Reality Check: Breaking Down the Idol Top 24! Plus: Heels or No Heels? And Who's This Season's Dark Horse?

For those of you who’ve been asking for longer episodes of Reality Check, be careful what you wish for!

This week’s 36-minute, low-fi episode is not edited by our trusty director Jason Averett — and therefore contains a whole lot of mess about Beyoncé’s “Formation,” the etiquette of Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin and the proper pronunciation of the word “me” when it appears in an N’Sync jam. (Also, a sidebar on ladies’ footwear!)

Fret not, though: My co-host Melinda Doolittle and I also take a deep dive into American Idol‘s Top 24 contestants. Who’s the dark horse? Who shouldn’t have made the cut? And which potential winner got egregiously snubbed?

(There are also a few sound glitches and a 15-second break in the broadcast — at the 25:39 mark — for which we apologize in advance.)

Press PLAY above for the full video, then hit the comments with your thoughts on the Green Mile announcement. (AND NO TOP 10 SPOILERS, PLEASE!)