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'American Idol' breaks some Chicago girls' hearts, sends two local guys on to semifinals

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The final cuts of Hollywood Week went down Thursday, and some local "American Idol" hopefuls had their hearts broken on the Valentine's Day episode of the Fox singing show.

It was the end of the line for Kiara Lanier, the talented 21-year-old college student/teacher who sang for President Obama. She sailed through the Chicago audition round with four yeses. But her journey stopped Thursday when judges opted not to send her through to the semifinals.

One of the season's more memorable contestants, amateur fire performer Kez Ban Sauerbier, 27, also got the boot after delivering a rather, um, unique acoustic guitar performance during Thursday's solo round. (The show identifies Kez Ban as being from Durham, N.C., but she moved to Chicago.)

As the judges announced the top 20 girls and the top 20 guys who will advance to the semifinals round, two Chicagoans have cause to celebrate.

Devin Velez is headed to Las Vegas for the semifinals, and so is Josh "Jada" Davila:

Devin Velez
This 18-year-old cadet at Chicago's Rickover Naval Academy brought judge Randy Jackson to his feet and was told he was "born to sing" by judge Keith Urban.

Josh "Jada" Davila
Josh "Jada" Davila from the South Side said he wants to be the next Idol because "androgyny needs to be seen more." The transgender performer reportedly was a semi-finalist in the Windy City Gay Idol competition.

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