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American Idol 9: Top 8 Men Perform


The Top 8 men of American Idol 9 performed on Wednesday night, following a few amazing performances by the competition’s female contenders from . It’s all boiling down to Thursday night, where four more contenders will be released from their reality duties. The Top 12 will subsequently be voted off one at a time.

Lee DeWyze kicked off the show with “Fireflies.” As usual, Lee delivered engaging vocals that got the crowd fired up immediately. It was another solid performance from DeWyze, who has been winning high praise from the judges. “For me, it was a strange song choice,” Randy Jackson critiqued. “But, you made it work,” he offered a positive note. “I think it was great,” Ellen DeGeneres smiled at him and called DeWyze “adorable.” “You looked confident tonight,” Kara DioGuardi observed, saying “I think you made the song a better song.” “There’s nothing to rave about,” told him, however Simon thinks Lee has “a great chance at making the Top 12.”

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American Idol 9: Top 10 Guys Perform


Due to a “last-minute change of plans,” American Idol 9’s Top 10 men performed on Tuesday, a decision that was made only hours before the show was scheduled to air. had to be rushed to the hospital and was deemed unable to sing, which is why the switch was made. Rehearsal schedule changes were also made to accommodate the change.

The Top 10 Guys would be given no quarter, surprise command performance or no. “It’s still the boys against the boys, the girls against the girls,” as Randy Jackson said.

Michael Lynche began the show, revealing a love of theater in his intro clip. He chose to sing “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown, starting out very strong. Lynche’s wardrobe was much nicer this week, and his vocals were beautifully on display. It was a much better song choice this week. Randy Jackson gave Lynche a standing ovation, calling him an “R&B star.” Ellen DeGeneres found his performance to be “the one to beat.” Kara DioGuardi thinks Lynche is “potentially a great artist.” Simon Cowell thought Michael went “from being a pussycat to a lion in one week,” and found it to be “by far” Lynche’s “best performance in the competition.”

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American Idol 9: Top 12 Guys Perform


Wednesday’s performance episode opened with American Idol’s Top 12 male competitors. was so lackluster, it would be hard for the men to sound anything but fantastic.

“This group of guys…I’m really pulling for,” Randy Jackson commented in the opening banter.

“It’s totally different here than at home,” explained. “If we’re saying you don’t sound great here, you’re sounding worse at home.”

“If you lose it tonight, if you forget the lyrics, your career is over,” Simon Cowell was the voice of doom. Would his dark works be enough to shake up the contestants who would perform?

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American Idol 9: Top 24 Revealed


American Idol 9’s Hollywood session finally came to close Wednesday night, when the remaining members of the season’s Top 24 contenders was slowly, painfully revealed. How close is the reality to the that were released weeks and weeks ago? There’s only one way to find out.

Michael Lynche, Aaron Kelly, Didi Benami, Casey James, Todrick Hall, Lee Dewyze and Katelyn Epperly were all revealed as Top 24 contestants at the end of Tuesday’s two-hour . Wednesday would narrow the remaining 37 would-be Idols down to a mere 17.

Janelle Wheeler was the first to be featured on the episode. The pretty blonde auditioned in Orlando and won her shot to Hollywood on a split decision from the judges. Wheeler was disappointed in her final solo performance in Hollywood, admitting that she “couldn’t take the pressure” once it was all over. led Wheeler’s interview. “It’s hard to tell somebody that has a great voice that they’re not going to go through,” she said, then surprised Janelle by giving her the good news - Wheeler is indeed in the Top 24.

Tyler Grady, who has something of a Jim Morrison vibe, was the next to face the judging panel. Kara DioGuardi remarked on his 70s-ish performance style, then smilingly welcomed him into Top 24.

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American Idol 9: Hollywood Solo Performances


Hollywood’s final solo performances are the last chance for the remaining contestants, a huge field which was narrowed down to the seventy-one at the start of Tuesday’s episode. The show began with the final deliberations, beginning near the end of the process which will give us 24 Top singers who will compete to be our Idol.

Per formula, the contestants were put into three different rooms. Angela Martin was in Room 3 with Hollywood standout Jessica Furney. Martin’s entertaining performance was only passable vocally, though Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson both seemed to enjoy it.

was in Room 1, while his Hollywood Group member Jermaine Purifoy waited in Room 2. Both their solo performances were incredibly enjoyable and vocally strong, though extremely different from each other.

Andrew Garcia, Katie Stevens and Jermaine Sellers also waited in Room 1. Earlier in the day, Sellers made the bold choice to sing “Man in the Mirror,” and some of the notes seemed to escape him. His rather rigid performance might not have won over the judges, but Sellers definitely has a great voice.

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American Idol 9: Road to Hollywood


viewers got a little gypped on Wednesday night. Instead of featuring a single audition city, we were given a random montage of singers from across the nation - and a few highlights of those we’ll be seeing in next week’s Hollywood round.

Larry Platt’s “Pants on the Ground,” was featured first, of course. The catchy little ditty has truly swept the nation, springing up all over YouTube in the weeks since it was first introduced. The funny clips of this number led into a not-so-subtle segue about song selection…and then, our hour-long montage episode was truly underway.

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American Idol 9’s Top 24: Spoiler List Updated!

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We’ve the Top 24 contenders who will scrape past Hollywood Week on American Idol 9. Now, thanks to new sources, the list has been updated—and we have no reason to believe it’s not completely accurate.

Keep reading to see the names. One of them is the next American Idol.

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Spoiling American Idol 9’s Top 24

Ben Honeycutt

It’s fun to watch hours and hours of audition footage on , sure…but wouldn’t it be more fun if you already knew which singers will be moving on to Hollywood and beyond?

If you want to know twenty of the twenty-four hopefuls who will eventually sing on the big Idol stage after they breeze through Hollywood Week, keep reading. If you’d rather wait several more weeks until the show reveals things in its own way, turn back now.

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