American Idol Top 24: The Breakdown

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It's official: the top 24 contestants on this year's American Idol were announced last night. Were you satisfied with the selections? Any obvious snubs?

We think the commercials touting this season as the most talented ever might actually ring true, as The Hollywood Gossip staff was impressed by singers male and female, young and old, rocking and serenading.

Mary J. Blige on Idol

Here's our breakdown of the American Idol top 24...

Finals Favorites: Anything can happen once viewers control the vote, but color us shocked if the following contestants don't make the final 12.

  • David Archuleta (pictured)
  • Carly Smithson
  • Asiah Epperson
  • Amanda Overmyer
  • Michael Johns

Serious Singers: Following the probable finalists listed above, here's who we think stands the next best chance of advancing to the next round.

  • Chikezie Eze
  • David Cook
  • Kristy Lee Cook (pictured)

Possible Spoilers: Any of the following could make a deep run this season, as they've possessed more talent than screen time so far.

  • Alexandréa Lushington
  • Ramiele Malubay
  • Kady Malloy
  • David Hernandez
  • Alaina Whitaker
  • Syesha Mercado

And the Rest: No Sanjaya Malakars in this group, but they'll all need a world of luck to make it far.

  • Danny Noriega
  • Brooke White
  • Colton Berry
  • Joanne Borgella
  • Jason Yeager
  • Amy Davis
  • Robbie Carrico
  • Luke Menard
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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