'American Idol' Reveals More Semi-Finalists and a Dramatic Twist

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February 23rd, 2012

via press release:

 “American Idol” REVEALS MORE SEMI-FINALISTS;

AND A DRAMATIC TWIST

 

AMERICA, GET READY TO VOTE!

 

American Idol Goes LIVE Next Week When

Top 13 Guys Compete Tuesday, February 28;

Top 12 Girls Compete Wednesday, February 29;

Finalists Announced Thursday, March 1, on FOX

 

Next Week After Performance Shows

Tuesday, February 28 and Wednesday, February 29

Voting Begins Via Toll-Free Phone Lines,

AT&T Text Messaging & Online at www.americanidol.com

 

The American Idol auditions came to a spectacular conclusion tonight as the judges’ remaining picks for the semi-finalists were revealed. Jennifer, Randy and Steven have chosen their top contestants and will turn the power over to America when the LIVE shows and voting begin next week.

 

Also in a dramatic twist, it was announced that one of these four contestants – Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law and David Leathers – will get a second chance and join the male semi-finalists next week on a special night, Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed). The male semi-finalists – DeAndre Brackensick, Adam Brock, Colton Dixon, Creighton Fraker, Eben Franckewitz, Reed Grimm, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, Chase Likens, Aaron Marcellus, Phil Phillips and Jeremy Rosado, plus one more lucky contestant – will perform LIVE for the first time on American Idol.

 

On Wednesday, Feb. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/tape-delayed), the female semi-finalists –  Baylie Brown, Hollie Cavanagh, Hallie Day, Jennifer Hirsh, Haley Johnsen, Skylar Laine, Shannon Magrane, Jessica Sanchez, Chelsea Sorrell, Elise Testone, Erika Van Pelt and Brielle Von Hugel –  will perform LIVE for the first time on AMERICAN IDOL.

 

Then, tune in to see who America picks to become a finalist on the season’s first LIVE results show Thursday, March 1 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

 

 

Top 13 male semi-finalists scheduled to perform Tuesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) include:

 

DeAndre Brackensick             

Hometown: San Jose, CA

Age: 17

Meet Deandre Brackensick video

 

Keep up with Deandre at:

www.twitter.com/BrackensickAI11

www.facebook.com/BrackensickAI11


Adam Brock

Hometown: Washington, PA

Age: 27

Meet Adam Brock video

 

Keep up with Adam at:

www.twitter.com/ABrockAI11

www.facebook.com/ABrockAI11

 


Colton Dixon

Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN

Age: 20

Meet Colton Dixon video

 

Keep up with Colton at:

www.twitter.com/CDixonAI11

www.facebook.com/CDixonAI11

 


Creighton Fraker

Hometown: Queens, NY

Age: 28

Meet Creighton Fraker video

 

Keep up with Creighton at:

www.twitter.com/CFrakerAI11

www.facebook.com/CFrakerAI11

 


Eben Franckewitz

Hometown: Loveland, OH

Age: 15

Meet Eben Franckewitz video

 

Keep up with Eben at:

www.twitter.com/FranckewitzAI11

www.facebook.com/FranckewitzAI11


Reed Grimm

Hometown: Ellsworth, WI

Age: 26

Meet Reed Grimm video

 

Keep up with Reed at:

www.twitter.com/RGrimmAI11

www.facebook.com/RGrimmAI11

 


Heejun Han

Hometown: Flushing, NY

Age: 22

Meet Heejun Han video

 

Keep up with Heejun at:

www.twitter.com/HHanAI11

www.facebook.com/HHanAI11

 


Joshua Ledet

Hometown: Westlake, LA

Age: 19

Meet Joshua Ledet video

 

Keep up with Joshua at:

www.twitter.com/JLedetAI11

www.facebook.com/JLedetAI11


Chase Likens

Hometown: Point Pleasant, WV

Age: 21

Meet Chase Likens video

 

Keep up with Chase at:

www.twitter.com/CLikensAI11

www.facebook.com/CLikensAI11


Aaron Marcellus

Hometown: Atlanta, GA

Age: 27

Meet Aaron Marcellus video

 

Keep up with Aaron at:

www.twitter.com/AMarcellusAI11

www.facebook.com/AMarcellusAI11


Phil Phillips

Hometown: Leesburg, GA

Age: 21

Meet Phil Phillips video

 

Keep up with Phillip at:

www.twitter.com/PPhillipsAI11

www.facebook.com/PPhillipsAI11

 


Jeremy Rosado

Hometown: Valrico, FL

Age: 19

Meet Jeremy Rosado video

 

Keep up with Jeremy at:

www.twitter.com/JRosadoAI11

www.facebook.com/JRosadoAI11


One of these contestants – Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law or David Leathers – will join the male semi-finalists.

[Editor’s note: Photos of Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law and David Leathers are available on www.foxflash.com]

 

Top 12 female semi-finalists scheduled to perform Wednesday, Feb. 29 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) include:

 

Baylie Brown

Hometown: Krum, TX

Age: 22

Meet Baylie Brown video

 

Keep up with Baylie at:

www.twitter.com/BBrownAI11

www.facebook.com/BBrownAI11

 


Hollie Cavanagh

Hometown: McKinney, TX

Age: 18

Meet Hollie Cavanagh video

 

Keep up with Hollie at:

www.twitter.com/CavanaghAI11

www.facebook.com/CavanaghAI11


  Hallie Day

  Hometown: Baltimore, MD

  Age: 24

Meet Hallie Day video

 

Keep up with Hallie at:

www.twitter.com/HDayAI11

www.facebook.com/HDayAI11


 

Jennifer Hirsh

Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA

Age: 25

Meet Jennifer Hirsh video

 

Keep up with Jen at:

www.twitter.com/JHirshAI11

www.facebook.com/JHirshAI11

 


Haley Johnsen

Hometown: Beaverton, OR

Age: 23

Meet Haley Johnsen video

 

Keep up with Haley at:

www.twitter.com/HJohnsenAI11

www.facebook.com/HJohnsenAI11

 

 

   

  Skylar Laine

  Hometown: Brandon, MS

  Age: 18

Meet Skylar Laine video

 

Keep up with Skylar at:

www.twitter.com/SLaineAI11

www.facebook.com/SLaineAI11


  Shannon Magrane

  Hometown: Tampa, FL

  Age: 16

Meet Shannon Magrane video

 

Keep up with Shannon at:

www.twitter.com/SMagraneAI11

www.facebook.com/SMagraneAI11


 

Jessica Sanchez

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Age: 16

Meet Jessica Sanchez video

 

Keep up with Jessica at:

www.twitter.com/JSanchezAI11

www.facebook.com/JSanchezAI11

 


Chelsea Sorrell

Hometown: Stokesdale, NC

Age: 23

Meet Chelsea Sorrell video

 

Keep up with Chelsea at:

www.twitter.com/CSorrellAI11

www.facebook.com/CSorrellAI11

 


Elise Testone

 Hometown: Charleston, SC

Age: 28

Meet Elise Testone video

 

Keep up with Elise at:

www.twitter.com/ETestoneAI11

www.facebook.com/ETestoneAI11


Erika Van Pelt

 Hometown: South Kingstown, RI

Age: 26

Meet Erika Van Pelt video

 

Keep up with Erika at:

www.twitter.com/EVanPeltAI11

www.facebook.com/EVanPeltAI11

 


Brielle Von Hugel

 Hometown: Staten Island, NY

 Age: 17

Meet Brielle Von Hugel video

 

Keep up with Brielle at:

www.twitter.com/BVonHugelAI11

www.facebook.com/BVonHugelAI11

 


 

At the end of each performance show, the phone lines will open for at least two hours and AMERICAN IDOL viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestant(s) via the branded toll-free telephone numbers (1-866-IDOLS-01, -02, etc.). AT&T wireless subscribers can use their cell phones to vote by texting the word “VOTE” to the four-digit short code (5701, 5702, etc.) that corresponds with the contestant of their choice. Additionally, fans will be able to cast their votes online at www.americanidol.com.

 

To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit www.americanidol.com and follow the directions. Fans will be required to log in using their Facebook account to access the AMERICAN IDOL voting page, which will feature the name and photo of each of the current contestants. To vote, fans will simply choose their favorite contestant, complete the security verification and submit their choice. After each performance show and during the online voting window, fans may cast up to 50 total online votes for that evening's performances. Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.

 

Visit www.americanidol.com for all of your AMERICAN IDOL news.

 

Become a fan of AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson; @JLo; and @iamstevent.

 

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions. AMERICAN IDOL has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past eight consecutive seasons.

 

 
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