February 25th, 2011
12:01 PM ET
The "American Idol" Top 24 has been formed with only one upset – no Jacee Badeaux.
The 15-year-old fan favorite from Louisiana didn't make the cut, losing out on the final male slot to friend and fellow teen contestant, Brett Loewenstern.
Producers managed to drag out two hours on Thursday as the contestants walked the long runway before taking a seat before the judges.
It was good news for several early front runners, including Laina Alaina, Jacob Lusk – who judge Randy Jackson hailed as giving the "single best performance ever on "Idol" for his rendition of "God Bless the Child" – and James Durbin, who has a very Adam Lambert-like screech.
The group is broken down into the Top 12 males and females and also includes Scotty McCreery; Thia Megia; Ashthon Jones; Jordan Dorsey; Stefano Langone; Julie Zorrilla; Lauren Turner; Jovany Barreto; Tim Halperin, Haley Reinhart; Tatynisa Wilson; Robbie Rosen; Rachel Zevita; Pia Toscano; Paul McDonald; Naima Adedapo; Kendra Chantelle; Karen Rodriguez; and Clint Jun Gamboa.
Also in the group is Casey Abrams, who reportedly became ill and is the subject of speculation that he may have to drop out of the competition.
The Top 12 men will perform on Tuesday March 1, while the Top 12 women will perform on Wednesday March 2. Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite contestants and the results will be announced on Thursday.
Fans are also able to vote on the ending of Jennifer Lopez's new video "On The Floor," which will debut during Thursday's show. Click here for more information on voting.
And even though singer Chris Medina didn't make it into the Top 24, he's still benefiting from his time on the show.
Rodney Jerkins, who has produced songs for stars such as Michael Jackson and Britney Spears, wrote a song for Medina, who captured the hearts of "Idol" fans with his tale of caring for his fiance, who was injured in a car crash two months before their scheduled wedding.
The song, "What Are Words," and the video debut today. Medina told The Hollywood Reporter, "Rodney Jerkins was too cool. He made me do things I didn't think I was capable of."
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