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'IDOL' WATCH > Judges Name Five Members of Top 24 — Did They Get It Right?

PopNews Wire 2011/02/24 15:00:00
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"American Idol" delivered an action-packed episode on Wednesday as five contestants made it to the Top 24, one early favorite went home, and another contestant got married.

First, let's review who's definitely in the Top 24. Naima Adedapo -- the custodian who cleans toilets at musical festivals -- is in. So is Clint Jun Gamboa, the karaoke host who was nasty to 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux; second-time contestant Haley Reinhart, who looked truly shocked to make the semifinals; Paul McDonald, the quirky "rhinestone cowboy"; and spunky Ashthon Jones.

See the contestants perform during Las Vegas Week.

Chris Medina, sadly, wasn't so lucky. America fell in love with Chris when we learned how he cares for his beautiful fiancée, Juliana, who suffered a brain injury in an accident. Chris has had some promising performances, but he botched Coldplay's "Fix You" (which happens to be one of our favorite songs). A tearful Jennifer Lopez was devastated to give Chris the news, and seemed reluctant to return for the rest of the eliminations. (Somehow, we suspect she'll pull it together and return with eye-catching new shades of lipstick and nail polish.)

Hollie Cavanagh -- the emotional 17-year-old who was given "one more chance" from J-Lo -- also got the boot, despite Lopez's insistence that she deserved to stay.

Earlier, in Vegas, we learned which of the other contestants had performed a Beatles song well enough to make it to the Top 40 -- and which had not. Front-runner Lauren Alaina made the cut, but for once, her gimmicky "Marx brothers" routine failed to impress the judges, and she was often seen in tears.

Fifteen-year-old Thia Megia, deep-voiced Scott McCreery, Jordan Dorsey, and future boy bander Robbie Rosen also made the Top 40.

But along with the White House intern (the one with the "platonic" crush on President Obama), we finally said goodbye to Ashley Sullivan, who has been a bit … unstable in recent weeks. Ironically, Sullivan seemed happier and more confident than ever as the judges sent her home. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that she, um, got married in Vegas -- at the same chapel where Britney Spears celebrated her first doomed union.

Sullivan seemed very proud to wed at the site of such storied pop culture history, even though everyone in America knows that marriage only lasted 55 hours. But just when we were starting to think that Ashley might be more psychologically healthy than we thought, she issued this warning to her fiancé: "If you get cold feet, I don't care -- you're going through with it or I'll kill you in your sleep, my precious."

Good luck with that one, dude!

On Thursday, we'll find out who else made it to the Top 24 -- and yes, we have resisted looking at that unconfirmed list that's been floating around.

—Jennifer D'Angelo Friedman, Pop News Wire
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  • Cathy 2011/02/25 12:12:59
    Yes
    Cathy
    I must say.....they hit it on the head!
  • Deborah 2011/02/25 09:37:02
    Yes
    Deborah
    They have to make sure it's easy to get rid of the weaker ones right from the start.
  • Sammie 2011/02/25 07:16:52
    No
    Sammie
    Wrong choice to send Chris Medina home :((
  • ~HopelessRomanticM17~ 2011/02/25 04:49:47
    Yes
    ~HopelessRomanticM17~
    A few they chose right, but I got so disappoint when some people didn't get in, and a few others that didn't deserve it did.
  • 83Pats12 2011/02/25 02:52:14
    Yes
    83Pats12
    Idk, Idc
  • ♥♥♫MusicalBxtch♫♥♥ 2011/02/25 00:17:50
  • kingsleytin 2011/02/25 00:12:50
    No
    kingsleytin
    +1
    i dont even watch this show *points*
  • xoxo tylisa:) 2011/02/24 23:38:34
  • eedrddd 2011/02/24 23:24:24
  • Shonny eedrddd 2011/02/24 23:27:39
    Shonny
    +1
    How in the world did Spam get through on Soda Head?
  • FD-Fire... Shonny 2011/02/25 01:47:48
    FD-Firefighter
    you;re joking right?
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/02/24 22:31:38
    Yes
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    YES? I NEED TO START WATCHING!
  • justonemom 2011/02/24 22:06:20
    No
    justonemom
    +2
    I liked Chris!
  • FD-Firefighter 2011/02/24 21:24:59
    No
    FD-Firefighter
    +5
    WHo the hell cares?
    cares attemptin to give a damn gif
  • MorganRae FD-Fire... 2011/02/24 21:47:37
    MorganRae
    +2
    I LIKE
  • Alexander Ward 2011/02/24 19:24:39
  • MorganRae 2011/02/24 19:18:55
    No
    MorganRae
    +3
    AH who cares. americal idol sucks.
  • FD-Fire... MorganRae 2011/02/24 21:25:24
    FD-Firefighter
    +1
    please see my above comment
  • Torchy 2011/02/24 19:02:29
    No
    Torchy
    +2
    I would have taken Chris over Naima any day, though I know mine is the unpopular opinion. I can't stand that girls' voice and I seriously doubt she has the ability to win. I cringe when she sings most of the time because she has no real control over her voice. She's kind of cannon fodder.

    At least Ashley Sullivan didn't make it through. I love the girl's personality, but her spaztasticness does nothing for her ability to sing. She can sing when she's not freaking out but she very rarely is not freaking out....
  • Sonia 2011/02/24 18:58:17
    No
    Sonia
    +1
    how sad that even the judges are so stupid
  • Nikki 2011/02/24 18:36:36
    No
    Nikki
    +4
    two dudes i think should of went through.. dudes american idol contestants final cuts 2011 dudes american idol contestants final cuts 2011
  • justonemom Nikki 2011/02/24 22:07:39
    justonemom
    +1
    I think they will regret Chris...I bet they try to pick someone who they think will make Idol rich and then choose others who are less able so their fav's win?
  • ☠ Cheryl ☮ 2011/02/24 18:33:06
    Yes
    ☠ Cheryl ☮
    +3
    actually hard to say. This years "CROP" of competitors were/are REALLY GOOD! not many that I didn't like. I'm just glad they didn't put the crack head looking Ashley Sullivan...the one that got married throughy!

    competitors wereare glad crack head ashley sullivan married throughy ASHLEY SULLIVAN
  • Sammie ☠ Cheryl ☮ 2011/02/25 07:18:36
    Sammie
    +1
    What a face!XD
  • ☠ Cheryl ☮ Sammie 2011/02/25 17:55:40
    ☠ Cheryl ☮
    +1
    Yep, that's IDOL MATERIAL alright! XD
  • Sammie ☠ Cheryl ☮ 2011/02/25 17:56:24
    Sammie
    +1
    Hahahaha! You can say that again!XD
  • Ginjo 2011/02/24 18:17:47
    No
    Ginjo
    +2
    Naima seems like a lovely person, but i don't feel she is that talented. Just close your eyes when she sings. Totally different experience. As for them getting it right or wrong all together, I will reserve my opinion until all cuts are made.
  • MarkGlee 2011/02/24 16:52:04
    No
    MarkGlee
    +3
    The guy with the glasses sucks. Bad.
  • MarkGlee MarkGlee 2011/02/24 16:53:02
    MarkGlee
    +3
    Paul is a friend of mine, and am not gonna lie he was awesome.
  • earl 2011/02/24 16:06:29
    Yes
    earl
    +1
    They hit it right on the head.
  • ~Lily~ 2011/02/24 15:38:53
    No
    ~Lily~
    +1
    judges never right :P

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