Ryan Seacrest kicked off Thursday night’s American Idol with a question that I’m sure had you holding your breath since 10 pm Wednesday: Will Jennifer Lopez find the strength to go on? (Um, spoiler alert: J.Lo is under contract, and doesn’t appear to be a total nincompoop, either. But thanks for trying to ratchet up the faux suspense, Idol producers.)
Naturally, Jennifer took the requisite 30 seconds (a full five minutes in Idol telecast time) to compose herself after Chris Medina’s ouster, then turned her attention to the important work of naming the Season 10 Top 24. And I have to say, as a whole, this group of semifinalists is pretty dang promising. Even the obvious cannon fodder (hello, Haley Reinhart!) should be interesting in a Paige Miles “Against All Odds” kinda way, no?
Oh, sure, there were a few cuts that broke my heart (a certain rocker chick showed more personality making an obscene hand gesture than the collective crop of teenage female contestants have all season). And a couple “yes” votes left me scratching my head like a git whose headband constricts his overinflated noggin as he’s fantasizing about being the poorly dressed reincarnation of Adam Lambert. (Spoiler Alert Dos: Adam is still alive and well, and doesn’t need any reincarnation. But thanks for playing.) But overall, my atrophied speed-dialing muscles are tingling with anticipation for next week’s semifinal rounds. (I let out little squeeees when two women in particular — one whose last name sounds like a certain kind of mushroom, and one who gave a musical performance on an episode of my old EW Web series Idolatry — made it on through to the other side.)
But enough semi-spoilers while the west-coast Idol feed is still playing! I’ve got a full episode recap to write — look for it to post overnight right here at TVLine.com — and now I turn it over to you. Which semifinalists are you most likely to vote for next week? Who are you already rooting against? Sound off in the comments below!
What’s more, if you have some strong thoughts or opinions on anything you saw this week on Idol — pertaining to judges, contestants, trends or conspiracy theories — and you’d like to share them on the next episode of TVLine’s new Idol-related Web series, Idoloonies, email a paragraph or two to firstname.lastname@example.org (and be sure to include a contact phone number). We’ll be selecting a handful of readers each week to join me in cohosting the Webcast via Skype or iChat (to tape on Friday afternoon). We’ll also be choosing a Twitter Question of the Week, so don’t hesitate to fire your best shots to me @MichaelSlezakTV. Be sure to tag it #Idoloonies!