‘American Idol’ Recap: Final Judgement Part 2 [VIDEOS]

February 24, 2012 7:23 am
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Last night was a roller coaster as we saw 14 of the “American Idol” Top 24 get their good news. Tonight, it was such a relief to see dad Adam Brock make it through as well, and the results just kept coming in. Did your favorite nab one of the last spots?


Jennifer Lopez called Jeremy Rosado‘s final performance “transcendental” after he held a note for 4 whole measures on Carrie Underwood‘s “I Know You Won’t.” The 19-year-old is going to be singing for your votes next Tuesday in the Top 24!

Shannon Magrane‘s parents showed up to support their 16-year-old daughter, despite an awkward first meeting with Steven Tyler. Luckily, they were hugging her out of happiness and not sadness when she made it through to the live shows.

Despite a stellar name and a having JLo on his side, Scott Dangerfield was sent home for the second year in a row. All we really saw of him was his final performance, which was shaky to say the least.

Rough and tumble Skylar Laine was visibly nervous as she walked the long walk towards the judges. When Randy complimented her dress I was sure he was buttering her up to let her down easy, but to my surprise she made it into the Top 24!

Joining Skylar are survivor and judge favorite Hallie Day, ladies man Aaron Marcellus and country boy Chase Likens.

Deandre Brackensick has it all– the name, the hair, the incredible voice that goes from clean falsetto to deep tenor. This wasn’t his first year auditioning, and his final performance of “This Woman’s Worth” showed how far he’s come from last year, gaining him a spot in next week’s show.

Jermaine Jones had a pretty upsetting edit tonight, as we saw him break down both before he got news and after he found out he had been cut. But I couldn’t help but giggle when I saw he performed his final solo wearing a pastel, argyle sweater-vest with nothing underneath.

Ariel Sprague, Shelby Tweten, Hollie Cavanaugh were the final three girls who had to face their fates together. Ariel was part of the  young dream team that rocked Hollywood week, but it was unknown Hollie who pushed through to the Top 24. Watch her final solo in the video above– was she the right choice?

It’s great television when the final two boys are friends, but it’s also fairly heartwrenching. Take into account how young David Leathers, Jr. and Eben Franckewitz are (17 and 15, respectively) and it becomes even more difficult to watch. I’ll admit I was totally shocked on this one. I just hope Eben can really pull it out in the Top 24 and prove that he deserved to beat out his group member and friend.

“Hold on!” says Ryan Seacrest– the judges decided that they couldn’t bear to lose a certain male from the Top 24 and decided to throw in a bonus singer.  When the boys perform on Tuesday, either Johnny Keyser, Jermaine Jones, David Leathers, Jr. or Richie Law will be welcomed back with open arms and allowed to sing for America. Who are you gunning for? Vote below:


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