via press release:
“AMERICAN IDOL” TOP 13 FINALISTS REVEALED
10 FAVORITE PERFORMERS PICKED BY AMERICA AND
THREE MORE CHOSEN BY JUDGES AS WILD CARDS
TOP 13 PERFORM SONGS BY WHITNEY HOUSTON AND STEVIE WONDER,
LIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7;
RESULTS REVEALED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 8
Voting Continues Next Wednesday Immediately After the Top 13 Performance Show
Via Toll-Free Phone Lines, AT&T Text Messaging and Online at http://www.americanidol.com
Mary J. Blige and AMERICAN IDOL Alum Lauren Alaina to Perform
on Next Results Show Thursday, March 8, on FOX
Tonight in the first LIVE results show of the season, AMERICAN IDOL revealed the Top 13 finalists: DeAndre Brackensick, Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Heejun Han, Jermaine Jones, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Shannon Magrane, Phillip Phillips, Jeremy Rosado, Jessica Sanchez, Elise Testone and Erika Van Pelt. America voted for the Top 10 and then in a dramatic wild card round, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler chose Brackensick, Rosado and Van Pelt to continue in the competition.
Next week, on an historic night Wednesday, March 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), AMERICAN IDOL celebrates its milestone 400th episode, when the Top 13 will be mentored by the legendary Mary J. Blige as the guys take on the music of Stevie Wonder and the ladies pay special tribute to Whitney Houston.
Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 8 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), as America finds out who received enough votes to continue in the competition and who will be sent home. In addition, singing sensation Mary J. Blige takes the stage to perform and Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina returns to perform her smash hit “Georgia Peach.”
The AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Top 13 finalists are:
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Watch DeAndre’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about DeAndre:
1. I love Hawaiian culture.
2. My two closest friends have the exact
same hair as me.
3. I make Polynesian costumes for a living.
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Watch Hollie’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Hollie:
1. I love old couples.
2. I play soccer.
3. I have a shoe obsession.
Hometown: Murfreesboro, TN
Watch Colton’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Colton:
1. I love to skimboard at the beach.
2. I was an extra in the “Hannah Montana”
3. I have a Bobblehead collection.
Hometown: Flushing, NY
Watch Heejun’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Heejun:
1. I can do an impression of “Smeagol” from
“The Lord of the Rings” movies.
2. I can eat a whole cup of noodles in less
than 10 seconds.
3. I can predict a specific incident by
dreaming about it a couple of days before.
Hometown: Pine Hill, NJ
Watch Jermaine’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Jermaine:
1. I have a great sense of humor.
2. I like to shop.
3. I like to dance.
Hometown: Brandon, MS
Watch Skylar’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Skylar:
1. I drive a big truck.
2. My favorite college team is the Ole Miss
3. I have a small collection of knives.
Hometown: Westlake, LA
Watch Joshua’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Joshua:
1. I’m addicted to spicy foods.
2. My favorite color is blue.
3. I’m scared of any horror movie with
zombies in it.
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Watch Shannon’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Shannon:
1. I sing all the time – in school hallways, in
the shower, everywhere.
2. I can cross my eyes.
3. I love to rollerblade.
Hometown: Leesburg, GA
Watch Phillip’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Phillip:
1. I am double-jointed in my thumbs.
2. I love watching movies.
3. I can do an impression of “Mr. Herbert” on
Hometown: Valrico, FL
Watch Jeremy’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Jeremy:
1. I love airplanes.
2. I love Chinese food.
3. I’m huggable.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Watch Jessica’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Jessica:
1. I can rap.
2. I love video games.
3. I have more than 30 pairs of shoes.
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Watch Elise’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Elise:
1. I skateboard with my dog.
2. I can move my ears.
3. I can juggle.
Erika Van Pelt
Hometown: South Kingstown, RI
Watch Erika’s performance from this week
Fun Facts about Erika:
1. I love all things “Star Wars.”
2. I secretly want to be a pirate.
3. When I’m stressed, I like to go to the
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 http://www.americanidol.com.
To vote online during the voting window, fans should visit http://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.
Become a fan of AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at http://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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