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No Kentuckians advance on ‘Idol,’ but Louisville fares well

No Kentuckians advanced to become semifinalists on American Idol on Wednesday night's episode, but Louisville, one of the audition cities, still fared well. Seven of the 36 finalists originally tried out in the River City, tying it with Kansas City, Mo., for the most from any one audition site.

On Wednesday's episode, 54 of the remaining hopefuls had to face judgment during the last phase of competition before the semifinals of the popular Fox network singing contest.

Louisville auditioner Joanna Pacitti, who released an album on Geffen Records in 2006, was originally named as a semifinalist, but on Wednesday night Fox TV said that Pacitti was "ineligible to continue." No reason was given.Felicia Barton of Virginia Beach, Va., who also auditioned in Louisville, replaced Pacitti, a Philadelphia native, in the top 36.

Semifinalists include: perpetually crying Tatiana Del Toro, over-the-top comedian Nick "Normund Gentle" Mitchell, graduate student Anoop Desai, dueling piano player Matt Giraud, mother-of-three Lil Rounds, theater actor Adam Lambert, oil rig worker Michael Sarver, welder Matt Breitzke, and blind pianist Scott MacIntyre.

For the first time, several of the on-the-cusp contestants had to participate in a "sing-off" in front of the judges.

Amateur horror movie maker Cody Sheldon lost to Alex Wagner-Trugman. Kristen McNamara won a battle of the blondes over Jenn Korbee. Jackie Midkiff was defeated by Nathaniel Marshall. Jesse Langseth beat out Frankie Jordan.

"If it's any consolation, you wouldn't have won, anyway," judge Simon Cowell matter-of-factly told Jordan.

For the next three weeks, different groups of 12 singers will perform. The top three vote-getters from each group will advance and become one of the show's top 12 finalists.

After the first nine finalists are selected by viewer votes, judges will then select the final three contestants following a special wild card round March 5.


Here are the 36 semifinalists:

Adam Lambert, 26. Hometown: Los Angeles. Audition city: San Francisco.

Alex Wagner-Trugman, 19. Hometown: Los Angeles. Audition city: Phoenix.

Alexis Grace, 20. Hometown: Memphis. Audition city: Louisville.

Allison Iraheta, 16. Hometown: Los Angeles. Audition city: San Francisco.

Anne Marie Boskovich, 22. Hometown: Nashville. Audition city: Jacksonville, Fla.

Anoop Desai, 21. Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Arianna Afsar, 16. Hometown: San Diego. Audition city: Phoenix.

Brent Keith, 28. Hometown: Blanchester, Ohio. Audition city: Louisville.

Casey Carlson, 20. Hometown: Minneapolis. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Felicia Barton, 26. Hometown: Virginia Beach, Va. Audition city: Louisville.

Danny Gokey, 28. Hometown: Milwaukee. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Jackie Tohn, 27. Hometown: Los Angeles. Audition city: New York.

Jasmine Murray, 16. Hometown: Starkville, Miss. Audition city: Jacksonville, Fla.

Jeanine Vailes, 27. Hometown: Sherman Oaks, Calif. Audition city: San Francisco.

Jesse Langseth, 25. Hometown: Minneapolis. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Jorge Nunez-Mendez, 20. Hometown: Carolina, Puerto Rico. Audition city: San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Ju'Not Joyner, 26. Hometown: Bowie, Md. Audition city: New York.

Kai Kalama, 26. Hometown: San Clemente, Calif. Audition city: San Francisco.

Kendall Beard, 23. Hometown: Austin, Texas. Audition city: San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Kris Allen, 23. Hometown: Conway, Ark. Audition city: Louisville.

Kristen McNamara, 22. Hometown: Napa, Calif. Audition city: Louisville.

Lil Rounds, 23. Hometown: Memphis. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Matt Breitzke, 27. Hometown: Bixby, Okla. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

Matt Giraud, 23. Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich. Audition city: Louisville.

Megan Corkrey, 22. Hometown: Sandy, Utah. Audition city: Salt Lake City.

Michael Sarver, 27. Hometown: Jasper, Texas. Audition city: Phoenix.

Mishavonna Henson, 18. Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Audition city: Phoenix.

Nathaniel Marshall, 18. Hometown: Malone, N.Y. Audition city: New York.

Nick Mitchell, 27. Hometown: Brookfield, Conn. Audition city: New York.

Ricky Braddy, 25. Hometown: Nashville. Audition city: Louisville.

Scott MacIntyre, 23. Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz. Audition city: Phoenix

Stephen Fowler, 26. Hometown: Beachwood, Ohio. Audition city: New York.

Stevie Wright, 16. Hometown: Phelan, Calif. Audition city: Phoenix.

Tatiana Del Toro, 23. Hometown: Los Angeles. Audition city: San Francisco.

Taylor Vaifanua, 16. Hometown: Hurricane, Utah. Audition city: Salt Lake City.

Von Smith, 22. Hometown: Kansas City, Mo. Audition city: Kansas City, Mo.

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