Hometown: Charleston, SC
What the water world? Elise has opened for Kevin Costner's band.
Songstress Elise Testone hails from the small town of Kinnelon, New Jersey. In a 2008 interview withSkirt! Charleston, Elise said was keeping busy with three jobs: working at a pet store during the mornings, teaching voice lessons in the afternoons, and singing in local pubs and restaurants at night....
Singer she gets compared to most often:Reba McEntire
Skylar Laine Harden is anAmerican Idolcontestant from Brandon, Mississippi, who auditioned in Houston, Texas during Season 11’s national talent search. Skylar’s a young country girl at heart who tweets she “can’t hide her redneck side.” You can listen to a handful of Skylar’s original songs onher Myspace page...
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Sounds like… Yep, that’s the trace of a British accent. Hollie was born in England.
Hollie, 18, was born in Liverpool, England, but now hails from McKinney, Texas. In her...
Hometown: Pine Hill, NJ
Claim to fame: The gentle giant was brought back to round out the Top 25.
When 6’8 (and a half!) Jermaine Jones walked into theAmerican Idol2012 Portland auditions, we’d already heard about his touching story. His mother was certain he would have no trouble making it to Hollywood Week. When the gentle giant unloaded some Luther Vandross on the judges, they...
Hometown: Tampa, FL
How tall is she, anyway? A stunning 6'0"
The viewing public collectively shuddered whenSteven TylercalledAmerican IdolSeason 11 contestant Shannon Magrane “hot, humid, and happening” during the Savannah auditions. Yikes. Though the 6’0” volleyball player does look older than her 16 years, the fact that her entire family was in the room at the time made it all the more...
Hometown: South County, Rhode Island
She’s got the beats: Erika spent most of her pre-Idol time DJing.
American IdolSeason 11 contestantErika Van Peltis a 26-year-old singer/songwriter from South County, Rhode Island. Born and Raised in Providence, Erika’s childhood was chock-full of musical experiences; her father is a trained acoustic guitarist and her mother is obsessed with Broadway...
Hometown: Valrico, Florida
Claim to fame: Being sweeter than honey
American IdolcontestantJeremy Rosadois a friendly 19-year-old kid from Valrico, Florida. Jeremy sang “Superstar” for his audition in Savannah, Georgia (the city that birthed a zillion Season 11 finalists, includingPhillip Phillips). But this wasn’t Jeremy’s first time trying to get on the show; he auditioned four times...
Hometown: Queens, NY
The more you know: Heejun is the most GIF-able contestant in American Idol history.
Heejun Han is a 24-year-oldAmerican IdolSeason 11 contestant. For his audition in Pittsburgh, Heejun walked into the room, toldRyan Seacresthe had a small face, and promptly belted out a cover of Michael Bolton’s“How am I Supposed to Live Without You?”
The 24-year-old has only gotten...
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Claim to fame: His curly mane
Deandre Brackensicklooks straight out of a ‘90s music video with his Janet Jackson-esque curly locks and Fabio-grade chiseled bod.Jennifer Lopezloves herself some Deandre, gushing about his “magic little voice” back when he auditioned forAmerican IdolSeason 10. The San Jose-born Brackensick is back forSeason 11, and proving to be much...
Best known for... That hairdo!
With his overgrown fauxhawk and smooth vocals, country cutie (he hails from Murfreeboro, Tennessee) Colton Dixon is sure to be a standout favorite. He and his sister Schyler auditioned in Nashville in Season 10, and he wasthiscloseto landing in the Top 24. While his sister came back to audition in Savannah in Season 11, Colton...
Favorite word: Amen
American IdolSeason 11 contestant Joshua Ledet is one ofthe top 24 finalists, singing his way into the judges’ (and viewers’) hearts with“Jar of Hearts.”Joshua, 19, attended Westlake High School in Louisiana. Besides belting his sweet heart out, Joshua works for the police department and attends Lamar University.
Joshua began singing at age 3...
Hometown: Chula Vista, California
Star power: Jessica wowed crowds on America’s Got Talent when she was just 11.
When 16-year-old Jessica Sanchez says she’s been singing her whole life, she means it. At 11, the Filipino-Mexican-American appeared onAmerica’s Got Talent, where she wowed with her cover of “I Surrender.” Five...
Hometown: Leesburg, Georgia
Heartbreaking fact: He has a girlfriend.