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Chris Medina, Thia Megia and Molly DeWolf Swensen: Milwaukee's Best

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Milwaukee proved last night that it's more than just the land of beer, brots and Aaron Rodgers.

The city delivered a number of impressive American Idol hopefuls, several of whom we could see in the finals. With apologies to Scott Dangerfield (22-year old student teacher), Naima Adedapo (25-year old grounds crew worker at a musical festival) and Jerome Bell (27-year old bar mitzvah/wedding singer), the following trio of Hollywood-bound contestants truly stood out:

Chris Medina: The Chicago native advanced due to his rendition of The Script's "Break Even," but he left an impression due to the tragic tale of his brain-damaged fiancee, who appeared on the show and was present when Chris got the news that he was moving on.

Thia Megia: Only 15, with a movie star name, as Jennifer Lopez noted. Seemed very natural and comfortable while singing Adele's "Chasing Pavements." A definite contender.

Molly DeWolf Swensen: She's 22. She graduated from Harvard. She interns at the White House. She's beautiful. She wowed us with "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay." Yeah. She might have a good chance.

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Molly DeWolf Swenson is on my top 20 list. She's a star and winner all the same. Hanani Taylor has a ridiculously strong voice for any age. Amazing that she's only 15.


One of the extremely talented 15 year olds who made it to Hollywood from Milwaukee was not featured on the show. Her name is Hanani Taylor. America would have loved her but AI didn’t show her singing. She auditioned with “I Am Changing.� I saw her audition in the stadium at Milwaukee. No one could believe her big, strong, soulful voice. She sounded just like Jennifer Hudson. Watch her on YouTube at: