Todrick Hall has a lot of experience for an American Idol contestant. He's made his Broadway debut in Oprah Winfrey's "The Color Purple,"...

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Congratulations are in order for Andrew Garcia and Todrick Hall. They have each advanced to the semifinals on season nine of American Idol.

Along with 22 other aspiring stars, these crooners will compete for viewer votes next week on the show, as performances go live and phone lines open up for all contestants.

With such an intense competition set to begin, it's time to prepare Garcia and Hall by pitting them against one another in a showdown of hopeful semifinalists.

Andrew is considered the early favorite by many, following an incredible acoustic version of the Paula Abdul classic "Straight Up." But Todrick possesses an impressive resume for an amateur, having appeared in a Broadway production of The Color Purple.

Two men. One dream. Cast your vote below.

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Which singer will advance farther on American Idol?

 

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American Idol took its show to Dallas last night, where it encountered a few contestants with moving personal stories (one overcame cancer, another struggles with Tourette's Syndrome) and one with a controversial background.

Todrick Hall, a 24-year old from Arlington, Texas, wrote an original song for his audition and impressed all four judges.

He's a budding playwright who appeared with Fantasia in The Color Purple; had a small role in High School Musical 2; and wrote, choreographed and directed a Nashville show called "Oz, the Musical."

But that's where the controversy comes in: as chronicled by a local Tennessee station, Hall was the alleged mastermind behind a plot to fool families into paying for a play that was never actually in production, at least according to some sources.

In June 2009, parents brought their children to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center to audition for this remake of The Wizard of Oz. Its website billed former Idol star Diana DeGarmo as playing a role in it. But after shelling out $75 for costume fees, the families were told the play was canceled - and their money would not be refunded.

Hall said producers simply ran out of funds, but no local theater had been reserved for the event. Moreover, DeGarmo had no knowledge of the Nashville production.

It sounds a bit shady, but there's often a lot of behind-the-scenes details to these stories. Check out Hall's performance on Idol below and keep your eyes this contestant. He may be in the news for a variety of reasons in the near future.

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