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'American Idol' Top 24: Welcome Casey Abrams, Goodbye Jacee Badeaux

February 25, 2011 (4:34 am) GMT
Abrams, who has been the judges' favorite from day one, will compete for audience's affection among the men next week with live performance.

, and have selected the remaining 19 contestants who proceed to the Top 24 round of "". As expected, top runner Casey Abrams, is admitted into the group along with other favorites such as Lauren Alaina, Rachel Zevita, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery.

Meanwhile, walking away from the chance to be an idol were Colton Dixon and 15-year old Jacee Badeaux whose spot was given to curly-haired Brett Loewenstern. John Wayne Schulz was pitted against fellow country boy, McCreery, and he lost. Others saying goodbye were Tiwan Strong, Eryn Kelly, Jackie Wilson and Jessica Cunningham.

As for the Top 24, they would have to prepare themselves to impress the audience at home with their pipes. Starting next week, "Idol" will go live three nights in a row and the audience voting begins. The guys will perform first on Tuesday, followed by the girls on Wednesday and the finalists announcement on Thursday.

On another news, "American Idol" is now taking votes via Facebook in addition to phone and text message. Online participation will be limited to viewers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have a Facebook account. Each person can cast up to 50 online votes.


  1. Naima Adedapo
  2. Lauren Alaina
  3. Kendra Campbell
  4. Ashthon Jones
  5. Thia Megia
  6. Haley Reinhart
  7. Karen Rodriguez
  8. Pia Toscano
  9. Lauren Turner
  10. Tatynisa Wilson
  11. Rachel Zevita
  12. Julie Zorilla
  1. Casey Abrams
  2. Jovany Barreto
  3. Jordan Dorsey
  4. James Durbin
  5. Clint Jun Gamboa
  6. Tim Halperin
  7. Stefano Langone
  8. Brett Loewenstern
  9. Jacob Lusk
  10. Scotty McCreery
  11. Paul McDonald
  12. Robbie Rosen


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