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[02/28/13 - 10:06 PM]
Five More Semifinalists Chosen to Round Out the Top 20 on "American Idol"
Next week, "Idol" will air on three consecutive nights and it will be up to America to decide who becomes a finalist.

[via press release from FOX]

LAZARO ARBOS, NICK BODDINGTON, VINCENT POWELL, CORTEZ SHAW AND BURNELL TAYLOR ROUND OUT THE TOP 20 SEMIFINALISTS ON "AMERICAN IDOL"

"AMERICAN IDOL" GOES LIVE AND VOTING BEGINS NEXT WEEK

TOP 10 GIRLS COMPETE TUESDAY, MARCH 5; TOP 10 GUYS COMPETE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6; FINALISTS ANNOUNCED THURSDAY, MARCH 7, ON FOX

Tonight, AMERICAN IDOL named the final set of guys who will join the Top 20. They are Lazaro Arbos, 21, from Naples, FL; Nick Boddington, 27, from Memphis, TN; Vincent Powell, 29, from Austin, TX; Cortez Shaw, 21, from Dallas, TX; and Burnell Taylor, 19, from New Orleans, LA.

The five guys who made it through tonight join the 15 semifinalists who already have made it to the Top 20: Girls - Janelle Arthur, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Zoanette Johnson, Adriana Latonio, Angela Miller, Breanna Steer and Tenna Torres; Guys - Charlie Askew, Curtis Finch, Jr., Paul Jolley, Elijah Liu and Devin Velez.

Next week, AMERICAN IDOL will air on three consecutive nights and it will be up to America to decide who becomes a finalist. On Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), live from Las Vegas, the Top 10 girl semifinalists take the stage and sing their hearts out for America and the judges in hopes of winning America's vote. On Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), it is the Top 10 guy semifinalists' turn to perform. On the most dramatic night of the competition so far, this season's finalists will be announced live from the IDOL stage in Los Angeles on a special 90-minute episode airing Thursday, March 7 (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Below are the Top 10 girl semifinalists on AMERICAN IDOL who will be vying for America's vote(s) after their LIVE performances on Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed):

Janelle Arthur Age: 23 Hometown: Oliver Springs, TN Facebook: www.facebook.com/JanelleAI12 Twitter: @JanelleAI12

Aubrey Cleland Age: 19 Hometown: West Linn, OR Facebook: www.facebook.com/AubreyAI12 Twitter: @AubreyAI12

Candice Glover Age: 23 Hometown: St. Helena Island, SC Facebook: www.facebook.com/CandiceAI12 Twitter: @CandiceAI12

Kree Harrison Age: 22 Hometown: Nashville, TN Facebook: www.facebook.com/KreeAI12 Twitter: @KreeAI12

Amber Holcomb Age: 18 Hometown: Houston, TX Facebook: www.facebook.com/AmberAI12 Twitter: @AmberAI12

Zoanette Johnson Age: 20 Hometown: Tulsa, OK Facebook: www.facebook.com/ZoanetteAI12 Twitter: @ZoanetteAI12

Adriana Latonio Age: 17 Hometown: Anchorage, AK Facebook: www.facebook.com/AdrianaAI12 Twitter: @AdrianaAI12

Angela Miller Age: 19 Hometown: Beverly, MA Facebook: www.facebook.com/AngieAI12 Twitter: @AngieAI12

Breanna Steer Age: 18 Hometown: LaPlace, LA Facebook: www.facebook.com/BreannaAI12 Twitter: @BreannaAI12

Tenna Torres Age: 29 Hometown: Queens, NY Facebook: www.facebook.com/TennaAI12 Twitter: @TennaAI12

Below are the Top 10 guy semifinalists on AMERICAN IDOL who will be vying for America's vote(s) after their LIVE performances on Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed):

Lazaro Arbos Age: 21 Hometown: Naples, FL Facebook: www.facebook.com/LazaroAI12 Twitter: @LazaroAI12

Charlie Askew Age: 18 Hometown: Little Rock, AR Facebook: www.facebook.com/CharlieAI12 Twitter: @CharlieAI12

Nick Boddington Age: 27 Hometown: Memphis, TN Facebook: www.facebook.com/NickBAI12 Twitter: @NickBAI12

Curtis Finch, Jr. Age: 25 Hometown: St. Louis, MO Facebook: www.facebook.com/CurtisAI12 Twitter: @CurtisAI12

Paul Jolley Age: 23 Hometown: Palmersville, TN Facebook: www.facebook.com/PaulJolleyAI12 Twitter: @PaulJolleyAI12

Elijah Liu Age: 18 Hometown: Rowland Heights, CA Facebook: www.facebook.com/ElijahAI12 Twitter: @ElijahAI12

Vincent Powell Age: 29 Hometown: Austin, TX Facebook: www.facebook.com/VincentAI12 Twitter: @VincentAI12

Cortez Shaw Age: 22 Hometown: Dallas, TX Facebook: www.facebook.com/CortezAI12 Twitter: @CortezAI12

Burnell Taylor Age: 19 Hometown: New Orleans, LA Facebook: www.facebook.com/BurnellAI12 Twitter: @BurnellAI12

Devin Velez Age: 18 Hometown: Chicago, IL Facebook: www.facebook.com/DevinAI12 Twitter: @DevinAI12

Get to know all the semifinalists and watch/share their "Homegrown Talent" videos at www.americanidol.com.

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 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 (standard text-messaging rates may apply). 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. 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.

"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 StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

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.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: **App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Google Play is a trademark of Google Inc.]





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