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.
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.