American Idol takes two excruciating hours to name seven of the top 24

American Idol 9 has seven of its top 24, and those of us who watched have 120 fewer minutes in our lives during which to do something worthwhile.

The two-hour episode was nearly all filler in the form of recaps of contestants’ journeys so far, which wouldn’t have been so bad if we hadn’t been watching recaps of contestants’ journeys so far throughout all of Hollywood week. When there was content, it was a few seconds of the contestant’s final performance, followed by lots of of footage of people sitting in one of three hotel ballrooms, waiting to hear their fate. It took an hour for the judges to eliminate one of two rooms, and another hour to say yes to seven people and no to a few more.

Ryan Seacrest’s plodding narration kept insisting how stressful that was, pointing out, for example, that they were silent in anticipation. Yes, because they’re not allowed to talk! At one point, he even narrated the judges drinking out of their special Hollywood round Vitaminwater Zero cups. At best, it was an hour-long episode that shouldn’t have been expanded into two.

The seven people who made it through to the top 24 are:

  • Didi Benami, 23, Los Angeles, CA
  • Lee Dewyze, 23, Mount Prospect, IL
  • Katelyn Epperly, 19, West Des Moines, IA
  • Todrick Hall, 24, Arlington, TX
  • Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, TX
  • Aaron Kelly, 16, Sonestown, PA
  • Michael Lynche, 26, Astoria, NY

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