I had the pleasure of talking to Kris Allen on the phone on Tuesday.Â Kris called from Los Angeles where heâs spending a lot of time these days.Â (Canât imagine why.)Â Kris gave me the scoop on his upcoming visit to Haiti which will be broadcast next week on American Idol.Â He will also be performing on the show that night.
Kris Allen interview
Not too many surprises when the remainder of the Top 24 were picked on Wednesday night.Â A few that I thought would get in didnât make it:Â Tasha Layton, Angela Martin, and Thaddeus Johnson.Â The moment that Kara spent breaking the news to Angela was especially poignant.Â I think that Thaddeusâ appearance had a lot to do with him not making it.Â American Idol is first and foremost a television show and personal presentation is key.Â With a little polish and another yearâs maturation, Thaddeus could come back and make it next year.Â Donât have a clue what happened to Tasha since they never mentioned her.
Did anybody see them make any mention of Tim Urban anywhere in the process?Â They showed his picture briefly in one segment, but I never heard his name until the very end.Â Heâs been an inconsequential participant this entire season, so I didnât even know who he was from his picture.Â I had to wait til the very end of the show when they announced his name.Â Kinda strange.
So hereâs the final 24:
Michael LyncheâToo overbearing physically to win it all.Â
Didi BenamiâOne of my favorites from day one.Â Radiates sweetness.
Casey JamesâIf he doesnât make in on AI, he could be a movie star.Â The epitome of âruggedly handsomeâ.
Lee DwyzeâCould be one of the first to get the boot.Â
Todrick HallâHeâll go deep into the competition, but the drama queen thing will wear thin.
Tyler GradyâLove his whole â70âs vibe.Â The ladies will love him.
Janell WheelerâSheâs just likable and that counts in this competition.
Lacey BrownâHasnât gotten a lot of screen time up until this point, but sheâs a contender.
Ashley RodriguezâKnew sheâd get in from her first audition.Â She has charm, poise, beauty, and talentâthe whole package.
Joe MunozâHavenât seen much of him, so I donât know what to think.
Crystal BowersoxâStyle and talent to burn.Â Think sheâs just a little to rough to be a serious threat.
Katie StevensâKeep your eye on this 17 year-old.Â Has the talent and charm to win it all.
Lilly ScottâReminds me of Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland.Â Has a swagger and cuteness thatâll take her to the final rounds.
Paige MilesâAgain, not much screen time, so who knows.Â Simon really likes her, so that will help.
Siobhan MagnusâHuge voice.Â Arguably the best singer in the competition, but will that be enough?
Michelle DelamorâShe looks like a star, but I havenât heard enough of her to make a guess as to how far sheâll get.
Jermaine SellersâHeâs annoying, so heâll be gone pretty quick.
John ParkâThis yearâs Anoop Desai?
Haeley Vaughn--Boy, I really don't get this one.Â I know she's sweet and all, but she's going to get annoying really quick.
Andrew Garcia--He made it with his reworking of "Straight Up" early in Hollywood Week.Â Solid contender.