[03/01/12 - 10:08 PM]
"American Idol" Top 13 Finalists Revealed
The Top 13 will be mentored by Mary J. Blige as the guys take on the music of Stevie Wonder and the ladies pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

[via press release from FOX]




Voting Continues Next Wednesday Immediately After the Top 13 Performance Show Via Toll-Free Phone Lines, AT&T Text Messaging and Online at www.americanidol.com

Mary J. Blige and AMERICAN IDOL Alum Lauren Alaina to Perform on Next Results Show Thursday, March 8, on FOX

Tonight in the first LIVE results show of the season, AMERICAN IDOL revealed the Top 13 finalists: DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Jermaine Jones, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Phillip Phillips, Jeremy Rosado, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt. America voted for the Top 10 and then in a dramatic wild card round, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler chose Brackensick, Rosado and Van Pelt to continue in the competition.

Next week, on an historic night Wednesday, March 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), AMERICAN IDOL celebrates its milestone 400th episode, when the Top 13 will be mentored by the legendary Mary J. Blige as the guys take on the music of Stevie Wonder and the ladies pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), as America finds out who received enough votes to continue in the competition and who will be sent home. In addition, singing sensation Mary J. Blige takes the stage to perform and Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returns to perform her smash hit "Georgia Peach."

The AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Top 13 finalists are:

DeAndre Brackensick
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Age: 17
Watch DeAndre's performance from this week
Keep up with Deandre at:
Fun Facts about DeAndre: 1. I love Hawaiian culture. 2. My two closest friends have the exact same hair as me. 3. I make Polynesian costumes for a living.

Hollie Cavanagh
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Age: 18
Watch Hollie's performance from this week
Keep up with Hollie at:
Fun Facts about Hollie: 1. I love old couples. 2. I play soccer. 3. I have a shoe obsession.

Colton Dixon
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Age: 20
Watch Colton's performance from this week
Keep up with Colton at:
Fun Facts about Colton: 1. I love to skimboard at the beach. 2. I was an extra in the "Hannah Montana" movie. 3. I have a Bobblehead collection.

Heejun Han
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Age: 22
Watch Heejun's performance from this week
Keep up with Heejun at:
Fun Facts about Heejun: 1. I can do an impression of "Smeagol" from "The Lord of the Rings" movies. 2. I can eat a whole cup of noodles in less than 10 seconds. 3. I can predict a specific incident by dreaming about it a couple of days before.

Jermaine Jones
Hometown: Pine Hill, NJ
Age: 25
Watch Jermaine's performance from this week
Keep up with Jermaine at:
Fun Facts about Jermaine: 1. I have a great sense of humor. 2. I like to shop. 3. I like to dance.

Skylar Laine
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Age: 18
Watch Skylar's performance from this week
Keep up with Skylar at:
Fun Facts about Skylar: 1. I drive a big truck. 2. My favorite college team is the Ole Miss Rebels. 3. I have a small collection of knives.

Joshua Ledet
Hometown: Westlake, LA
Age: 19
Watch Joshua's performance from this week
Keep up with Joshua at:
Fun Facts about Joshua: 1. I'm addicted to spicy foods. 2. My favorite color is blue. 3. I'm scared of any horror movie with zombies in it.

Shannon Magrane
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Age: 16
Watch Shannon's performance from this week
Keep up with Shannon at:
Fun Facts about Shannon: 1. I sing all the time - in school hallways, in the shower, everywhere. 2. I can cross my eyes. 3. I love to rollerblade.

Phillip Phillips
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Age: 21
Watch Phillip's performance from this week
Keep up with Phillip at:
Fun Facts about Phillip: 1. I am double-jointed in my thumbs. 2. I love watching movies. 3. I can do an impression of "Mr. Herbert" on FAMILY GUY.

Jeremy Rosado
Hometown: Valrico, FL
Age: 19
Watch Jeremy's performance from this week
Keep up with Jeremy at:
Fun Facts about Jeremy: 1. I love airplanes. 2. I love Chinese food. 3. I'm huggable.

Jessica Sanchez
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Age: 16
Watch Jessica's performance from this week
Keep up with Jessica at:
Fun Facts about Jessica: 1. I can rap. 2. I love video games. 3. I have more than 30 pairs of shoes.

Elise Testone
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Age: 28
Watch Elise's performance from this week
Keep up with Elise at:
Fun Facts about Elise: 1. I skateboard with my dog. 2. I can move my ears. 3. I can juggle.

Erika Van Pelt
Hometown: South Kingstown, RI
Age: 26
Watch Erika's performance from this week
Keep up with Erika at:
Fun Facts about Erika: 1. I love all things "Star Wars." 2. I secretly want to be a pirate. 3. When I'm stressed, I like to go to the arcade.

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.

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.

Visit www.americanidol.com for additional information regarding AMERICAN IDOL voting, as well as exclusive videos, interviews and photos, as well as special behind-the-scenes information and all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

  [march 2012]  


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