These are the five that make American Idol run so smoothly. But one of them is leaving after season nine.
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With a nice voice and solid guitar-strumming skills, Janell Wheeler has a bright future on American Idol. She's a season nine semifinalist.
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She's gotta be considered an early favorite on American Idol. We're big fans of Crystal Bowersox.
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Joe Munoz didn't receive a lot of air time prior to being named a semifinalist on American Idol. But the guy can sing.
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Katie Stevens is young, but that didn't stop her from impressing the judges on American Idol. She's a season nine semifinalist.
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Andrew Garcia poses here for an American Idol promotional shot. He can do so because - congrats! - the singer is part of the season nine top 24.
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Todrick Hall has a solid resume for an American Idol contestant. He actually appeared in a Broadway production of The Color Purple that featured Fantasia.
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Here they are: presenting the top 24 contestants on season nine of American Idol.
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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]