Thursday, February 19, 2009

First 3 finalists of American Idol season 8 revealed.

America already voted and the first three finalists of American Idol season 8 were revealed. Alexis Grace, the soulful 21-year-old single mother from Memphis, Tenn.; Michael Sarver, the beefy 27-year-old oil rig worker from Jasper, Texas; and Danny Gokey, the spikey-haired 28-year-old church music director from Milwaukee have assured themselves of seats for the next round.

Meanwhile, the emotional 28-year-old crooner, Tatiana Del Toro from San Juan, Puerto Rico, was one of nine "American Idol" semifinalists that were sent packing Wednesday.

Widower Gokey wowed the judges with his rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero" at the conclusion of Tuesday's performance episode. They were also impressed with Grace's take on Aretha Franklin's "Never Loved a Man," comparing her to first "Idol" Kelly Clarkson. Sarver, who sang Gavin Degraw's "I Don't Wanna Be," received mixed reactions from the panel.

Next week, a new set of 12 more semifinalists will vie for three spots in the competition's top 12, but other dismissed semifinalists may have another chance. After the first nine finalists are selected by viewer votes, the judges will pick the last three finalists following a wild card round on March 5.

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