March 07, 2008 01:01 AM by Joe Reality
The announcement of the top 12 American Idol 7 finalists did not bring many surprises. The biggest shocker might have been Danny Noriega’s elimination, as many thought he would be this year’s Sanjaya. The states of California and Florida are both well represented in the top 12. Four finalists have connections to California, while three finalists have connections to Florida.
Another big winner in the top 12 is people named David. Half of the male finalists are named David. If everyone is considered on equal footing, then there is a 25% chance that someone named David will win American Idol. David Archuleta, David Cook, and David Henandez all made the top 12 finalists.
Even though American Idol judge Randy Jackson had praised how well the younger contestants had been doing in the performances, only one out of the eight semifinalists in their teens made it through to the top 12. David Archuleta is the youngest finalist at seventeen years old. All the other finalists are in their twenties with Michael Johns being the oldest at twenty-nine years old.
Below are some biographical details of the American Idol 7 top 12.
David Archuleta is a seventeen year old, who was born in Miami, FL. However, he grew up in Murray, UT. Archuleta started singing at the early age of seven. He is currently a junior at Murray High School. Archuleta plays the piano and has performed with a cappella choir group.
Jason Castro is a twenty year old, who currently lives in Rockwall, TX. However, Castro was born in Dallas, TX and raised in Rowlett, TX. Castro was a member of the band Keeping Lions. Castro grew up playing drums, and he is majoring in Construction Science at Texas A&M University.
David Cook is a twenty-five year old, who currently lives in Tulsa, OK. However, Cook was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Blue Springs, MO. In 2006, Cook graduated from Central Missouri State University. Cook started singing in the 2nd grade. Cook also plays the guitar and has been a member of two bands, Axium and MWK.
Chikezie Eze is a twenty-two year old, who currently lives in Inglewood, CA. Eze started singing at the age of thirteen. Eze studied singing at Santa Monica College. Eze has been employed as a T.S.A. (Transportation Security Administration) screener and a cashier.
David Hernandez is a twenty-four year old, who was born and raised in Glendale, AZ. Hernandez started singing at the age of six. Hernandez has performed at Urban Network Events, “Arizona Idol” and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade. Hernandez has been a member of two bands, TribÃƒÆ’©t and Straight Up.
Michael Johns is a twenty-nine year old, who currently lives in Los Angeles, CA. However, Johns was born in Perth, Australia. In 1998, Johns moved to the U.S. in order to attend Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, GA. Johns pursued singing in Buckhead, GA outside of Atlanta. Johns started singing at the age of five. Johns plays the guitar and was a member of a band called The Rising.
Kristy Lee Cook is a twenty-four year old, who currently resides in Selma, OR. However, she was born in Seattle, WA. Cook started singing at the age of thirteen. Cook has raised and trained horses. Cook plays the piano and was a member of the band Sixshooter.
Ramiele Malubay is a twenty year old, who currently resides in Miramar, FL. However, Malubay was born in Saudi Arabia and grew up in the Philippines. Malubay started singing at the age of twelve. Malubay has been employed as a hostess at a sushi restaurant. In addition to singing, Malubay plays the piano and guitar.
Syesha Mercado is a twenty-one year old, who currently lives in Miami, FL. However, Mercado grew up in Sarasota, FL. Mercado has a background in theatre and dancing and has been a member of The Drum Studio All-Stars band. Mercado started singing at the age of three.
Amanda Overmyer is a twenty-three year old, who currently resides in Mulberry, IN. Overmyer is employed as a health-care specialist, and she is earning a bachelor’s degree in business management. Overmyer was lead singer for the band Steeleto. Overmyer likes to ride motorcycles.
Carly Smithson is a twenty-four year old, who currently lives in San Diego, CA. However, Smithson was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland. Smithson sang in “Les MisÃƒÆ’©rables” at the Olympic Theatre in Dublin. At the age of thirteen, Smithson moved to Los Angeles to pursue singing as a career. Smithson runs a tattoo shop with her husband.
Brooke White is a twenty-four year old, who currently lives in Van Nuys, CA. However, Brooke grew up in Mesa, AZ and has been employed as a nanny. White started singing at the age of fifteen. White plays piano and guitar, and she has worked as a solo artist and with a backup band.
On next week’s American Idol top 12 performance show, a brand new Idol stage will be revealed. The top 12 finalists performance show will air on Tuesday, March 11 from 8 PM to 10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX. The top 12 finalists results show will air on Wednesday, March 12 from 9 PM 10 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on FOX.
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