American Idol 7's official Top 24 contestants


Jason Castro (right) from Rockwall, Texas is one of the official Top 24 contestants of American Idol Season 7.

And the list was right...

The list of American Idol Season 7 Top 24 semi-finalists that was available middle of January is 100% correct when the official announcement was held February 13, 2008.

Three guys named David have made it officially, including Star Search winner David Archuleta.

Ramiele Malubay, the shortest contestant, becomes the 8th contestant of Filipino descent to make it to the semis, after Brad Tigno Estrin in the 1st Season, Jordan Segundo during the 2nd season, Jasmine Trias and Camille Velasco in Season 3, Melinda Lira in Season 4, Jose 'Sway' Penala in Season 5 and AJ Tabaldo last season. That's year after year, huh.

Danny Noriega, who is I think of Mexican descent, is also one of the Top 24. Some are suspecting him as gay and predicting him to be the next Sanjaya Malakar.

The youngest contestants in the Top 24 are 16 years young Alexandrea 'Alex' Lushington from Philadelphia and Alaina Whitaker from Georgia while 29 years old Luke Menard from Indiana and Michael Lee Johns of California are the oldest.

The biggest upset during the announcement was the non-inclusion of heavy favorite Josiah Leming. His departure was very emotional that you can't help but cry with this adorable boy.

And the Simon Cowell masks are gone!

Here's the official Top 24 American Idol (7th season) hopefuls:

Top 12 Guys
Chikezie Eze
Colton Berry
Danny Noriega
David Archuleta
David Cook
David Hernandez
Garrett Haley
Jason Castro
Jason Yeager
Luke Menard
Michael Johns
Robbie Carrico

Top 12 Girls
Alaina Whitaker
Alexandrea Lushington
Amanda Overmyer
Amy Davis
Asia'h Epperson
Brooke White
Carly Smithson
Joanne Borgella
Kady Malloy
Kristy Lee Cook
Ramiele Malubay
Syesha Mercado

Watch the video of the announcement:

Next week, the Top 12 guys will battle it out on Tuesday, then the Top 12 girls on Wednesday with the first live elimination on Thursday, February 21.

About M.I.

Mykiru is an entertainment blogger, having been named as one of the Top 10 Pinoy Showbiz Resources in the Philippines. For a decade now, has been delivering the latest, the hottest and most trending issues in the country.

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