Friday, February 24, 2006

American Idol: Numbers Rising

Close to 40 million votes cast after Tuesday and Wednesday’s performance shows. American Idol delivered its most heart-wrenching episode this season as the four semifinalists – two females and two males – who received the lowest number of votes were eliminated from the competition.
It was revealed last night that the American Idol journey ended for Bobby Bennett, Patrick Hall, Becky O’Donohue and Stevie Scott. Bennett, from Denver, CO, sang “Copacabana,” while Hall, of Gravette, AR, sang “Come To My Window.” O’Donohue, who currently lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY, entertained the audience with “Because the Night,” and Scott, from Fair Oaks, CA, sang “To Where You Are.”

Next week, the Top 10 girls (Paris Bennett, Ayla Brown, Heather Cox, Brenna Gethers, Mandisa, Kinnik Sky, Melissa McGhee, Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Lisa Tucker) perform on Tuesday, February 28, 2006 (8 PM ET/PT). Then it’s the guys’ turn, as the Top 10 boys (Kevin Covais, Bucky Covington, Chris Daughtry, Taylor Hicks, Will Makar, Gedeon McKinney, Jose “Sway” Penala, David Radford, Elliott Yamin, Ace Young) perform on Wednesday, March 1, 2006 (8 p.m. PM ET/PT). The following night it will be determined who receives enough votes to stay in the competition, and who goes home. Another two males and two females will be eliminated on the live-results show Thursday, March 2, 2006 (8 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox.

Fourteen-time Emmy-nominated American Idol is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, founder of 19 Entertainment, Ltd.; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Nigel Lythgoe, President, 19 Television; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc. 

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