Oakland’s Kamaria Ousley, 29, was the only Bay Area contestant to make the cut Thursday night, But the American Idol season 12 journey was whittled down to a Top 40 and neither San Diego State student Marvin Calderon nor Valley Center’s Morgan
Leigh Boberg made the cut on the show which was aired on Thursday night.
The taped show (actually it happened in December), revealed the final cuts from the Hollywood portion of the show. Calderon actually made it to the Top 28, but for added suspense the show’s producers opted to keep eight male contestants hanging around for an extra week before subduing their dream of being the next American Idol.
“There were times where I wanted to quit,” Calderon told The Daily Aztec in an interview earlier this month, “but I knew I wanted to be a part of it. American Idol is the biggest opportunity for a regular person to be seen as a singer because it’s considered to be the golden standard of this type of show.”
Boberg, who is a member of a six-person country band called the Morgan Leigh Band which started playing together just 10 months ago, was eliminated without even being seen on the Thursday night telecast.
“I’m more of an artist now and I know exactly what I want to do,” she told San Diego’s FOX 5 News in an interview earlier this week.
Her day job puts her on the fringe of show business anyway. She is a Disney princess at Disneyland.
American Idol now switches locales and moves on to Las Vegas for 8-10 p.m. shows on Feb. 20-21. Each night 10 semifinalists will perform and the judges will keep five and eliminate five.
Top 20 girls include:
Melinda Ademi, 19, Yonkers, N.Y.
Janelle Arthur, 23, Oliver Springs, Tenn.
Juliana Chahayed, 15, Woodland Hills, Ca.
Cristabel Clack, 29, San Antonio, Texas
Aubrey Cleland, 19, West Linn, Ore.
Candice Glover, 23, St. Helena Island, S.C.
Rachel Hale, 21, Prescott, Ariz.
Kree Harrison, 22, Nashville, Tenn.
Jett Hermano, 25, Seattle, Wash.
Amber Holcomb, 18, Houston, Texas
Brandy Hotard, 26, Port Allen, La.
Isabelle, 22, Duluth, Ga.
Zoanette Johnson, 20, Tulsa, Okla.
Adriana Latonio, 17, Anchorage, Alaska
Angela Miller, 18, Beverly, Mass.
Kamaria Ousley, 29, Oakland, Ca.
Breanna Steer , 18, Laplace, La.
Tenna Torres, 28, Queens, N.Y.
Shubha Vedula, 17, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Jenny Beth Willis, 17, Owensboro, Ky.
Here are the Top 20 boys:
Lazaro Arbos, 21, Naples, Fla,
Charlie Askew ,17, Little Rock, Ark.
Nick Boddington, 27, Memphis, Tenn.
Curtis Finch Jr., 24, St. Louis, Mo.
Kevin Harris, 28, Montgomery, Ala.
Josh Holiday, 24, Celeste, Texas
J’DA, 27, Chicago
Paul Jolley, 22, Palmersville, Tenn.
Johnny Keyser, 24, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Elijah Liu, 18, Rowland Heights, Ca.
Vincent Powell, 29, Austin, Texas
Cortez Shaw, 21, Dallas
Gurpreet Singh Sarin, 22, North Potomac, Md.
Jimmy Smith, 25, Waynesboro, Tenn.
Bryant Tadeo, 23, Hilo, Hawaii
Burnell Taylor, 19, New Orleans
Mathenee Treco, 26, Aurora, Colo.
Devin Velez, 18, Chicago
Chris Watson, 25, Fords, N.J.
David Willis, 21, Mount Dora, Fla.