimous yes in Los Angeles. He sang to J. Lo there. He impressed all the judges during Hollywood and Vegas. “What do you have to say. Do you believe what you’re singing?” ” J. Lo said. Halperin opted for an original song. He sounded great and looks like he could take the Kris Allen/Lee DeWyze crown.(Nooooo!!!!) “We looked at your overall journey. There were ups and downs,” Randy said. “For me, you got stronger,” J. Lo said. Tyler likes to do the fake-out and did it again. Tim’s in.

Tenth in: Julie Zorrilla. Her parents left Colombia with her. After a strong audition, she cruised through Hollywood and Vegas. She’s adorable with a pretty voice, too. She’s certainly miles above, say, Haley Scarnato. “It lacked a little depth and emotion” at times, J. Lo said. “You want people to feel something.”

After the break, they bring in Scotty McCreery and John Wayne Schulz. Will “Idol” give them both a shot in the top 24? They review how Scotty struggled in Hollywood, missing lyrics. His final performance is yet another Josh Turner song, “Long Black Train.” His advantage: most of the listeners don’t know Turner well enough to know that he’s basically imitating him.

Eleventh in: Scotty McCreery. “We were all fans since day one. That authenticity of the man you want to be. We’re big fans.” – Randy Jackson. “You’re in the top 24 dawg!”

As a result, John Wayne Shulz is quickly dispatched without us even hearing him sing his final song: “You weren’t quite ready,” Randy said.

12th in: Jovany Barreto, the man with the abs, does a beautiful rendition of Jon Secada’s “Angel” for his final song before the top 24. He seems very promising and we do need a good Latin singer not named Sanjaya! Appropriately, J. Lo does the honors and he’s in. “No more shipyard for me!” said the former shipyard worker.

We are now halfway through. We have 12 in, eight out.

13th in: Lauren Turner, a housekeeper, reminds me a little of Gina Glocksen with a hint of Carly Smithson. She’s in.

TiWan Strong (Racine, Wisc.) and Erin Kelly (Bradenton, Fla.) just missed the cut.

14th in: Rachel Zevita did a fine finale job. She has some great vocal skills. Does she have broad appeal, though? She strikes me a bit on the theatrical side but I’m not sure who she is as an artist. J. Lo remembers her from season six when she made it to Hollywood but not the semifinals. Tyler pulls the fake out again and she for a moment can’t believe it.

15th in: Kendra Chantelle didn’t impress me that much. She lacks star quality to me despite a decent bluesy voice. She did sound good at the end there with her “Fallin’ ” “All the way down to right here now, you’ve done the right thing,” Tyler said. She’s through.

16th in: Jordan Dorsey, the teacher with an arrogant attitude in Hollywood, is a favorite among the judges. In his final performance, he gives J. Lo goosebumps with his soprano. “I’m confident. I’m aggressive… I’m trying to win this thing,” Dorsey said. “From the beginning, you were a standout for me,” J. Lo said.

17th in: Lauren Alaina, our lone Georgia representative, breezed through Hollywood but struggled with the Beatles a bit. Her final song? Simon’s favorite song “Unchained Melody.” Oh, my that pixie dress! Clearly she needs to keep her legs crossed or we might have a “Basic Instinct” moment! A mere 15 (and now 16), Steven Tyler said he isn’t sure if she could handle it but then tells her she’s going through.

18th in: Stefano Langone, who was a solid performer throughout the competition, opted for an original song on the piano for his last song. I’ve liked him a lot from the beginning, arguably more than Jovany. “You had a lot of good moments,” J. Lo said. And he’s through. He could go far.

Not in: Jackie Wilson, from Nashville, botched the lyrics on “Because of You” in her final song. She always struck me as loud.

19th in: Jacob Lusk, a standout vocalist who raised the roof in Hollywood during his solo round, blows away any R&B male singer “Idol” has had in years. Randy said his “God Bless the Child” was among the best ever on the show. So he was an easy pick. One of the happiest responses getting in. And that bear hug swallowed Ryan Seacrest.

20th in: Pia Toscano, the sexy New Yorker, sounds incredible in her final song with great vocal control and resembles a Kardashian. J. Lo did not waste time– she’s in.

21th in: James Durbin, the divisive Tourette’s Syndrome/Adam Lambert big voiced singer, sang for his life and just blew out everyone’s eardrums while staying shockingly in tune. I like him. He has a very good shot at making the top 13. “You’re a lightning bolt,” Steven Tyler. “You’re so good. I don’t think you’re going to be selling pizza.”

22nd in: Casey Abrams, the early favorite (we’ve heard no update today on his illness), is the easiest choice to put into top 24. His bluesy, smoky voice and that bright personality makes him a winner. And he’s only 19! He is virtually guaranteed into the top 13. “I don’t think we’ve had a musician as talented as yourself,” said Randy, over 10 seasons. “You’re like three people in one.”

23rd in: Thia Magia, at just 15, was wonderful in the early rounds but Peggi Blu attacked her during “Here Comes the Sun.” She made it through in one piece. “Everything seems natural to you,” J.  Lo said.  Jessica Cunningham, on her 25th birthday, has tried out seven times before and she is the unfortunate person who gets cut.  Jessica made it this far last year and isn’t sure if she can handle yet another rejection.

So it comes down to Jacee  Badeaux, Brett Loewenstern and Colton Dixon.  Jacee is a wonderful vocalist but still sounds like he’s 12. Brett isn’t quite a good a singer but he’s far more mature. Colton is another strong singer. Tough decisions. All are really young and two of the three can return. Who’s in? Brett.

(Joe’s Place had Jacee in the top 24 at first, a rare error. It’ll be interesting when his voice changes. Colton should come back. He was arguably better than some of the women who made it in but “Idol”  required 12 men and 12 women.)

Tomorrow or early next week, we’ll go over the 24 and ruminate over their chances of going further.

231 comments Add your comment

JTesla

February 24th, 2011
7:06 pm

I’ll be skipping tonight’s show, opting to read Rodney’s account of the show over actually watching the Green Mile Hanger silliness.

Facebook, meh

Top 13, why 13? It made sense once, now it doesn’t.

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Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
7:57 pm

Where’s your spirit, JT?

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:03 pm

Trying to hang with you guys tonight……I can’t seem to comment and watch at the same time!

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:05 pm

Welcome guys! Please blog with me. Starting next week: coveritlive!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:07 pm

howdy all, caught up, just slow logging on!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:08 pm

whoo hoo covertilive

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:09 pm

welcome back KatJ

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

Geez. Nobody’s here tonight! Deirdre is meeting her soon to be grandson (I think…)

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

I’m here Rodney!
I’m here CBZ!

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

CBZ-you’re so close by, we could probably meet somewhere and watch! :

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:11 pm

where is everybody? Are we on the wrong thread?

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

Looks like it’s just five of us or so who are going to get through these two hours. A small, loyal group!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

definately, we should get an Idol night going maybe someplace like Public House

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

Just wait till the coveritlive, KatJ!

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:12 pm

Thanks CBZ…..I’m here…

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:13 pm

I hope Andi will join us too!
WELCOME KatJ !!!

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:13 pm

Make it 6 I just got home from work

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:14 pm

Maybe that will help me M!

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:14 pm

Mercedes is here too!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:15 pm

All those voluminizer shampoos…

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:15 pm

For once, Harm, slow week at the movies…

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:16 pm

I woukd not survive The Green Mile.

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:16 pm

Shocker, I don’t think she will make it past the next round

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:17 pm

No tenterhooks for the losers… good.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:17 pm

Hey CBZ – which Public House are you talking about?

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:18 pm

“I would not survive the green mile”… not in some of the shoes those girls are wearing.
Tim, I like.

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:19 pm

They allowed an original song!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:19 pm

Did ya’ll hear Chris Medina already has multible tv appearances scheduled and they are releasing his single on itunes and some fans donated a handicapible van and 28 thousand dollars

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:20 pm

LOL M! Those shoes……..

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:20 pm

Hey, everyone! I am late. I fell asleep last night and did not wake up until 9 PM. Then I had to catch up, so I did not try to blog.

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

I think those are called “KICKS”

BrianInVegas

February 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

I wish Chris Medina well, I liked him. It’s too bad a real stand-up guy like him doesn’t get a chance and has to go, and piece of crap like Gamboa moves on.

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

Hey Harriett, we missed you last night!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

This girl does not own a pair of slacks.

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

YAY Harriett!!!

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

CBZ, I did hear about that. He is on the Tonight Show tonight, too.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:22 pm

Hi Harriett!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:23 pm

Why does this girl make me think of Rachel in “Glee”?

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:23 pm

Haley Scarnato-eat your heart out: we now have Julie Zorrilla!

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:24 pm

She is cuter than Rachel!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:24 pm

Wow – someone throws a chair off the stage??!!

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:24 pm

@BrianinVegas, we for the most part don’t like Kim Jong Il either.

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:26 pm

Hey, CBZ,Harm and Andi! My computer is running extra slowly tonight. My posts are taking forever to show up. I am packing for a trip during commercials, too. :)

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:27 pm

Harriett remmeber to roll you clothes instead of folding them so they don’t wrinkle and also ziplock bags are your friends! ;-)

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:28 pm

Where you going? I want to go!

BrianInVegas

February 24th, 2011
8:28 pm

@Harm – Kim Jong Il – snort snort, guffaw!

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:29 pm

Alfred Nueman!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:30 pm

Finally he does JOSH!

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:31 pm

I like giving the idols new names so I can remember who they are.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:31 pm

Puerto Rican cowboy?

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:32 pm

Myrtle Beach for a professional conference. Not a fun trip, unfortunately.

Scotty was pretty good, but he’s a one trick pony.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:32 pm

Scott So in…

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

WOW – so Scotty is in…what about the ‘other’ country guy? I didn’t read the spoiler…

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

LOL Harm! I know you said Alfred Neuman before but I just now got who that was.

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:33 pm

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:34 pm

What part of Myrtle Beach?

Mo Schreibman

February 24th, 2011
8:34 pm

Now he should be stepping up and punching out the glasses guy.

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:35 pm

Island Vista, which is around 67th Ave and N Ocean Blvd. When I go for pleasure I go to NORTH Myrtle Beach.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:35 pm

Now we have Chandler from Friends

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:36 pm

Seems only the “24″ people get to show off their vocals…

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:37 pm

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:37 pm

“No more shipyard for me”… at least not for the next couple weeks

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:38 pm

I like Jovany a lot. I hope he does well live next week.

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:39 pm

Twelve in, eight out. We are officially at the halfway point.

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:40 pm

Harriett-If you get a chance go to the Library Restaurant and get a steak and table side ceasar salad! YUM YUM

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:41 pm

I’m doing laundry and unpacking during my commercials… plus finishing off Valentine’s chocs. Yes, I’m home alone.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:43 pm

So we’ve got two Laurens now?

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:44 pm

Thanks for the tip, CBZ. If not this trip, the next one for sure. I get down there all the time. I am only two and a half hours from the beach!!

Rodney, I like Jovany, too, but so far I like Stefano better–based on what we’ve heard in the past. We will see tonight, though.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:45 pm

Someone who dressed up! Thoughts of Siobhan…

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:46 pm

She’s better than Dictator’s son

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:47 pm

I do not like her. I know she’s some folks’ cup of tea, but not mine. I thought there were some better.

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:48 pm

OMG Siobhan! That is who I was trying to think of

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:48 pm

Rachel struck me as a bit too theatrical. I need to hear more to judge her for sure.

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:48 pm

Her grandmother was almost cold to her–did not act excited at all and barel put her arms around her.

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:49 pm

Yes, we have two Laurens for sure. Even if I didn’t know the spoilers, I would have been shocked if Lauren “Aerosmith” Alaina did not get in.

Andi

February 24th, 2011
8:50 pm

I kinda liked her. I don’t usually like people that go out of their way to be quirky for attention, but for some reason I like this girl.

KatJ

February 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

Rachel doesn’t cut it for me…

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

If she were a dinasaur she would be a quirkasauras

Harm

February 24th, 2011
8:54 pm

Tomorrow is the 2nd alumni basketball game at my daughter’s old high school, I will not be attending! I went last year and broke my arm! I would like to have use of both hands for this years coveritlive!

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:54 pm

I just realized who hobbit boy reminds me of! Michael W Smith the Christian artist

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:56 pm

“There are things you haven’t heard me do yet”… so why did she repeat a song?

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:56 pm

We’d like that too, Harm. CBZ, you are so corny it’s funny. :)

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
8:57 pm

Not a fan of his AT ALL

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
8:58 pm

“Confident+aggressive” = rude

Harriett

February 24th, 2011
8:58 pm

I am a big r&b fan, but this guy turned me off with his arrogance in Hollywood. I will wait and see.

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
8:59 pm

Jordan is an arrogant jerk but that hasn’t stopped talented folks in the past from making the top 12/13. (Think Corey Clark!)

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

Gosh, Harm, it’s been a whole year since your arm!

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
9:00 pm

And where is Corey Clark today, Rodney??

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
9:01 pm

I can’t think of Corey Clark without picturing his sideshow bob mugshot

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
9:02 pm

“Hall Pass” – a guy movie, and ten times as gross as “Mary” but I laughed and laughed…

Andi

February 24th, 2011
9:03 pm

I hate to say, with his arrogance I was hoping yesterday that he would get cut. Actually I was hoping his group thing would wind up sucking. But he keeps on going like the Energizer bunny. So we’ll see…

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
9:03 pm

I imagine Corey is rocking the fries over at a local Hardee’s. What do you think?

Rodney Ho

February 24th, 2011
9:04 pm

Mercedes-did you already see “Hall Pass’? My colleague Jenn Brett hated it and I mean, HATED IT.

Harm

February 24th, 2011
9:04 pm

Almost Mercedes, March 5th.

Mercedes S.

February 24th, 2011
9:04 pm

Is that outfit from her Toddlers in Tiaras days?

Andi

February 24th, 2011
9:05 pm

I thought she got in yesterday for some reason

candlerboyz

February 24th, 2011
9:05 pm

He was on something not long ago and said he was no longer homeless because apparently he was for a while…and he said he had a new album coming out but I think it was all in his head….

Mo Schreibman

February 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

Who is dressing these girls I have to wonder.

Harm

February 24th, 2011
9:06 pm

Lauren looks way older than 15 while Jaycee looks way younger!