Andrew Garcia, a 23-year-old from Moreno Valley, CA who memorably played an acoustic version of Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" during one of his Hollywood Week auditions, has been named the favorite to win American Idol's ninth season with 4/1 odds, according to gambling website Bodog.com.
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.
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