Have they always eliminated half of the top 24 immediately? When I picked my top 5 guys and top 5 girls the other day, I was thinking it would take a few weeks to get down to that many. I was very close in my picks, too! I thought Lauren Turner would be in the top 10. I’m surprised that Paul was chosen by America – didn’t see that one coming. Stefano’s performance on Tuesday night missed the mark a bit with me but when he sang for his life on Thursday, I agree that he redeemed himself. I’m also not sure about Ashton. I think Kendra did better singing for her life than Ashton.