TV News – American Idol – Top 24 Group 1 (Jenny’s Favs)!

If you haven’t watched Wednesday’s American Idol , don’t click through to the full deal or you’ll see the first group from the top 24! 🙂

Here they are! My favorites are this first group, with the first 3 in a tie for 1st place, then in order of preference. You can click any of the pictures for a bigger size. First up, a group photo:

American Idol Top 24 Group

Michael Johns Michael Johns is 29 and currently lives in Los Angeles, but was born in Perth, Australia. Johns moved to the U.S. in 1998 to attend Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, GA, then moved to Buckhead, GA outside of Atlanta to pursue singing. Johns began singing at the age of 5 and also plays the guitar. He was a member of a band called The Rising. (& he’s hot. 😉 )
Carly Smithson Carly Smithson is 24 and currently lives in San Diego, CA, but was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Smithson made her singing debut in “Les Misérables” at the Olympic Theatre in Dublin. Smithson moved to Los Angeles at age 13 to pursue her singing career. Before auditioning for AMERICAN IDOL, she was working in a bar and running a tattoo shop with her husband. (& she’s hot. 😉 LOL)
David Archuleta David Archuleta is 17 and was born in Miami, FL, but grew up in Murray, UT. Archuleta began singing at age 7. Currently a junior at Murray High School, he has performed with an a cappella choir group and plays the piano. (He’s a terrific singer & seems like a sweet, cool kid!)
Luke Menard Luke Menard is 29 and was born and raised in Crawfordsville, IN. Menard began singing when he was a freshman in high school. He earned a B.A. in Communications from Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and worked for a finance company in Chicago. After realizing that was not the job for him, Menard began touring with an a cappella group called Chapter 6.
Syesha Mercado Syesha Mercado is 21 and currently lives in Miami, although she grew up in Sarasota, FL. Mercado was a member of The Drum Studio All-Stars band and has a strong background in theatre and dancing. She began singing when she was 3 years old. (She impressed me when she sang so terrifically while sick the last day of Hollywood Week.)
David Hernandez David Hernandez is 24 and was born and raised in Glendale, AZ. Hernandez began singing at age 6. He has performed at Urban Network Events, Arizona Idol and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. He has been a member of the bands Tribét and Straight Up. (I loved his last performance especially.)
Amanda Overmyer Amanda Overmyer is 23 and was raised and currently lives in Mulberry, IN. Overmyer is a health-care specialist and is earning a bachelor’s degree in business management. She was lead singer for the band Steeleto. In her spare time, Overmyer loves riding her motorcycle. (She’s cool. 🙂 )
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