Top Twenty-Four

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This is a very, very late post about the previous episodes of American Idol and I apologise, but I just wanted to clear a few things here.

Firstly, you must really be wondering, what happened to Michelle’s obsession with American Idol? Why did she suddenly shut up about American Idol after strongly expressing her enthusiasm for the show in these three posts? Did she actually stop watching it altogether? Really? After those three posts?

It’s okay if you’re not wondering about that because I myself am wondering about that.

Yes, I still do watch American Idol every week, though I must say the main reasons why I didn’t constantly blog about it are, a) I lost interest in the show , b) I lost interest in the show because of the uninteresting judge panel, c) most of the time I get back from tuition and miss half of it anyway and can’t be arsed to write about it. I pretty much miss a lot during Hollywood week, and only started to really watch it “seriously” in the two-hour episode where the Top 24 are picked. Here is what I think about the Top 24 contestants:


Ashton Jones

Never heard of her until now, sad to say. I only know she’s from Nashville and I have this thing for singers from Nashville. (Most probably thanks to my obsession with Paramore.) I think she’s good. Just good, you know. Like, good-but-you-probably-won’t-stay long type of good.



Haley Reinhart

Never heard of her either. She has awesome hair though. Anyway…methinks she’ll be out soon as well.

Okay, that’s harsh, but some of these Top 24 people fail to leave an impactful impression. (I know right, I don’t know anything yet I still want to write a post about it, how shameless of me.)


Julie Zorrilla

Oh my God. Who on Earth is this, I honestly cannot remember her at all, I’m sorry.

But that is a really awesome surname.



Karen Rodriguez

I cannot remember who this is as well… God, Michelle, what were you doing when you were supposed to be watching the Top 24 episode?




Kendra Chantelle

AHA! This I remember! She sang Bluebird with another favourite of mine, Paul McDonald, also from Nashville. They make an incredible duo, but I am not a fan of her voice. I think people like Kendra are overrated in this show.



Lauren Alaina

I actually loved Lauren’s performance with Scotty and this other girl I don’t remember during Group week, when they sang Hello, Goodbye. She gave me an impression of a girl with a big voice. But then, holy Moses, she had to wear that horrendous pink (PINK!) barbie-esque dress that actually “floated in the air” together with pink (MORE PINK!) knee-high boots, and that’s not all because her outfit doesn’t just stop there no, she actually giggled throughout the whole sit-down with the judges and I’m sorry, but this turns me off really, really badly. I don’t like you, Lauren Alaina.

Lauren Turner

I know this name and I know this face but I cannot remember any of her performances hence this means she did not leave an impression so I will not attempt to exhaust my brain cells trying to recall who she really is.



Naima Adedapo

Naima I do know. Who can ever forget someone like her? (This is how you leave an impression, guys, appearance- and voice-wise.) I can’t say she is a favourite…yet, but she I definitely have an eye out for her.



Pia Toscano

I liked Pia immediately the first time I saw her. In a way, she reminds me of Paris Tassin (too bad Paris didn’t make it…what a sham), although mostly because of their appearances. They both have great voices, but in different ways. Pia’s is much stronger, and I think she has a chance at this.

Favourite #1.

Rachel Zevita

Definitely my favourite among the girls. She was an early favourite, remember, back in New Jersey? A petite girl with a huge and outstanding voice. I love her.

Favourite #2.


Tatynisa Wilson

I can’t recall who Tatynisa is. Sorry.




Thia Megia

Thia, Thia, Thia. Fifteen-year-old Thia. I don’t dislike you, and I think you are really talented for someone who is a year younger than me (low self-esteem right here), but I honestly don’t see what the judges see in you. In the judging room, if I were presented with you and Jessica Cunningham, I would’ve chosen Jessica. Honestly, I thought Jessica was going to make the cut. It must be a horrible, horrible feeling to try out seven times (this being the eighth) and still fail to make the cut. I don’t blame her for taking the piss on the judges, and on her birthday as well. I have nothing against young contestants, it’s great to have young contestants because everyone love young contestants but logically, young contestants never make it far. There’s a reason why they are called young. Now don’t start being mad at me, if I were to join American Idol, I wouldn’t expect myself to be chosen, because honestly, I know everyone else is older and more experienced than me, and why not wait a few years to gain aforementioned experiences before joining as someone more matured? Just my thoughts. Don’t diss me because I know Thia is a popular favourite.


Brett Loewenstern

I am honestly in love with Brett. (Already an early favourite as well.) I’m not just talking about his voice, because he is such a fantastic and kind and friendly person. I don’t care if you think he’s corny because I think he is sweet and you honestly cannot find many people like him in the world. When Colton Dixon, Jacee Badeaux and him went into the judging room together, his little question, “Can we hold hands?” just confirmed the fact that I will always be rooting for him. And when the judges finally announced the name of who would be in the Top 24, you would know, just by the look of his face, that fracture of a moment when his face turned from all smiles into one of complete astonishment; because he was ready to congratulate either one of his partners. In that short moment when all kinds of feelings rushed within me, I knew that Brett was one of a kind. He is just absolutely great, and he might not have the strongest voice among the rest, but he sure has the best personality.

Favourite #3.

Casey Abrams

I never really payed attention to him in the beginning, when they introduced him and all, because even my parents were saying how Simon would’ve frowned upon his nonchalance and goof-around ways, but when it came to his last performance with only his voice and his double bass, it totally blew me away. One of the strongest voice this season. Not really a favourite yet, but I’ll be keeping an eye on him.


Clint Jun Gamboa

Hmm…don’t remember him.




Jacob Lusk

I have deduced that Jacob Lusk is not a human being and functions on rainbows or some other kind of otherworldly substance because dang, this man has too much energy! I actually spent a good whole ten minutes cracking up when he jumped around the whole place after hearing he got into the Top 24. Not a bad voice, either, I’ll give him a favourite star for being the way he is.

Favourite #4.

James Durbin

Aha! I bet this guy is the one you’re all waiting for, huh? Well then, don’t kill me for saying this, but I honestly thought “meh” when I first watched his audition. As the weeks progress, people start comparing him to Adam Lambert and while I will not deny that I have done some comparison myself too, I don’t find him particularly outstanding or anything. I’m sorry, it’s just what I think okay? I don’t know yet. Maybe I’ll grow to like him, maybe I won’t, but it’s too early to tell yet, but for now, I am just putting him under the “meh” section.

Jovany Barreto

Eh. I can’t remember who you are.

(EDIT: Oh yeah you were the guy who took his shirt off…can’t remember anything else about you singing, though.)



Paul McDonald

I absolutely love Paul’s voice. It reminds me of the Gibbs brothers’ voices. You don’t find this kind of raspy voice anywhere, and unique voices are really what’s…”in”, you know, since most people’s voices are highly overrated nowadays.

Favourite #5.


Robbie Rosen

I remember this guy! Justin Long with Nick Santino’s nose! I will always remember him as that. Despite him being an early favourite…meh. I mean, I didn’t really pay attention to him, but I hear he is also a popular favourite (ahem Wahed) so I’ll be keeping an eye out for him as well, I guess.


Scotty McCreery

How can you not fall in love with Scotty’s baritone? How can you not? Because the first time I heard him sing…my mind was completely blown. I have no idea anyone could actually sing like that. And while many might not be a fan of his amazingly deep voice (eg. my mum) I am a loyal fan and I expect Scotty to get to great heights with his voice.

Favourite #6.

Stefano Langone

Am I the only one wondering what it is with mixed ethnicity and American Idol Season 10 this year? Because there are a great number of Latino, Puerto Rican, Filipino etc contestants this year.

I can only recall Stefano as one of the better contestants in the Top 24. And that my mum likes him.


Tim Halperin

Wow okay it’s finally the last 24th contestant and…WHOA HOLD UP. Who on Earth is Tim Halperin I have never seen you before on my TV.

…honest to God, I have never seen this guy before.



Early favourites that didn’t make the cut: Chris Medina, Colton Dixon

*Of course, you must know that people change hence opinions change so this is what I think right now but it might not be what I think a week or two weeks later, so don’t judge me too quickly. It’s just a TV show.

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Michelle Teoh

26-year-old cynical Asian, book enthusiast and purveyor of fine sarcasm.

3 thoughts on “Top Twenty-Four”

  1. Scotty is awesome. Rachel is also awesome, but Casey and Jacob totally blew me away.

    AHA I remember Clint for getting Jacee out of the group; the Jovany guy for taking his shirt off; and Paul for his incredible voice, blew me to smithereens with Bluebird.

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