The entire Wednesday episode of Idol is just one long confirmation/elimination ceremony, giving everyone in the Top 24 semi-finals some camera time. We see familiar faces, we see new faces, we see some faces we never want to see again. And that includes the Brittenums–they finally show the news footage of the Brittenum’s arrest. So please, don’t worry about them anymore. It’s over.
But here is a breakdown of who you’ll be phone-voting for next week, including an analysis of their odds?Ace: Good voice, great hair. Top Twelve for sure.
Robert Bennett: Haven’t seen much of him yet. Who is he?
David Radford: this season’s red-headed John Stevens. He’s going to get annhilated.
Sway: First audition, I didn’t feel his vibe. But now me likey the Sway. I think Sway is great. Look at me, reinforcing his mono-moniker status like he’s a star already.
Elliot Yamin: We don’t get him yet. But Simon is nuts for this guy. …then again, Simon also liked Carmen Rasmussen.
Gedeon McKinney: African-American guy who talks about God a lot. Randy really likes him. Cocky, in a good way; personally I think his voice is great for gospel. But that’s about it.
Chris Daughtry: Bald guy with lots of hats, who shreiks when he sings. So cool. So, so cool. Top Twelve. Week to week, I’m going to be excited to hear Chris sing.
Patrick Hall: We’d never seen Patrick Hall. We don’t know Patrick Hall. “I’m not as pretty as Ace…but who is?” says Patrick Hall. For that, we now love Patrick Hall.
Bucky Covington: Great looking, sings country, heard a little but not enough to get a feel for him. Don’t know much about him yet. The male wild card.
Kevin Covais: Honestly, his “yes” made me the happiest of everyone. Why? I don’t know. I’m rooting for Kevin Covais. If he has any brains in his head, he will sing all songs by Josh Groban. Doesn’t fit the theme of the night? Tough. Make it fit somehow.
Taylor Hicks: Walks into his final elimination playing his harmonica. They tell him it’s a “yes,” and he spontaneously bursts into improvised song. He’s so weird. And I can’t get enough. Top Twelve.
William Makar: I think he can work magic. He’s full of surprises, that one. We’ll have to wait and see what he can do. If he doesn’t let the pressure get to him, he could make it. Fingers crossed for William.
And then for the ladies:
Katherine McPhee: An audience favorite already. Of course Top Twelve.
Mandisa: Remember how Simon said “We’d need a bigger stage!” and all those other stupid fat jokes? Of course Mandisa saw it. “You hurt me, and I cried,” she tells Simon, “But I forgive you. You don’t need someone to apologize to forgive them.” Then she says something about Jesus but I don’t hear it because I’m clapping at my TV. I love her so much. Top Twelve.
Melissa McGee: Don’t know her. Good luck, whoever you are.
Lisa Tucker: The fabulous 16-year-old girl with the long curly black hair. So great. Top Twelve, if there is any justice in this world.
Brenna Smith: Upon getting her yes vote, she squeals with glee: “Let’s make good TV!” Okay, I want her gone. Now.
Stephanie Scott: Sings opera. Legitimately talented. Too much of a goody-two-shoes for this.
Ayla Brown: Tall, pretty girl who plays basketball. Isn’t her dad the politician? Or was that someone else? I forget. Whatever, Ayla has too much vibrato for me.
Rebecca O’Donohue: The hot, hot twin. Too bad her sister didn’t audition, they might have been the first twins to make it in. Not that she’ll get far, her voice can’t hold up. But at least this is her first step on that soon-to-come journey to the Playboy Channel, where she will be very very successful.
Heather Cox: It’s interesting, this Heather Cox from Denver. They showed her sing right alongside April Walsh, also from Denver; they both sang the same song; they both sounded good, and exactly the same. Heather is cuter. April didn’t make it. Hmm. I’m pretty sure the editors showed that comparison on purpose. But no one ever said American Idol is fair.
Paris Bennett: Really? Paris made it? I’m shocked! Just kidding. She’s a definite for Top Twelve. Except I wish she wouldn’t over-sing so much. They showed a clip of her singing “Fever” as light and lovely as can be, and she was amazing. But when she sings loud…it’s pushed and ugly. I want her to resist the temptation to over-Idol everything like most of the contestants do and not scream her songs. Because she’s good. She could win.
Kellie Pickler: At this final confirmation, she bursts into tears–and then tells a story about how she cried at her first audition and made her mascara run “all the way down to [her] feet.” So she bought water-proof mascara for this time, and was it working?…who doesn’t love her? Cuter than a basket of puppies. And she’s good! Top Twelve.
Kinnik Sky: The female wild card. Could be great, could go down in flames. Can’t tell yet. But people will vote for Paris before they vote for Kinnik. She better do something spectacular to make herself visible.