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‘American Idol’ recap, season 11: the rest of the top 24 (and a twist!)

Contestants find out their top 24 fate. Are they in or out? CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

Contestants find out their top 24 fate. Are they in or out? CR: Michael Becker / FOX.

I was late posting my recap because I was at the Kelly Clarkson concert at the Fox tonight. (My recap for that concert will post Friday morning.)

We return for the final 20 singers and their fates. But since we only have a hour, a few folks get completely snuffed out or are barely seen.

Some of the stronger talent is highlighted tonight, including Jeremy Rosado, DeAndra Brackensick, Shannon Magrane and Hollie Cavanagh. There is definitely some debate about the inclusion of Skylar Lane over, say, Lauren Gray.

Among the final two guys, it was a tough call between Eben Franckewitz or David Leathers Jr. The judges chose Eben, but Nigel Lythgoe pulls off a new twist. The judges pick a 13th guy but we won’t find out until Tuesday. For the first time, we have a top 25, not a top 24.

The choices for that 25th spot? David Leathers Jr., Richie Law, Jermaine Jones or Johnny Keyser (who wasn’t even in the top 42!).

I am a huge fan of Johnny but I think David Leathers Jr. has the best shot to make it through. Then again, the departure of Jermaine caused J. Lo to tear up. I was shocked Johnny was cut out of the top 42 in the first place so I’m glad he’s back, a bit like Carmen Rasmussen, who Simon Cowell plucked out of the earlier Hollywood rounds season two.

So mark your calendars: for next three weeks, we will have three nights of “Idol,” starting Tuesday with the 13 guys, Wednesday for the 12 women and Thursday the results to eliminate four (or five?) of them.

Here are the details of the final ten slots:

Soulful Adam Brock, who tearfully explained how he need to sing, is put through. Chances of making it through to the top 12: not great

Jeremy Rosado. He’s part of the crew with Ariel, David and Eben. A bit chunky, he doesn’t look much like an “Idol” but he has an angelic voice. His final performance closed the deal with some amazing high notes. He got a well deserved standing ovation from the judges. Arguably the prettiest male voice out of the 12. J. Lo calls him “transcendental” when she meant “transcendent.” (Then again, maybe he is good at math.) Chances of a top 12 spot: virtual lock

Shannon Magrane. She’s worried because she forgot her words during the group round. She “sang for her life” with Kelly Clarkson’s “The Trouble With Love Is” (which I just heard live in concert a little while ago!) She has an impressively strong voice. She’s just 16 but seems much older – in a good way. (Or in a Steven Tyler way, as in “hot, humid and happenin’ “) Chances of a top 12 spot: no trouble in my mind

Scott Dangerfield. A Jennifer Lopez favorite from season 10 had to pull out of the competition. (Did we know why?) He’s back. I don’t remember much of him. He’s yet another jazzy/R&B white dude. Unfortunately, we have too many of these. And he was cut. My guess it was a close call. “It happens,” he said. “It is what it is.”

Bad news for three singers who don’t even get named. (Harsh!)

Skylar Laine. She landed in the hospital for dehydration during Hollywood but survived. She is more Reba than Carrie with her down-home throaty vocals. Skylar wasn’t happy and had doubts making it through. But sometimes, personality helps. And she has a distinctive feel about her. I’m sure she was a close call but she makes it through. Chance of her making it to the top 12: consider her gone.

We then get some quick yesses with no singing: Hallie Day (part of the blond ladies who sing well but blur together in my mind so I give her a 25% shot at making the top 12); country crooner Chase Likens (barely seen to date so chances of making the top 12 are slim unless he blows us away next week). Atlanta’s Aaron Marcellus Sanders. (his chances are comparable to those of Chase: poor. He has gotten very little airtime to date. He and Chase were both “montaged” in Pittsburgh, too.)

There are three slots left and just nine singers left.

DeAndre Brackensack, Mr. Falsetto with a bit of Jason Castro in him,  returns to the final round before the semifinals again. I don’t know if we’ve ever had someone who works the falsetto that much. He has a bit of Aaron Neville in him. He’s distinctive and he apparently improved from a year ago because he makes it through. Chances of making the top 12: almost as high as his voice.

There are only two slots left (unless they add a 13th) so things don’t look so hot for Jermaine Jones, the man with the lowest voice in the top 42. I get the impression his final sing for your life performance didn’t really move the judges. And being one of the last singers to be called, he falls apart a bit. “I don’t wan to disappoint my mom,” he said tearfully. Steven Tyler said his performances were inconsistent. Sadly, he doesn’t make it through.

I have accounted for 40 singers with five left in the room. Weren’t there 42 or am I miscounting?

There are three women left for one supposed slot: Shelby Lynn Twetan, Ariel Sprague and Hollie Cavanagh. Hollie and Shelby are part of the many many blonds this year. But Hollie is the one that stands out the most vocally for me. Her “sing for your life” performance was impressive and impactful. She deserved a spot. Chances of a spot in the top 12 for Hollie: very very good

The final two men are actually teens: David Leathers Jr. and Eben Franckewitz. Both are very appealing and both are very good.

So here  are my predicted top 12 based on what we’ve seen so far. The men appear to be stronger.

The six guys:

Joshua Ledet

Reed Grimm

Heejun Han

Eben Franckewitz

Jeremy Rosado

DeAndre Brackensack

The six women

Brielle Von Hugel

Jessica Sanchez

Shannon Magrane

Hollie Cavanagh

Jen Hirsh

Erika Van Pelt

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Deirdre

February 23rd, 2012
7:46 pm

For those who may have missed this from the previous thread(or maybe just because I like to hear myself talk):

SPOILER ALERT

Next week’s top 24 round theme will be “Producer’s Choice” Each contestant will submit a list of songs to the producers and a song will be chosen from the list.

JTesla

February 23rd, 2012
7:46 pm

Lot of toast, more toast next week.

Deirdre

February 23rd, 2012
7:57 pm

I’m not even sure why I want to know what happens with this episode. I’ve seen the spoiler list and so far…it’s correct.

Next week…LIVE! Boys sing on Tuesday, girls sing on Wednesday, top 12 is announced on Thursday!

Deirdre

February 23rd, 2012
7:58 pm

Including the judges wild card picks.

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:05 pm

Good evening. I’m just glad the show is on for one hour.

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:07 pm

Did JLo pronounce transcendental correctly??? I don’t think so.

JTesla

February 23rd, 2012
8:09 pm

Next week: 3 one hour episodes?

I can dream can’t I?

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

Seriously, did I miss part of Adam’s story? What is making him SO overly tearful? I know it can’t be easy leaving his daughter, but he seems to be having such an extreme reaction… is there something wrong at home that I missed?

Deirdre

February 23rd, 2012
8:13 pm

!2 girls or 12 guys singing in one hour….I don’t think so.

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:16 pm

Shannon………yawn….

Harriett

February 23rd, 2012
8:21 pm

Hey, D! Good to see you here. Was not expecting you.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Awww, I like Shannon! She could have potential.

Deirdre

February 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

Lucas is napping. I’ll be gone as soon as he wakes up. ;-)

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

Skylar… WAYYYY too twangy.

I did like the song when Kellie Pickler did it…

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:25 pm

Uuggghhh…..not another country singer. She’s not even that good. Uugghhh. Back to the game.

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:26 pm

I remember this guy by looks. Didn’t catch how he sounded

Harriett

February 23rd, 2012
8:28 pm

And more country. Chase. That’s how many? Four? Five?

Seth T

February 23rd, 2012
8:29 pm

Skylar will bring them some Deer meat. Always good, lean and natural. Better than cow.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:31 pm

No singing from Hallie, Chase, Aaron? That’s weird. And not real fair… seems like they should all get some airtime. I mean dang, they have 3 hours to show just 24 people…

(trying to give details as requested for D.)

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:32 pm

Dude is nailing that Maxwell. Wow he’s spot on.

Seth T

February 23rd, 2012
8:33 pm

Deandre has very good control and range in his voice.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:34 pm

Deandre kind of looks like Jason Castro.

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:35 pm

Bruh is not going to make it. There’s no market for the “Larry Graham” voice nowadays.

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:36 pm

Was thinking the same thing Jenny.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:41 pm

Aww, now Jermaine I’m feeling sorry for when he cries. Not such a dramatic cry as Adam. Dumb cliffhangers. I forgot if the spoilers said he makes it.

Seth T

February 23rd, 2012
8:41 pm

Jermaine, hopefully, will get a grip, find a good band that needs a baritone for their show and move on.

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:43 pm

Yep, knew he wasn’t going to make it. Next!

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:44 pm

Too bad he didn’t make it. I was so hoping at least one of his dreams came through.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:45 pm

Me too, Pitchy. :-( He seemed so sweet.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:46 pm

Hollie’s pretty good…

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:47 pm

Was she the last one that just sang?

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Andi- yes- in the glittery pants.

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:48 pm

Somewhat cruel for them to the last 3 girls like that, but life is rough. So, guess it’s ok to stand by one who lost while you try to suck in your win with inaudible squeals.

Seth T

February 23rd, 2012
8:49 pm

Hollie Cavanaugh does have a semblance of a Pop/Soft Rock/Easy listening voice and singing style. Nice of the Judges to set-up the other 2 girls to be thrown-out while watching her go through.

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Then good call from the judges.

Miss Javon

February 23rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Jeremy has one of the best voices…have not been impressed with the girls, as usual over the last several years. Looks like another fifth year in a row for a guy to win because they are clearly superior to the girls in voice.

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:51 pm

Good call for who they picked definitely not how!

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:52 pm

So what’s the “shocking news” going to be?

Miss Javon

February 23rd, 2012
8:52 pm

Lee and Crystal….worst year ever for American Idol talent. BTW…WHERE are these two duds this day? Because they CERTAINLY are not getting radio air-time!

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:53 pm

My vote is with Erin.

Andi

February 23rd, 2012
8:53 pm

WTF!! Is this Elementary Idol?

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:54 pm

Andi, I know, it was a little mean! Drama at any cost, I guess…

G

February 23rd, 2012
8:55 pm

Both boys are good, but one is better than the other. David is a special talent.

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:55 pm

I mean Evan…

Pitchy

February 23rd, 2012
8:55 pm

Miss Javon

February 23rd, 2012
8:56 pm

This girl is good…not my kind of music but definitely has a voice.

Seth T

February 23rd, 2012
8:57 pm

Looks like David will have to go back and look for girlfriends in Middle School. Maybe next year.

Jenny

February 23rd, 2012
8:57 pm

Poor “Mr. Steal Your Girl”. He had a cute personality.

Miss Javon

February 23rd, 2012
8:57 pm

Is she tall or is Steven just short? OMG…I KNOW you guys just saw how she towered over Steven!