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On tonight's American Idol, we'll be narrowing the Top 24 to America's Top 10 plus two wildcard picks from the judges.

So what I am saying is, this is going to be brutal. And drawn out. For two hours. Great. I mean seriously, it takes like half an hour to introduce all 24 to the stage.

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The guys are up first. But first we see the giant montage from Tuesday night, and then interview footage of all the dudes talking about their defining moments.

Results time: Scotty McCreery and Robbie Rosen are called forward, where they eventually learn that Scotty is in the Top 10 and that Robbie is not.

Clint Jun Gamboa, Jordan Dorsey and Jovany Barreto are next under the microscope. Clint and Jordan are told they are not in the Top 10, leaving Jovany on stage. But -- fakeout -- Jovany didn't make it either. There are boos, but I think they are more about the tactics than the actual results.

Then it's the girls' turn for a long introductory montage and talking-head situation.

Results: Lauren Alaina and Pia Toscano are called forward. Lauren is in the Top 10, and so is Pia.

An aside: What is up with J.Lo's hair? It looks like they teased it but forgot to smooth it out.

Ta-Tynisa Wilson and Julie Zorilla are next. They both learn that they are not in the Top 10. Kendra Campbell, Ashthon Jones and Karen Rodriguez are next up. Ashthon is not in the Top 10, but Karen is, and Kendra is not. (Yes, I know that is a stilted sentence, but that is the order in which things happened.)

Dudes are up again.

Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk and Tim Halperin hit the stage and hang all over each other with nerves. Jacob is in the Top 10. (Am I the only one who finds him super annoying?) Casey is as well, but Tim is not.

More girls. Naima Adedapo, Lauren Turner and Thia Megia are at center stage. Naima is not in the Top 10. Thia is. Lauren is not.

Brett Lowenstern and Paul McDonald are next. Paul is through (he is one of the only people I saw this week, and I thought he was amazing), and Brett is not.

Haley Reinhart and Rachel Zevita are the last of the girls, and there is one spot left. It goes to Hailey.

The last two guys are James Durbin and Stefano Langone. The last Top 10 spot goes to James.

Now the judges have to pick a handful of contestants to sing again and compete for one of two wildcard spots. That handful ends up being six.

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Randy picks Ashthon as the first competitor. She sings "And I am Telling You." Steven thinks she brought it like before, Jennifer felt her passion, and Randy loved the attitude.

Next up is Stefano, who says he's singing "I Need You Now." Randy says he picked a great song to "anoint this moment," and he did it justice. Jennifer says she is even more nervous than when she performs. She says, "With this group, there is no way to get it wrong and no way to get it right." They could ... not be cutting half the people today! Steven liked him too.

Kendra gets the next final shot. She sings "Georgia on My Mind." Randy wasn't sure about the low start, and then she rocked it. The other judges evidently don't have time to talk.

Jennifer calls Jovany forward, who sings "Angel" by Jon Secada. Jennifer damns him with faint praise, telling him he did all he could do. (I'm thinking it wasn't enough.)

Steven picks Naima, which means it is the end of the road for the rest of them. Naima sings "For All We Know." Then she cries. Steven says she "came from way down deep inside" and "brought it to me."

The last shot goes to Robbie. America is apparently not being very forgiving of Clint for the Jacee situation. He sings "Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word." Randy says this is just going to be a very hard night.

After the break, we will see who is actually getting through. While we give them more time to deliberate, there is the premiere of J.Lo's new video, "On the Floor."

The last two members of the Top 12 are: Ashthon and Stefano. But wait! Jennifer just said they are taking "two more." So the last member of the Top, uh, 13 is Naima. 

Wow, interesting. What do you think about these picks?

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