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American Idol – Recap & Review – Final Judgment 2

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American Idol
Final Judgment 2

Original Air Date: Feb 23, 2012

Patricia Morris Buckley — Sr. Staff Writer

OK, now we get the last 10 singers to make the Top 24. I have to admit, there were a few surprises. And one major surprise at the end.

But this one-hour episode pretty much followed the formula: the long walk to the seats of reckoning in front of the judges and then they convince the singers they’re done for — and some times, they were.

But 10 lucky contestants will make it to the live shows that being Tuesday with all the guys. Here’s how they did.

Adam Brock, new dad and bluesy guy, ended the last episode without us finding out if he made it: Yes (after A LOT of tears)

George Rosado, who shone in both group numbers and had JLo standing in his final performance: Yes

Shannon Magrane, 16-year-old singer who gave JLo goosebumps with her final performance: Yes

Scott Dangerfield, who had to pull out last year during Hollywood Week: No

Skylar Laine is worried because another country girl has gone through, but the judges continued to compare her to Reba McEntire: Yes

Hallie Day, the blonde single mother: Yes

Chase Likens, country crooner: Yes

Aaron Marcellus: Yes

Deandre Brackensick, he of the flowing locks who had gotten to the final judgment seat before: Yes

Jermaine Jones, tall mother’s boy with a really deep voice who struggled with inconsistency and broke down at the end: No

Teenagers Ariel Sprague, Shelby Tweten and Hollie Cavanagh all heard the news together: Hollie got the Yes (big clue: they only showed her final performance)

Teenage boys Eben Franckewitz (15) and David Leathers, Jr. (17) also got the news in stereo: Eben got the Yes (I was shocked, David had beat Scotty McCreery in a talent contest several years ago, but I am a huge Eben fan.)

But wait: The judges have decided to reinstate one of the guys for a Top 25. The twist is that we won’t find out until the live show on Tuesday, which is when the men perform. It will either be David Leathers, Jr., Johnny Keyser, Jermaine Jones or (ughhh) Richie Law.

And then the show ended with what could become its signature: Steven stripping, mooning the camera and plunging into pool.

What do you think of the Top 24? Who will make it a Top 25? And what reason will they give for bringing a guy back – and what could be the real reason? (Suing? Blackmail? Guilt?) Give us your TwoCents…

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