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‘American Idol’ Season 12, Episode 10 Recap: Top 40 Finalists Are Revealed

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It was the last fight to get into the Top 20 for both the men and the ladies during last night’s episode of ‘American Idol.’

Unlike Wednesday’s episode full of group performances, everyone had to stand on their own and showcase what they’re made of here. Some fell flat, many performed melancholic songs and others shined.

Fresh off the bat, Angela Miller gave a killer and inspiring performance to kick off the episode. The judges were impressed with her powerful ballad –she definitely left a lasting impact.

Zoanette Johnson continued to make her own path in ‘American Idol’ history as she decided at last minute to change her song choice completely. She created her own, and even freestyled the lyrics. And she performed while rocking out on the drums! Nicki Minaj declared the show as the “Zoanette era” while Mariah Carey called it a “performance to remember.”

The judges quickly sent home Kiara Lanier while Candice Glover, Janelle Arthur, Jet Hermano, Angela and Zoanette continued their road to compete for the next ‘Idol’.

The unique Kez Ban performed an original tune but left little room to impress and was sent home on the spot.

After numerous ladies performed gloomy, heartbreaking tunes, Randy Jackson asked for something upbeat and Melinda Ademi delivered just that with Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag,’ lifting up the entire atmosphere. Keith Urban told Melinda she had a “good light” about her while Nicki MInaj said, “You’ve become a star today.”

Unfortunately, Ashley Smith, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Briana Oakley, Lauren Bettes, Holly Miller and Ariel Sprague were all sent home.

Before the judges decided which ladies would make it to the top 20, they asked Stephanie Schmiel and Rachel Hale to get a shot at redemption. Both dazzled the judges but Rachel was the only one to secure a place in the top 20, sending Stephanie home.

They then ask a few more men to perform one last time to help them narrow down which contestants will be make up the other 20 competing for the ‘American Idol’ victory.

Adam Sanders and Josh Holidaywere up first. Adam wowed the judges since his first audition but after going solo, he’s given nothing but shaky performances and this second chance continued with the bad streak. However, Josh amazed Mariah, Nicki, Randy and Keith with a gospel-esque rendition of ‘Georgia On My Mind.’

So Josh stayed, while Adam, Peter Garrett, Marvin Caldaron, Devin Jones, Kenny Harrison, Will White, Tony Foster and David Leathers were sent packing.

Here’s the official list of the Top 20 Season 12 ‘American Idol’ finalists below.

Women
Melinda Ademi   19     Yonkers, NY
Janelle Arthur    23     Oliver Springs, TN
Juliana Chahayed 15     Woodland Hills, CA
Cristabel Clack   29     San Antonio, TX
Aubrey Cleland 19     West Linn, OR
Candice Glover 23     St. Helena Island, SC
Rachel Hale    21     Prescott, AR
Kree Harrison     22     Nashville, TN
Jett Hermano 25     Seattle, WA
Amber Holcomb     18     Houston, TX
Brandy Hotard   26     Port Allen, LA
Isabelle    22     Duluth, GA
Zoanette Johnson 20     Tulsa, OK
Adriana Latonio     17     Anchorage, AK
Angela Miller 18     Beverly, MA
Kamaria Ousley     29     Oakland, CA
Breanna Steer    18     Laplace, LA
Tenna Torres     28     Queens, NY
Shubha Vedula   17     Mt. Pleasant, MI
Jenny Beth Willis   17     Owensboro, KY

Men
Lazaro Arbos     21     Naples, FL
Charlie Askew    17     Little Rock, AR
Nick Boddington    27     Memphis, TN
Curtis Finch Jr. 24     St. Louis, MO
Kevin Harris   28     Montgomery, AL
Josh Holiday 24     Celeste, TX
J’DA     27     Chicago, IL
Paul Jolley 22     Palmersville, TN
Johnny Keyser   24     Pompano Beach, FL
Elijah Liu     18     Rowland Heights, CA
Vincent Powell   29     Austin, TX
Cortez Shaw   21     Dallas, TX
Gurpreet Singh Sarin    22     North Potomac, MD
Jimmy Smith 25     Waynesboro, TN
Bryant Tadeo     23     Hilo, HI
Burnell Taylor    19     New Orleans, LA
Mathenee Treco     26     Aurora, CO
Devin Velez     18     Chicago, IL
Chris Watson     25     Fords, NJ
David Willis     21     Mount Dora, FL

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