This week, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson narrowed it down to just twenty-four contestants. Next week, the real fun starts as viewers start making the cuts. Let’s take a few minutes to get to know the final twelve men in ldol contention.
Ace Young is 25 and hails from Denver, Colorado. He has a smooth, sultry voice and the fact that he oozes sex appeal only helps to make him a very complete package. Also from Denver is 19-year-old Bobby Bennett, who cites Barry Manilow and Barbra Streisand amongst his favorite artists. He wasn’t a unanimous choice but certainly hopes to become one.
Bucky Covington has been singing and performing for the last decade. At the age of 28, experience may make this North Carolina native a bit more comfortable on stage. Fellow North Carolinian, Chris Daughtry, is an all around artistic guy. This married father dabbles in music, art and martial arts. His lucky charm? Why, his wife of course!
David Radford is only 17 but already has a unique sound that seems to come naturally. This Crystal Lake, Illinois local loves Frank Sinatra and you can hear that in his voice. A rather boyish looking Elliott Yamin (he’s 27) cruised through the Boston auditions and now finds himself in a great position. One thing you’d never guess about this Virginia native is that he wears an insulin pump to help manage his diabetes.[ADBLOCKHERE]
Most 17-year-olds don’t have a third of the self confidence that Gedeon McKinney displays. This Memphis boy seems to have a bit of an ego, but thus far his talent backs it pretty well. Jose “Sway” Penala’s best birthday gift in 28 years likely came the day he learned he had made the top twenty-four. This San Francisco native cites Luther Vandross amongst his favorites and that influence shows when he performs.
At 16, Levittown, New York’s Kevin Covais is one of the youngest competitors. Simon Cowell wasn’t sure about letting him through because of his age, but in the end his voice really deserves the space he has been given. Patrick Hall of Gravette, Arkansas cites his wedding day as the proudest moment of his life so far. I’m guessing that making it this far on AI would have to rank pretty high as well for this 27-year-old.
Taylor Hicks. If you’ve seen the 29-year-old from Birmingham, you undoubtedly took note. His hair is gray and the harmonica player’s personality is golden. Sharing the title of youngest competitor is 16-year-old Will Makar. This Woodlands, Texas boy wisely knows that he has been handed the opportunity of a lifetime.
There they are, the top twelve men left standing. Make sure to tune in on Tuesday at 8 p.m. to see them face each other and the twelve ladies for the first time!