American Idol 7’s top 24 revealed after Hollywood eliminations filmed this week

American Idol 7‘s Hollywood round eliminations were presumably filmed earlier this week, and now an insider has revealed a list of the show’s top 24 contestants.

On Tuesday, “[a]bout 16 of the talent-show contestants — no one from Fox television would say exactly how many — were filmed emerging from their cars and going up [Pasadena] City Hall’s steps,” the Pasadena Star News reports. “Ariel Penn, who heads the city’s film office, said she believed the Fox show might have used City Hall as a substitute for the Civic Auditorium. Normally, Penn said, the finalists audition in the auditorium’s Gold Room and are filmed going up the steps outside.”

The Civic Auditorium’s steps weren’t usable due to construction, and its general manager, Rick Barr, told the paper that the filming “is not an audition, it’s an elimination thing — they’re not singing and dancing. They find out whether they go on or not.”

With the top 24 apparently set, the same person who revealed the top 50, an anonymous idolforums.com poster called JoesPlace, has now revealed the top 12 men and women. The episode where the top 24 will be revealed officially airs Feb. 13.

Fox confirms ‘Idol’ filming done at City Hall [Pasadena Star News]
JoesPlace [idolforums.com]

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