It's going to be tough to cut half the guys tonight. You could make an argument for nearly all 12 of them to move forward. Will the judges follow the talent and give the guys all three wild cards? Probably not, but we can hope.
1. Joshua Ledet, “You Pulled Me Through”: He delivered an emotional performance of the Jennifer Hudson song that looked like it was from the finals, not the first round. And that big note at the end should have him charging into the Top 13.
2. Phillip Phillips, “In the Air Tonight”: This was a terrible song choice and a strange arrangement to introduce himself to America. But, man, it was exciting.
3. Heejun Han, “Angels”: The judges kept talking about it not being the right song, but he nailed the ending and it was a lovely moment. His final quote was also adorable: “I want to show the world that Asian people can not only get high scores on the SAT, Asians can also sing and melt their hearts.”
4. Jeremy Rosado, “Gravity”: He took a chance with a Sara Bareilles song and made it his own with his gorgeous voice and smooth delivery.
5. Colton Dixon, “Decode”: He's the closest thing to a rock guy “Idol” has this season, with an interesting Muse-ish delivery. Singing a Paramore song from the “Twilight” movies also puts him in a high-voting demographic that should put him into the Top 13.
6. Creighton Fraker, “True Colors” – In a singing competition, he'd be a shoo-in. In “American Idol,” channeling Patti LaBelle and acting like an artsy New Yorker isn't going to win him a lot of votes.
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7. Chase Likens, “Storm Warning”: “I'm as country as any one can be,” he said. That (and his “movie star good looks”) will probably land him a spot among the finalists.
8. Deandre Brackensick, “Reasons”: His falsetto wasn't strong enough to pull off Earth, Wind & Fire, but his regular voice was strong and he hit some great notes.
9. Eben Franckewitz, “Set Fire to the Rain”: The Adele song swallowed him up, but his cuteness and his hair (!) will get him to the Top 13 easily.
10. Adam Brock, “Think”: He can sing, but it comes off a little too slick and, well, loungey. He does have a nice back story, though.
11. Reed Grimm, “Moves Like Jagger”: A jazzy version of the Maroon 5 pop smash with an added drum break? Sure, why not? But it's sure not going to win you a lot of votes.
12. Jermaine Jones, “Dance With My Father”: His surprise return was sweet and he delivered with his Larry Graham baritone, but unfortunately it won't be enough to crawl into the finals.
13. Aaron Marcellus, “Never Can Say Goodbye”: OK, it was a little ragged on the lower register, but he did hit the big note at the end.
TOP 5 VOTE-GETTERS: Eben, Phillip, Chase, Joshua, Colton
WILD CARD(S): Jeremy, Heejun
ACTUAL TOP 5: Phillip, Joshua, Colton, Heejun, Jermaine
ACTUAL WILD CARD(S): Jeremy, Deandre