‘American Idol’ Top 30 Revealed, Kind Of
Sam Woolf gets good news [photo: Fox]
What is it with these reality shows and chairs? The now-canceled "X Factor" had that super-scary Four-Chair Challenge. "The Voice" has those super-fun hydraulic spinning thrones, of course. And somewhere in between is "American Idol's" own four-chair challenge: the famous Green Mile episodes, on which each Hollywood Week contestant sits in front of the three judges and learns his or her top 30 fate.
Yes, on Wednesday, the top 77 started to become the top 30, as the talent pool was ever-so-slowly drained over the course of two hours. And surely some of the contestants themselves felt pretty drained, since there was…wait for it…A SHOCKING TWIST!
The first twist came when the judges (or producers) decided that there just wasn't room for two black-haired, badass rocker chicks this season, especially ones with similar first names. So they summoned Jessica Meuse and Jesse Roche to the Green Mile room together, and made them sing a cappella, right then and there, for a spot among the top 15 girls. Jessica's Lynyrd Skynyrd cover easily topped Jesse's K.T. Oslin song, so in the end the judges made the right decision, I suppose. However, I think both girls deserved to advance.
But just in case you were about to cry sexism (I was), the judges also pulled this sing-off shtick with similar male contestants C.J. Harris and Casey Thrasher, both country-soul singers from Alabama who auditioned via the Idol Bus in Salt Lake City and have since become close friends. Seriously? One of these guys wasn't going to get through? C.J.'s a cappella performance had more oomph, but I found Casey's voice more unique and compelling. They also both deserved a spot.