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Tampa Bay residents Jeremy Rosado and Shannon Magrane confirmed in American Idol's Top 24



shannon-magrane-300x400.jpgLooks like the spoiler websites were right, at least on two occasions.

Valrico resident Jeremy Rosado and Tampa resident Shannon Magrane were confirmed Thursday ascending to American Idol's Top 24 contestants, victories predicted weeks ago by the spoiler website The Idol Pad.

Rosado, 19, was a favorite for his clear, strong vocals and nice-guy attitude. In Thursday's episode, judge Jennifer Lopez didn't even bother with any suspenseful theatrics, telling Rosado they "would be crazy" not to pass him forward.

Magrane, 16, was kept hanging a bit longer, as the show replayed footage of judge Steven Tyler making a lecherous comment about her in front of her dad, baseball announcer Joe Magrane. But despite playing with suspense by showing her flub the lyrics during a group performances, viewers who have been paying attention knew she was one of the show's best performers and a lock for the semi-finalists' slot.

This week's episodes have nevertheless been a bit problematic, as judges stretched out the notifications for most contestants, torturing them with long waits and drawn out verdicts.

rosado.pngThen, in a final twist, viewers learned that the judges were going to save one of the male contestants they had dumped earlier -- meaning one singer had the horrible experience of getting cut on national television, only to get a reprieve. No matter how nice Idol tries to play, it can't help baring its fangs occasionally.

As a final indignity, viewers had to watch Tyler strip down to his skivvies and jump into the water surrounding their odd stage set at the Wynn casino in Las Vegas. I hope it's not a harbinger of things to come; as revelations go, Tyler's man boobs is low on my list of Idol-related must-sees.

 Live shows start next week. See Magrane and Rosado talk about their victories here:




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