Most of American Idol’s top 24 (not 20) identified

American Idol arrived at its top 24 last week, in an episode that will be shown Thursday, although Fox’s official listing says the group will be narrowed to 10 men and 10 women on that day. That means the show will have room to manufacture some drama and keep people who think they’re being cut.

Stop reading now if you don’t want to know who’s in the top 24, because Joe’s Place has a list of 20 of the 24, and is working on filling out the list. Alas, the group includes several people who I already can’t stand: karaoke bar host Clint Jun Gamboa, the dude with the glasses who kicked 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux out of his group (Jacee also made the cut) and James Durbin, who makes Adam Lambert’s screaming sound like a purring cat.

One of the confirmed cuts is Chris Medina, whose disabled fiance was brought into the audition room to meet the judges, and TMZ reported last week that Jennifer Lopez was “overwhelmed with emotion” and cried when they cut him.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.