'American Idol' Season 10 Spoilers: The Top 40 Emerges!
The alleged 'American Idol' Season 10 top 40 has been floating around online for several weeks now, thanks to the investigative efforts of the 'Idol' insiders at Joe's Place. And now that we've witnessed two weeks worth of auditions, it's time to put faces to the names we've already heard from and look ahead to the top 40 bound we've yet to see.
Check back after each episode for the latest intel on Season 10's break-out stars!
San Francisco Auditions
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
In a Nutshell: Durbin's emotive vocal stylings have been compared to those of Adam Lambert among 'Idol' pundits. On the personal story side, Durbin allegedly suffers from Tourette and Asperger syndromes.
More James: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: Denver, CO
In a Nutshell: A sampling (via iTunes) of Julie's original album, "About Us," brings to mind the soaring vocals of Lea Michelle.
More Julie: Facebook
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
In a Nutshell: Clint's a two-time "Karaoke Fest" winner but we all know 'Idol' is no karaoke contest, right Nigel?
More Clint: YouTube
Deandre "Kamele" Brackensick
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
In a Nutshell: No, it's not the second coming of Milli Vanilli. Although Deandre claims Long Beach as his home, a little Googling reveals his penchant for Hawaiian music.
More Deandre: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
In a Nutshell: Former "Ms. America Outstanding Teen" is looking to conquer another national talent institution.
More Brittany: YouTube
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
In a Nutshell: Another singer/songwriter with piano chops, Stefano may range and original material could give him an edge.
More Stefano: YouTube
Los Angeles Auditions
Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
In a Nutshell: Songwriter/vocalist/pianist Halperin is a serious threat to other 39 contestants in this pool. Just check out the music video for his original song, 'She Runs.'
More Tim: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: Idylliwild, CA
Audition Song: "I Don't Need No Doctor," Ray Charles
In a Nutshell: This Seth Rogen lookalike blew the judges away with a Ray Charles' tune, despite bringing a melodica to the audition.
More Casey: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: McKinney, TX
Audition Song: "At Last," Etta James/"The Climb," Miley Cyrus
In a Nutshell: A bundle of nerves at first, British transplant Cavanagh nailed it the second time with a little encouragement from J.Lo
John Wayne Schulz
Hometown: Karnes City, TX
Audition Song: "Believe," Brooks & Dunn
In a Nutshell: This bonafide cowboy has Hollywood good looks and Texas-size vocals to boot.
More John Wayne: YouTube
Hometown: Nashville, Tenn.
In a Nutshell: Jones, a former teenage runaway who's since turned her life around, has been making a name for herself in Nashville.
More Ashthon: MySpace, Facebook, YouTube
Lauren Alaina Suddeth
Hometown: Rossville, GA
Audition Song: "Like We Never Loved At All," Faith Hill
In a Nutshell: Steven felt Suddeth might be "the one," at the end of the Nashville auditions.
More Lauren: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Audition Song: "Maggie May," Rod Stewart
In a Nutshell: McDonald's already making a name for himself in his band, "Grand Magnolias" and the judges seemed impressed with this Maroon 5 soundalike.
More Paul: Official Site, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook
Hometown: Franklin, TN
Audition Song: "Sunday Morning," Maroon 5
In a Nutshell: Jimmie's original tunes mix rock and urban with catchy results. It'll be interesting to see what a little mentoring can do for the Nashville musician.
More Jimmie: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube
Hometown: Mountain House, Calif.
Audition Song: "Chasing Pavements," Adele
In a Nutshell: At just 15, Megia has already seen airtime on another major TV competition, 'America's Got Talent,' making it into the top 24.
More Thia: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: Aurora, Ill.
In a Nutshell: While not seen on the Milwaukee episode, Wilson is a local favorite who's also an aspiring model.
More Ta-Tynisa: Twitter, Facebook, MySpace
Hometown: Racine, Wisc.
Audition Song: 'Twistin' the Night Away,' Sam Cooke
In a Nutshell: Tiwan's Hollywood moment was overshadowed by the "Charlie Horse" one of his family members suffered while celebrating his golden ticket.
Hometown: Garner, Wisc.
Audition Song: 'Your Man,' Josh Turner
In a Nutshell: Warbly country-crooner McCreery is a judges' favorite with a voice well beyond his 16 years.
More Scotty: Facebook
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Audition Song: 'Break Even,' The Script
In a Nutshell: Medina touched viewers and the judges with the story of his fiance, Juliana, now suffering from severe brain trauma after a tragic auto accident, whom he's dedicated his musical career to.
Hometown: Chicago, Ill.
Audition Song: 'For All We Know,' Donny Hathaway
In a Nutshell: Aspiring singer who works as a janitor at Milwaukee's "Summerfest," while harboring dreams of performing on that very same slate
Hometown: New York, NY
Audition Song: "Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye
In a Nutshell: This Bar Mitzvah singer impressed J.Lo with his "space shoes" and Randy and Steven with his dynamic performance.
More Jerome: Facebook, MySpace, YouTube
New Orleans Auditions
Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla.
Audition Song: 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' Queen
In a Nutshell: Bullied high schooler/Carrot Top lookalike makes good with a Queen classic.
More Brett: Facebook
Hometown: Harvey, La.
Audition Song: 'Contigo en la Distancia,' Luis Miguel
In a Nutshell: Shipbuilder and J.Lo worshiper Baretto snagged a ticket to Hollywood with his impressive vocals and an impromptu strip tease.
Hometown: LaPlace, La.
Audition Song: 'Over the Rainbow'
In a Nutshell: A piano and vocal teacher whose new spin on an old favorite bought him a ticket to Hollywood.
More Jordan: Facebook
Hometown: Lafayette, La.
Audition Song: '(Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay,' Otis Redding
In a Nutshell: Jaycee comes off more like "Star Wars Kid" than the next 'American Idol,' but his surprising performance in NOLA made him an early favorite.
Hometown: Bradenton, Fla. (originally Long Island, NY)
Audition Song: 'Killing Me Softly,' Roberta Flack
In a Nutshell: Adopted by parents, Kelly draws inspiration from Mary J. Blige.
More Erin: MySpace, Road to Hollywood Interview
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
In a Nutshell: Turner made it to Hollywood in Season 4 and won a local Christina Aguilera impersonation contest.
More Lauren: Facebook, MySpace
New Jersey Auditions
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Audition Song: 'Yesterday,' The Beatles
In a Nutshell: Once wheelchair-bound teen finds his legs and his voice
More Robbie: Facebook, YouTube
Hometown: Howard Beach, NY
In a Nutshell: Toscano's claims to fame include making the top 40 in Season 6 and singing the National Anthem at a Met's game.
More Pia: Facebook, YouTube, MySpace
Hometown: Portland, Maine
In a Nutshell: Season 10 marks her seventh 'Idol' audition but not her first trip to Hollywood. Cunningham said that Season 9 was her last shot at 'Idol' before settling down with her family, but she's back, again!
More Jessica: MySpace, On Season 9
Hometown: Glen Rock, NJ
In a Nutshell: High school student Ryan cites Freddy Mercury and his mother as sources of inspiration and names Adam Lambert's 'Ring of Fire' performance among his favorite 'Idol' moments.
More Alex: YouTube
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
In a Nutshell: Sanders, a self-described "geek," comes from a musical family and made it to the top 50 in Season 7.
More Aaron: Road to Hollywood Interview