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  • IDOL 411: Seven of top 24 contestants chosen, Mary goes bye-bye


    Todrick Hall was one of the lucky seven to make it through to the top 24 on Tuesday night. (Courtesy: FOX)

    “American Idol” is down one rocker chick — and up one lovable personal trainer.

    In a perfect tease to get you to watch again on Wednesday night, Simon, Randy, Kara, and Ellen announced only seven of the Top 24 contestants in Tuesday’s episode.

    While the show dragged out the whittling-down process for two (sometimes excruciating) hours, it was pretty clear from names like Katie Stevens, Casey James, and Michael “Big Mike” Lynche that all of “Room 1” was going through to the Top 46.

    “Room 2” wasn’t so lucky. The biggest blow of the night was dealt to Mary Powers, the 28-year-old rocker chick who basically went psycho during group week, accusing one fellow contestant of being “the weakest link.”

    She wasn’t any more likable in Tuesday’s episode, saying things like, “I’m not intimidated by the competition… I’m pretty intimidating, I think.” While Mary got what was coming to her, we kind of thought she had enough personality to make it a little further.

    Did rocker chick Mary Powers deserve to go home? [Poll]

    Not surprisingly, Michael “Big Mike” Lynche is in the Top 24 — but only after the judges put him through the ringer, grilling the personal trainer about whether he believes in himself. Is it us, or did Tuesday night’s “Idol” remind you of some of your most horrifying job interviews? We’re just glad he didn’t miss the birth of his child for nothing (unless the rumors about him getting booted wind up to be true).

    The extremely emotional Didi Benami also made the cut. Sure, she’s beautiful and talented, but have we ever seen a shot of Didi where she’s not crying? If singing doesn’t work out, she should try acting — daytime soaps in particular.

    WATCH Didi Benami: gorgeous, talented, and extremely emotional.

    We were relieved to see Aaron Kelly make it through in spite of a few “oops” moments. OK, remembering the lyrics isn’t his strong suit — but Aaron injects that “aw, shucks” David Archuleta factor that reminds us why “Idol” is considered a family show. Plus, it was too cute the way he kept calling Ellen “ma’am.”

    Stripping down in front of 30 million people paid off for this season’s resident hunk, Casey James. With his blond locks a-flowing, James was given the good news by a girlishly smitten Kara. (Note to Kara’s husband: watch out for this guy!)  

    WATCH this season’s resident hunk, Casey James, in action. 

    Also in your Top 24: Todrick Hall, Katelyn Epperly, and Lee Dewyze.

    Among the notable rejections, Jessica Furney went home after unsuccessfully pleading with the judges for a second chance. Season 10 contestants, read and internalize this now: Begging Simon Cowell for mercy only makes you look like a boob on TV’s most popular show. “It sounds pathetic to be begging up here,” Jessica said… and we agreed.

    In Jessica’s defense, she did perform Gwen Stefani’s “The Sweet Escape” during group week — which will henceforth be known as the worst song you can possibly sing on “Idol.” Other songs we’re just plain tired of hearing: “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz (too cutesy), “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat (even cutesier), and “Man in the Mirror” by Michael Jackson (too dated).

    Only 17 more contestants to be named — 10 girls and seven guys — before this competition really gets under way.

    —Jennifer D’Angelo Friedman,  Amos Content Group

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