'American Idol' news: Clay Aiken guests in show after dissing 'Idol' judges; quirky characters spruce up Philadelphia auditions


“American Idol” is still on its auditions week, but there are already speculations about who will land on the coveted Top 24.

According to a report by Heavy, among those rumored to make it to the list are Amelia Eisenhauer, Avalon Young, Emily Brooke, Gianna Isabella, Jeneve Mitchell, Jenn Blosil, Jenna Renae, LaPorsha Renae, Olivia Rox, Shelbie Zora, Sonika Vaid, Stephany Negrete, and Tristan McIntosh, among the female contenders.

Meanwhile, the report also indicated that among those rumored to make it to the male list are Adam Lasher, C.J. Johnson, Dalton Rapattoni, James Dawson VIII, Jordan Sasser, Kory Wheeler, Lee Jean, Manny Torres, MacKenzie Bourg, Thomas Stringfellow, and Trent Harmon.

In Philadelphia, Ellis Banks who came dressed in a bedazzled bikini bottom, a robe, and a Jesus wig jazzed up the auditions not only with his flamboyant style but also with gifts for the judges. He, however, failed to get them to say yes, Fox reported.

Seventeen-year-old Harrison Cohen’s “foxy grandfather” also stole the show when he gave his young grandson some dating advice.

Derek Huffman also impressed the judges with his skills in boomboxing but failed to receive a golden ticket.

Former American Idol runner up Clay Aiken also appeared in the show to give the contestants some advice after he criticized the show’s judges earlier in the season.

“I’ve watched root canals more entertaining than these judges,” he said.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, one of the judges, Jennifer Lopez replied, “Aw, that’s too bad. He’s on it this year… Oh, he’s crazy! Well, everybody’s entitled to their own opinion,” she said.

Contestants who managed to make it through were 17-year-old Sarah Strum, the quirky Jenn Blosil; and 15-year-old Isaac Cole, who bears a striking resemblance to pop star Justin Bieber.