The finalists who will compete for the fourth “American Idol” crown were set last night (March 9), with six men and six women making the cut. The results episode of the Fox talent contest marked the end of the semi-final round, in which a field of 24 hopefuls was slashed in half over three weeks.
Emerging from the field of women were Lindsey Cardinale of Ponchatoula, La.; Mikalah Gordon of Las Vegas; Vonzell Solomon of Ft. Myers, Fla.; Carrie Underwood of Checotah, Okla.; Jessica Sierra of Tampa, Fla.; and Nadia Turner of Miami.
On the men’s side, Bo Bice of Helena, Ala.; Anthony Fedorov of Trevose, Pa.; Constantine Maroulis of New York; Anwar Robinson of East Orange, N.J.; Scott Savol of Shaker Heights, Ohio; and Mario Vazquez of New York gained entry into the finals.
Judges Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell seemed genuinely pleased with the group that emerged from an immense field of potential contestants.
Beginning with Tuesday’s episode, the competition turns ever more serious for the burgeoning singers, as each hopes to join the ranks of past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino.
Those who didn’t make the cut can still take a shot at fame, as “American Idol” is conducting a separate music video contest via its Web site. The grand prize winner will net a new car, a trip for two to the “Idol” finale in Los Angeles in May and a cameo in a music video featuring the fourth season finalists.