American Idol Top 24 Revealed

February 18, 2010 10:11 pm

The Top 24 contestants have been announced for “American Idol,” and Season 9 appears as if it will be one of the more competitive years we’ve seen in a while.  There were at least three or four strong singers who didn’t even make the cut, which is a good indication of the level of talent we’re dealing with.  Here’s a list of the 12 girls and 12 boys who made it:


Didi Benami, 23 – Hollywood, CA
Crystal Bowersox, 24 – Elliston, OH
Lacey Brown, 24 – Amarillo, TX
Michelle Delamor, 22 – Miami, FL
Katelyn Epperly, 19 – Des Moines, IA
Siobhan Magnus, 19 – Cape Cod, MA
Paige Miles, 24 – Cypress, TX
Ashley Rodriguez, 22 – Boston, MA
Lilly Scott, 20 – Littleton, CO
Katie Stevens, 17 – Middlebury, CT
Haeley Vaughn, 16 – Ft. Collins, CO
Janell Wheeler, 24 – Tampa, FL


Lee DeWyze, 23 – Mount Prospect, IL
Andrew Garcia, 24 – Moreno Valley, CA
Tyler Grady, 20 – Nazareth, PA
Todrick Hall, 24 – Arlington, TX
Casey James, 27 – Ft. Worth, TX
Aaron Kelly, 16 – Sonestown, PA
Alex Lambert, 19 – North Richland Hills, TX
Michael Lynche (“Big Mike”), 26 – Astoria, NY
Joe Munoz, 20 – Los Angeles, CA
John Park, 21 – Northbrook, IL
Jermaine Sellers, 26 – Joliet, IL
Tim Urban, 20 – Duncanville, TX

Among those not named to the Top 24 was Thaddeus Johnson, who was so overcome with emotion from his elimination that he needed a moment to collect himself.  In a stall in the men’s restroom.  With his mother.

Are you happy with this year’s finalists?  Has a favorite emerged for you?  I know a lot can change, but Crystal Bowersox is my personal frontrunner.  What do you think?  Comment below!