American Idol Names 7 of Top 24 Contenders
Posted on Wed Feb 17, 2010 01:01 PM PDT

idoljudges1.jpgLOS ANGELES, California - Seven Idol wannabes are now guaranteed a spot in American Idol's Top 24. The judges made the big reveal on Tuesday night's show.

According to Simon Cowell, all the judges were unanimous in their decision to select 26-year old Michael Lynche, AKA Big Mike. You may recall from earlier in the season that his wife gave birth to their first kid, on the other side of the US, while he was wowing the judges during Hollywood Week.

Didi Benami also made a lasting impression that helped her score a top spot. The blonde contestant performed a song written by judge Kara DioGuardi during Hollywood Week. Also during the early audition process, Idol producers were drawn to Benami when she performed a song in honor of her best friend and fellow songwriter who had passed away.

Also selected among the seven is Todrick Hall, who once starred alongside Idol winner Fantasia Barrino in The Color Purple.

The remaining 17 contenders, who will complete the Top 24, will be revealed on tonight's AI.

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