‘American Idol’ Reveals First Batch of Top 24

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Wednesday night’s episode of American Idol saw lots of tears (mostly from J.Lo) and lots of frequent flyer miles.

The show took 61 hopefuls to Las Vegas where they were then cut down to 40. From here, the show went back to Los Angeles where the contestants were trimmed to the final 24.

Jacob Lusk, Haley Reinhart and Naima Adedapo thrilled on “The Long and Winding Road”; Tim Halperin and Julie Zorilla turned in a sweet version of “Something”; and Paul McDonald and Kendra Chantelle wowed the judges with their soulful take on “Blackbird” (“So beautiful … I really loved it,” Jennifer Lopez raved) — while others fell off.

At the end of the two-day Vegas performances, most of those who stumbled were sent packing — not to mention memorable contestants like White House intern Molly DeWolf Swensen, goofy Carson Higgins and rocker dude Caleb Hawley — as the “Idol” judges cut the remaining 60 down to 40 … and then put them back on the bus for Los Angeles, where the Top 24 was revealed in dramatic fashion.

Most dramatic was the fact that breakout star Chris Medina, who won over viewers — and the “Idol” judges — with his dedication to his fiancée (who was seriously injured in a car accident did not make it through to the next round. And when Lopez broke the news that his “Idol” journey was over— “It honestly breaks my heart to say this,” Lopez said — she broke down and needed to be consoled by her fellow judges.

And with that (and Lopez’s sobbed admission that she didn’t know if she could continue on as a judge), Wednesday night’s episode came to a dramatic close. The remainder of the Top 24 will be revealed on Thursday … and who knows what will happen then.

What did y’all think of Wednesday night’s Idol episode? Are you ready for Thursday to see if J. Lo will continue?

Hear New Music First – HP

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