With approximately 70,000 aspiring American Idols now out of the way, we are down to the Final 10 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 10 are two Californians – Avalon Young from San Diego and Olivia Rox from Agoura Hills.
The 10 finalists were revealed Thursday night. The winner will be crowned April 7.
Here is the schedule going forward:
*The competition moves to the final crown 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 10 and their hometowns:
Avalon Young – San Diego
Dalton Rapattoni – Sunnyvale, Texas
Gianna Isabella – Jackson, N.J.
La’Porsha Renae – McComb, Miss.
Lee Jean – Bluffton, S.C.
MacKenzie Bourg – Lafayette, La.
Olivia Rox – Agoura Hills
Sonika Vaid – Boston, Mass.
Trent Harmon – Amory, Miss.
Tristan Mcintosh – Nashville, Tenn.
Four who were eliminated:
Manny Torres – Flushing, Mich.
Jeneve Mitchell – Crawford, Colo.
Thomas Stringfellow – Bentonville, Ark.
Jenn Blosil – Orem, Utah