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Alleged identities of 'American Idol' ninth-season semifinalists surface


By Christopher Rocchio, 01/19/2010 

The anonymous online spoiler who managed to correctly reveal the identities of American Idol's semifinalists for the last two years has now released the alleged names of nearly all of the ninth-season's Top 24 semifinalists.

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Twenty of the Top 24 semifinalists have allegedly been identified by Joesplace, including four contestants -- Katie Stevens, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodriguez and Jermaine Sellers -- whose auditions aired last week during American Idol's two-night premiere, which featured audition footage from Boston and Atlanta.

The list also includes Aaron Kelly, a former America's Most Talented Kids contestant, and Lacey Brown, who advanced to Idol's eighth-season Hollywood Week round before being cut. In addition, Sellers previously competed on BET's Sunday Best reality series.

Unlike previous Idol seasons in which Hollywood Week occurred in the fall and ended with the final 50 contestants returning to California learn their semifinalist fates at a later date, American Idol's ninth-season Hollywood round took place last week and ended with the contestants learning their semifinalist status on Friday.

American Idol's ninth-season Hollywood Week coverage -- which will feature the introduction of Ellen DeGeneres, who replaced Paula Abdul on the show's judging panel -- will begin on Tuesday, February 9 and continue the following night.

Similar to last season, Fox will broadcast an additional two Hollywood Week episodes on February 16 and 17. 

American Idol's ninth-season Top 24 semifinalists -- 12 males and 12 females -- will then officially be revealed on the February 17 broadcast. 

Once the ninth-season semifinals begin, the contestants will be divided into male and female groups and compete separately.  Both groups will then gradually be whittled to six finalists via three semifinals performance rounds that will eliminate two male and two female semifinalists each week based on viewer voting. 

The format will result in each finalist having given three semifinals performances and a gender-balanced finalist field. 

The Top 12 female semifinalists will perform for the first time on Tuesday, February 23, while the Top 12 male semifinalists will perform for the first time the following night in the same timeslot.  Home viewers will be able to cast their votes immediately following each broadcast.

American Idol's first live ninth-season results show will then air on Thursday, February 25, in which two male and two female semifinalists will be eliminated based on home viewer votes.

American Idol's ninth season will continue with a similar broadcast schedule over the next two weeks -- with the female semifinalists performing on Tuesday nights and the male semifinalists performing on Wednesday nights before two of each are sent home on Thursday nights.  The Top 12 ninth-season finalists will be revealed at the conclusion of the March 11 broadcast.

American Idol's Top 12 ninth-season finalists will then take the stage for the first time on Tuesday, March 16, with one finalist's journey coming to an end when home viewer votes are revealed on Wednesday, March 17. 

According to Joesplace, 20 of the ninth-season Top 24 semifinalists are:



- Lacey Brown, a 23-year-old from Amarillo, TX

- Michelle Delamor, a 19-year-old from Miami Beach, FL

- Lee DeWyze from Chicago, IL

- David Duke, a 23-year-old from Waxahachie, TX

- Katelyn Epperly from Des Moines, IA

- Andrew Garcia from Moreno Valley, CA

- Christopher "Chris" Golightly from Orange County, CA

- Tyler Grady

- Benjamin "Ben" Honeycutt from Ringgold, GA

- Casey James from Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

- Aaron Kelly, a 16-year-old from Sonestown, PA

- Alexander "Alex" Lambert from North Richland Hills, TX

- Michael Lynche

- John Park from New Jersey

- Ashley Rodriguez from Boston, MA

- Lillian "Lilly" Scott from Denver/Boulder, CO

- Jermaine Sellers, a 25-year-old from Joliet, IL

- Katie Stevens

- Haeley Vaughn, a 16-year-old from Fort Collins, CO

- Janell Wheeler from Orlando, FL

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