Friday, February 25, 2011

American Idol-Top 24 Open Forum

I haven't been a fan of Idol recently. I watched seasons 4, 5, and 6 but after that my interest in the show waned. I know a lot of people watch the show and like the show so I thought I'd give people a place to discuss the top 24 (as selected in this week's episodes). After the jump is the top 24 (via press release from FOX so any errors and typos are not from me). Feel free to use the comments as an open forum to discuss the contestants and the show as a whole. (and moderation is now turned off, be sure to follow the new commenting rules).


Three-Night AMERICAN IDOL Event Begins Next Week When
Top 12 Guys Compete Tuesday, March 1;
Top 12 Girls Compete Wednesday, March 2;
First LIVE Results Show Airs Thursday, March 3, on FOX

Vote Via Toll-Free Phone Lines, AT&T Text Messaging & Online at
After First Performance Show Tuesday, March 1

Auditions concluded tonight for the 10th season of AMERICAN IDOL, and the judges’ remaining picks for the Top 24 semifinalists were revealed. The Top 24 semifinalists are: Males – Casey Abrams, Jovany Barreto, Jordan Dorsey, James Durbin, Clint Jun Gamboa, Tim Halperin, Stefano Langone, Brett Loewenstern, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald and Robbie Rosen; Females – Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, Kendra Chantelle, Ashthon Jones, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez, Pia Toscano, Lauren Turner, Tatynisa Wilson, Julie Zorrilla and Rachel Zevita.

Male singers scheduled to perform Tuesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) include:

Casey Abrams
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Currently Resides: Idyllwild, CA
Age: 20

Jovany Barreto
Hometown: Harvey, LA
Currently Resides: Harvey, LA
Age: 23

Jordan Dorsey
Hometown: Laplace, LA
Currently Resides: Donaldsville, LA
Age: 21

James Durbin
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Currently Resides: Santa Cruz, CA
Age: 22

Clint Jun Gamboa
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Currently Resides: Long Beach, CA
Age: 26

Tim Halperin
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Currently Resides: Fort Worth, TX
Age: 23

Stefano Langone
Hometown: Kent, WA
Currently Resides: Kent, WA
Age: 21

Brett Loewenstern
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Currently Resides: Boca Raton, FL
Age: 17

Jacob Lusk
Hometown: Compton, CA
Currently Resides: Compton, CA
Age: 23

Scotty McCreery
Hometown: Garner, NC
Currently Resides: Garner, NC
Age: 17

Paul McDonald
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 26

Robbie Rosen
Hometown: Merrick, NY
Currently Resides: Merrick, NY
Age: 17

Female singers scheduled to perform Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) include:

Naima Adedapo
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Currently Resides: Milwaukee, WI
Age: 26

Lauren Alaina
Hometown: Rossville, GA
Currently Resides: Rossville, GA
Age: 16

Kendra Chantelle
Hometown: Loudon, TN
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 22

Ashthon Jones
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 24

Thia Megia
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Currently Resides: Mountain House, CA
Age: 16

Haley Reinhart
Hometown: Wheeling, IL
Currently Resides: Wheeling, IL
Age: 20

Karen Rodriguez
Hometown: New York, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 21

Pia Toscano
Hometown: Howard Beach, NY
Currently Resides: Howard Beach, NY
Age: 22

Lauren Turner
Hometown: Covington, LA
Currently Resides: Slidell, LA
Age: 24

Tatynisa Wilson
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Currently Resides: Aurora, IL
Age: 20

Julie Zorrilla
Hometown: Denver, CO
Currently Resides: Hollywood, CA
Age: 20

Rachel Zevita
Hometown: New York, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 23

Next week, the Top 24 will be split into two groups – 12 males and 12 females – and perform for the first time for America. The 12 male semifinalists will perform Tuesday, March 1 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT), and the 12 female semifinalists will perform Wednesday, March 2 (8:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Then, tune in to see who America picks to become a finalist on the season’s first LIVE results show Thursday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

At the end of each performance show, the phone lines will open for at least two hours and AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) via the branded toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.). AT&T wireless subscribers can use their cell phones to vote by texting the word “VOTE” to the four-digit short code (5701, 5702, etc.) that corresponds with the contestant of their choice. Additionally, fans will be able to cast their votes online at

To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit and follow the directions. Fans will be required to log in using their Facebook account to access the AMERICAN IDOL voting page, which will feature the name and photo of each of the current contestants. To vote, fans will simply choose their favorite contestant, complete the security verification and submit their choice. After each performance show and during the online voting window, fans may cast up to 50 total online votes for that evening's performances. Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.

Emmy Award-winning AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment. AMERICAN IDOL has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past seven consecutive seasons and currently ranks as the No. 1 television show of the 2010-11 season.

Visit for additional information regarding AMERICAN IDOL voting, as well as exclusive videos, interviews and photos, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

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