American Idol: Top 24 American Idol: Top 24

Oh this is gonna get ugly. The American Idol guys hit the stage for their first performances last night and of the 12, five will go Thursday. Can you say "bloodbath"? Because, aside from a few sure-thing goners, none of the other fellas were so atrocious they need to go just yet. Then again, that's the nature of the Idol beast, so let's check out the list and start picking off the weak ones!

Clint Jun Gamboa —"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
OK, the kid's got chops. But he dissed Jacee and it's hard to get past that.

Jovany Barreto — "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain
He's too good-looking to be pulling this cheesiness. Total wedding singer.

Jordan Dorsey — "OMG" by Usher
More like NO-MG

Tim Halperin — "Streetcorner Symphony (Come On Over)" by Rob Thomas

Brett Loewenstern — "Light My Fire" by The Doors
Yikes again. And double-dawg yikes to the judges for thinking this hair-flipping pitch session worked.

James Durbin — "You've Got Another Thing Comin'" by Judas Priest
Great voice, annoying overdependence on the screaming. Dial it back, Lambert-lite.

Robbie Rosen — "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan
The weird orchestration did nothing for his usually gorgeous voice.

Scotty McCreery — "Letters From Home" by John Michael Montgomery
Kid's got a voice deeper than most of J-Lo's tops. But what else can he do?

Stefano Langone — "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
Wow, did not expect some of those notes from this one. Even the wobbly ones were salvageable—although he is way too smiley to be considered a "beast," Jenny.

Paul McDonald
— "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
Not awful, not great. Unique, yes. And he sure is cute. That should carry him for a bit.

Jacob Lusk — "A House is Not a Home" by Luther Vandross
If he can avoid going for the wailing man-diva theatrics, we have a Top 10er.

Casey Abrams — "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Spellbinding. Like Steven said, as good as it gets. And this was after getting a blood transfusion. Imagine what he can do at 100 percent!

So what did you think? Have any faves yet? And who here deserves to get the boot this week? Have at it down in the comments!

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