Ashley Rodriguez, Berklee student from the Boston auditions, reportedly makes the top 24.

By Gina Carbone

I’m disappointed.

This updated list of the top 24 “American Idol” season 9 contestants does not include Matt Lawrence, despite Kara DioGuardi’s “top 12” announcement.

(By the way, I don’t really think Shania Twain should replace you, Kara.)

I’m also sad to not see Maddy Curtis’ name. She and Matt were my favorites.

Instead, we have a bunch of people who never impressed me and some names we have yet to see.

Here is the “complete” rumored list of the top 24 contestants, as copied wholesale from mjsbigblog and Joe’s Place. (For photos of all the contestants, I recommend Joe’s Place)


Top 12 Boys:

1. Aaron Kelly
2. Alexander “Alex” Lambert
3. Andrew Garcia
4. Casey James
5. Christopher “Chris” Golightly **2/17 Update: Chris may have been disqualified and replaced with Tim Urban.
6. Jermaine Sellers
7. John Park
8. Jose Munoz
9. Lee DeWyze
10. Michael Lynche
11. Todrick Hall
12. Tyler Grady


Top 12 Girls:

1. Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez
2. Crystal Bowersox
3. Haeley Vaughn
4. Janell Wheeler
5. Katelyn Epperly
6. Katie Stevens
7. Lacey Brown
8. Lillian “Lilly” Scott
9. Michelle Delamor

10. Paige Miles
11. Siobhan Magnus
12. Vered Didi Benami


Top 24

1. Michelle Delamor (Idol Chatter)
Age: 19
Hometown: Miami Beach, FL

Katie Stevens, who sang "At Last" to her grandma in the Boston auditions.

2. Katie Stevens – According to VFTW – – Boston Audition
Season 9 Hollywood interview
Age: 17
Hometown: Middlebury, Connecticut
Instruments: Piano/Guitar
Style: Pop/Acoustic

3. Tyler Grady (guy with the retro rock voice and the broken wrists)
Season 9 Hollywood interview

4. John Park
Myspace (Group Purple Haze)
Coming Home (youtube)

John Park -- the guy Shania Twain hit on hardcore in Chicago.

Falling Slowly (youtube)
Purple Haze Youtube Channel
Purple Haze Website

5. Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez – Boston Audition
Season 9 Hollywood interview
Age: ~22
Home town: Boston, MA
Style: R&B/Gospel
Hometown: Boston, MA

6. Jermaine Sellers – Atlanta Audition
Season 9 Hollywood interview

Age: 25
Hometown: Joliet, IL
Keep Your Head to the Sky (youtube)
At AME Conference (youtube)
Tomarrow (?) (youtube)
I’m not Worthy (youtube)

7. Christopher “Chris” Golightly
Audition Song: “Stand by Me”
Appears in Idol Commercial

Tyler Grady -- can't believe this guy makes the top 24. Really? Over Matthew Lawrence?

8. Andrew Garcia
Hometown: Moreno Valley, CA
Adrian William Project: Original Song (Cathy’s Song) Cover: Use Somebody
Chasing Pavements, Live and Learn, Knock You DownEmpire State of Mind, UStream

9. Alexander “Alex” Lambert
Hometown: North Richland Hills, TX
I’m Yours (youtube)
Tired of Waiting (original song, youtube)
Twist and Shout (youtube)
Barney (the purple dinosaur) Tribute (youtube)

10. Jose (Joe) Munoz

11. Lee DeWyze
Hometown: Chicago, IL

12. Michael Lynche
Style: R&B
Heavy Breathin (original, youtube)
“Oo La La” cover (youtube)
Youtube Channel

13. Lacey Brown
Season 8 Hollywood contestant
Age: 23
Hometown: Amarillo, TX

14. Lillian “Lilly” Scott
Hometown: Denver/Boulder, Colorado
Style: Bluesy Indie Acoustic Rock
Band’s Myspace
Band’s Facebook
EP at CD Baby
Picture 1 Picture 2

15. Haeley Vaughn
Age: 16
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

16. Casey James
Hometown: Dallas/Fort Worth

17.  Aaron Kelly
Participated in ‘America’s Most Talented Kids’
Winner of American Idol Experience at DisneyWorld
Age: 16
Hometown: Sonestown, PA

Katelyn Epperly -- I remember her, but not her voice.

18. Janell Wheeler – Orlando Auditions
Won Orlando’s Got Talent
Hometown: Orlando, FL

19. Katelyn Epperly
Picture 1 Picture 2 Picture 3
Almost Lover (youtube)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (youtube)

20. Crystal Bowersox
Hometown: Chicago, IL
You Tube: “A Little Piece of My Heart”

21. Siobhan Magnus
Audition City: Boston
Stephanie Crews

22. Vered Didi Benami
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

23. Paige Miles
Age: 23Hometown: Houston, TX…mp;groupid=4752

24. Todrick Hall
Age: 22
Hometown: Plainview, TX
Dude is controversial, took money from parents, promising their kids would be in a production, then it was canceled. Diana Degarmo worked with him and makes no bones about her lousy experience.

For details on the top 48 and where your favorite star was probably cut, click here.