LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) - “American Idol” is down to a lucky 13 finalists. In a two-hour episode Thursday, the nation’s most popular show pared down the competition from 24. Ten contestants made it to the next round by phone-in votes. In a new twist, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler chose three more after a sing-off.
The three to benefit from the extra chance were Ashthon Jones, of Nashville, Tenn.; Naima Adedapo, of Milwaukee; and Stefano Langone, of Kent, Wash.
Before that final round, the Fox reality show unveiled five male and five female contestants who will be moving on.
The top ten chosen by viewers are: Casey Abrams, of Idyllwild, Calif.; Haley Reinhard, of Milwaukee; Jacob Lusk, of Compton, Calif.; Karen Rodriguez , of New York City; Lauren Alaina, of Rossville, Ga.; Paul McDonald, of Huntsville, Ala.; Pia Toscano, of Howard Beach, N.Y.; Scotty McCreery,of Garner, N.C.
And on a local note, James Durbin, of Santa Cruz and Thia Megia of Mountain House rounds out American Idol’s Top Ten.
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