We still have two cities of auditions to go before we even get to Hollywood, but it appears that the identities of the Top 24 contenders for American Idol Season 7 have already been leaked.
According to Joe’s Place, here are your Top 24 contestants and their audition cities:
For the Men:
David Archuleta – San Diego
Colton Berry – Charleston
Robbie Carrico – Miami
Jason Castro – Dallas
David Cook – Omaha
Chikezie Eze – San Diego
Garrett Haley – San Diego
David Hernandez – San Diego
Michael Johns – San Diego
Luke Menard – Omaha
Danny Noriega – San Diego
Jason Yeager – Dallas
For the Women:
Joanna Borgella – Philadelphia
Kristy Lee Cook – Philadelphia
Amy Davis – Dallas
Asia’h Epperson — Atlanta
Alexandrea Lushington – Atlanta
Amanda Overmyer – Atlanta
Kady Malloy – Dallas
Ramiele Malubay – Miami
Syesha Mercado – Miami
Carly Smithson – San Diego
Alaina Whitaker – Dallas
Brooke White — Philadelphia
Never heard of these names? Me neither. But remember we still haven’t seen the auditions for Atlanta and Miami. And in the other five cities we were only treated to a sampling of those who got golden tickets.
Of this 24, I only remember seeing auditions for seven and there were two more that I thought I caught a glimpse of in their audition cities. Here’s a recap of the names above:
In Day 2 of the San Diego auditions, 16-year-old David Achuleta performed “Waiting for the World to Change” by John Mayer with Randy providing background vocals. Simon joined Paula’s praise of the Vermont native telling him that he made a great song choice.
David Cook of Tulsa was my pick from the Omaha auditions. The rocker had a nice sound and did Bon Jovi credit when he sang “Living on a Prayer.”
I think we might have seen a glimpse of Garrett Haley at the San Diego auditions.
After listening to the Australian born Michael Johns perform Otis Redding’s “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” in San Diego, Simon called him “a white soul singer.”
Oregon native Kristy Lee Cook sold her horse to pay for her flight to Philadelphia to audition. But it was this horse training, kickboxer’s rendition of “Amazing Grace” that earned her a trip to Hollywood.
When Kady Malloy, 23, auditioned in Dallas, Simon told her that she was the best he’d seen so far. Although the Houston native could sound like
Whitney Houston Brittany Spears and Carrie Underwood, it was her version of “Unchained Melody” that won over the judges.
When the Irish Carly Smithson, 23, performed “I’m Every Woman” at her audition in San Diego, it was her second time qualifying for Hollywood. In Season 5, Smithson, then Hennessy, was disqualified when her Visa didn’t come through in time.
Tulsa native Alaina Whitaker sang Faith Hill’s “Stronger” to impress the judges in Dallas.
And I’m pretty sure we saw a glimpse of Brooke White during the Philadelphia auditions.
I have no confirmation that this list is indeed the final 24. I’ll let you be the judge of the validity of this leak. In the meantime we have the Miami auditions coming up.
******* UPDATE **********
This list is indeed correct. Here’s a closer look at the Top 12 Men and a look at the Top 12 Women and their experience. I’ll be posting the women later today.
Here’s a recap of the auditions held to date:
20 from Atlanta
17 from Miami
19 from Omaha
23 from Charleston
31 from San Diego
24 from Dallas
29 from Philadelphia