With approximately 70,000 aspiring American Idols now out of the way, we are down to the Final 14 contestants as Idol’s 15th and final season has reached the point where viewer votes will determine who advances and who goes home to watch the show with the rest of us.
Included in the remaining 14 are two Californians – Avalon Young from San Diego and Olivia Rox from Agoura Hills.
Seven finalists were revealed Thursday night. The winner will be crowned April 7.
Here is the schedule going forward:
*The semifinalists will be narrowed down by the judges (8-10 p.m. Feb. 24), leading to the announcement of the Top 10 on Feb. 25 (8-10 p.m.), and their first performances.
*The competition moves to the final crown the following week on March 3 (8-10 p.m.), when the competition airs only one night a week until the Grand Finale week.
*The three-night Grand Finale week kicks off on April 5 (8-9 p.m.), with “AMERICAN IDOL: American Dream,” a one-hour retrospective episode, featuring Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, contestants and the behind-the-scenes team sharing their Idol memories.
*Then, the series will bid farewell when the remaining finalists compete live from the Dolby Theatre in L.A. on April 6 (8-9 p.m.).
*On April 7 (8-10p.m.), the final and 15th American Idol will be crowned and the farewell celebration will continue, as Idol pays tribute to the past 15 seasons.
The Top 14 and their hometowns:
Avalon Young – San Diego
Dalton Rapattoni – Sunnyvale, Texas
Gianna Isabella – Jackson, N.J.
Jeneve Mitchell – Crawford, Colo.
Jenn Blosil – Orem, Utah
La’Porsha Renae – McComb, Miss.
Lee Jean – Bluffton, S.C.
MacKenzie Bourg – Lafayette, La.
Manny Torres – Flushing, Mich.
Olivia Rox – Agoura Hills
Sonika Vaid – Boston, Mass.
Thomas Stringfellow – Bentonville, Ark.
Trent Harmon – Amory, Miss.
Tristan Mcintosh – Nashville, Tenn.