Sunday, February 12, 2012


In case some of you may be wondering why I've been ABSENT from any Idol posts of late, it's because basically I feel Idol has truly lost it's edge and is becoming a rather irrelevant player in the search for talent on prime time TV. This past week's two shows from the hyped up 'Hollywood Week' were just pathetic. Instead of focusing on some amazing talent from the 300+ contestants that were in Hollywood, we were treated to who was ill, who was going to be sick next, who was falling off the stage, and which zany contestants couldn't find the right group on group night. Thursday's 'Group Night' one hour show from Hollywood may have been the WORST Idol has ever aired on Fox TV. Instead of Hollywood Week, Idol should re-name it 'HELL-WEEK', because it's been pure hell to watch it for the millions of viewers that turned it on.   So......because I'm getting tired of wasting my time watching the folks at IDOL and FOX painfully pair down contestants to get to the TOP 24, I've spent time looking for and finding a full Season 11 'SPOILER LIST' of the Top click out of this now or don't read any further here if you don't want to know, otherwise......this posting will serve as the official TOP 24 list, unless there are surprises, contestants kicked off, or other 'last-minute' updates.....drum roll please.........

TOP 12 GUYS w/Audition City shown
Adam Brock (Pittsburgh).....from Washington, PA where I lived for 15+ years, so I'm pulling for this guy, and gives me more added enthusiasm to continue to watch the show now! Self described as a "large black woman trapped inside a 27-year-old man's body."
Reed Grimm (Pittsburgh) of the quirkiest and oddest contestants, odd enough to possibly go deep, another Casey Abrams wanna-be
Deandre Brackensick (San Diego) name for me, know nothing about this guy.....hopefully Idol will feature him this week
**Creighton Fraker (Pittsburgh).....starving artist from Queens, NY who auditioned by writing his own song on the bus ride to Pittsburgh. J-Lo says he sounds like Justin Timberlake
Colton Dixon (Savannah)........made it thru and his sister didn't, even though she wanted it badly and he wasn't even supposed to audition.....sorry, I'm not a big fan of this kid.
Joshua Ledet (Houston)........know nothing of this guy at all.....hoping he gets face time soon.
**Eben Franckewitz (Pittsburgh)........the kid who loves WVU from OH......pulling for him too, and hoping to find out more of the WVU connections story, even though he looks like a Justin Beiber wanna'-be
Heejun Han (Pittsburgh)......another validation here just how silly and stupid Idol can reason to continue to hate the show for picking contestants like this to get this far.
**Phillip Phillips (Savannah)......talented kid and 'ya gotta love his name.....thought he was a lock for the TOP 24 from the start
Jeremy Rosado (Savannah)......5th time he auditioned for Idol. Believe me, this guy won't go far at all!
Aaron Sanders (Pittsburgh).....3rd time on Idol....was on in Season 7 and 10, but never made it to the TOP 24.....I think he screams too much when he sings....we'll see.
Chase Likens (Pittsburgh)........20 year-old kid from Point Pleasant, WV who tried out for Idol in Season 10 as well. I didn't think this kid would make it this far, but he's a WV boy, so I'm glad he did! :)

TOP 12 GIRLS w/Audition City shown
Hollie Cavanaugh (Houston).....18 year old from Liverpool who tried out for Idol last year. J-LO likes her and thinks she's got a chance to win it.
**Baylie Brown (Houston)......part of Idol in Season 6 and was cut after group night after she forgot the words to a song. She's got the name and the looks, not sure she has the pipes to go very far.
Jen Hirsh (Houston).......Auditioned in Season 10 and made it to Hollywood, no farther. This time she's in the TOP 24 and has a great voice with nice range and melody.
Chelsea Sorell (Savannah).....another contestant who participated in Season 10. haven't heard her sing yet, so not sure of her talent at this point.
**Hallie Day (Pittsburgh)........knew this girl was a Top 24 lock. She's 24 years old, was in a band at 15 called Plum Crazy....very strong voice and will be one of the favorites on the ladies side to win it all.
Elise Testone (Savannah).....supposedly the judges like her, but the little bit I've seen and heard her, don't think she's got the talent or voice to go very far
**Erika Van Pelt (Pittsburgh)......the 25 year old mobile DJ and wedding singer from RI....she's very good, and will be one of the favorites to win for the ladies along with Hallie Day and Shannon Magraine. 
Jessica Sanchez (San Diego)......this girl was a semi-finalist on 'America's Got Talent' at age 9 and has a great voice, could be a dark hose for the gals.
Haley Johnson (Portland)......pretty blond haired girl who plays guitar and has a really nice voice. One to watch here!
**Shannon Magrane (Savannah)........15-year old daughter of former Cardinals pitcher Joe Magrane who doses not look or sound like she's 15 at all. She'll be an early favorite on the gals side.
Brielle Von Hugel (Savannah)
Skylar Laine (Houston) first, I didn't think this girl had the chops to make it, but her she is. She's a country girl who writes her own songs and has been compared to Miranda Lambert.....another dark horse here to keep an eye on!
** I had 7 of the TOP 24 picked through all of the 7 Auditions making it this far. Not great, but not bad either considering the few contestants we actually got to see and hear each week!

Breaking down the Audition City Winners from the TOP 24 List, Pittsburgh, with 9 contestants in the TOP 24, is the clear winner, with Savannah (7 contestants) not far behind, then Houston (5 contestants), San Diego (2 contestants), and Portland (1 contestant).

I'll add more comments and specific info. for the 'unofficial' TOP 24 contestants after I get to see and hear them more over the next few weeks, until we get the 'OFFICIAL' announcement on the TOP 24 list from FOX and the AI folks.
More to follow this week after two more episodes of 'Hollywood Hell Week'....until then, Eddie Idol is OUT!


  1. Aw Eddie -- LOL @ you, posting a spoiler list!! I must agree, yesterday I got completely caught up in watching E!'s marathon of The Voice. I didn't watch last season at all, but I really enjoyed it yesterday! Cheers!

  2. The Voice was great again last night, some serious talent so far, and the judgining on that show is sooooooooo much better than Idol!!
    Keep up with Idol too Kimmy, and I'll be posting more articles as they relate to the TOP 24 over the next few weeks.