February 14, 2007 10:07 PM by Joe Reality
The American Idol Top Twenty-Four episode opened with forty contestants nervously waiting to find out their fates. As is tradition with the show, the contestants rode an elevator up to sit in a chair in front of the three American Idol judges to find out if they had made the top twenty-four.
As is also tradition, the judges mercilessly toyed with the contestants and tried to make the ones that had made it through think that they had been eliminated. The contestants that actually got eliminated were Anna Kearns, Bernard Williams, Eric Davis, Tami Gosnell, Jimmy McNeal, Errick Johnson, Thomas Lowe, Olivia Quiba-Hurst, Tatiana McConnico, Monique Vieras, Jerome Chism, Joelle James, Matthew Buckstein, Princess Johnson, Marisa Rhodes, and Thomas Daniels.
The contestants that made it through to the top twenty-four were Sanjaya Malakar, Alaina Alexander, Melinda Doolittle, Brandon Rogers, Gina Glocksen, Haley Scarnato, Phil Stacy, Chris Sligh, Blake Lewis, Rudy Cardenas, A.J. Tabaldo, Stephanie Edwards, Leslie Hunt, Nicholas Pedro, Chris Richardson, Sabrina Sloan, Lakisha Jones, Paul Kim, Jordin Sparks, Nicole Tranquillo, Jared Cotter, Amy Krebs, Antonella Barba, and Sundance Head.
While there were several familiar faces among the top twenty-four contestants, the most shocking thing was that there were also several new faces that had not been featured during the audition episodes. It will be interesting to see if the contestants that are being introduced to America for the first time will be able to catch up in building a fan following or if they will be the first eliminated.