Thursday, February 18, 2010

American Idol Season 9: The Top 24

The excitement is building for Season 9, especially after the top 24 were chosen last night. There has been a development, Christopher Golightly, who you'll remember as the sweet curly haired 25 year old who was bounced around in foster care has been disqualified for some sort of previous record contract.
I would also like to extend heartfelt sadness that Angela Martin and Thaddeus Johnson, both of whom I found amazing throughout this process, did not make the top 24. I sincerely wish them both the best and hope they come back to audition for Season 10. The judges were correct in saying that there was a lot of great talent this year, and I certainly found that to be true as a loyal viewer.

The Top 24

*Aaron Kelly, 16 years old from Sonestown, PA, fave quote: "don't let the fear of falling hold you down" (Orlando auditions)
*Alex Lambert, 19 years old from North Richland Hills, TX, fave quote: "every man dies, but not every man truly lives"-- from Braveheart (Dallas auditions)
*Andrew Garcia, 24 years old from Moreno Valley, CA, fave quote: "live for today" (Los Angeles auditions)
*Ashley Rodriguez, 22 year old from Chelsea, MA, fave quote: "everything happens for a reason" (Boston auditions)
*Casey James, 27 years old from Fort Worth, TX, fave quote: "be happy in your situation, it could always be worse" (Denver auditions)
*Kristen Bowersox, 24 years old from Elliston, OH, fave quote: "success ain't about the money, it's about doing what you love" (Chicago auditions)
*Didi Benami, 23 years old from Hollywood, CA, fave quote: "nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm"-- Ralph Waldo Emerson (Los Angeles auditions)
*Haeley Vaughan, 16 years old from Fort Collins, CO, fave quote: "i do what i have to do so that i can do what i want to do"-- from The Great Debaters (Denver auditions)
*Janell Wheeer, 24 years old from Tampa, FL, fave quote: it's better to be hopeful than to be hopeless" (Orlando auditons)
*Jermaine Sellers, 26 years old from Joliet, IL, fave quote: "sometimes you lose just to win again" (Atlanta auditons)
*Joe Munoz, 20 years old from Huntington Park, CA, fave quote: "be yourself" (Los Angeles audition)
*John Park, 21 years old from Northbrook, IL, fave quote: "smile, though your heart is aching, smile even though it's breaking. when there are clouds in the sky, you'll get by, if you smile through your fears and sorrows, smile and maybe tomorrow, you'll find that life is still worthwhile, if you just smile" (Chicago auditions)
*Katelyn Epperly, 19 years old from West Des Moines, IA, fave quote: "hearts can never be practical until they are made unbreakable" from the Wizard of Oz (Chicago auditions)
*Katie Stevens, 17 years old from Middlebury, CT, fave quote: "it's an opportunity, take it and run" (Boston auditions)
*Lacey Brown, 24 years old from Amarillo, TX, fave quote: "do what you love to do and you'll never work another day in your life" (Orlando auditions)
*Lee Dewyze, 23 years old from Mount Prospect, IL, fave quote: "try to live in the moment" (Chicago auditions)
*Lilly Scott, 20 years old from Denver, CO, fave quote: "a dream is just a wish without a plan" (Denver auditions)
*Michael Lynche, 26 years old from Astoria, NY, fave quote: "facts don't count when you have a dream" (Orlando auditions)
*Michelle Delamor, 22 years old from Miami, FL, fave quote: "don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon"-- Kevin Ross (Orlando auditions)
*Paige Miles, 22 years old from Naples, FL, fave quote: "sing as if no one was listening" (Dallas auditions)
*Siobhan Magnus, 19 years old from Barnstable, MA, fave quote: "nhi ne themba" Swahili for "i find hope" (Boston auditions)
*Tim Urban, 20 years old from Duncanville, TX, fave quote: "expect the worst but work for the best" (Dallas auditions)
*Todrick Hall, 24 years old from Arlington, TX, fave quote: "don't make someone your priority when to them you are only an option" (Dallas auditions)
*Tyler Grady, 20 years old from Nazareth, PA, fave quote: "yer blues john, yer blues john"-- Mick Jagger to John Lennon (Boston auditions)

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