"American Idol" judges Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban have chosen the Top 40 contestants — 20 gals and 20 guys — who will head to Las Vegas to perform on the stage of Cirque du Soleil’s Beatles LOVE Theatre at The Mirage.
The group will be split by gender. On Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Thursday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday, Feb. 27. and Thursday, Feb. 28, 10 semifinalists will perform each night — girls on Wednesdays and guys on Thursdays.
Each night, the judges will decide which five contestants will remain in the competition.
At the end of the first stage of the semifinals, only 20 contestants will remain.
Then, it’s up to the viewers to vote for who will advance to the finals during a special three-night “American Idol” event.
The season’s first live show will air on Tuesday, March 5, when the first group of 10 semifinalists will perform for America’s vote.
On Wednesday, March 6, the second group of 10 semifinalists will perform.
A 90-minute episode of “American Idol” will air on Thursday, March 7, when the finalists will be announced live from Los Angeles.
TOP 20 GALS:
Melinda Ademi, 19, Yonkers
Janelle Arthur, 23, Oliver Springs, Tenn.
Juliana Chahayed, 15, Woodland Hills, Calif.
Christabel Clack, 29, San Antonio, Texas
Aubrey Cleland, 19, West Linn, Ore.
Candice Glover, 23, St. Helena island, S.C.
Rachel Hale, 21, Prescott, Ariz.
Kree Harrison, 22, Nashville, Tenn.
Jett Hermano, 25, Seattle, Wash.
Amber Holcomb, 18, Houston, Texas
Brandy Hotard, 26, Port Allen, La.
Isabelle, 22, Duluth, Ga.
Zoanette Johnson, 20, Tulsa, Okla.
Adriana Latonio, 17, Anchorage, Alaska
Angela Miller, 18, Beverly, Mass.
Kamaria Ousley, 29, Oakland, Calif.
Breanna Steer, 18, Laplace, La.
Tenna Torres, 28, Queens, N.Y.
Shubha Vedula, 17, Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Jenny Beth Willis, 17, Owensboro, Ken
TOP 20 GUYS:
Lazaro Arbos, 21, Naples, Fla.
Charlie Askew, 17, Little Rock, Ark.
Nick Boddington, 27, Memphis, Tenn.
Curtis Finch Jr., 24, St. Louis, Miss.
Kevin Harris, 28, Montgomery, Ala.
Josh Holiday, 24, Celeste, Texas
J’DA aka Josh Jada Davila, 27, Chicago, Ill.
Paul Jolley, 22, Palmersville, Tenn.
Johnny Keyser, 24, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Elijah Liu, 18, Rowland Heights, Calif.
Vincent Powell, 29, Austin, Texas
Cortez Shaw, 21, Dallas, Texas
Gurpreet Singh Sarin, 22, North Potomac, Md.
Jimmy Smith, 25, Waynesboro, Tenn.
Bryant Tadeo, 23, Hilo, Hawaii
Burnell Taylor, 19, New Orleans, La.
Mathenee Treco, 26, Aurora, Colo.
Devin Velez, 18, Chicago, Ill.
Chris Watson, 25, Fords, N.J.
David Willis, 21, Mount Dora, Fla.