"American Idol” unveiled the top 24 on Tuesday night, sending through a few early favorites, but letting go some of the contenders fans had already grown attached to.
At the end of the hour-long program, the top 12 male contestants were revealed as:
Noticeably absent from the list was Josiah Leming, the 18-year-old Tennessee native who arrived at the Atlanta auditions, living in his Ford Thunderbird.
On Monday night’s two-hour show, the teenager covered British pop artist Mika’s song, “Grace Kelly,” drawing rave reviews from the judges. But in a later round, he kicked the band off the stage as nerves set in during his rendition of “Stand By Me.”
His strategy didn’t pay off and the baby-faced blonde, who sounds like former Winona Ryder flame Bright Eyes, was sent home.
Also packing his bag was Kyle Ensley, the spectacled young man in a pressed shirt and tie, but he wasn’t sent home by a vote from judge Simon Cowell.
“I completely and utterly disagree with this decision,” Cowell said as Colton Berry was passed through over Ensley. “I think you should have been given a chance. I think you would have had something people would have enjoyed.”
There were fewer upsets on the female side.
The following ladies made it through to the top 24:
Kristy Lee Cook