February 25, 2011 04:34:18 GMT
Abrams, who has been the judges' favorite from day one, will compete for audience's affection among the men next week with live performance.
Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez have selected the remaining 19 contestants who proceed to the Top 24 round of "American Idol". As expected, top runner Casey Abrams, is admitted into the group along with other favorites such as Lauren Alaina, Rachel Zevita, James Durbin and Scotty McCreery.
Meanwhile, walking away from the chance to be an idol were Colton Dixon and 15-year old Jacee Badeaux whose spot was given to curly-haired Brett Loewenstern. John Wayne Schulz was pitted against fellow country boy, McCreery, and he lost. Others saying goodbye were Tiwan Strong, Eryn Kelly, Jackie Wilson and Jessica Cunningham.
As for the Top 24, they would have to prepare themselves to impress the audience at home with their pipes. Starting next week, "Idol" will go live three nights in a row and the audience voting begins. The guys will perform first on Tuesday, followed by the girls on Wednesday and the finalists announcement on Thursday.
On another news, "American Idol" is now taking votes via Facebook in addition to phone and text message. Online participation will be limited to viewers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have a Facebook account. Each person can cast up to 50 online votes.