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American Idol 4, February 16: Where The Nitty Meets The Gritty!Page 2
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Joseph Murena weíve seen a lot, but Idol never introduced us! Thereís time for pleasantries, Joseph is in the Top 24!
Anwar Robinson, the sensitive music teacher, is teased a bit by Randy, blathering on about how they donít want to take him from his students. Apparently, his students will have to deal Ė Anwar is in the Top 24!
Jamar Jefferson, whoís looking as crunk as Leroy Wells for some reason, is told itís a no. He seems to have expected that.
John Zisa, who was given a pardon from the chair after his disastrous trio performance, has run out of appeals. Itís a no.
JP Koehler, another part of that disastrous trio, is another no. JP takes a long time to leave. I donít know if he was trying to work up something to say or if he just couldnít get his legs under him. Randy thanks him trying out. Repeatedly. Each time a bit more firmly. (Get out, JP!) JP manages to thank them graciously and genuinely. Paula and Randy give him a hug, Simon shakes his hand.
The number of womenís spots available is dwindling, and the remaining girls are doing the math!
Lindsay Cardinale is simply told she is in the Top 24. Lindsay simply says thank you and leaves.
Melinda Lira, who we havenít met, canít believe her ears! Sheís in the Top 24!
Mario Vasquez (developing quite a following already), is also in the Top 24! Heís so shocked he seems expressionless. The judges push for one! (Itís a television show, dammit!)
Kim Holloway is a no. Constantine Maroulis is wondering if heíll also be a no. See, Bo Bice is still in the running, "Two 29-year-old rockers in the same competition? No way." Bo (or Harold, as Simon calls him), is a yes! Is that bad news for Constantine? Turns out there is room for them both, as he is surprised by the news that heís going through.
Jared Yates is also a yes to the Top 24!
Now there is only one spot left for the girls. Jaclyn Crum and Amanda Avila are the last two left. They go before the judges together, hand in hand. Paula asks if they would enter again if they were rejected. Jaclyn is an immediate yes. Amanda says she would go back to her regular job, but that would probably be it for the singing career, the rejection is too much. Amanda can forget about rejection, sheís in the Top 24, but the youngest semi-finalist, Jaclyn Crum, is not.
Jaclyn tearfully runs to her motherís arms, and Amanda tries to respectfully contain her joy in the face of that, but her family scoops her up with squeals and hugs.
That leaves just three men, two spots. Scott Savol, Travis Tucker, and Warren Nolan are all thatís left. Scott goes before the judges. Simon says heís at that age where Ė Scott cuts him off, says his age hasnít determined anything for him. It is a bit defensive. They tell him heís going forward, and five years of worry falls off his face immediately!
Meanwhile, Travis and Warren, who appear to be buds, wait for the news while doing a little innocent beatboxing... oh thereís Scott! Scott says he made it! They hug him graciously, but those two out of three odds Travis didnít mind have become 50-50. Together, Travis and Warren get the news. Randy asks how it feels to be the last two. "Cute," Travis says dryly, but Iím sure his stomach was a great big half-hitch. Randy does the "Iím sorry to tell you this..." routine, but Travis is going to the Top 24. Travis is so surprised, a little expletive comes out! Warren is thanked for competing.
Finally a montage of the auditions that came before, revisiting the faces who didnít make it (including Mary Roach, Elizabeth Pha, Melissa Walton, Mike Luzzia, and ending with Leroy Wells. His post-Idol journey has been one not desired!). Enough sad times. On with the Top 24, who are:
Which makes me 9 for 10! Holla at your boy! Thatís why they keep me around, to the disdain of some of you, but just keep sipping that Haterade! Comes in lemon-lime, I hear!
This is an exciting group of young people. Next week, America, we get the phones in hand and start making the decisions! Next Monday night, the men will perform. Tuesday night, the women will perform, and Wednesday night, the lowest vote getters from both genders will end their journeys! So, get the wax out of those ears, take the phone off the hook, and decide, America, decide!
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