No Fil-Am in American Idol Top 10

Adriana Latonio fails to make the final cut

WHO'S MOVING ON? Who among these bright faces have moved on to the finals? Photo from the American Idol Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – The American Idol Top 10 have been revealed — and Filipino-American Adriana Latonio is not in it.

On March 8, the 90-minute AI episode announced to a tense and excited audience the names of the lucky 10 who are moving on to the finals.

The show gave the announcement of finalists a twist in format. Instead of announcing the names onstage to the audience, host Ryan Seacrest revealed the results backstage to the semi-finalists without the audience hearing.

Upon learning they advanced, each contestant walked on stage, surprised the audience and sang their “victory song.”

Here are the 5 guys who made it, listed in the order that they were announced. Beside them is the song they performed:

  • Paul Jolley (“Alone” by Heart)
  • Burnell Taylor (“Ready For Love” by India.Arie)
  • Curtis Finch Jr. (“So High” by John Legend)
  • Devin Velez (“The Power of One” by Israel Houghton)
  • Lazaro Arbos (“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel)

Here are the 5 girls:

  • Janelle Arthur (“Home” by Dierks Bentley)
  • Candice Glover (“I’m Goin’ Down” by Mary J. Blige)
  • Angie Miller (“I Was Here” by Beyonce)
  • Amber Holcomb (“I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan)
  • Kree Harrison (“Evidence” by Susan Tedeschi)

But that wasn’t the end of the surprises. Seacrest also announced that of the semi-finalists who did not advance, the top two vote-getters (one male, one female) will compete next week to win a spot on the American Idol tour.

According to Seacrest, almost 39 million votes were cast during the semi-finals. Despite speculations and the judges’ hopes, there are no wildcards for the next round.

Fil-Am Adriana Latonio’s chances of getting in the Top 10 suffered from her weak performance in the semi-finals. She was the only contestant with Filipino blood to make it that far this season.

But perhaps we’ll see her on the “Idol” tour? Only America’s voters can decide. –

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