Friday, March 4, 2011

American Idol-Top 13 Open Forum

This week American Idol announced its top 13. Again, I don't watch the show but I know a lot of people do. I thought I'd make a post to give people the opportunity to discuss anything about these singers or the show in general. A press release with the top 13 is after the jump and as is the comment form.




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Adam Lambert and Diddy-Dirty Money with Skylar Grey to Perform
on Next Results Show Thursday, March 10, on FOX

Tonight, AMERICAN IDOL revealed this season’s Top 13 finalists: Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Ashthon Jones, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Thia Megia, Haley Reinhart, Karen Rodriguez and Pia Toscano. After America’s votes for the Top 10 were revealed, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler chose Naima Adedapo, Ashthon Jones and Stefano Langone as wild cards.

On Wednesday, March 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), America’s Top 13 will take the stage to perform songs by their favorite artists. Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 10 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), to the live results show to see performances by Adam Lambert and Diddy-Dirty Money with Skylar Grey and to find out who receives enough votes to stay in the competition and who is sent home.

Additionally, Season Seven AMERICAN IDOL winner David Cook has recorded the farewell song for the show’s 10th season. The song, chosen by AMERICAN IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller, is a remake of Simple Minds’ 1985 smash hit “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” and will air each week as contestants are eliminated on the Thursday results shows.

Beginning tomorrow, fans can view the full official profiles for each of the Top 13 finalists at Keep up with the latest AMERICAN IDOL news on the AMERICAN IDOL Facebook page at And be sure to check out the official AMERICAN IDOL Twitter for the scoop straight from the IDOL set at (@americanidol).

The AMERICAN IDOL Top 13 finalists are:

Casey Abrams
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Currently Resides: Idyllwild, CA
Age: 20

Abrams was born in Austin, TX. He has been playing musical instruments for as long as he can remember, including the electric bass, keyboards, guitar, clarinet, guitar and accordion.

Keep up with Casey at:
Naima Adedapo
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Currently Resides: Milwaukee, WI
Age: 26

Adedapo graduated with honors with a BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She has been studying and teaching African dance and hip hop for the last 14 years. She also performs in a Reggae band.

Keep up with Naima at:
Lauren Alaina
Hometown: Rossville, GA
Currently Resides: Rossville, GA
Age: 16

Alaina is a sophomore at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in her home state of Georgia. She began singing when she was very young and also enjoys cheerleading.

Keep up with Lauren at:
James Durbin
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Currently Resides: Santa Cruz, CA
Age: 22

Durbin lives with his fiancée, Heidi, and their 22-month-old son, Hunter. Durbin was inspired to start singing by his older sister. He plays guitar and piano, and also enjoys drawing.

Keep up with James at:
Ashthon Jones
Hometown: Valdosta, GA
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 24

Jones was raised singing in the youth choir at church and has continued to perform in various venues in Nashville. She enjoys drawing portraits and writing songs.

Keep up with Ashthon at:
Stefano Langone
Hometown: Kent, WA
Currently Resides: Kent, WA
Age: 21

Langone graduated from Kentwood High School. He has been singing and playing piano for most of his life. He also enjoys sports and songwriting.

Keep up with Stefano at:
Jacob Lusk
Hometown: Compton, CA
Currently Resides: Compton, CA
Age: 23

Lusk serves as a minister of music at his church, and he also works as a spa concierge. He began singing when he was 4 years old. He also enjoys acting and playing the piano.

Keep up with Jacob at:
Scotty McCreery
Hometown: Garner, NC
Currently Resides: Garner, NC
Age: 17

McCreery is a junior at Garner Magnet High School in North Carolina. He began playing guitar in the fifth grade. He loves playing baseball, and is the pitcher on his high school team. He credits his deep voice to impersonating Elvis Presley as a child.

Keep up with Scotty at:
Paul McDonald
Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Currently Resides: Nashville, TN
Age: 26

McDonald was born in Auburn, AL, and attended Auburn University for biomedical sciences. He has been singing since he was in the sixth grade. He also plays guitar, piano and mandolin.

Keep up with Paul at:
Thia Megia
Hometown: Hayward, CA
Currently Resides: Mountain House, CA
Age: 16

Megia is a sophomore in high school. She plays the guitar and the piano, and has a Chihuahua named Lucky who likes to sing along with her.

Keep up with Thia at:
Haley Reinhart
Hometown: Wheeling, IL
Currently Resides: Wheeling, IL
Age: 20

Reinhart is in her sophomore year at Harper College in Chicago. She began performing when she was 8 years old. She enjoys writing music and poetry and doing improv.

Keep up with Haley at:
Karen Rodriguez
Hometown: New York, NY
Currently Resides: New York, NY
Age: 21

Rodriguez is a student at the Berklee College of Music. She can speak fluent Spanish, and enjoys acting and songwriting.

Keep up with Karen at:
Pia Toscano
Hometown: Howard Beach, NY
Currently Resides: Howard Beach, NY
Age: 22

Toscano began her vocal training at age 12. She is a graduate of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. She can sing in Italian, and is the lead singer in a cover band. She also works as a freelance makeup artist.

Keep up with Pia at:

Emmy Award-winning AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, President, Big Red 2 Entertainment. AMERICAN IDOL has been No. 1 among Adults 18-49 for the past seven consecutive seasons and currently ranks as the No. 1 television show of the 2010-11 season.

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