American Idol Reveals Top 24
Posted on Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:53 AM PDT

AI_200.jpg LOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - American Idol has narrowed down their contestants to 24 hopefuls, and in a surprising twist, host Ryan Seacrest revealed that too many contestants were cut, so the Fox singing competition will be adding one more spot to the semifinalist lineup.

Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law, and David Leather will be vying for the coveted spot on next week's episode. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, and Steven Tyler, along with viewers, will make the tough decision on next Thursday's elimination episode.

The semifinalists unveiled Wednesday were: Deandre Brackensick, 17, San Jose, Calif.; Adam Brock, 27, Washington, Pa.; Hollie Cavanaugh, 18, McKinney, Texas; Hallie Day, 24, Baltimore; Eben Franckewitz, 15, Loveland, Ohio; Skylar Laine, 18, Brandon, Miss.; Chase Likens, 21, Point Pleasant, W.W.; Shannon Magrane, 16, Tampa, Fla.; Aaron Marcellus, 27, Atlanta; and Jeremy Rosado, 19, Valrico, Fla.

The semifinalists announced Tuesday were: Baylie Brown, 22, Krum, Texas; Colton Dixon, 20, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Reed Grimm, 26, Ellsworth, Wis.; Jen Hirsh, 25, Agoura Hills, Calif.; Haley Johnsen, 23, Beaverton, Ore.; Joshua Ledet, 19, Los Angeles; Phillip Phillips, 21, from Leesburg, Ga.; Jessica Sanchez, 16, San Diego; Chelsea Sorrell, 23, Stokesdale, N.C.; Elise Testone, 28, Charleston, S.C.; Erika Van Pelt, 26, South Kingstown, R.I.; and Creighton Fraker, 28, Heejun Han, 22, and Brielle Von Hugel, 17, New York.