Top nine finalists compete for America's vote on Lennon and McCartney-themed performance show Wednesday, March 20, on FOX
Ne-Yo and "American Idol" season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez to perform duet Thursday, March 21
America has spoken and finalist Curtis Finch Jr. was eliminated Thursday from the "American Idol" competition. After receiving the least number of votes, Finch said goodbye to his fellow finalists and to "Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban.
From St. Louis, the 24-year-old Finch sang "I Believe" on Wednesday night's performance show. The song was originally sung by "Idol" winner Fantasia.
Also on Thursday's results show, Bon Jovi rocked the house with their song "Because We Can" from their latest album and season 11 "Idol" champion Phillip Phillips had the audience on its feet with his hit single, and this season's "goodbye" song, "Gone, Gone, Gone."
"American Idol" is sending an 11th finalist on the "American Idol Live!" tour this summer, sponsored by AT&T. The two semifinalists who performed Thursday in hopes of joining the tour were Charlie Askew, who performed "Sky Blue Diamond," and Aubrey Cleland, who performed "Out Here On My Own." It's up to the viewers to decide who goes and fans are encouraged to visit www.americanidol.com or use the "American Idol" app to select which contestant they want to win the coveted spot.
Next week, on Wednesday, March 20 (8 p.m.), the top nine finalists will take to the "Idol" stage once again to perform songs of John Lennon and Paul McCartney for America's votes. In addition, the fans' choice for the 11th person to join the "American Idol LIVE!" tour will be revealed.
Tune in the following night, Thursday, March 21 (8 p.m.), to the live results show to find out which top nine finalist is sent home. Ne-Yo and season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez will perform together.
In less than two months after its launch, the "American Idol" app has generated more than one million downloads. The app provides "Idol" fans access to show content and deep interactive and social experience, including syncing the app with the show. It also enables viewers to "SuperVote": assigning votes during the broadcast and casting multiple votes at one time with the AT&T "American Idol" vote on their iOS and Android devices.
Visit www.americanidol.com for additional information regarding "American Idol" voting, as well as exclusive videos, interviews and photos, special behind-the-scenes information and all the latest "American Idol" news.