American Idol Sends The First Four Home

american idol logoSemifinalists Janell Wheeler, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Muñoz and Tyler Grady were eliminated tonight on AMERICAN IDOL after they received the fewest of America’s more than 24 million votes. On Tuesday and Wednesday’s first live performance shows of the season, the Top 24 sang Top 10 Hits from the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and Wheeler, 24, from Tampa, FL, sang “What About Love”; Rodriguez, 22, of Chelsea, MA, sang “Happy”; Muñoz, 20, from Huntington Park, CA, sang “You and I Both”; and Grady, 20, from Nazareth, PA, sang “American Woman.”

Also on tonight’s show, AMERICAN IDOL Season Eight finalist Allison Iraheta sang her new single, “Scars,” and Season Eight winner Kris Allen performed The Beatles’ classic “Let It Be.” Allen also shared footage from his recent trip to Haiti with the United Nations Foundation to help raise further awareness of the country’s continuing needs after last month’s earthquake. Donations are currently being accepted online at and via text-messaging, and proceeds will go to the IDOL GIVES BACK Foundation to help the UN Foundation and their work in Haiti.

Next week, the 10 female semifinalists (Didi Benami, Crystal Bowersox, Lacey Brown, Michelle Delamor, Katelyn Epperly, Siobhan Magnus, Paige Miles, Lilly Scott, Katie Stevens and Haeley Vaughn) will take the stage once again, singing LIVE for America on Tuesday, March 2 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). Then, it’s the guys’ turn on Wednesday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) as the 10 male semifinalists (Lee Dewyze, Andrew Garcia, Todrick Hall, Casey James, Aaron Kelly, Alex Lambert, Michael Lynche, John Park, Jermaine Sellers and Tim Urban) perform LIVE in hopes of winning America’s vote.

Tune in the following night to see Season Eight finalist Danny Gokey perform his new single, “My Best Days Are Ahead of Me,” and to find out which two guys and two girls will be eliminated on the live results show Thursday, March 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Season Eight finalist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans nationwide, and the Milwaukee native is now poised to release his debut album, “My Best Days,” on March 2. Gokey credits his late wife, Sophia, with the inspiration to pursue his musical dreams on AMERICAN IDOL, and he continues to honor her with the charitable work of Sophia’s Heart Foundation, founded in her memory. For more information on Danny, visit

AMERICAN IDOL is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, Founder, 19 Entertainment; and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America; and Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America.

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