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'American Idol' reveals remaining tenth-season Top 24 semifinalists


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/25/2011 

After four weeks of open audition broadcasts and four more episodes that gave viewers a look at the competition's Hollywood and Vegas rounds, American Idol has formally announced its Top 24 tenth-season semifinalists.

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One night after it unveiled the first five, American Idol revealed the identities of its 19 remaining semifinalists during Thursday night's broadcast on Fox.

The additional semifinalists are Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, Jovany Barreto, Kendra Chantelle, Jordan Dorsey, Thia Megia, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Tim Halperin, Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone, Lauren Turner, Brett Loewenstern, Tatynisa Wilson, Jacob Lusk, Julie Zorrilla, Scotty McCreery, Rachel Zevita, and Robbie Rosen.

They join Naima Adedapo, Clint Jun Gamboa, Ashthon Jones, Paul McDonald, and Haley Reinhart -- who had already been revealed during American Idol's Wednesday night broadcast.

With the selection of the Top 24 now over, American Idol's tenth season will feature a new single semifinals round in which the show will air a pair of Tuesday and Wednesday performance shows on March 1 and 2 and a live results show that will reveal the season's finalists on Thursday, March 3.

The 12 male semifinalists will perform during Tuesday's broadcast, which will air from 8-9:30PM ET/PT, while the 12 female semifinalists will perform during Wednesday's episode, which will air from 8-9:30PM ET/PT. The results show -- which will be a special live, two-hour broadcast -- will then follow on Thursday, March 3 from 8-10PM ET/PT.

Last month, Fox had announced the new single semifinals round format will feature the five male and five female semifinalists who receive the most home viewer votes automatically advancing to Idol's tenth-season finals and being joined by an unspecified number of additional "Wild Card" picks selected by new judging panel members Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler

However whether that is still the plan -- the same announcement had also stated that there would only be 20 semifinalists, not 24 -- is unclear.

American Idol's 12 male tenth-season semifinalists -- and their Fox-released biographical information -- are:

- Casey Abrams, a 20-year-old from Wilmette, IL, who currently resides in Idyllwild, CA

- Jovany Barreto, a 23-year-old from Harvey, LA, who currently resides in Harvey, LA

- Jordan Dorsey, a 21-year-old from Laplace, LA, who currently resides in Donaldsville, LA

- James Durbin, a 22-year-old from Santa Cruz, CA, who currently resides in Santa Cruz, CA

- Clint Jun Gamboa, a 26-year-old from Long Beach, CA, who currently resides in Long Beach, CA

- Tim Halperin, a 23-year-old from Omaha, NE, who currently resides in Fort Worth, TX

- Stefano Langone, a 21-year-old from Kent, WA, who currently resides in Kent, WA

- Brett Loewenstern, a 17-year-old from Boca Raton, FL, who currently resides in Boca Raton, FL

- Jacob Lusk, a 23-year-old from Compton, CA, who currently resides in Compton, CA

- Scotty McCreery, a 17-year-old from Garner, NC, who currently resides in Garner, NC

- Paul McDonald, a 26-year-old from Huntsville, AL, who currently resides in Nashville, TN

- Robbie Rosen, a 17-year-old from Merrick, NY, who currently resides in Merrick, NY

 
American Idol's 12 female tenth-season semifinalists -- and their Fox-released biographical information -- are:

- Naima Adedapo, a 26-year-old from Milwaukee, WI, who currently resides in Milwaukee, WI

- Lauren Alaina, a 16-year-old from Rossville, GA, who currently resides in Rossville, GA

- Kendra Chantelle, a 22-year-old from Loudon, TN, who currently resides in Nashville, TN

- Ashthon Jones, a 24-year-old from Valdosta, GA, who currently resides in Nashville, TN

- Thia Megia, a 16-year-old from Hayward, CA, who currently resides in Mountain House, CA

- Haley Reinhart, a 20-year-old from Wheeling, IL, who currently resides in Wheeling, IL

- Karen Rodriguez, a 21-year-old from New York, NY, who currently resides in New York, NY

- Pia Toscano, a 22-year-old from Howard Beach, NY, who currently resides in Howard Beach, NY

- Lauren Turner, a 24-year-old from Covington, LA, who currently resides in Slidell, LA

- Tatynisa Wilson, a 20-year-old from Shreveport, LA, who currently resides in Aurora, IL

- Julie Zorrilla, a 20-year-old from Denver, CO, who currently resides in Hollywood, CA

- Rachel Zevita, a 23-year-old from New York, NY, who currently resides in New York, NY



(Photo credit Fox)


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