On the Feb. 19 episode of ‘American Idol,’ we learned the fate of Hollywood Anderson, as well as the rest of the remaining contestants, singing for their lives in the last episode before we begin the live performance rounds.
Immediately following the first round of the “final judgment” which left us with a major cliffhanger on American Idol, we finally learned, once and for all, who made the top 24 and would be singing for our votes on the live shows. Of course, the outcome couldn’t happen without a to of tears and–yup– a ton of drama (we’re looking at you tktktk). Check out a full recap!
Final Judgment: Part Two
Okay, we won’t wait another minute: Did Hollywood make it through or didn’t he?
Well, it was a no go and, though it was sad to see him cry, he wouldn’t have been able to hack it in the top 24 and the judges made the tough but right decision (first time for everything, right?).
Joey Cook is next, and she can barely keep her nerves in check just waiting for others to get their word from the judges. Her performace is very Zooey Deschanel inspired, and I have no idea if I meant that as a compliment or insult. I like her bubble gum pink hair though. That much I know. Well, after an extended and unnecessary fruit metaphor from the judges (Joey is a kiwi, apparently), she made it through.
Katherine Winston was another winsome young lady hoping to get a fruit comparison: a grapefruit perhaps? Or maybe a parsnip? Well, she’ll have plenty of time to distinguish herself because she made it through.
16-year-old Maddy Hudson (I’m already turned off) has wowed the judges with her uniqueness but her performance in this round was not good. Like, at all. Of the other 100 teenagers, I personally think she’s one of the better ones but no love lost. Moving on.
Worth The Risk?
Alexis Gomez took a risk by singing a The Band Perry song with spanish lyrics in order to put a personal twist on her songs. Quentin Alexander also took a risk, singing an unknown song by Foxes. So, how’d the risk takers fare? Well! Both are going through.
Savion Wright is a repeat offender, having made it to this exact point last season. He’s gotten better this season, proving the judges totally right in their theory that he wasn’t quite ready last season. Well, it was worth the wait as he made it through and his sprinting out of the room into his mother’s arms actually melted my icy Idol heart.
Mark Andrew, the oldest contestant this season at this ancient age of 29, has a lot on the line and, as he said, he could “use a good ‘yes’ right now.” Well, the fossil got his yes.
In With The Old
Next up, our “science geek” (Idol loves labels) Trevor Douglas just wanted to make the crowd have a good time. Well, that’s a lofty goal, but I do like his nerd glasses. But what about those vocals? He’s been somewhat inconsistent, but he had something special in his unpredictability. He made it through.
Another youngster vying for a spot, 15-year-old Emily Webster, made arguably the boldest decision by singing a song belonging to judgy judge Keith Urban. Well, that wasn’t to her advantage, it turns out, because she didn’t make it through. As Ryan Seacrest said, at 15, she has time on her side.
Someone who has less time, 29-year-old Nick Fradiani. He sang Train and, to me, it was a hot mess. But I should’ve known that means he’d make it through. Honestly, I’m happy to see someone whose age doesn’t end in “teen” make it through.
Sarina-Joi Crowe was another repeat contestant, but hasn’t ever made it this far. Turns out, fourth time’s the charm (yeah she had auditioned four times) and she made it through.
Qaasim Middleton was hoping to wow the judges with both his singing and his outfit. To me, his performance was over the top in theatrics and underwhelming as far as vocal quality. Well, Brooklyn is in the house (whatever that means) and Qaasim made it through.
The Last Two Spots
We’ve come down to the final spot for the guys and two 17-year-old country crooners were left to fight for it. Ricky Dale Hendricks and Riley Bria both have a considerable amount of talent and I’m truly fine with either small town boy making it through. Well, it’s Riley and we say farewell to Ricky.
Finally, we are down to the very last spot, which will go to a lady.
The two ladies vying for the spot are Jelly Joseph and Shi Scott. Both have had triumphs and struggles in the previous rounds, but one has to triumph. Shi came out on top and… good for her? She’s talented if not a little underwhelming.
But hey! That’s our top 24 guys! Did the judges get it right? Or were there some terrible eliminations? Next week we go to the live shows! Here we go!
— Casey Mink