'American Idol,' Season 11, Episode 11, 'Final Judgment, Part 1': TV Recap. The countdown to the finals is on for "American Idol." By the end of this week, there will be just 24 contestants left standing -- twelve girls and twelve guys. They’ll take the stage next week each vying for a spot as finalist, and then the live shows begins. That’s when America makes the choices, deciding each singer’s fate.