Let's take a moment to consider that. Because I'm not entirely sure the full impact has hit everyone quite yet.
Counting Second Chance, we have had 261 contestants this season. Everyone left is within a breath of reaching the Top 25. That's pretty darn good.
Give yourself a moment to pat yourself on the back.
Now that your hands are preoccupied I can strike!!! Oh wait, sorry. . . kind of a bit of impulse there. ;)
What I mean, of course, is "job well done".
Of interest, to me, is that there do still seem to be divisions in the ranks among vets and newbies, or to be more accurate, people who became friends in previous seasons vs people who are playing for the first time. Maybe it's not "divisions" so much as they are "priorities". It makes sense, people who grow closer tend to admire each other's work and share similar tastes in what they like and don't like as much. From my perch, I've seen it before, but it hasn't felt quite like this.
Then again, this is also the highest number of veterans we've ever had left at this stage of the competition. So that is bound to shift that perception in new and interesting ways.
It's worth noting - because I mentioned it just the other day and someone said they had never heard this stat: Thus far, every single Idol season has been won by a newbie. No veteran has ever won. No man had ever won. No non-American has ever won! Will this be the season where one or more of those is broken? Only time, and the voters, will tell.