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The CW's 'The Next' announces its six semi-finalists

by jmaloni
Mon, Sep 24th 2012 03:05 pm

"The Next" to air live semi-final rounds beginning Sept. 27, with the winner revealed during 2-hour live finale on Oct. 4

After six weeks of intense competition in cities across America, including Orlando, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles, "The Next" announces its six semi-finalists.

Joining the six semi-finalists will be a "Fan Favorite" - a past contestant who didn't make the cut the first time around. Voting for the "Fan Favorite" opened on www.CWTV.com at the end of last Thursday night's broadcast, and closed at noon on Friday, Sept. 21. The contestant with the most votes will be revealed during the first of three live episodes on Thursday, Sept. 27. The "Fan Favorite" winner will join the semi-finalists as they battle it out on stage in front of their mentors, Gloria Estefan, Joe Jonas, Nelly and John Rich, for the big prize - a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

The CW will broadcast its final three episodes live from Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 27 (9 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 2 (9 p.m.) and a special two-hour finale on Thursday, Oct. 4 (8 p.m.). During these episodes, viewers will be encouraged to vote on www.CWTV.com and in the Cricket Wireless Vote, an interactive text-to-vote experience enabling fans to vote on their mobile phones for their favorite finalist using a short text code. Following each episode, studio-recorded versions of the songs performed by the finalists will also be available for fans to download on Cricket's Muve Music digital music subscription service.

Two live votes will take place during the two-hour finale.

"The Next" semi-finalists:


  • Name: Michael Ray
  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Eustis, Fla.


  • Name: Jordan Baird
  • Age: 21
  • Hometown: Gainesville, Va.

New York

  • Name: Ali Brustofski
  • Age: 18
  • Hometown: Oakland, N.J.


  • Name: Iliana Incandela
  • Age: 23
  • Hometown: Glenview, Ill.


  • Name: Ashley Kimbrae
  • Age: 26
  • Hometown: Dallas

Los Angeles

  • Name: Krystle Cruz
  • Age: 24
  • Hometown: Los Angeles

To catch the latest episodes of "The Next," log onto www.CWTV.com, and for exclusive behind-the-scenes content, go straight to www.CWTV.com/cricket.

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