American Idol Season 9 Spoilers: More Cuts Plus the Top 50!

The Hollywood Rounds are happening now in Los Angeles. Spoilers have been trickling all week, and I’ve got a few more names to add to the list of contestants rumored to be cut from the competition.

Information from the Idol Forums spoiler thread and Joe’s Place blog.

Update: The Top 50 is beginning to leak (but remember, these are rumors)

If you want to be spoiled, click on the jump…

TOP 50

Benjamin “Ben” Honeycutt
Hometown: Ringgold, GA
http://www.myspace.com/benhoneycutt
http://www.youtube.com/user/wildolivetree
http://www.facebook.com/wildolivetree

Brittany Starr James
This tip came from a never before used source, but it sounds accurate.
Age: 24
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
http://www.myspace.com/brittanystarrjames
http://www.youtube.com/user/BrittanyStarrJames85
http://www.facebook.com/BrittanyStarrJame

UPDATE: More cuts

Brittany Stone
Daniel “Dan” Murillo – generated some chatter in the previews
Paige DeChausse
Sarah Rucker

NEW Cuts:

Alex Nestor
Antonio “Skiibowski” Wheeler (disqualified)
Austin Simmons
Bryce LarsenSeason 9 Preview
Erica Rhoades
Maddy Curtis – per her mom’s blog, dated 1/13: “Maddy and I are on our way back from Hollywood today. Because of the confidentiality agreement, I cannot say anything about what has not yet been broadcast on the show.” – Season 9 Preview HERE. She auditioned in Boston HERE.
Rose Flack – Hollywood S8 contestant who was cut after lots of drama with fellow contestants.

Previous Cuts

Michael Castro (Jason Castro’s Brother)
Holly Hardin (Guitar Girl, Atlanta Auditioner)
Katie Bernard (Season 6 Hollywood Round)
Leah Laurenti (Boston Auditioner)
Brandi Holmes
Jason Diaz (Season 9 Preview)
Jim Ranger
Kasi Bedford
Luke Edgemon (Season 9 Preview)
Meagan Wright
Melissa Bitanga
Stephanie Daulong (Season 9 Preview)

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66 Comments

  1. Wow! I kinda thought Vanessa Wolf would get the ax early. She is sooo green. So happy she’s still there, keeping my fingers crossed for her that she can get to the voting rounds. I just like her, ya know?

  2. Thank gawd skibooboo is gone. Why do they give us that kinda crap anyway.

    I luv spoilers :)

  3. Very disappointed if Maddy was indeed cut. She has a gorgeous voice and seemed to be a fabulous kid.

    Glad that Skiibowski is out. I didn’t want to be subjected to him a moment longer. The other names I’ve not connected with. I didn’t read and memorize all the profiles posted.

  4. Haven’t followed too closely so don’t know who’s who but the biggest surprise to me was Leah. Guess I remembered her becuase she’s a namesake and thought she sang pretty well.

    Not too surprised about Jason’s brother. He had only been singing for 5 months prior to last years auditions.

    Mystery: With all the thousands that show up to audition, how does someone get picked two years in a row. Must not be as random as the public is led to believe. ha! ha!

  5. Lovin the spoilers. No one I was partial to was cut yet except for poor Rose Flack, I liked her last year, too bad she got cut again this year. Are these some of the people we havent see yet? Or just the ones from Tues and Weds?

  6. I know Alex Nester hasn’t been shown on the show yet, but there was a lot of buzz around her on idolforums, so I’m surprised she was cut. I’m sad about Rose, but not surprised, she really doesn’t have a very strong voice.

  7. Hate to even say this and sure don’t mean to offend anyone, but I wonder how many of these were eliminated because they just don’t fit the Idol image in appearance.

  8. Sad about Maddy, but glad we haven’t heard anything about Tyler being cut. I really liked his voice.

  9. Sad About Maddy and Holly. I liked them. :( I hope carmen Dosent get cut next, I liked her :P

  10. kendallFTW

    I hope carmen Dosent get cut next, I liked her :P

    I hope Carmen doesn’t get cut either!! I like her.

  11. I’m good. I never pick favorites until at least after Hollywood week.

  12. I’m not too surprised by Maddy Curtis. Most of the youngsters flame out in Hollywood. The few that make it to the Top 24 or 36 usually choke there. It’s the rare and special teenager who can handle the pressure and/or has the skills to compete. She’s a nice kid with a good voice but not necessarily ready for AI.

  13. Wow! I kinda thought Vanessa Wolf would get the ax early. She is sooo green. So happy she’s still there, keeping my fingers crossed for her that she can get to the voting rounds. I just like her, ya know?

    I feel like she could be a good story worth following too although the problem with AI is that they always overdo these stories and make them annoying. That having been said just because Vanessa’s not named doesn’t mean she hasn’t gotten cut. I think a big source of spoilers is the internet and I don’t know if Vanessa or her friends and family are that internet-active so spoilers on her if she does get cut might be harder to come by.

    She’s got a pretty good voice though and I liked her song choice that they showed.

  14. Also glad about Skiibo ski getting cut – he was like this year’s Norman Gentle – not a bad voice, but way too gimmicky to really be taken seriously in the competition.

    If the arrest stuff hadn’t come out, I was afraid he would be kept around awhile like Tatianna and Norman last year.

    Too bad about Maddy – she was good, but the other 16 year old was probably better, and there can (and should) only be so many 16 yos (imo).

    Not too surprised about Rose Flack – she came off not so great last year, especially with the group number show (then again, I’m sure the editors put that together in a pretty deceptive/cruel manner, as they tend to do).

  15. MawMaw
    01/15/2010 at 3:16 pm
    Hate to even say this and sure don’t mean to offend anyone, but I wonder how many of these were eliminated because they just don’t fit the Idol image in appearance.

    Can we Say Ruben Studdard?

  16. Bryce Larsen was an early favorite around these parts, wasn’t he? Hrm.

    I feel bad for the younger kids. A 16 year old competing against someone who’s 27-28 seems kind of unfair.

  17. Niall
    It’s the rare and special teenager who can handle the pressure and/or has the skills to compete.

    Couldn’t agree with your more.

  18. I think a big source of spoilers is the internet and I don’t know if Vanessa or her friends and family are that internet-active so spoilers on her if she does get cut might be harder to come by.

    To true. Don’t forget that she was one of the few contestants that didn’t leak before the auditions.

    I hope Vanessa is still in it. For some reason, I like her. I had to giggle when she revealed that her “special talent” is talking her way out of tickets.

    It’s the rare and special teenager who can handle the pressure and/or has the skills to compete.

    Yep. A lot of teen contestants who do somehow survive until the voting rounds would have been way better off if they’d waited a few years. Sure, there are few like Allison who are amazing contestants, but I think by-and-large, the cut-off should be raised a tad.

  19. Not surprised any of the cuts.

    I think Vanessa is all about the backstory and isn’t strong enough to compete.

  20. Bryce Larsen was an early favorite around these parts, wasn’t he? Hrm.

    I quite liked him, but he’s in a very crowded field. And he’s one of those dreaded WGWG who may have left the producers terrified of a three-peat. It may even be a compliment that he was cut. He had some nice acoustic covers.

    I kind of thought his days might be numbered when they only showed him in a montage of people getting their tickets.

  21. I feel bad for the younger kids. A 16 year old competing against someone who’s 27-28 seems kind of unfair.

    I’ve always felt that 18 should be the youngest age to compete in this. I wouldn’t mind if they had a Junior AI that ran in the summer with a shorter schedule.

  22. I think Vanessa is all about the backstory and isn’t strong enough to compete.

    Sadly, that’s probably true. But, it’s a killer backstory. Kellie road her personality and backstory to final 6, so who knows? Vanessa seems a bit more fragile, though.

    BTW, love your name. I agree completely with the sentiment.

  23. BTW, love your name. I agree completely with the sentiment.

    You are the first to ever comment about this, surprisingly. I don’t think enough people are aware of the dangers lurking about the Internet.

  24. From what I saw of her audition, have to disagree about Carmen. Annoying blond girl who can’t really sing? She shouldn’t make it through Hollywood Week.

    I wonder what the drama between Rose and some of the other contestants was? I bet that gets played up once Hollywood Week airs…

    Too bad about Maddy…I liked her. But she probably wasn’t ready to handle all that goes with competing on the show.

  25. People really like Carmen? Was she the girl auditioning with her friend? Ugh, I could not stand her. Ditzy, annoying, overly made-up bore, with a voice that was nothing spectacular.

    mj, is the spoiler that Maddy got cut just based on her mom’s blog or something else? Because her mom’s blog entry seems vague.

  26. Wow! I kinda thought Vanessa Wolf would get the ax early. She is sooo green. So happy she’s still there, keeping my fingers crossed for her that she can get to the voting rounds. I just like her, ya know?

    I do too! I think part of it, for me, was her song selection (which demonstrated she has really good taste), but hers was one of the few auditions that I can still recall a few days after the fact, so I think there may be something special under the surface there. Her timing may be really good, too, given that a lot of “regular folk” (a/k/a Idol’s bread and butter in terms of audience) can probably empathize a little too well with Vanessa these days.

    I wasn’t terribly impressed with Bryce Larsen, but I’m a little surprised he got the ax already. I liked Jason Diaz, though. Oh, well!

  27. girlygirl
    01/15/2010 at 4:30 pm

    I wonder what the drama between Rose and some of the other contestants was? I bet that gets played up once Hollywood Week airs…

    It wasn’t her drama as I recall, it was bikini girl’s drama.

  28. gingerly

    Then why does it say this in the O.P.?

    Rose Flack – Hollywood S8 contestant who was cut after lots of drama with fellow contestants.

  29. Rose was swept up by other people’s drama. Bikini Girl’s and her group in general just wanting to play dress-up.

  30. It all revolved around bikini girl as I recall. They were in the same group and all got cut I believe. I think it may have had something to do with her wanting to practice and BG wanting to sleep…or vice versa. I actually only know that BG is an f’ing bitch :) Maybe somebody else can help me out here.

  31. Besides Katrina, Rose also commented on her group having an obsession with being pretty (Something like that). I don’t think she enjoyed being with her group in general. And I’m not saying this because I’m a fan of hers. I think she’s a nice girl but a not a good enough singer.

  32. mj, is the spoiler that Maddy got cut just based on her mom’s blog or something else? Because her mom’s blog entry seems vague.

    I think it’s just based on the blog, but her mother let slip a pretty good spoiler. According to Ryan, the group numbers were on Wednesday. If she flew home with her daughter on Wednesday, she was cut.

  33. Then why does it say this in the O.P.?

    Rose Flack – Hollywood S8 contestant who was cut after lots of drama with fellow contestants.

    I don’t know if MJ meant drama this year or last, but when it first came out that Rose was cut this year the rumor was she caused major drama and dropped out right before her group was supposed to sing, but now the spoiler people at idolforums are saying that wasn’t Rose, she was just cut, but a girl did do that. Also, there are conflicting reports Justin Williams is out.

  34. I think it may have had something to do with her wanting to practice and BG wanting to sleep…or vice versa. I actually only know that BG is an f’ing bitch Maybe somebody else can help me out here.

    According to MJs recap from the episode:

    Then there’s Team Divas–Lauren Barnes, Katrina Darrell, Rose Flack, Jasmine Murray. Rose feels like a square peg in a round hole, and Katrina “Bikini Girl” Darrell refuses to take the assignment seriously. Young Jasmine, somehow manages to stay calm amidst all the drama.

    The next morning, Team Diva tries to wrestle Katrina out out of bed. She’d ditched her group the night before, without practicing, to get some sleep. Now, she’s under the covers, moaning that she needs more sleep. The rest of the team head to the Kodak, believing she quit the competition.

    Then, wouldn’t you know, Katrina eventually shows. “You’ve got to teach me what I’ve missed,” she says. Daggers! “We’re going to be one of those groups,” says Rose, “That gets up there and is an absolute train wreck.”

    Team Diva is next. Will they overcome their differences? Eh, No. Rose forgets the words to “Mercy”. Jasmine totally nails it. The others are rough. Katrina bitches about how she was in high heels all day. Simon actually calls her out on her excuses. Jasmine Murray advances to the next round. Lauren Barnes, Katrina Darrell and Rose Flack are sent home.

    Katrina aka Bikini Girl, isn’t one to waste a minute of her fleeting fame. She mugs and poses for the camera all the way out the door. She refuses to hug or make nice with the girls afterward, and brushes them off her shoulder, as if they were beneath her. “Damn,” says Kara, “What a bitch.” Rose crumbled up on stage. The girl has potential but she wasn’t ready yet. Jasmine, the youngest of the bunch, kept her poise throughout, managing to come out of the entire experience smelling like a rose.

    As Rose leaves the theater she says, “I hated my group so much.”

  35. Interesting that Justin Williams might be out. Hopefully there’s confirmation one way or the other soon. People had already latched onto him as a lock for the Top 24. I’m a little less convinced, simply given the fact that the audition rounds are very deceptive in terms of future potential.

  36. I found Carmen only slightly less intolerable than her friend. But she was clearly the better singer. The makeup, tho? DNW.

    Skiiboo, or whatever his name was, was creep-eee.

  37. I dont think we should judge Caremen on her Personality, We should judge her talent….. And i really like her voice! she may be annoying, but at lest shes freindly, not some rude chick, like nancy wilson from team compramise from S8 :p

    p.s mj, go back to joesplace. they just updated new cuts :D

  38. p.s mj, go back to joesplace. they just updated new cuts

    Runs off to check:

    Brittany Stone
    Daniel “Dan” Murillo – generated some chatter in the previews
    Paige DeChausse
    Sarah Rucker

  39. isnt it just hollywood week? isnt friday the end of the week? so just because someones back home, does that mean they got cut?

  40. auntieaimee

    No word on Amadeo?

    I haven’t heard anything but I have a bad feeling he is going to be cut. Don’t know why. Just a feeling. He is one of my favorites.

  41. I’m sad about Alex and Bryce. :( I really didn’t think Alex would be cut since she seemed like the perfect AI contestant. Not surprised about Rose Flack. After last year I honestly didn’t expect her to try out again. It’ll be interesting if she blames her group again for her getting cut this time.

  42. I liked what I saw of Jaclyn North at Idol Chatter, so I keep hoping she won’t be on these lists until we at least get to see ten seconds of her on screen. Fingers crossed she stays in!

  43. Interesting that Justin may have been cut. Love him but he doesn’t have a distinct sound. I would want him stay though. What a smile! /shallow.

  44. isnt it just hollywood week? isnt friday the end of the week? so just because someones back home, does that mean they got cut?

    Rumour is that Hollywood week is actually the 10th-21st.

    The thing is that Maddie’s Mom published the blog post on Jan 13th. That’s Wednesday. The first day would have been 1/2 the auditioners re-auditioning and the second day would have been the other half. Ryan apparently twittered that Wednesday was group day (which would be consistent with previous years). Thursday was likely another day of sing solo followed by the rooms. Maddie didn’t make it to the rooms.

  45. Latest @ JoesPlace: Ben Honeycutt is Top 50! Woohoo!!! GO BEN! :D <3

  46. kendallFTW
    01/15/2010 at 6:01 pm

    I dont think we should judge Caremen on her Personality, We should judge her talent….. And i really like her voice! she may be annoying, but at lest shes freindly, not some rude chick, like nancy wilson from team compramise from S8 :p

    But American Idol is so much more than singing voice. A singing voice doesn’t make a career (see Britney, Rihanna, Miley, etc.). I am one who has maintained here that the OMG!!11!! voice never impresses me as much as how they make me feel. I like what I like…not the voice. (Oh and she wasn’t what I like.) I found her to be a so-so decent voice with no appeal. Her game was cute with the other contestant, and she was certainly better. I just don’t think better than one person is good enough (and I do think that’s exactly what she was).

  47. I don’t know if MJ meant drama this year or last

    Last year’s drama, with Bikini Girl et al. I don’t know what happened this year.

  48. If she flew home with her daughter on Wednesday, she was cut.

    Yep. Hollywood was all this week. If somebody is flying home, they are toast.

  49. (praying) Please, please, please let Vanessa Jo Wolfe make it through…..

  50. I’m hoping for Vanessa to make it also. There is something very sincere about her and I really did like her voice. The back story got me this time. I usually can’t stand that.

  51. There is something I really can’t stand about Vanessa. I didn’t find her voice to be very good at all and I didn’t get the same sincere vibe that others got. Something about her just irritated me to no end.

  52. Sad to see Bryce, Holly (Guitar Girl), and Jason Diaz gone already. That just leaves Tyler of my favorites so far. I hope Jason and Bryce get some air time, at least. Even a little air time seems to help out the ones who are regional artists.

  53. (Can’t edit.)

    I went to Ben Honeycutt’s Youtube channel and listened to a few songs. I really like him, but he is another of the dreaded WGWG (TM Kirsten), so he’ll probably be cut soon. Or else they’ll let a few get to the semis to keep those of us who prefer that style happy, then sabotage them.

    When do they take down their Youtubes, MySpace, etc? As soon as they make Top 24?

  54. It all revolved around bikini girl as I recall. They were in the same group and all got cut I believe.

    All but Jasmine. And then she was like the first one voted off.

    I went to Ben Honeycutt’s Youtube channel and listened to a few songs. I really like him, but he is another of the dreaded WGWG (TM Kirsten), so he’ll probably be cut soon. Or else they’ll let a few get to the semis to keep those of us who prefer that style happy, then sabotage them.

    Like they tried to do with Kris. I say bring it on, Losers That Be. :P

  55. Leah Laurenti cut!!!! wow. shocker there. she was bomb.

    and i second the whole Vanessa Wolfe making top 24. i mean, i loathe country music, but for the first time in my 9 seasons of watching idol, i got teary-eyed watching her audition. i think she could make top 5 easy if the judges put her in the top 24.

  56. how accurate are the cuts usually? cause im really gonna be dissappointed if danny murillo gets cut

  57. i am also hoping that Vanessa makes it. i’m not a country fan but she has the ‘cinderella’ story this year. i really would like to see her development.

  58. I think what Vanessa has is the “American Idol” story. It’s not a sob story. It’s so a story of how to get a leg up or a leg out in her case. I think most winners have that, maybe except Jordin. That may be why Jordin doesn’t even now have an AI fanbase. I’m thinking American Idol is the story of struggle against the odds whether they be musical odds or geographical odds.

  59. I’m thinking American Idol is the story of struggle against the odds whether they be musical odds or geographical odds.

    Or “TPTB declaring you cannon fodder” odds. People love to root for an underdog, and it’s even better when the underdog deserves it.

    I liked Vanessa too, and I actually liked her voice. It reminded me of Dolly Parton, and she hasn’t done so bad. Vanessa just has to keep Simon in her corner, which will require a physical makeover that will have to find a balance between glamming her up too much and leaving her a rural South ugly duckling. Too much glam and it might turn off her fans, too little and Simon will pick apart her appearance relentlessly, which could possibly undermine her confidence. (See Smithson, Carly) I hope she’s got as much grit in her as it seems.

  60. I liked Maddy, but it might be better anyway for her to still have a chance to tryout again in 2 or 3 years.

  61. Everyone would be heading back from Hollywood week, right? So Maddy’s mom’s blog doesn’t necessarily mean she got cut, does it?

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