American Idol Selects Seven Semifinalists

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Seven down, 17 to go.

American Idol will round out its top 24 of season nine this evening. But the show dragged out a two-hour episode last night, rewarding viewers that sat through suspense-building voiceovers by Ryan Seacrest with the following names, all of whom have advanced to the live Hollywood rounds:

  1. Michael Lynche: Known as "Big Mike, a brand new father.
  2. Didi Benami (pictured): Full of emotion, auditioned in honor of her late BFF.
  3. Casey James: Recovered from motorcycle accident, aspiring country star.
  4. Aaron Kelly: Just 16 years old.
  5. Lee Dewyze: Rarely featured in the early audition rounds.
  6. Todrick Hall: Appeared in The Color Purple on Broadway alongside Fantasia.
  7. Katelyn Epperly: A 19-year old folk singer.

Who is your favorite from this group?

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