Jackie Tohn in American IdolFebruary 18th, 2009 - 11:13 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The eighth season of American Idol premiered on January 13, 2009. Following judges are Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson are judges once again, along with Ryan Seacrest as host. This season introduced Kara DioGuardi as the fourth judge on the Idol panel.
Several changes were planned for season this season. However, the semifinals will see the biggest change as the Wild Card round returns for the first time after American Idol’s season 3. There will also be 36 semi-finalists picked instead of 24 and will be divided into 3 groups of 12. The groups of 12 will perform on Tuesday. At the conclusion of each results show on Wednesday, the male and female semifinalists who received the highest number of home viewers votes for their previous night’s performance will instantly become a Top 12 finalist.
However, Tthe Top 36 were announced in a special two-hour broadcast on February 11, 2009.
Some Semi-finalist Includes
Kris Allen, a 23 year old from Conway, Arkansas, auditioned in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ricky Braddy, a 26 year old from Nashville, Tennessee, auditioned in Louisville, Kentucky as well.
Matt Breitzke, a 27 year old welder from Bixby, Oklahoma.
Anoop Desai,a 22 year old college student from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, auditioned in Kansas City, Missouri.
Stephen Fowler, a 26 year old from Beachwood, Ohio, auditioned in New York.
Jackie Tohn ,born August 24, 1980 is a 28 year old actress / musician from Silver Lake, California who auditioned in East Rutherford, New Jersey, sang “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz for her audition. She has appeared on such TV shows as The Nanny, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Sopranos, and starred in the cult classic Postal.
Taylor Vaifanua, a 17 year old from Hurricane, Utah.
Jeanine Vailes, a 28 year old from Sherman Oaks, California.
Stevie Wright is a 16 year old from Phelan, California, who auditioned in Phoenix, Arizona and sang “At Last” by Etta James.
Matt Giraud is a 23 year old pianist from Kalamazoo, Michigan, auditioned in Louisville, Kentucky. For his audition he sang I Don’t Want To Be by Gavin Degraw. His group version of I Want You Back and Georgia on My Mind made him a judge favorite.
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