After three decades of theme weeks and millions of votes, America has pared down the Top 24 to just 12 contenders to vie for the title of American Idol.
Without further ado, America, here are your Top 12 contestants (in the order they were announced):
1. David Cook
2. David Archuleta
3. Jason Castro
4. Brooke White
5. Syesha Mercado
6. David Hernandez
7. Michael Johns
8. Ramiele Malubay
9. Carly Smithson
10. Amanda Overmyer
11. Kristy Lee Cook
But we also said good-bye to four singers.
Next we said goodbye to Luke Menard. The Hoosier only had one decent performance during the semifinals and choosing a Wham song this week didn’t win him any points with most of those who survived the ‘80s bubble gum rock the first time.
Seeing Asia’h Epperson go was a bit of a shock for me. I think she has a beautiful voice, but she has struggled a little the last two weeks. Of the four going home tonight, Asia’h is the one I’ll miss most.
Lastly, we finally send Danny Noriega on his way. For me, this one has been a long time coming. I actually would have been upset if he made it to the next level. Unfortunately, his departure means we have to hear “Tainted Love” again.
The hour lead off with an encore performance from last year’s runner up Blake Lewis, who hasn’t given up his beat boxing.
What do you think America, did we get the finalists right?
In the end, I got 10 out of the 12 in my predictions for the Top 12.
Here’s a recap of the semifinals: