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"American Idol" Reveals More Semi-Finalists; and a Dramatic Twist
The male semi-finalists will compete Tuesday, February 28 followed by the female semi-finalists on Wednesday, February 29.

[via press release from FOX]



AMERICAN IDOL Goes LIVE Next Week When Top 13 Guys Compete Tuesday, February 28; Top 12 Girls Compete Wednesday, February 29; Finalists Announced Thursday, March 1, on FOX

Next Week After Performance Shows Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, February 29 Voting Begins Via Toll-Free Phone Lines, AT&T Text Messaging & Online at www.americanidol.com

The AMERICAN IDOL auditions came to a spectacular conclusion tonight as the judges' remaining picks for the semi-finalists were revealed. Jennifer, Randy and Steven have chosen their top contestants and will turn the power over to America when the LIVE shows and voting begin next week.

Also in a dramatic twist, it was announced that one of these four contestants - Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law and David Leathers - will get a second chance and join the male semi-finalists next week on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed). The male semi-finalists - DeAndre Brackensick, Adam Brock, Colton Dixon, Creighton Fraker, Eben Franckewitz, Reed Grimm, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, Chase Likens, Aaron Marcellus, Phil Phillips and Jeremy Rosado, plus one more lucky contestant - will perform LIVE for the first time on AMERICAN IDOL.

On Wednesday, Feb. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed), the female semi-finalists - Baylie Brown, Hollie Cavanagh, Hallie Day, Jennifer Hirsh, Haley Johnsen, Skylar Laine, Shannon Magrane, Jessica Sanchez, Chelsea Sorrell, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Brielle Von Hugel - will perform LIVE for the first time on AMERICAN IDOL.

Then, tune in to see who America picks to become a finalist on the season's first LIVE results show Thursday, March 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Top 13 male semi-finalists scheduled to perform Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) include:

DeAndre Brackensick
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Age: 17
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Adam Brock
Hometown: Washington, PA
Age: 27
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Colton Dixon
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 20
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Creighton Fraker
Hometown: Queens, NY
Age: 28
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Eben Franckewitz
Hometown: Loveland, OH
Age: 15
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Reed Grimm
Hometown: Ellsworth, WI
Age: 26
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Heejun Han
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Age: 22
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Joshua Ledet
Hometown: Westlake, LA
Age: 19
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Chase Likens
Hometown: Point Pleasant, WV
Age: 21
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Aaron Marcellus
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Age: 27
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Phil Phillips
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Age: 21
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Jeremy Rosado
Hometown: Valrico, FL
Age: 19
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One of these contestants - Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law or David Leathers - will join the male semi-finalists.

Top 12 female semi-finalists scheduled to perform Wednesday, Feb. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) include:

Baylie Brown
Hometown: Krum, TX
Age: 22
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Hollie Cavanagh
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Age: 18
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Hallie Day
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Age: 24
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Jennifer Hirsh
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
Age: 25
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Haley Johnsen
Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Age: 23
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Skylar Laine
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Age: 18
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Shannon Magrane
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Age: 16
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Jessica Sanchez
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Age: 16
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Chelsea Sorrell
Hometown: Stokesdale, NC
Age: 23
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Elise Testone
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Age: 28
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Erika Van Pelt
Hometown: South Kingstown, RI
Age: 26
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Brielle Von Hugel
Hometown: Staten Island, NY
Age: 17
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At the end of each performance show, the phone lines will open for at least two hours and AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) via the branded toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.). AT&T wireless subscribers can use their cell phones to vote by texting the word "VOTE" to the four-digit short code (5701, 5702, etc.) that corresponds with the contestant of their choice. Additionally, fans will be able to cast their votes online at www.americanidol.com.

To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit www.americanidol.com and follow the directions. Fans will be required to log in using their Facebook account to access the AMERICAN IDOL voting page, which will feature the name and photo of each of the current contestants. To vote, fans will simply choose their favorite contestant, complete the security verification and submit their choice. After each performance show and during the online voting window, fans may cast up to 50 total online votes for that evening's performances. Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.

Visit www.americanidol.com for all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

Become a fan of AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson; @JLo; and @iamstevent.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. AMERICAN IDOL has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past eight consecutive seasons.

  [february 2012]  


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