Friday, February 15, 2013

American Idol's Top 40 Announced

The AMERICAN IDOL auditions came to a conclusion tonight as the judges’ semifinalists picks were revealed.  Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and and Keith Urban chose the Top 40 contestants, who will now head to Las Vegas to perform on the stage of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE Theatre at The Mirage.

The Vegas move is a new twist in the competition, during which the Top 40 once again will be split by gender. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), 10 semifinalists will perform each night – girls on Wednesdays and guys on Thursdays.  Each night, the judges will decide which five will stay and which five will be sent home. At the end of the first stage of the semifinals, only 20 contestants will remain.

Top 20 girls include:

Melinda Ademi, 19, Yonkers, NY
Janelle Arthur, 23, Oliver Springs, TN
Juliana Chahayed, 15, Woodland Hills, CA
Cristabel Clack, 29, San Antonio, TX
Aubrey Cleland, 19, West Linn, OR
Candice Glover, 23, St. Helena Island, SC
Rachel Hale, 21, Prescott, AR
Kree Harrison, 22, Nashville, TN
Jett Hermano, 25, Seattle, WA
Amber Holcomb, 18, Houston, TX
Brandy Hotard, 26 Port Allen, LA
Isabelle, 22, Duluth, GA
Zoanette Johnson, 20, Tulsa, OK
Adriana Latonio, 17, Anchorage, AK
Angela Miller, 18, Beverly, MA
Kamaria Ousley, 29, Oakland, CA
Breanna Steer, 18, Laplace, LA
Tenna Torres, 28, Queens, NY
Shubha Vedula, 17, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Jenny Beth Willis, 17, Owensboro, KY

Top 20 guys include:

Lazaro Arbos, 21, Naples, FL
Charlie Askew, 17, Little Rock, AR
Nick Boddington, 27, Memphis, TN
Curtis Finch Jr., 24, St. Louis, MO
Kevin Harris, 28, Montgomery, AL
Josh Holiday, 24, Celeste, TX
J’DA, 27, Chicago, IL
Paul Jolley, 22, Palmersville, TN
Johnny Keyser, 24, Pompano Beach, FL
Elijah Liu, 18, Rowland Heights, CA
Vincent Powell, 29, Austin, TX
Cortez Shaw, 21, Dallas, TX
Gurpreet Singh Sarin, 22, North Potomac, MD
Jimmy Smith, 25, Waynesboro, TN
Bryant Tadeo, 23, Hilo, HI
Burnell Taylor, 19, New Orleans, LA
Mathenee Treco, 26, Aurora, CO
Devin Velez, 18, Chicago, IL
Chris Watson, 25, Fords, NJ
David Willis, 21, Mount Dora, FL

Once the top 20 are chosen, the next phase allows viewers to vote for who will advance to the finals and who will go home, during a special three-night AMERICAN IDOL event. In the season’s first live show, airing on a special night, Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the first group of 10 semifinalists will perform LIVE from Las Vegas for America’s vote. On Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the second group of 10 semifinalists will perform LIVE. On a super-sized, 90-minute episode airing Thursday, March 7 (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), America’s vote and the AMERICAN IDOL finalists will be announced LIVE from Los Angeles.

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