05/11/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Idol Season 9: Top 16 Elimination: Meet The Top 12

Four more contestants were eliminated on American Idol: Katelyn Epperly, Todrick Hall, Alex Lambert and Lilly Scott. So this is the Top 12, the performers who get to go on tour and -- no matter how soon they're eliminated -- get a shot at a career of some sort. (Has anyone in the Top 24 who didn't make the Top 12 ever made a name for themselves?)

TOP 12

(in order of announcing on the show)

1. Didi Benami
2. Siobhan Magnus
3. Paige Miles
4. Casey James
5. Tim Urban
6. Lee Dewyze
7. Crystal Bowersox
8. Michael Lynche
9. Lacey Brown
10. Aaron Kelly
11. Andrew Garcia
12. Katie Stevens

I had a pretty good night prediction-wise: I predicted the bottom four of the women perfectly,but thought Katie Stevens would go home instead of Lilly Scott. I only predicted three of the four men in the bottom four (I thought Aaron would be in it, rather than Lee) and again only nailed one of the men going home, since I thought Andrew would go home instead of Alex.

The night began with another godawful lip-sync, this time of a Michael Buble song. Then we were told "breaking news" -- the theme of the Top 12 performance night will be the music of the Rolling Stones. (I immediately started wondering what song would be good for Crystal.) Even better, they're going to make the playlists of songs that the contestants choose from available on iTunes. This gives the fans a lot more to think about. iTunes lists 50 songs that the Top 12 can choose from. Assuming these are the only songs they get to select from, we have a much better insight into the options they're given and how smart they are in their choice.

Then the Top 12 was slowly announced. Paige Miles and Katelyn Epperly faced off, with a resigned Katelyn going home and Paige heaving a huge sigh of relief (as I predicted). Todrick Hall and Lee Dewyze faced off, with Todrick still sporting the fingerless gloves that probably spelled his doom. (Todrick also gave a strong goodbye performance; he just needs a stylist.) Alex Lambert and Andrew Garcia faced off and Alex was devastated by being sent home. He was genuinely heartbroken, frustrated that he didn't have the confidence to show his talent to the fullest. That was followed by a dueling pianos rendition of Billy Joel's "Tell Her About It" (one of my favorite songs of his) by last season's Scott McIntyre and Matt Giraud. After it was over, I wondered which one would be going home. (My pick would have been Scott.) Finally Katie and Lilly faced off and Lilly was sent home, to the astonishment of everyone.

So now we know the Top 12 and the playlist of 50 Rolling Stones songs they get to choose from. Here's your chance to help your favorites on the show. Which song would you recommend they sing (and how, if you think they need to give it a new arrangement).


As Tears Go By
Beast of Burden
Black Limousine
Brown Sugar
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Country Honk
Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
Emotional Rescue
Fool to Cry
Get Off My Cloud
Gimme Shelter
Hang Fire
Heart of Stone
Honky Tonk Women
Hot Stuff
It's All Over Now
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)
Jumpin' Jack Flash
Lady Jane
The Last Time
Let It Bleed
Live With Me
Love In Vain
Midnight Rambler
Miss You
Mother's Little Helper
19th Nervous Breakdown
No Expectations
Paint It, Black
Play With Fire
Ruby Tuesday
Salt of the Earth
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
She Was Hot
She's a Rainbow
She's So Cold
Shine a Light
Start Me Up
Street Fighting Man
Sympathy for the Devil
Time Is On My Side
Too Tough
Tumbling Dice
Under My Thumb
Waiting On a Friend
Wild Horses
You Can't Always Get What You Want

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