'American Idol' has its 20 semifinalistsby jmaloni
Lazaro Arbos, Nick Boddington, Vincent Powell, Cortez Shaw and Burnell Taylor round out the top 20 semifinalists on "American Idol"
"American Idol" goes live and voting begins next week
Top 10 girls compete Tuesday, March 5; top 10 guys compete Wednesday, March 6
Finalists announced Thursday, March 7, on FOX
Thursday, "American Idol" named the final set of guys who will join the Top 20. They are Lazaro Arbos, 21, from Naples, Fla.; Nick Boddington, 27, from Memphis, Tenn.; Vincent Powell, 29, from Austin, Texas; Cortez Shaw, 21, from Dallas; and Burnell Taylor, 19, from New Orleans.
The five guys who made it through tonight join the 15 semifinalists who already have made it to the top 20: Girls - Janelle Arthur, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, Zoanette Johnson, Adriana Latonio, Angela Miller, Breanna Steer and Tenna Torres; Guys - Charlie Askew, Curtis Finch Jr., Paul Jolley, Elijah Liu and Devin Velez.
Next week, "American Idol" will air on three consecutive nights and it will be up to America to decide who becomes a finalist. On Tuesday, March 5 (8 p.m.), live from Las Vegas, the top 10 girl semifinalists take the stage and sing their hearts out for America and the judges in hopes of winning America's vote. On Wednesday, March 6 (8 p.m.), it is the top 10 guy semifinalists' turn to perform. On the most dramatic night of the competition so far, this season's finalists will be announced live from the "Idol" stage in Los Angeles on a special 90-minute episode airing Thursday, March 7 (8 p.m.), on FOX.
Get to know all the semifinalists and watch/share their "Homegrown Talent" videos at www.americanidol.com.
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 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 (standard text-messaging rates may apply). 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. 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.
You can "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.