Some Top 24 Contestants to be Announced Tuesday Night

Update: by the way, the song theme for the semi-final round will be  “Hot 100 Top 10’s”, but I’m hearing the producers aren’t strictly enforcing the theme.

This year, contestants WILL be able to play instruments during their performance (Instruments were allowed during the semis Season 7, but not allowed until the Top 13 Season 8.)

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Idol Maniac at Idol Forums knows some of the song picks and is playing a little game.  See if you can guess a few of the songs Top 24 contestants are preparing for the Top 24. Check it out HERE.  There are no names involved, just song choices.

He has also posted lists of Top 10 songs for the years 1972-1010.

via Fox press release:

In an AMERICAN IDOL first, some of the Top 24 semifinalists will be revealed in a special two-hour event airing Tuesday, Feb. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

On Tuesday evening, the remaining contestants will take the stage to perform their final solo number in front of Simon, Ellen, Kara and Randy in hopes of singing their way into the Top 24. Following these performances, the judges will deliberate, and for the first time in IDOL history, will announce some of the Top 24 semifinalists.

Tune in Wednesday, Feb. 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the judges reveal the remaining contestants who will round out the Top 24.

Interesting. I wonder who they will choose to reveal? Will it be contestants we haven’t seen yet? Or will the early introductions be the start of the producers early pimping of certain contestants?

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56 Comments

  1. So it is official!

    Maybe the Producers got the memo that viewers were bored with the audition rounds and Hollywood drama and were going to tune out until the Top 24 were announced. After all, I think they’re competing with the Olympics this week in addition to the usual competition.

    Pimping will most definitely occur, with some drama at the end of the show that will leave the viewers hanging until tomorrow. The jailbird and bridge jumper both got cut already, so who is left that would cause a hook and/or drama? Maybe this is this where Angela Martin’s fate will be featured (or did I miss her getting cut already?), or Mary the bossy rocker.

  2. I’m sure it’s all about the pimping…TPTB are always so subtle that way.

  3. Interesting. I’m trying to visualize how they are going to do this.

    Here’s my prediction…

    Five rooms…the smallest room has 8-12 contestants and the largest room has maybe 20 contestants. I don’t think they can be evenly divided (unless they make six rooms, but I think that would be too many rooms. In fact, five is pushing it).

    The first room…goes through.

    The second and third rooms do not go through.

    The fourth room goes through.

    Leaving the fifth and smallest room with only 8-12 contestants. Those contestants are surprised and happy to learn…they have the free ride into the top 24.

    I don’t think they want to announce too many names…spoil the drama for Wednesday. Also, I think some of the Tuesday contestants might be cannon fodder. Oh, and John Park, Andrew Garcia and Casey, the shirtless dude; none of them go through tomorrow.

  4. I thought something was up when I heard on the commercial last night that the top 24 would be announced Tuesday. I wonder if this means that they are going to say right after they all perform that some people did so well they are immediately putting them right into the top 24 and not making them go through the chair episode. That would signal major pimping to me. I think it might just be that they start the chair episode in the last 15 minutes, and leave us on a cliffhanger. I hope this doesn’t mean more changes are around the corner….

  5. I think it will be interesting and they have to do SOMETHING to compete with the Olympics … particularly the real life drama we’re seeing in Vancouver this year.

    I’d love it if they would do away with the rooms. I loathe those episodes. I suspect we may see some new faces in the early passes. At least I hope so. I’m also hoping that the bossy rocker chick (Mary?) gets the axe. I didn’t like her at all.

  6. Interesting…I guess they are concerned about ratings for a 2 hr show?

    ETA: Maybe they’re getting bored with their typical drama as well. I hope to see some different faces, hear some different voices, even if they aren’t put through.

  7. If they reveal some faces Tuesday, it won’t leave much for the Wednesday show. I don’t see the difference between revealing a contestant on either of those nights so I don’t understand why it would be pimping.

  8. In other seasons the Hollywood rounds were filmed in November and the Top 50ish were brought back in late January for the “chair” episode where the judges have supposedly reviewed the hours of footage of each contestant and the Top 24/36 was revealed. Since this year the whole thing was filmed in late January all in one week, maybe they will just do away with the chair episode which contains almost zero singing and I’ve always hated.

  9. This smacks of ratings desperation to me. It still won’t get me to watch though. :-)

  10. I looked at the TV line-up for tomorrow night between 8 and 10 p.m. EST there is Lost, NCIS and for the Olympics – men’s figure skating short program and women’s snowboarding. Without some sort of change/hook, American IDOL was bound to lose some viewers. Even with a hook they probably will lose viewers to the Olympics.

  11. I’m sure it’s all about the pimping…TPTB are always so subtle that way.

    Yeah, subtle like a sledgehammer! ;)

  12. I don’t see the difference between revealing a contestant on either of those nights so I don’t understand why it would be pimping.

    If they just randomly reveal some on Tuesday and some on Wednesday I wouldn’t consider it pimping, but I am worried they might pull some stunt like saying a couple are so good they are going to sail through without going through the chairs process.

  13. Agree with those mentioning the winter Olympics.. they are obviously trying to generate more interest for the 2nd hollywood week.

  14. The topic sounds interesting.If the contestants are smart,they’ll pick something current.Heartless wasn’t anymore genius than feeling good IMHO (please don’t start a fanwar,it’s just an opinion) but I think the reason heartless was ‘genius’ is because people know that song and if a populr song is sung well,I think it will definetly make the contestant stand out

    But I’m not happy at all about instruments .I’m upset they were even included in the first place .(why?well the wbwg beat the rock gawwwwd ;))

  15. Ewww,people are actually watching the winter Olympics? It’s like the wannabe olympics…(nevermind that my whole family watches it :/)

  16. The topic sounds interesting.If the contestants are smart,they’ll pick something current.Heartless wasn’t anymore genius than feeling good IMHO (please don’t start a fanwar,it’s just an opinion) but I think the reason heartless was ‘genius’ is because people know that song and if a populr song is sung well,I think it will definetly make the contestant stand out

    Yeah, right now it appears that the way to success on Idol is to change up a popular song that is not known for its vocals. Andrew Garcia has over 500,000 views on youtube! I think the novelty is about three or four more performances from being played out though.

  17. Yeah, right now it appears that the way to success on Idol is to change up a popular song that is not known for its vocals. Andrew Garcia has over 500,000 views on youtube! I think the novelty is about three or four more performances from being played out though.

    I’m glad someone brought this up it’s like that’s the formula now to be successful on this show change a popular song into a acoustic guitar driven song and then all of a sudden your amazing and so original. I don’t know how original it is when everyone is doing this now. Forgive me if I don’t want hear every song turned into a folks guitar driven song but I don’t think this is going to get played out soon. PPL are going to eat this up thinking that these ppl are so original.

  18. Have the semi-final rounds had a “song theme” before? I thought the theme weeks were only for the finals.

  19. He has also posted lists of Top 10 songs for the years 1972-1010.

    I didn’t know they kept charts in 1010! ;)

  20. Have the semi-final rounds had a “song theme” before? I thought the themes weeks were only for the finals.

    Seasons 4-6 didn’t have any themes. Season 7 had the decades theme, so Week 1 was 60s, 2 was 70s and 3 was 80s. I much prefer this theme to forcing people to pick dated themes.

  21. If Idol manages to drag this out for 3 hours and still doesn’t show some of the Top 24, I’ll feel really bad for the poor fodder-y ones.

    Idol has done broad themes in the semifinals before. Season 7 did 60s on Top 24 week, 70s during Top 20 week, and 80s during the Top 16 week. A “not strict” take on Top 10 songs from the Hot 100 will probably allow contestants to sing any song that’s readily available and played out. Who’s going to butcher “I Wanna Dance with Somebody?”

  22. I’m glad someone brought this up it’s like that’s the formula now to be successful on this show change a popular song into a acoustic guitar driven song and then all of a sudden your amazing and so original. I don’t know how original it is when everyone is doing this now. Forgive me if I don’t want hear every song turned into a folks guitar driven song but I don’t think this is going to get played out soon. PPL are going to eat this up thinking that these ppl are so original.

    It’s only been 2 seasons that instruments have been allowed, and while there seemed to be an overabundance of guitars in the last couple of episodes, I think the contestants who make it far in the competition will have to have singing talent (not just guitar playing talent), in addition to good looks and a likeable personality.

    The Top 2 from the each of the last two seasons included one person who played guitar and one who didn’t and each of them had singing talent, good looks and a good personality. I don’t see this changing, because if there are too many contestants who are similar in style, they will split votes and get eliminated.

  23. I fear too that it will become a requirement to play acoustic guitar to win Idol too. I guess a girl with a guitar winning this year would be cool, since they have alot of girls who play an instrument and sing very well too this year. I wasn’t overly impressed with Heartless at all last year,it was good but didn’t get the fuss.

  24. I didn’t know they kept charts in 1010!

    LOL!

    MJ – I believe a typo has been identified! Not like you’re typing while in transit or anything.

  25. I didn’t know they kept charts in 1010!

    Oh, yeah, I love me some Berno, Abbot of Reichenau and his Gregorian Chant! Those were the good ol’ days.

  26. Oh, yeah, I love me some Berno, Abbot of Reichenau and his Gregorian Chant! Those were the good ol’ days.

    Thanks for my laugh of the day! I wonder if there were fan wars back then…..I have tried to edit to get the block quote out of my own comment, unsuccessfully!!!

  27. I fear too that it will become a requirement to play acoustic guitar to win Idol too.

    I don’t think playing an instrument is going to be a requirement to win, I mean just last season only The Scream kept the finale from being two singers who couldn’t play instruments. I do think it helps, but more in the early rounds than in the later rounds and that is why we are seeing an abundance of instruments. I think a lot of the people playing instruments now won’t always be using them in the competition. I am always surprised though by how many singers don’t play any instruments. I am not a musician but I would think you would learn to do anything that might give you a leg up in the business.

  28. I am not a musician but I would think you would learn to do anything that might give you a leg up in the business.

    Of all the artists that play an instrument and sing…only about 1 in 10 can do it even reasonably well. Just because you can play level 2 piano or strum a few chords on a guitar does not mean you can “play” an instrument. There really have only been a very few excellent artists that are as good singing as playing…the rest just seem to use it as a crutch.

  29. I love the covers that are changed up so bring them on. Some will be brilliant and some will be disasters. lol

    I don’t understand why they’re announcing some of the Top 24 tonight either. As long as all are treated alike (which means not giving the impression that these first Finalists are a cut above the rest of the Finalists) it shouldn’t make much difference.

    My favorite Idols have been Adam, Jason Castro, Daughtry, Allison and Kelly. So I don’t really care what kind of singer is on the show this season. I don’t plan on getting as invested in one person again. (famous last words)

  30. Of all the artists that play an instrument and sing…only about 1 in 10 can do it even reasonably well. Just because you can play level 2 piano or strum a few chords on a guitar does not mean you can “play” an instrument. There really have only been a very few excellent artists that are as good singing as playing…the rest just seem to use it as a crutch.

    So if it is such basic instrument playing people can’t complain about how it gives anyone a leg up…since anyone can invest a minimum amount of time and learn to strum some chords. I just wonder then why someone like Lil or Danny didn’t try to do that last season.

  31. For me, the lessons of the past seasons is that you can’t be “just” a good voice; you have to have your own artistic point of view. You also have to have the musical experience and ability to execute your vision. Obviously, instrumental talent can help there, as Kris Allen, Chris Daughtry, David Cook, and others demonstrated. Not only could they come to the band with a ready-made arrangement, they could go sans band if they wanted.

    However, Adam Lambert showed that’s not just about instruments; it’s being able to execute a unique vision that’s key. That’s the common denominator between all those guys. And it’s this component that leaves pure singers like Lil, Anoop and Danny grasping for some way to differentiate themselves.

  32. it’s being able to execute a unique vision that’s key.

    exactly!!! Kris, Chris, David, hell even Adam, had a unique vision, an artistic vision. that’s what made them special. Jason Castro played an instrument but he did cover of songs already done. he didn’t add his own unique vision to it. don’t get me wrong, i like jason. i enjoyed him on the show but i haven’t gotten his album because i think it will be a bowl of cold oatmeal (copyright EW Idolatry).

    if you are singing without adding your unique flavor you are a karoke singer. Hello Lil!

  33. I dunno, with the addition of real instruments I haven’t been as impressed with people who don’t play instruments, it was part of the reason I wasn’t entirely interested in Adam or Danny last season. I’m just happy that the closest thing we’ve seen to a screamer is Jermaine Sellers, who constantly oversings (although I am somewhat of a fan).

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the white girl with guitar wins this year. I just really hope Todrick doesn’t get any farther. I don’t care how talented you are, if you’re an antisocial diva ass then you hardly deserve the air you are breathing, and if he does make Top 24 I will make it my mission to take him down.

    …..on a serious note, he’s probably a nice guy and everything else is just a “heat of the moment” thing, but to me he comes off as an arrogant attention whore.

  34. It’s just my opinion, but I’d rather a singer not play an instrument at all unless he or she is practically good enough at it to play without singing. No constant wham-wham-wham of guitar chords does anything more than create rhythmic noise to me unless the player knows how to pick cleanly as well as strum. A guitar is an instrument not just anybody can pick up and play well. But you’d never be led to guess that from all the singers who mainly use one as a prop and are basically lousy at playing it.

  35. , I mean just last season only The Scream kept the finale from being two singers who couldn’t play instruments.

    and Arkansas,AT&T,and I think I read somewhere chick-fil-a? Lol.nvrmind:)
    ;)
    I’m not going to be that invested in anyone this year(I know I know,but I’m srs )

  36. I don’t think you need to play an instrument to be original and to have that kind of musicality; a singer’s voice can play out the notes and the phrasing and the musicality of a song just like an instrument can.

  37. So Fox is afraid of a second hour nosedive on Tuesday.

    As far as instruments go. It tough to project star power when your nailed to one spot.

  38. I’m just happy that the closest thing we’ve seen to a screamer is Jermaine Sellers, who constantly oversings (although I am somewhat of a fan).

    In his defense Jermaine is a church singer that is how they sing. Some ppl won’t understand this but you would get that if your familiar with that style of singing.

  39. I just really hope Todrick doesn’t get any farther. I don’t care how talented you are, if you’re an antisocial diva ass then you hardly deserve the air you are breathing, and if he does make Top 24 I will make it my mission to take him down.

    LOL – ITA! Especially if he starts doing back flips across the stage before/during a performance! Just NO!

  40. In his defense Jermaine is a church singer that is how they sing. Some ppl won’t understand this but you would get that if your familiar with that style of singing.

    Well, just like Adam learned early on (apparently from Kara? the horror!) the difference between theater performing and performing as a solo artist in front of a TV camera, Jermaine will have to adjust his church singing style in order to cross over to be a solo artist in front of a TV camera. He’s also going to have to get a personality (from the little I’ve seen so far).

    Despite starting as a church singer, I think Danny did this very well up until Rock week, but he was at a disadvantage in the competition because he admittedly was not familiar with many genres of music and had to learn most songs from scratch before he could even think about an artistic interpretation for them. Hopefully Jermaine knows something about other genres of music.

  41. Well, the oversinging moment I was referring to was Carry On Wayward Son, and I don’t see many church singers singing like THAT. But, if he does go on, I see potential for refinement like Adam did.

    I’m glad instruments are back for the Top 24 round. I connected more easily with the people who used instruments well than pure singers.

  42. well it hasn’t really been subtle last season… so why not just give us a full head-on pimping and forget about the formality. Katie, Andrew, Big Mike… and for goodness sake, Casey James.

  43. I wouldn’t be surprised if the white girl with guitar wins this year.

    Well if they load the top 24 up with Blondes With Guitars like they did the first Hollywood episode, then look for one to make it to the finals as the others cancel eachother out and the votes keep shifting to the remaining girls. Look to the black female R&B girl glut of Seasons 3 & 6, and the pop/rock male glut (and teen glut) of season 7, and the awkward looking people with big voices glut of season 2 (just jokes, people!).

  44. Of all the artists that play an instrument and sing…only about 1 in 10 can do it even reasonably well.

    and

    It’s just my opinion, but I’d rather a singer not play an instrument at all unless he or she is practically good enough at it to play without singing.

    Exactly. And those who are NOT that gifted at playing the guitar better wise up early enough to realize when they need to focus on the vocals and leave the guitar “crutch” behind. My S7 fave (Jason Castro) was more def compelling when leaving the guitar playing to the experts.

  45. The people that sing and play instruments are enjoyable. But I really admire the people that are all about the voice. Like Kelly, Reuben, Clay, Carrie, Bo, Kat, Kellie,Deanna, … I like vocalists I guess.

  46. Btw I remember a few weeks ago when mj said there were a lot of Brooke white’s.that makes me happy,because Brooke was my favorite season 7

  47. oh crap! I thought the auditions were done and the show would actually start tomorrow. I’m so over the auditions. It goes on for too long.

  48. Oh please… people criticizing Jermaine for “screaming” yet Adam screamed his way to the Top 2 last season.

  49. I don’t know maybe Jermaine just needs to blend his vocals in with the group sing, alot of people who are good singers don’t sound well collectively as a group if the voices don’t blend well. Season 8’s group songs were sometimes painful. I was disappointed in alot of people I initially liked in the auditions, group performances. It will be hard to pick a fave alot of the people that are good are really similiar at least with the girls.

  50. There will be a rebroadcast of the Olympics after the news and Late Night Show. They also show a few interviews and such at that late hour.

    I am probably the only one here who wants to hear some Singer/Songwriter songs from the 1970s. Using an instrument or not, the contestant has to have a GOOD voice!

  51. I agree that playing an instrument alone is not going to be the lynch pin that wins the competition. Matt played wonderful piano last year, and he was nearly eliminated 3 (?) times. But if a contestant shows that they can do both well, simultaneously, I think playing can help illustrate a musical point of view better than those who can’t play any instrument at all.

    I am so excited for the Top 24 to be revealed. I am tired of having to avoid spoilers, lol!

  52. Not being proficent with a musical instrument will not weed out the Adams, Celines, or Barbaras who just sing with their own unique
    instrument!
    It does, however add an interesting dimension for more average singers who have a universal sweet spot voice.(eg JC sweet singing eye candy).

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