AMERICAN IDOL reveals Top 40 semifinalists heading to Sin City!

Top 20 Announced Thursday, February 28

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By FOX50.com

The AMERICAN IDOL auditions came to a conclusion tonight as the judges’ semifinalists picks were revealed. After intense deliberations, Mariah, Randy, Nicki and Keith have chosen the Top 40 contestants, who will now head to Las Vegas to perform on the stage of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE Theatre at The Mirage.

The Vegas move is a new twist in the competition, during which the Top 40 once again will be split by gender. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 (8:00-10:00 PM) and continuing Thursday, Feb. 21 (8:00-10:00 PM), Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM) and Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM) on FOX 50, 10 semifinalists will perform each night – girls on Wednesdays and guys on Thursdays. Each night, the judges will be faced with the tough decision of choosing which five will stay and which five will be sent home. At the end of the first stage of the semifinals, only 20 contestants will remain.

Top 20 girls include:

NAME AGE CITY/STATE

Melinda Ademi

19

Yonkers, NY

Janelle Arthur

23

Oliver Springs, TN

Juliana Chahayed

15

Woodland Hills, CA

Cristabel Clack

29

San Antonio, TX

Aubrey Cleland

19

West Linn, OR

Candice Glover

23

St. Helena Island, SC

Rachel Hale

21

Prescott, AR

Kree Harrison

22

Nashville, TN

Jett Hermano

25

Seattle, WA

Amber Holcomb

18

Houston, TX

Brandy Hotard

26

Port Allen, LA

Isabelle

22

Duluth, GA

Zoanette Johnson

20

Tulsa, OK

Adriana Latonio

17

Anchorage, AK

Angela Miller

18

Beverly, MA

Kamaria Ousley

29

Oakland, CA

Breanna Steer

18

Laplace, LA

Tenna Torres

28

Queens, NY

Shubha Vedula

17

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Jenny Beth Willis

17

Owensboro, KY

Top 20 guys include:

NAME AGE CITY/STATE

Lazaro Arbos

21

Naples, FL

Charlie Askew

17

Little Rock, AR

Nick Boddington

27

Memphis, TN

Curtis Finch Jr.

24

St. Louis, MO

Kevin Harris

28

Montgomery, AL

Josh Holiday

24

Celeste, TX

J’DA

27

Chicago, IL

Paul Jolley

22

Palmersville, TN

Johnny Keyser

24

Pompano Beach, FL

Elijah Liu

18

Rowland Heights, CA

Vincent Powell

29

Austin, TX

Cortez Shaw

21

Dallas, TX

Gurpreet Singh Sarin

22

North Potomac, MD

Jimmy Smith

25

Waynesboro, TN

Bryant Tadeo

23

Hilo, HI

Burnell Taylor

19

New Orleans, LA

Mathenee Treco

26

Aurora, CO

Devin Velez

18

Chicago, IL

Chris Watson

25

Fords, NJ

David Willis

21

Mount Dora, FL

Then, it’s up to viewers to vote for who will advance to the finals and who will go home, during a special three-night AMERICAN IDOL event. In the season’s first live show, airing on a special night, Tuesday, March 5 (8:00-10:00 PM live) on FOX 50, the first group of 10 semifinalists will perform LIVE from Las Vegas for America’s vote. On Wednesday, March 6 (8:00-10:00 PM live), the second group of 10 semifinalists will perform LIVE. On a super-sized, 90-minute episode airing Thursday, March 7 (8:00-9:30 PM live), America’s vote and the AMERICAN IDOL finalists will be announced LIVE from Los Angeles.

Visit www.americanidol.com for interviews with the Top 40, as well as additional AMERICAN IDOL news.

“Like” 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: @MariahCarey; @yo_randyjackson; @nickiminaj; and @keithurban. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App Store; and for Android devices at Google Play.** 

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.

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