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'American Idol' recap: Meet your final top 24

'American Idol' recap: Meet your final top 24

And there you have it. “American Idol” has chosen its final Top 24. For the very last time, we watched a parade of talent take the “agonizing walk,” as Ryan Seacrest called it, down the long gray carpet that cut through the cavernous black-walled space, some shuffling along in sensible shoes, some teetering precariously in high heels.

“Do not take off those shoes!” Jennifer Lopez barked at one uncomfortably shod contestant who tried to remove her stratospheric spikes before making the lengthy return trip back from the judging platform. “That’s right. Struggle back.” She hollered after her, and then muttered to herself,...