FOX PRESS RELEASE: 14 of the AMERICAN IDOL Top 24 Semifinalists Revealed

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Tonight, the AMERICAN IDOL judges announced the 14 semifinalists who have secured a coveted spot in this season’s Top 24. The 14 semifinalists are Baylie Brown from Krum, TX; Colton Dixon from Murfreesboro, TN; Creighton Fraker from Queens, NY; Reed Grimm from Ellsworth, WI; Heejun Han from Flushing, NY; Jen Hirsh from Agoura Hills, CA; Haley Johnsen from Beaverton, OR; Joshua Ledet from Westlake, LA; Phillip Phillips from Leesburg, GA; Jessica Sanchez from San Diego, CA; Chelsea Sorrell from Stokesdale, NC; Elise Testone from Charleston, SC; Erika Van Pelt from South Kingstown, RI; and Brielle Von Hugel from Staten Island, NY. To find out more about these 14 semifinalists, visit for exclusive videos, photos and interviews.

Tune in tomorrow night, Thursday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), as the judges reveal the remaining 10 contestants who will round out the Top 24.


The first 14 AMERICAN IDOL semifinalists to be named to the Top 24 are:

Baylie BrownHometown: Krum, TXAge: 22  

Colton DixonHometown:Murfreesboro, TNAge: 20  

Creighton FrakerHometown: Queens, NYAge: 28



Reed GrimmHometown: Ellsworth, WIAge: 26  

Heejun HanHometown: Flushing, NYAge: 22  

Jen HirshHometown: Agoura Hills, CAAge: 25  

Haley JohnsenHometown: Beaverton, ORAge: 23  

Joshua LedetHometown:Westlake, LAAge: 19  

Phillip PhillipsHometown: Leesburg, GAAge: 21  

Jessica SanchezHometown: San Diego, CAAge: 16  

Chelsea SorrellHometown: Stokesdale, NCAge: 23  

Elise Testone Hometown: Charleston, SCAge: 28  

Erika Van Pelt Hometown: South Kingstown, RIAge: 26  

Brielle Von Hugel Hometown: Staten Island, NYAge: 17  

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