American Idol 9’s top 24 have mostly been identified

Last week, American Idol 9 taped its Hollywood audition round, and that marks the time in the production cycle when it seems impossible for the show to keep secrets, so contestants’ identities are leaked.

As of this morning, 21 out of 24 semi-finalists have been identified: all the men, and nine of the 12 women. MJ’s Big Blog has a detailed list, including links to MySpace and Twitter accounts, plus audition songs. Joe’s Place has an even bigger list that also identifies those in the top 50 and those who made it to Hollywood, if you care about such things.

By the way, there’s at least one person in the top 24 who began the process by auditioning at the American Idol experience attraction, which opened just under a year ago at Walt Disney World in Orlando and promised its daily winner a shortcut in line at the actual auditions.

American Idol Season 9 Spoilers: Top 24/48 [MJ's Big Blog]
American Idol 9 Contestant Listing — SPOILERS — Updated 1/17 [Joe's Place Blog]

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

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Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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