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Oh, how we miss Simon Cowell. He would have torn into Eben Franckewitz last night.

Not that we want to see a 15-year old cry on stage, but let's be honest: this Justin Bieber lookalike is not ready for primetime, and certainly not ready to try his voice on an Adele single.

But that's exactly what Eben attempted, covering "Set Fire to Rain" and simply failing to hit any of the proper notes, while looking overwhelmed on such a grand stage.

No, Randy Jackson, Franckewitz did not "collect himself like a pro," which is understandable: he's not a pro. He's only 15. And he may have a bright future in the business, but he doesn't on season 11 of American Idol.

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American Idol has named its final 12 men on season 11.

Okay, yes, there will actually be 13 men, but if the show is keeping the final semifinalist secret until he performs on Tuesday night then he can blame producers for being left off this list.

While we still have a slew of live auditions to go through, it's never too early to start choosing sides. Are you going with the 15-year old dubbed the next Justin Bieber? The guy so nice his family named him twice?

Browse through the following promotional photos now and then cast a vote for your favorite...

  • Aaron Marcellus Picture
  • Adam Brock Photo
  • Chase Likens Picture
  • Colton Dixon Photo
  • Creighton Fraker Photo
  • Deandre Brackensick Photo
  • Eben Franckewitz Photo
  • Heejun Han Photo
  • Jeremy Rosado Photo
  • Joshua Ledet Photo
  • Phil Phillips Picture
  • Reed Grimm Photo

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE SEMIFINALIST?

 

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For the second consecutive night, American Idol delivered a two-hour episode on Thursday, testing the patience of even the most loyal viewers.

That's A LOT of Ryan Seacrest.

But the quartet of Reed Grimm, Elise Testone, Haley Johnson and Eben Franckewitz made it worthwhile this time around, making like the Rat Pack for a rendition of "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes." Our favorite part by far? Eben trying to dance, with an emphasis on the word trying.

Each member of the group advanced to the final 40, earning a standing ovation for this performance. Check it out now:

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When it comes to shaggy hair, supportive parents, a strong voice and a humble attitude, be warned Justin Bieber: you now have competition.

On American Idol's foray into Pittsburgh last night, viewers met Eben Franckewitz, a 15-year old from Milford, Ohio. We were first introduced to him via home video, as the show drove home just how close Eben is to his parents.

He then only needed a few seconds in front of the judges to earn a Golden Ticket for his  rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine," with all agreeing the kid was adorable and Randy Jackson telling him: "You definitely have a God-given gift that is pretty amazing and spot-on."

Also serving notice in the Steel City? Hallie Day. The 24-yar old waitress means singing business.

Eben Franckewitz Biography

Eben Franckewitz Picture Eben Franckewitz is a 15-year old hopeful on season 11 of American Idol. He reminds folks of Justin Bieber and it's not hard to see why.... More »
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