'American Idol' reveals remaining ninth-season Top 24 semifinalists
By Reality TV World staff, 02/18/2010
After four weeks of open audition broadcasts and four more episodes that gave viewers a look at the competition's Hollywood Round, American Idol has finally formally announced its Top 24 ninth-season semifinalists.
One night after it unveiled the first seven, American Idol revealed the identities of its 17 remaining semifinalists during Wednesday night's broadcast on Fox.
Urban was not shown on stage with American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and the rest of the semifinalists at the end of Wednesday night's broadcast but was introduced when they were individually announced while dancing moments later.
Urban is replacing Chris Golightly, who was shown on-stage with rest of the semifinalists but was disqualified after American Idol determined he was ineligible to continue in the competition.
With the selection broadcasts now over, American Idol's semifinals performance shows will now begin the three-week process in which home viewers will determine the identities of the season's Top 12 finalists.
American Idol's ninth-season semifinals will begin on Tuesday, February 23 when the Top 12 female semifinalists perform live for the first time. The Top 12 male semifinalists will follow on Wednesday night, with home viewers casting their votes immediately after each broadcast.
Two male and two female semifinalists will then be eliminated on American Idol's first live ninth-season results show on Thursday, February 25 at 8PM ET/PT.
The following two weeks will continue the same thrice-weekly format and end with a live results show broadcast on Thursday, March 11 that will reveal American Idol's Top 12 ninth-season finalists. Once the finals begin, American Idol's performance shows will air Tuesdays and the results shows will air on Wednesdays.
American Idol's 12 female ninth-season semifinalists -- and their Fox-released biographical information -- are:
Didi Benami, a 23-year-old from Knoxville, TN who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA
Benami's mother inspired her passion for music by singing to her when she was a little girl. She is currently pursuing a career in music in Los Angeles while learning to play the guitar and writing songs.
Crystal Bowersox, a 24-year-old from Elliston, OH who currently resides in Toledo, OH
Bowersox grew up on a farm in Northwest Ohio and has been playing music since she was 10 years old. She enjoys playing the piano and harmonica and spending time with her son.
Wheeler began singing and songwriting in second grade. She graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in theatre. She also enjoys playing the guitar and writing music.
American Idol's 12 male ninth-season semifinalists -- and their Fox-released biographical information -- are: