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‘American Idol’ Gets Down To 36 Semifinalists

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    ‘American Idol’ Gets Down To 36 Semifinalists

    Maybe Tatiana Del Toro will stop crying now. The 23-year-old sobbin’ singer was revealed as one of the 36 semifinalists during Wednesday’s episode of “American Idol.”

    Del Toro and the 53 other remaining hopefuls had to face judgment during the last phase of competition before the semifinals of the popular Fox network singing contest.

    Other semifinalists include: over-the-top comedian Nick “Normund Gentle” Mitchell, graduate student Anoop Desai, dueling piano player Matt Giraud, mother-of-three Lil Rounds, theater actor Adam Lambert, oil rig worker Michael Sarver, welder Matt Breitzke, blind pianist Scott MacIntyre and Joanna Pacitti, who released an album on Geffen Records in 2006.

    For the first time, several of the on-the-cusp contestants had to participate in a “sing-off” in front of the judges.

    Amateur horror movie maker Cody Sheldon lost to Alex Wagner-Trugman. Kristen McNamara won a battle of the blondes over Jenn Korbee. Jackie Midkiff was defeated by Nathaniel Marshall. Jesse Langseth beat out Frankie Jordan.

    “If it’s any consolation, you wouldn’t have won, anyway,” judge Simon Cowell matter-of-factly told Jordan.

    For the next three weeks, different groups of 12 singers will perform. The top three vote-getters from each group will advance and become one of the show’s top 12 finalists.

    After the first nine finalists are selected by viewer votes, judges will then select the final three contestants following a special wild card round March 5.

    Below, a look at the 36 semifinalists competing on the eighth season of Fox’s “American Idol.”

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    Name: Adam Lambert

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Audition City: San Francisco

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    Name: Alex Wagner-Trugman

    Age: 19

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Alexis Grace

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Allison Iraheta

    Age: 16

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Audition City: San Francisco

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    Name: Anne Marie Boskovich

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

    Audition City: Jacksonville, Fla.

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    Name: Anoop Desai

    Age: 21

    Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Arianna Afsar

    Age: 16

    Hometown: San Diego

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Brent Keith

    Age: 28

    Hometown: Blanchester, Ohio

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Casey Carlson

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Minneapolis

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Danny Gokey

    Age: 28

    Hometown: Milwaukee

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Jackie Tohn

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Audition City: New York

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    Name: Jasmine Murray

    Age: 16

    Hometown: Starkville, Miss.

    Audition City: Jacksonville, Fla.

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    Name: Jeanine Vailes

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif.

    Audition City: San Francisco

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    Name: Jesse Langseth

    Age: 25

    Hometown: Minneapolis

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Joanna Pacitti

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Philadelphia

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Jorge Nunez-Mendez

    Age: 20

    Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico

    Audition City: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Name: Ju’Not Joyner

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Bowie, Md.

    Audition City: New York

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    Name: Kai Kalama

    Age: 26

    Hometown: San Clemente, Calif.

    Audition City: San Francisco

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    Name: Kendall Beard

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Austin, Texas

    Audition City: San Juan, Puerto Rico

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    Name: Kris Allen

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Conway, Ark.

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Kristen McNamara

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Napa, Calif.

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Lil Rounds

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Matt Breitzke

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Bixby, Okla.

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.

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    Name: Matt Giraud

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Megan Corkrey

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Sandy, Utah

    Audition City: Salt Lake City

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    Name: Michael Sarver

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Jasper, Texas

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Mishavonna Henson

    Age: 18

    Hometown: Irvine, Calif.

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Nathaniel Marshall

    Age: 18

    Hometown: Malone, N.Y.

    Audition City: New York

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    Name: Nick Mitchell

    Age: 27

    Hometown: Brookfield, Conn.

    Audition City: New York

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    Name: Ricky Braddy

    Age: 25

    Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.

    Audition City: Louisville, Ky.

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    Name: Scott MacIntyre

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Stephen Fowler

    Age: 26

    Hometown: Beachwood, Ohio

    Audition City: New York

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    Name: Stevie Wright

    Age: 16

    Hometown: Phelan, Calif.

    Audition City: Phoenix

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    Name: Tatiana Del Toro

    Age: 23

    Hometown: Los Angeles

    Audition City: San Francisco

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    Name: Taylor Vaifanua

    Age: 16

    Hometown: Hurricane, Utah

    Audition City: Salt Lake City, Utah

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    Name: Von Smith

    Age: 22

    Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.

    Audition City: Kansas City, Mo.