Thursday, February 15, 2007

here they are...

The top 24 will take to the stage beginning next week when America begins to reduce the field to the 12 finalists.

Some of them we've been able to get to know. Others we're seeing and hearing for the first time.

First up, the guys, who will take to the small stage Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST.

And they are AJ Tabaldo, Blake Lewis, Brandon Rogers, Chris Richardson, Chris Sligh, Jared Cotter, Nickolas Pedro, Paul Kim, Phil Stacey, Rudy Cardenas, Sanjaya Malakar and Jason "Sundance" Head.

The women will follow on Wednesday, also at 8 p.m. EST.

And they are Alaina Alexander, Amy Krebs, Antonella Barba, Gina Glocksen, Haley Scarnato, Jordin Sparks, Lakisha Jones, Leslie Hunt, Melinda Doolittle, Nicole Tranquillo, Sabrina Sloan and Stephanie Edwards.

Get to know them a bit better here.

The results show will be Thursday at nine, when we will have the first four assassinations of the new season.

So. Who's a lock for top 12? I'll have my picks before Tuesday. Leave yours in the comments.

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25 Comments:

Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

I don't know about any of you, but I am not entirely thrilled with this seasons line up. Can anyone say BORING? I call this season "American Forgettable". There are so many forgettable faces...especially in the female group.

The following are my predictions and they are entirely based on who I like and don't like - more on gauging America. Keep in mind I love Elliot from day ONE and he made it all the way...well almost:

First four to go next week:
Men:
Rudy Cardenas
Paul Kim

Women:
Leslie Hunt
Gina Glocksen


Favorites:
Men:
Chris Sligh
Brandon Rogers
Phil Stacey

Women:
Antonella Barba
Jordin Sparks
Melinda Dolittle

That's all I have - where is everyone. Are you not going to watch this season?

12:26 PM, February 15, 2007  
Anonymous gavintiegirl said...

I meant "not entirely based" Sorry - dag nabbit, I hate when I do that. help!

12:27 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Jenna said...

I agree with the forgettable girls comment although Leslie and Gina were two that I did like. Guys to watch will be Chris and Phil. Phil reminds me of Chris Daughtry.

I said to my husband as they were showing the 24, "Can you believe that in 6-8 weeks I will feel so passionate about one of these kids I'll be dialing frantically?" I had a hard time believing it myself!

Looking foward to the journey!

2:45 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Nelle said...

I like Lakisha very much...reminds me of Aretha Franklin, what a voice and also Chris Sligh.

3:03 PM, February 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just not attached to anyone yet. They didn't show us enough of the auditions or Hollywood "hour" for me to be able to get invested in anyone. By this time last year, I knew a little bit about almost everyone in the top 24! It's weird how they're doing it this year. But I'll keep watching and hopefully after the next few shows I'll actually care.

~ betsy

6:30 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I kind of like not knowing anything about most of the contestants. I think the backstories take away from the singing and hand people votes. Look for Lakisha, Sundance, Sanjaya and Chris to benefit from the face time they got.

By having a bunch of "unknowns" singing instead of a handful of "unknowns" singing against people who were handed votes, no one is going to get the shaft as has happened in the past.

6:36 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Kathryn said...

OK.. am I doing something wrong or what.. I can't get the videos to work over at Idol!!!! And I wanted to see Chris Sligh's video.. rats!!! Kathryn

6:42 PM, February 15, 2007  
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6:48 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Okay, only I am allowed to used profanity. If you want to leave another comment, because I basically agree with what you said, you certainly can! But keep it family-friendly, please. It's all I ask.

7:24 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Evey said...

Love your blog, Jen, and I agree with gavintiegirl, but only partially. I see a lot of "forgettable" faces this year. Is it me or is this going way too fast? I really wish Bailey would have remembered here lyrics, but I doubt we'll see the last of her. I can just see the folks at covergirl scrambing for her number. Looking forward to another fun season!

7:33 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

There's always next year for Bailey. She's young enough that maybe a year's worth of seasoning might do her some good.

8:10 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

I would guess that Bailey will be back next year. If she gets through the group sing and remembers her lyrics, she will be the odds on favorite to win it all. Almost everyone on these blogs was disappointed that she is gone, but they realize it is her own doing. When the judges are cutting 104 girls down to 12, they are looking for an excuse to cut you, and lyric mind freeze is an easy reason to send you home. It is probably the most common disorder among the contestants.

9:04 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

There was the same sort of sadness when Jaclyn Crum was booted in season four. She was a kid. Good singer, but not great. Baylie has time to get better. And learn her lyrics.

9:07 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Dave said...

I think the difference between Bailey and Jaclyn is that Bailey seemed to be much more mature and stable (and I don't mean that as a knock against Jaclyn).

American Idol would have broken Jaclyn. She was a sobbing mess even just waiting to hear whether she made the top 24 or not. The week after week after week grind of American Idol would have chewed up and spit out Jaclyn, and I think the show realised that and mercifully cut her.

(On a side note, who was the crying girl this year? She won't last long.)

Bailey was good, but she didn't just fudge a word or two, she forgot an entire verse. There is no way they could have put her through after that, and she may not realise it now, but I think they did her a favour. Younger contestants almost always flame out because they can't handle it (the stage-groomed Paris Bennett and Diana Degarmo notwithstanding) and another year of training and prep can only help her.

Either she'll be back next season, or someone will pick her up and sign her before American Idol gets their hooks in to her.

9:26 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger jennifer said...

Dave, you're right about Jaclyn. But I didn't get the sense that Bayley was any more mature to handle the pressure, because, as you say, she forgot the entire verse. (Either forgot or didn't take the time to learn in the first place.) And let's face it; the song wasn't exactly a German opera. That's why they need to raise the age limit from the bottom. IMO, of course.

7:29 AM, February 16, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

I doubt if they will raise the minimum age limit to 18. Everyone, even AI, is looking for the next Tanya Tucker,LeeAnn Rimes, Wayne Newton, or Michael Jackson...a 13 year old singing sensation. Never mind that those singers only come along once every generation and they are not subjected to the grind that AI puts them through. Besides, a complete meltdown of a sixteen year old beauty makes good reality TV. If nothing else, AI is still reality TV.

8:21 AM, February 16, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

I almost forgot, think about the AI fan base. How many are teens and pre-teens that believe 16 year olds can do anything. Raising the age limit to 18 may make us adults happy, but the ratings would take a serious hit and the producers will never let that happen.

8:24 AM, February 16, 2007  
Anonymous ChrisROCKS said...

I'm actually glad Bailey didn't make it. My guess is the girl has had everything handed to her on a silver platter because she's so freakin' gorgeous. I'd like to see her grow-up a little and earn the spot. She has a really good voice and the commercial looks...her career will happen, make no mistake. I just hate seeing kids so young being thrust into the limelight when they're not mature enough to handle it. And given the way Bailey broke down after getting cut (she sounded like her life was over...please), I'd say she has a few years yet to gain some perspective. I suspect the humbling experience will be good for her in the long run, and make her that much more determined to fight for it next year. I wish her the best.

As for my faves that I hope to see in the final 12...well, I don't know enough nor have I heard enough of any of them to pick an entire 12. But I'll put money on Chris Sligh, Sundance, Brandon Rogers, Sanjaya, Melinda Dolittle, Lakisha Jones, Gina Glockson, and Antonella Barba. My sentimental pick is Paul Kim because he lives about 35 minutes from me. He just needs to tone down the runs a bit. :)

Can't wait to actually hear them sing full songs! woohooo!!

9:28 AM, February 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep - Paul is melismatic :-)

LEN

1:04 PM, February 16, 2007  
Blogger Chipperprime said...

My three faves include: Chris Sligh (as long as he doesn't go "all Jesus" on us), Antonella Barba (however I fear that women won't vote for her), and Nick Pedro (I think he'll "wow" in the studio shows.)

1:35 PM, February 16, 2007  
Blogger JR said...

My early favorites on the guys side are Chris Sligh, Phil Stacy, and Sundance Head. America could tire of Chris' sense of humor long before he goes "all Jesus" on anyone. Sundance will have to get his head (no pun intended) and his act back together in order to advance and justify the judges decision to send him through to the final 24.
Melinda Dolittle and Lakisha have all the tools to win this thing, and they will both go "all Jesus" long before Chris, just read the answers in their bio's. Being "all Jesus" is not a bad thing, it just offends a few folks along the way. Just remember, it's a singing competition, not a holy war. Judge them on their talent, not their faith, or lack thereof.

9:32 PM, February 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last year at this time I already had a few favorites. I kind of feel like I'm in limbo right now. Too may crappy audition not enough good ones. I am hoping in a week or two I will be excited again about AI, I'm not giving up just yet. dk / Dori

2:16 PM, February 17, 2007  
Blogger write_brained_woman said...

I just provided a link from my AI blog to yours. Thank you so much for adding me. You're a sweetheart. I look forward to reading you future entries.

GolightlyGrr
http://myidol.americanidol.com/blogs/GolightlyGrrl/

1:24 PM, February 18, 2007  
Blogger Joy said...

Chris Sligh has my vote the entire way. His band has some great songs up on their MySpace if you haven't seen it yet:
http://www.myspace.com/halfpastforeverband

4:56 PM, February 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The discussion about Bailey is interesting. She works at the Hollister where I live.. a few of my friends work with her and say she is the sweetest girl ever... and totally determined to make it as a singer. I'm sure we'll be seeing her again next year.

10:15 PM, February 18, 2007  

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