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  • IDOL 411: Some of the Top 24 on 'American Idol' to be revealed tonight!


    Ah! “American Idol,” what are you doing to us? First we learn that this is Simon’s last year, then we get a new judge, then you switch out our beloved Coke cups, and now THIS? Really, “AI,” some of us are not good with change.

    The last week of the Hollywood rounds usually starts with one night of final solo performances. On the last night the singers face the judges like Zod, Ursa, and Non in front of the Krypton council. Then they’re grouped and directed to different rooms where they anxiously wait to find out who’ll be jettisoned into the Phantom Zone.

    It’s great!

    Especially when the singers glance around at one another, clearly trying to gauge their chances based on their competitors. “That guy was awful! Wait, does that mean I’m awful?”

    But Fox announced that this season “Idol” will switch up Hollywood, revealing some of the Top 24 this Tuesday and the remainder on Wednesday. Presumably they’re spacing it out over two nights to program against the Olympics.

    Really? Is ice dancing that big of a draw?

    However they choose to play it out, some front-runners have already emerged.

    Let’s get the clichés out of the way first. Screamy, obnoxious Mary Powers will be portraying the role of Pink this year, minus the talent and charm. Dreamy Tim Urban didn’t exactly blow away the judges with his Dallas audition, but the tweeners will love his Jonas- and Bieber-ness. Church-singing, mother-minding Jermaine Sellers is pretty adorable as well, and he’ll clearly be the wholesome one this year. He even sang “What if God Was One of Us.” I mean, come on.

    Now to the really good stuff. “Idol” has a chance this year to put through some people who are interesting and talented, if not immediately mass-marketable.

    At the top of the class is Crystal Bowersox, who got a standing ovation (and backup vocals from her competitors) with her fantastic acoustic version of “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman.” Hopefully, Idol won’t try to make her over into its idea of what a young female singer should look like. Andrew Garcia also might not fit the mold of your average pop singer, but his crazy good acoustic arrangement of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” was amazing. Frankly, platinum blonde Lilly Scott’s take on Ella Fitzgerald’s “Lullaby of Birdland” could be a hit single right now. We hate (and I mean really, really hate) to echo Kara, but she was indeed unique and did her own thing.

    —Christine Lusey, Amos Content Group

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