'The pressure of Hollywood week on American Idol always takes it toll.  Contestants were literally dropping off during the group performances.  Two fainted before their group even took the stage.  Neither made it through to the next round.  Those that survived the group rounds were asked to return to the stage for solo performances.  A number stood out including country girl Skylar Laine who sang The Band Perry's 'You Lie.'  Judge Steven Tyler said she was one of the best he'd heard all day.

Skylar Laine 'You Lie'


New York native Creighton Fraker received a standing ovation from the judges for his performance of 'What a Wonderful World.'

Creighton Fraker - What a Wonderful World

Ray Charles' hit 'Georgia on My Mind' was a popular song choice.  Several contestants put their own spin on the song and stood out including Reed Grimm who had planned to sing acapella.  He was told 30 minutes before he was set to go on stage he had to use the band.  At the last minute he decided to play the drums and nailed it.  I'd love to hear what he can do with practice.

Reed Grimm - Georgia on My Mind

Jen Hirsh also received a standing ovation for her version of 'Georgia on My Mind'

Jen Hirsh - Georgia on My Mind

Adam Brock took to the stage saying they needed some 'white chocolate' flavor on the stage.  He received kudos from Steven Tyler for the same song.  This boy has soul.

Adam Brock - Georgia on My Mind

Joshus Ledet choose a song no one else sang and also received a standing ovation.

Joshua Ledet - Jar of Hearts

All made it through to the next round which heads to Las Vegas.  Tune into Fox tonight at 8 to see who moves one step closer to making the Idol top 24.  We may already know the outcome of the taped event though.  One website has leaked list of this year's Top 24 which includes country girl Skylar Laine and everyone else above.  We'll have wait and see if its the true Top 24.


The (alleged) Top 12 Girls

  • Baylie Brown, Houston auditions
  • Hollie Cavanaugh, Houston
  • Hallie Day, Pittsburgh
  • Jen Hirsh, Houston
  • Haley Johnson, Portland
  • Skylar Laine, Houston
  • Shannon Magrane, Charleston/Savannah
  • Jessica Sanchez, San Diego
  • Chelsea Sorell, Charleston/Savannah
  • Elise Testone, Charleston/Savannah
  • Erika Van Pelt, Pittsburgh
  • Brielle Von Hugel, Charleston/Savannah

The (alleged) Top 12 Boys

  • Deandre Brackensick, San Diego
  • Adam Brock, Pittsburgh
  • Colton Dixon, Charleston/Savannah
  • Creighton Fraker, Pittsburgh
  • Eben Franckewitz, Pittsburgh
  • Reed Grimm, Pittsburgh
  • Heejun Han, Pittsburgh
  • Joshua Ledet, Houston
  • Chase Likens, Pittsburgh
  • Phillip Phillips, Charleston/Savannah
  • Jeremy Rosado, Charleston/Savannah
  • Aaron Sanders, Pittsburgh

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