Which Contestants Will Be Shoved Down Our Throats During “American Idol”‘s Wild Card Round?

Mar 4th, 2009 // 8 Comments

So, tomorrow night is American Idol‘s Wild Card round, in which the judges bring back their favorite singers who didn’t make the cut over the last few weeks, then grant three of them passes to the Top 12, whose finals begin in a mere six days. There are going to be eight or nine contestants—two chosen by each judge—singing for their lives on tomorrow’s show, and by the hour’s end, the judges will have placed three of them into the top 12. But who will we have to sit through tomorrow? After the jump, I pick the contestants who will probably/maybe give us a second performance tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET. (For the sake of argument, I’m going to assume that last night’s winners were Lil and Scott, as DialIdol predicts; since the third member of that top three is still up for some debate, the other 10 contestants are in the pool.)

Matt Giraud, Ricky Braddy, and Anoop Desai, who were photographed canoodling with Top 12 members Alexis Grace and Kris Allen yesterday in Los Angeles.

Which leaves five or six slots. So…

Felicia Barton. Because everyone loves a comeback story, especially American Idol producers who are in desperate need of storylines.
Megan Joy Corkrey. Her commercial potential keeps getting hammered on by the judges, and I suspect the judges were actually expecting her to make it through instead of White Chocolate.
Ju’Not Joyner. Got a lot of compliments and “see you in the coming weeks” comments from the judges, even though his sixth-in-line spot probably hurt his chances a bit. (Is this season signaling the demise of the “pre-9 p.m.” secondary pimp slot? The judges’ fawning for each contestant who completed the past three episodes’ first hour makes me wonder!)

Jesse Langseth. It’s wishful thinking, to be sure, and her asking Randy to clarify his incoherent critiques probably didn’t endear her to the higher-ups all that much. Still, I like her.
Jasmine Murray. She was terrible last week, but she’s “commercial.”
Von Smith. He dialed it down enough last night to be tolerable. And he does have that build-in Internet fambase!
Mishavonna Henson. Weirdly, people liked her “Drops Of Jupiter.” She did get dinged about her song choice, which makes me wonder if she’s going to get another shot.

Tatiana Del Toro. She’s crazy! She’s unpredictable! Or at least she was, until she got camera-fright. Maybe this “unpredictable” slot will go to…
Nick “Normund Gentle” Mitchell. Who at least performed wacky when wackiness was called for.

Alex Wagner-Trugman. I bet he’ll appear, “I Am Your Brother”-style, on the season finale to knock over some of the set, though.


  1. Rory B. Bellows

    Free Alex Wagner-Trugman?

  2. Nicolars

    Wagner-Trugman: Never Forget

  3. raihala

    Bring back WelderBear!

  4. Rube Goldberg

    I think Tatiana is a definite possibility for not only Wild Card, but for Top 12. Based on prognostication from various sites, Lil Rounds, Scott MacIntyre, and either Jorge Nunez or Ju’Not Joyner will be moving on. That means the make-up of the top 9 of 12 will be 6 men and 3 women. I would be really surprised if the judges/producers didn’t try to maintain a balance of 6 and 6.

    Also, assuming that the above prognostication is true, that would mean only two contestants of color will be in the Top 9 of 12 (that’s up from 0 of 6). Tatiana would be a solution to both of those deficits, as well as adding some potential dramarama. Also, she was one of the better performers in her group so it wouldn’t be totally unreasonable to see her in the Wild Card Round.

    Let me undercut all of this by saying that I hope to God I’m wrong.

  5. Maura Johnston

    @Rube Goldberg: The thing that I think might undercut her here is her diminished drama potential. Her first live appearance was some Cindy Brady on Question The Kids shizz.

  6. brasstax

    Oh Tatiana. I hope you’ll at least stay around until this top 6.

    And I hope Blind Scott is the first guy voted off. I hate him more each time he sings.

  7. Anonymous

    and so now we know.

  8. Anonymous

    but are we any happier?

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