Monday, February 22, 2010

Idol Chatter update

Hi everyone! You may remember a few weeks ago when I announced that my Idol Chatter column would be returning to the Moncton Times & Transcript in March. Well, there's been a slight change of plans... but it's a good change!

In past years, the column began in mid-March when the Top 12 began competing. This year, however, the Times & Transcript asked me if I'd push the start date up to the very beginning of the performance shows -- meaning this week! Of course, I said "Yes!" right away.

So, that means that Idol Chatter begins THIS WEEK! For the next three weeks, Idol Chatter will run three times weekly in the Life & Times section of the Moncton Times & Transcript. This week, the Top 24 (12 girls, 12 guys) perform... then next week it's the Top 20 (10 girls, 10 guys)... then the Top 16 (eight girls, eight guys)... then the Top 12 begins the week after that. Starting then, Idol Chatter reverts to its usual twice-weekly.

The column runs the day after the performance show and the day after the results show. For the next three weeks, Idol Chatter will run on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the newspaper. After that, it'll run on Wednesday and Thursday.

Please send along e-mails with your predictions and comments on the contestants. It's always a lot of fun speculating on who'll be this year's winner. What we know for sure is that one of these 24 singers will be named the American Idol 2010 in May:

Top 12 girls:

- Crystal Bowersox (24, Toledo OH)
- Michelle Delamor (22, Miami FL)
- Ashley Rodriguez (22, Chelsey MA)
- Janell Wheeler (24, Tampa FL)
- Siobhan Magnus (20, Marstons Mills MA)
- Lacey Brown (24, Amarillo TX)
- Lilly Scott (20, Denver CO)
- Haeley Vaughn (16, Fort Collins CO)
- Paige Miles (24, Houston TX)
- Didi Benami (23, Knoxville TN)
- Katie Stevens (17, Middlebury CT)
- Katelyn Epperly (19, West Des Moines IA)

Top 12 guys:

- Tyler Grady (20, Nazareth PA)
- Aaron Kelly (16, Sonestown PA)
- Todrick Hall (24, Arlington TX)
- John Park (21, Evanston IL)
- Tim Urban (20, Duncanville TX)
- Casey James (27, Fort Worth TX)
- Michael Lynche (26, Astoria NY)
- Lee DeWyze (23, Mount Prospect IL)
- Andrew Garcia (24, Moreno Valley CA)
- Joe Munoz (20, Huntington Park CA)
- Alex Lambert (19, North Richland Hills TX)
- Jermaine Sellers (27, Joliet IL)

To learn more about the contestants, click here to visit the official American Idol website on Fox.

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