American Idol

American Idol's Top 42 Face Elimination Before Live Shows

02/22/2012 at 06:00 PM EST

American Idol Top 24: Who Will Make It?
From left: Reed Grimm, Lauren Gray and Heejun Han
It's going to get ugly.

After cutting – and cutting again – in Las Vegas, American Idol is down to 42 contestants. And on Wednesday's episode, they're all hoping for one of the 24 spots in the upcoming live shows.

At this point in the competition, talented singers will be sent home heartbroken before they ever have a chance to take the Idol stage. So the question is ... for whom are you rooting?

We've seen some outstanding performances and heard some heartbreaking stories so far. Reed Grimm, Elise Testone, Haley Johnsen and Eben Franckewitz all sailed through the Vegas group round with a colorful version of "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes."

Jennifer Lopez told Lauren Gray, "You're one of the best female voices we've heard," when she auditioned in St. Louis with Adele's "One and Only."

Creighton Fraker wowed during Hollywood week with a stirring version of "What a Wonderful World" that had the judges out of their seats cheering.

Heejun Han burst into tears after making it to the top 42 with his group, which included Neco Starr, Jairon Jackson and Phillip Phillips. And Colton Dixon hopes to move ahead in the competition even though his sister Schyler was one of the last to be cut last week.

Who are your early favorites? Who do you want to sing live? Tell us in the comments section below:

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