Lauren Alaina (born 1994) is from Rossville, Georgia and was 15 years old when she auditioned. She auditioned in Nashville, Tennessee with Faith Hill's 'Like We Never Loved At All' and Aerosmith's 'I Don't Want to Miss a Thing' which she also reprised for the Hollywood rounds. She also performed The Righteous Brothers' 'Unchained Melody' twice, once for the first solo in the Hollywoods round and again for the final solo. She also performed Soul Brothers Six's Some Kind of Wonderful in a girl group which was notable for getting Steven Tyler to sit on the chair while they performed around him. She performed 'Hello, Goodbye' for the Las Vegas' Beatles round with Scotty McCreery and Denise Jackson.
'With a Little Help From My Friends'
Casey Abrams (born February 12, 1991) is from Idyllwild, California and 20 years old at the time of show. Auditioned in Austin, Texas with Ray Charles' 'I Don't Need No Doctor'. He impressed the judges with his performance of 'Georgia on My Mind' in Hollywood week. He also performed Ella Fitzgerald's 'Lullaby of Birdland', The Temptations' 'Get Ready' with the group 'Night Owls' in the Hollywood rounds, 'A Hard Day's Night' with Chris Medina in the Las Vegas's Beatles round, and Kansas Joe McCoy's 'Why Don't You Do Right?' for his final solo. He played the double bass and melodica on the show.
'When You Tell Me That You Love Me'
Ashthon Jones (born February 27, 1986) is from Goodlettsville, Tennessee and 24 years old when she auditioned. She auditioned in Nashville, Tennessee. She sang 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' from Dreamgirls, Blu Cantrell's Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!) with the group 'The Hits' in the Holllywood rounds and Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Dance with Somebody' for her final solo. Jones was chosen by the judges as one of the Wild Card finalists. She was voted off on March 10, 2011.
'Come Pick Me Up'
Paul McDonald (born August 24, 1984) in Auburn, Alabama is from Huntsville, Alabama and 26 years old during the show. Auditioned in Nashville, Tennessee with Rod Stewart's 'Maggie May'. Prior to Idol, he was the lead singer of the band Hightide Blues formed in 2005 and renamed The Grand Magnolias in 2010. He performed Fleetwood Mac's 'Landslide' and his own composition 'American Dreams' for his final solo.
'All By Myself'
Pia Toscano (born October 14, 1988) is from Howard Beach, New York and 22 years old during the show. Auditioned in Jersey City, New Jersey. She was a make-up artist. She sang the national anthem at a Mets game. Pia Toscano and Karen Rodriguez get together to duet The Beatles' 'Can't Buy Me Love' on Las Vegas, they also went to New York's LaGuardia Arts School together. She also performed Bruno Mars' 'Grenade' for the group round in Hollywood and Alicia Keys' 'Doesn't Mean Anything' for her final solo.
'Maybe I'm Amazed'
James Durbin (born 1989) is from Santa Cruz, California and 22 years old at the time of the show. Auditioned in San Francisco, California with Muddy Waters's 'You Shook Me' and Aerosmith's 'Dream On'. He performed The Beatles' 'Oh! Darling' for his solo in the Hollywood round , Queen's 'Somebody to Love' with the group 'Deep Vees' in the group round and Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' for his final solo. He was the lead singer with a band The Hollywood Scars prior to Idol. He has Tourette and Asperger's syndrome.
Haley Reinhart (born 1991) is from Wheeling, Illinois and 18 years old during the show. Auditioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with The Beatles' 'Oh! Darling'. She originally auditioned for the previous season, but did not make it to Hollywood during that season. She performed Corinne Bailey Rae's 'Breathless', and Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child' in the Hollywood rounds, but she forgot her words in the group round.
Contestant's Description (Wikipedia)
'I Believe I Can Fly'
Jacob Lusk (born June 23, 1987) is from Compton, California and 23 years old during the show. Auditioned in Los Angeles, California. Randy considered his performance of Billie Holiday's 'God Bless the Child' during the Hollywood rounds the best ever seen on Idol. He also performed The Temptations' 'Get Ready' with Naima Adedapo in the group 'Ebony, Ivory, and Every', and Leon Russell's 'A Song for You' for his final solo.
Thia Megia (born January 1, 1995) is from Mountain House, California and was 15 years old when she auditioned. She auditioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Adele's 'Chasing Pavements'. She previously competed on season 4 of America's Got Talent, making it to the quarterfinals. She performed 'Summertime' from Porgy and Bess and Louis Armstrong's 'What a Wonderful World' in the Hollywood rounds, 'Here Comes the Sun' for the Las Vegas round with Melinda Ademi, and Secret Garden's 'You Raise Me Up' for her final solo. She is the youngest contestant to reach final stages.
Stefano Langone (born February 27, 1989) is from Kent, Washington and a 22 year-old during the show. Auditioned in San Francisco, California with Marvin Gaye's 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine'. He performed Stevie Wonder's 'Sir Duke' in the Hollywood week, 'Get Back' for the Last Vegas round with James Durbin, and his own composition 'Come Home' for his final solo. He survived a near-fatal car accident in 2009 being hit by a drunk driver. Langone was chosen by the judges as one of the Wild Cards to join the Top 13 finalists.
'I Could Fall in Love'
Karen Rodriguez (born March 3, 1989) is from New York City and 21 years old in the show. She was one of the MySpace auditioners and then auditioned in front of the judges in Los Angeles, California with Whitney Houston's 'You Give Good Love'. She performed Jennifer Lopez's 'If You Had My Love', Bruno Mars' 'Just the Way You Are' with Jovany Baretto in the group 'Spanglish' for the Hollywood rounds, and Selena's 'No me queda más' in the final round. She had previously appeared in the fifth season of a Puerto Rican talent show Objetivo Fama.
Scotty McCreery (born October 9, 1993) in from Garner, North Carolina and was 16 years old when he auditioned. He auditioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Josh Turner's 'Your Man' and Travis Tritt's 'Put Some Drive In Your Country'. He reprised 'Your Man' in the Hollywood rounds but forgot the words to Lee Ann Womack's 'I Hope You Dance'. He also performed 'Get Ready' with the group 'The Guaps' and became involved in the drama when the Clint Jun Gamboa ousted young Jaycee Badeaux from his group. For his final solo he performed Josh Turner's 'Long Black Train'.
Naima Adedapo (born October 5, 1984 in Maywood, Illinois) is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 26 years old at the time of the show. Auditioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Donny Hathaway's version of 'For All We Know'. She was doing janitorial duties at the Summerfest in Milwaukee before she auditioned on Idol. She performed Beatles' The Long and Winding Road together with Jacob Lusk and Haley Reinhart during the Las Vegas round, and Corinne Bailey Rae's 'Put Your Records On' for her final solo. Adedapo was chosen by the judges to join the competition during the Wild Card round.
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