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[02/21/13 - 09:24 PM]
Five More Semifinalists Advance to the Top 20 on "American Idol"
Five more guys and five more girls will join the Top 20 Semifinalists next week.

[via press release from FOX]

CHARLIE ASKEW, CURTIS FINCH JR., PAUL JOLLEY, ELIJAH LIU AND DEVIN VELEZ ARE SECOND SET OF SEMIFINALISTS TO JOIN TOP 20 ON "AMERICAN IDOL"

SEMIFINAL SUDDEN DEATH ROUNDS CONTINUE NEXT WEEK; NEXT GROUP OF GIRLS PERFORM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, GUYS PERFORM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28

Top 20 Semifinalists Announced Thursday, Feb. 28 on FOX

Tonight from Las Vegas, the first group of guy semifinalists performed on the stage of Cirque du Soleil's Beatles LOVE Theatre at The Mirage. After another dramatic round of deliberations, judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban announced the first five guys who will join the five girls announced last night in this season's Top 20. The five guy semifinalists are Charlie Askew, 18, from Little Rock, AR; Curtis Finch Jr., 24, from St. Louis, MO; Paul Jolley, 22, from Palmersville, TN; Elijah Liu, 18, from Rowland Heights, CA; and Devin Velez, 18, from Chicago, IL.

Tune in next week on Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the Sudden Death Rounds continue when the second group of girls - Melinda Ademi, Janelle Arthur, Juliana Chahayed, Cristabel Clack, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Jett Hermano, Zoanette Johnson and Breanna Steer - perform and the judges decide which five will join the Top 20.

Don't miss the dramatic conclusion from Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the final group of guys - Lazaro Arbos, Nick Boddington, Josh Holiday, Vincent Powell, Cortez Shaw, Gurpreet Singh Sarin, Bryant Tadeo, Burnell Taylor, Mathenee Treco and David Willis - perform with the hope of claiming one of the five remaining spots.

Visit www.americanidol.com for interviews with the Top 40, as well as additional AMERICAN IDOL news.

"Like" 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: @MariahCarey; @yo_randyjackson; @nickiminaj; and @keithurban. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App Store; and for Android devices at Google Play.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.





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