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'American Idol' determines remaining five Top 10 guys and completes Top 20 semifinalists


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/01/2013 

American Idol determined the remaining five male members of the twelfth-season's Top 20 semifinalists during Wednesday night's Fox broadcast of Las Vegas Round eliminations.

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Five male contestants were sent home from American Idol's twelfth season and five advanced after 10 men took the stage and performed any song of their choice in any genre for judges Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson.

After hearing from all the singers, the judges had to determine which guys should be ousted from the competition, and if the vote ended in a 2-2 tie, music producer Jimmy Iovine would have the final say and serve as the tie-breaking vote.

The five male contestants who made it into the season's Top 10 guys and Top 20 semifinalists overall were Vincent Powell, a 29-year-old from Austin, TX; Nick Boddington, a 27-year-old from Memphis, TN; Burnell Taylor, a 19-year-old from New Orleans, LA; Lazaro Arbos, a 21-year-old from Naples, FL; and Cortez Shaw, a 21-year-old from Dallas, TX.

The five men cut following the "sudden death round" in Las Vegas were Mathenee Treco, a 26-year-old from Aurora, CO; Gurpreet Singh Sarin, a 22-year-old from North Potomac, MD; Josh Holiday, a 24-year-old from Celeste, TX; David Oliver Willis, a 21-year-old from Mount Dora, FL; and Bryant Tadeo, a 23-year-old from Hilo, HI.

Now that the 20 semifinalists have all been revealed, similar to last season, American Idol will air back-to-back live semifinals performance shows which will feature the 10 girls on Tuesday, March 5 and the 10 guys on Wednesday, March 6. A live results show announcing the season's Top 10 finalists will then air on Thursday, March 7.

The five male and five female semifinalists who receive the most home viewer votes will automatically advance to Idol's twelfth-season finals. In a departure from last season, the judges will not have the opportunity to each select a "Wild Card" pick to join America's chosen Top 10.   

Once the finalists are determined, American Idol's first twelfth-season performance show will then air on Wednesday, March 13 and feature the finalists singing for home viewer votes. One finalist will then be eliminated the following night during the season's first live elimination results show.

American Idol's Top 10 twelfth-season female semifinalists are:

- Janelle Arthur, a 23-year-old from Oliver Springs, TN

- Aubrey Cleland, a 19-year-old from West Linn, OR

- Candice Glover, a 23-year-old from St. Helena Island, SC

- Kree Harrison, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN

- Amber Holcomb, an 18-year-old from Houston, TX

- Zoanette Johnson, a 20-year-old from Tulsa, OK

- Adriana Latonio, a 17-year-old from Anchorage, AK

- Angela Miller, an 18-year-old from Beverly, MA

- Breanna Steer, an 18-year-old from Laplace, LA

- Tenna Torres, a 28-year-old from Queens, NY 


American Idol's Top 10 twelfth-season male semifinalists are:

- Lazaro Arbos, a 21-year-old from Naples, FL

- Charlie Askew, a 17-year-old from Little Rock, AR

- Nick Boddington, a 27-year-old from Memphis, TN

- Curtis Finch Jr., a 24-year-old from St. Louis, MO

- Paul Jolley, a 22-year-old from Palmersville, TN

- Elijah Liu, an 18-year-old from Rowland Heights, CA

- Vincent Powell, a 29-year-old from Austin, TX

- Cortez Shaw, a 21-year-old from Dallas, TX.

- Burnell Taylor, a 19-year-old from New Orleans, LA

- Devin Velez, an 18-year-old from Chicago, IL

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