The American Idol 15 Top 24 will be revealed in full on the Thursday February 4th episode, with the semi-final rounds beginning the following week. As we already know, the Top 24 will be split randomly into two groups. One will sing next week, the other the following week. The first group of Top 12 performances/results will be filmed today. Another taping is set for February 11. The Top 10 will be revealed on the Thursday February 18 broadcast.
ETA: There were two tapings scheduled. One at 3:30 PT another at 6:30 PT. It looks like both the performances and results/Idol alum duets for the first group were filmed.
The semi-final rounds will feature former Idol winners and favorites mentoring and performing with the Top 24. On Monday, the official American Idol snapchat social media app published snaps of Nick Fradiani, Ruben Studdard and Caleb Johnson working backstage. Nick revealed he had just finished mentoring two contestants. But I’m hearing that Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, and Fantasia Barrino will also be mentoring/duetting with the first round of Top 12 contestants this week. A short clip of the band playing “Proud Mary” was also uploaded.
The contestants will perform a solo for the judges on Wednesday’s episode to determine if they advance or not. The Idol alum duet will air on Thursday’s episode, when the results will be revealed. That’s according to the FOX press release linked in the first paragraph above.
UPDATE: FULL LIST OF PAIRINGS. Not really spoilers anymore–FOX has photos posted to the press site! I’ll be putting up a post in a bit.
UPDATE: The tapings will take place at The Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles according to @IdolSpoilers.
UPDATE: OK bits and pieces are coming to me. One of Fantasia’s duets is her winners single, “I Believe” and Caleb Johnson is singing “Gimme Shelter.” So far, these are songs performed on Idol. We’ll see.
IN ADDITION: A little off topic, but here’s the spoiler I didn’t want to discuss in the headlines thread. Manny Torres planned to perform at a fundraiser to pay his family’s way to Los Angeles for the upcoming rounds. But then…it was cancelled without an explanation.
Keep watching this space. I’ll be posting a list of the 12 singers performing this week, along with their song choices and results. Stay tuned!
Here are the 12 contestants performing today. Each Idol alum mentor will perform with 2 contestants.
MacKenzie Bourg (Lauren Alaina)
Jordan Sasser (Fantasia)
La’Porsha Renae (Fantasia)
James VIII (Caleb Johnson)
Sonika Vaid (Caleb Johnson)
Gianna Isabella (Nick Fradiani)
Jeneve Rose Mitchell (Scotty McCreery)
Jenna Renae (Scotty McCreery)
Emily Brooke (Lauren Alaina)
Thomas Stringfellow (Nick Fradiani)
Stephany Negrete (Ruben Studdard)
Avalon Young (Ruben Studdard)
RESULTS via @IdolSpoilers
Advanced to the Top 14
- Jeneve Rose Mitchell
- MacKenzie Bourg
- Sonia Vaid
- La’Porsha Renae
- Avalon Young
- Thomas Stringfellow
- Gianna Isabella
- James Dawson VIII
- Stephany Negrete
- Jenna Renae
- Jordan Sasser
- Emily Brooke