Despite what appeared to be a severe lack of quality talent over the last two American Idol audition episodes (Omaha and Miami), when we look at the leaked top 24 list we find that, in actuality, those two cities have provided us with four legitimate Idol candidates.  It’s always difficult to judge a singer’s full potential after a couple of a capella minutes in the audition room, but I got a good vibe from these four singers.  Now, if you haven’t heard yet, what appears to be the final list of this season’s top 24 leaked a couple of weeks back and it appears to be the real thing.  These are spoilers, so if you want to be surprised during Hollywood week, I advise you to read no further.

Top 24 Finalists from Audition Week #3:

Robbie Carrico:

The former Boy Band member is now a full-fledged man.  Or, at least he looks like one.  Robbie has transformed himself from a clean-cut, frosted tip adorned Mickey Mouse club lookalike into a rock singer.  He even looks the part – long-haired, scruffy, grunge-esque.  His audition showed off a good voice and his years spent in the music industry have given him a great sense of performance.  Robbie could go a long way in a field that may be short on male talent.

David Cook:

David is kind of in the same league as Robbie, but may be more authentic.  In all likelihood, Cook will be this season’s Chris Daughtry.  Which is a good thing, considering we didn’t have a full-on rocker last season.  He’s got a mohawk and a big voice.  These kind of guys are hard to judge based off auditions, but knowing that he progressed into the top 24 means he might be even better than his audition would lead us to believe. 

Ramiele Malubay:

Ramiele is going to be a fan favorite.  Cute and tiny with a massive voice, she’s the kind of girl the masses can get behind.  Her audition was stunning, in that no one could have expected the booming power that she showed to come from such a small frame.

Syesha Mercado:

Syesha is the daughter of a former Motown backup singer.  She’s been in the music industry for a few years, sung with big acts like Patti Labelle and has the voice to back it all up.  Unlike some backup singers, she doesn’t seem shy or reticent to grab the spotlight.

-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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Oscar Dahl

Senior Writer, BuddyTV