'American Idol' eliminates 10 and reveals Top 10 twelfth-season finalists
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/08/2013
American Idol's Top 10 twelfth-season finalists were revealed during Thursday night's live results show broadcast which ended the competition's semifinal round and eliminated 10 of the season's Top 20 contestants.
America's chosen finalists were revealed one by one throughout the episode and given the opportunity to sing a victory song after briefly being congratulated by Idol judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Randy Jackson. In a departure from previous seasons, the judging panel had no "Wild Card" picks this year.
Arthur, Glover, Harrison, Holcomb, and Miller advanced to American Idol's finals after they received the most home viewer votes following Tuesday night's broadcast in which the Top 10 female semifinalists performed. Arbos, Finch Jr., Jolley, Taylor, and Velez advanced after they finished as the top five vote-getters following Wednesday night's performance show in which the Top 10 male semifinalists took the stage.
The Top 10 finalists do not come as much of a surprise, as the majority of the males and females in the bunch had received top praise from the judges this week for their performances.
During last night's broadcast, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest revealed 39 million votes were cast over the last two nights of performance shows. While Seacrest noted that's almost 10 million more than last year, he also didn't point out that the show introduced a new "SuperVote" ability this season -- allowing viewers to cast up to 50 votes at once.
American Idol's Top 10 twelfth-season finalists will take the stage and sing for home viewer votes on Wednesday, March 13. One finalist will then be eliminated the following night during the season's first live elimination results show.