One week until the live shows begin (finally!) and the powers that be at "American Idol" are still giving us audition cliffhangers!
While the "Idol" Top 24 is starting to take shape (we've got 14 locked in), Wednesday night's show ended with a bawling Adam Brock telling the judges, "I have to sing. It's where my joy comes from. It's how I know God blessed me!"
Buzzkill Randy Jackson: "It wasn't a unanimous decision…"
Tonight we'll find out Adam's fate - as well as the fate of the remaining hopefuls - as the Top 24 will be completely revealed.
But first up, the shockers!
23-year old Lauren Gray, who was the judges' pride and joy when they met her in St. Louis, didn't make the cut. She knows she choked during the Vegas auditions, but the judges still have faith in her. They practically beg her to come back next season because she's "so close." Gray says she'll consider it, but why is it that we see her trying out for "The Voice" or "X Factor" next?
Ditto for rocker Caleb Johnson. His final solo audition in front of the judges is a train wreck. Not only does he stop singing mid-song because he forgets the words, but his pleas for a second try go unanswered by the judges. After a painfully awkward silence, Johnson asks for some water and Steven Tyler says, "You're surrounded by it!" Yeah, without a paddle.
And Scotty McCreery #2 will have to wait for another season. "Cowboy" Richie Law was given the boot, as were Neco Starr, Clayton Farhat, River St. James, Blaire Sieber and Naomi Gilles.
Here's who actually did make it into "American idol's" Top 24:
Jen Hirsh-- Dubbed one of the best singers the judges have seen this year.
Creighton Fraker-- Fun fact: His biological dad is Flotsam and Jetsam lead singer Eric "AK" Knutson.
Joshua Ledet-- The son of a preacher man gives a gospel-style thank you to Jesus when he gets his good news.
Haley Johnsen-- She tells the judges that her "biggest goal in this whole competition was being able break out of my shyness and gain confidence." Mission accomplished.
Elise Testone-- "This is my time…"I just feel it in my heart." It better be, because 28 is the age limit for this show!
Reed Grimm--This season's little drummer boy has already shown he can perform under pressure.
Erika Van Pelt-- Leave it to J-Lo to put a damper on this girl's happy moment: "We had a lot of people who didn't do as amazing as we thought they were gonna do, and unfortunately you were one of those people." But don't worry, she quickly added: "We're gonna take one more chance on you."
Chelsea Sorrell-- Life goals: To be a mom and a country singer.
Baylie Brown-- What a difference five years makes! Back to the "Idol" fold after a teen audition five years ago, could she be the next Carrie Underwood?
Heejun Han-- Steven Tyler tells him, "You're a better star than you are a singer." Gee, thanks, man.
Jessica Sanchez-- This season's sob story, Sanchez' mom is unemployed because of her music career.
Phillip Phillips-- Unique style? Yes. But "You never know how that's going to play in front of everyone else," Randy tells him.
Colton Dixon-- He's going to the live shows, minus one sister.
Brielle Von Hugel-- Her stage mom is as entertaining as she is. Mom tells Ryan Seacrest she got her tan "out of a can."
So what about David Leathers Jr., Deandre Brackensick and Shannon Magrane? You'll have to tune in tonight to find out if they make the cut.
You can catch the next episode of "American Idol" on Thursday night at 8/7c on FOX.
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