Can they possibly drag this out any more?!Â This is one of my pet peeves with Idol:Â they take a one-hour show and stretch it into two.Â I mean, does it really take two hours to announce 7 of the 24 finalists?Â The whole scenario with the contestants in three separate rooms is getting old.Â The judges come in and do their obligatory stall to ratchet up the tension, then everybody either jumps up and down and screams, or they collapse into sobs.Â Ho-hum.Â
Hereâ€™s whoâ€™s in so far, and some of my picks are in the group:
Â Michael Lyncheâ€”Muscle-bound softy who will survive a few rounds.Â Donâ€™t think heâ€™s mass appeal enough to go the distance, though.
Didi Benamiâ€”One of my favorites from day one.Â She has that indefinable winsomeness that shines through.Â Could be the next American Idol.
Katelyn Epperleyâ€”Decent singer with great back story and cute face.Â
Casey Jamesâ€”Just call him â€śKaraâ€™s Petâ€ť.Â She swoons every time he shows up.Â Heâ€™s got the musical chops to be a star, too.
Aaron Kellyâ€”Donâ€™t know how this 16 year-old got through.Â He forgot the lyrics in his Hollywood audition and he reminds me of Edward Norton--the creepy Edward Norton in â€śPrimal Fearâ€ť.
Lee Dwyzeâ€”Donâ€™t get this one either.Â The guyâ€™s Hollywood audition was terrible and he doesnâ€™t stand a chance to win.
Todrick Hallâ€”Heâ€™s the goods.Â Tons of charisma and talent.Â Bit of a drama queen which might actually help him.
Â Tonight the final 17 are announced.Â Here are my picks to get in:
Tasha Laytonâ€”Sheâ€™s got a style all her own and she has good presence.
Siobhan Magnusâ€”Ellen told her that she had to lighten up, and she did in her final audition.Â Incredible pipes.
Crystal Bowersoxâ€”No-brainer.Â This year's blues chick.
Thaddeus Johnsonâ€”16 year-old from Oklahoma City is wise beyond his years and knows how to connect with an audience.
Angela Martinâ€”Third timeâ€™s the charm for Angela.Â Her personal story is so tragic that Iâ€™m rooting for her.Â Her father was murdered during the first competition which left Angela too grief-stricken to compete.Â This time around her mother is missing.Â Police found her abandoned car outside of Chicago on New Yearâ€™s Eve and they havenâ€™t found her.Â Terrible.
Ashley Rodriguezâ€”Obvious star qualities.
Janell Wheelerâ€”She picked the wrong audition song in â€śLove Storyâ€ť by Taylor Swift, but sheâ€™s displayed enough talent that I think she gets through.Â (Rumored to be dating Tim Tebow.)
Andrew Garcia--Remains to be seen if he's got the range to win the whole thing, but he's definitely in the Top 24.
Donâ€™t have a clue about the other 9, so Iâ€™m looking forward to tonight.