Thia Megia, Casey Abrams Leading ‘American Idol’ Top 24 Poll

The “American Idol” universe is about to get infinitely more interesting this week, as the Top 24 will get chopped down to 13 by the end of the week (America will vote on the Top 10, and then each judge will get a wild card pick). Each performer will still get the chance to sing for his or her life this week, so there are still lots of performances left. MTV News (especially “American Idol” expert Jim Cantiello) will be all over the developments this week, including the premiere of “Idol Party Live,” which will air this and every Thursday night (March 3) at 10 p.m. (right after “Idol” wraps its live show) on MTV.com.

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For the past week, the MTV Newsroom blog has been attempting to figure out who the favorite Top 24 entrant is, and according to the poll below, Thia Megia is an early favorite. But even after thousands of votes, the numbers are extremely tight. Casey Abrams is not far behind Megia for the top spot in the poll, followed closely by Brett Loewenstern, Stefano Langone and Lauren Alaina. The rest of the current Top 10 is rounded out by the likes of Paul McDonald, Scotty McCreery, Julie Zorilla, TaTynisa Wilson and Jacob Lusk.

But are those really the favorites? Do you have a dark horse you are rooting for? And how will the performances on Tuesday (March 1) and Wednesday (March 2) night affect how you vote? The poll will remain open through Thursday morning, at which point we’ll attempt to project who the Top 13 might be. Until then, keep voting, keep watching “Idol” and stay tuned for “Idol Party Live” airing this Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern on MTV.com!

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