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'American Idol' declares 12 finalists

The 12 finalists--Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lunche, Casey James, Andrew Garcia, Lacey Brown, Tim Urban, Aaron Kelly, Paige Miles, and Katie Stevens--are to perform on Rolling Stones' songs next week. Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, one of Judge’s favorite till now, is expected to make the cut easily.

‘American Idol’ Season 9 declared its top 12 contestants on Thursday. The show bade goodbye to Alex Lambert and Todrick Hall of Texas, along with Lilly Scott of Colo., and Katelyn Epperly of Iowa.

On being rejected Hall said, “This has been an awesome experience. I came here to prove that I'm not just a dancer, I can also sing. I think that I've done that.

Judge Randy Jackson liked Hall's performance of “Somebody to Love,” which Simon Cowell said was a mixed one.

However, the biggest rejection shock of the day was the elimination of Scott. She said, “I thought I did really well. I put my heart into every performance. I just know there's an audience out there for me.”

“It's surprising. A lot of incredible talent is going home and I don't know what America wants to hear, I don't. I just know that there's an audience out there for me though,” she added.

The 12 finalists
Lambert also expressed his sadness on being rejected and said, “I had a lot of fun, I learned a lot of stuff. I wish I would have like not been so nervous on stage because there's a lot of things America hasn't seen me do yet and a lot of things I know that I'm capable of that the judges and America hasn't seen yet, so I wish I could have just broken out of my shell.”

Judge Ellen DeGeneres replied to him and said, “Some people are good and then one week they're kind of not so good and then they're good again. [But] you're consistently -- every single week you get better and better and better. I just really, really liked it."

‘American Idol’ has an exceptionally high viewership, increasing with every season, and is the top program according to the Neilson ratings.

The 12 finalists--Crystal Bowersox, Siobhan Magnus, Didi Benami, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lunche, Casey James, Andrew Garcia, Lacey Brown, Tim Urban, Aaron Kelly, Paige Miles, and Katie Stevens--are to perform on Rolling Stones’ songs next week.

The two-hour live performance will be a crucial factor to decide next week's eliminations.

Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, one of Judge’s favorite till now, is expected to make the cut easily. Judge Kara DioGuardi shed tears on his performance of “This Woman's Work” last week.

‘American Idol’: Season 9
‘American Idol’, one of most popular TV shows around the globe, is sponsored by Coca-Cola. Other than Coca-Cola, Apple iTunes, Ford Motors, AT&T, Kelloggs and Pop Tarts are also the leading sponsors of the show.

‘American Idol’ has an exceptionally high viewership, increasing with every season, and is the top program according to the Neilson ratings.