“American Idol” Judges Narrow the Field Down to Top 24 Contestants (PHOTOS)
After weeks of auditions, showcases and the ominous Final Judgment, American Idol finally has its top 24 singers.
Surviving a Hollywood Week that included solo and group performances, 50 Idol Season 16 hopefuls performed for the first time in front of a live crowd and judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Early favorites 15-year-old Alyssa Raghu, quirky Catie Turner and young father Ron Bultongez all made it through. One fan-favorite who didn't make the final cut was Noah Davis, who had one "wig" of an audition moment with Perry in New York.
Next up for the top 24: more solo singing and celebrity duets before the judges cut the group down to a top 14.