American Idol Season 9: Top 24

Finally! After what feels like the longest introductory series of programs I’ve ever seen, we have the Final 24*Idol contestants.  Some of those chosen were performers I don’t even recall seeing in the preliminary rounds. As I watched the selection shows last night and tonight, it was obvious to me that a portion (the majority?) of the judges’ decision was based on having a certain look. I wondered aloud if such singers as Bette Midler or Carole King or Janis Joplin would have made the cut for this group.

Oh well. Let the games begin!

* As I write this, the page showing the pictures of the Top 24 only reflect the seven chosen Tuesday evening. I assume that’s because the show hasn’t finished airing on the West coast.