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Baby Boomer Bill Pinella updates American Idol

5 cut from Top 24; 5 more to go next week

Thousands have tried over the past 15 years, but no one from San Diego County has ever been crowned the winner of American Idol. Now in season 15, the final Idol season, San Diego’s last chance at the title rests on the talents of a former waitress at Applebee’s in Mira Mesa. Avalon Young, 21, from Tierrasanta survived a sixth round of cuts Thursday night and made it to the Top 14 as the show winds its way to an… Read More »

Two in SoCal still in the running

Jessica Sanchez came close. So did Adam Lambert. Both were Idol runnersup. Now a pair of 21-year old wannabee vocal superstars represent San Diego’s last chance of winning the title of the next American Idol. As Idol winds its way toward an April 7 finale of its 15th and last season, Stephany Negrete (Granite Hills High) and Avalon Young (Serra High) find themselves three steps along the journey to the title. On Thursday night’s taped show, both were featured as… Read More »

American Idol Live: How the idols rank

There they were, the Idol Top 5 at Humphreys in San Diego Tuesday night. In order from 1 to 5: Nick Fradiani, Clark Beckham, Jax, Rayvon Owen and Tyanna Jones. Based on one night, one performance… Tyanna: Big voice, young, with lots of hard work and polish can see that personality winding up on Broadway some day. Rayvon: Gospel star one day. You can see it in his eyes. Jax: Still a teenager. Probably three years ahead of where most… Read More »