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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:

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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.

'American Idol' switches schedule this week

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It's still girls vs. boys on "American Idol" -- just the other way around.

The 10 female semifinalists were scheduled to perform on "Idol" Tuesday and the 10 male singer Wednesday night, but unspecified "medical issues" with former Chicago musician Crystal Bowersox is causing a slight schedule change. Switch it: The men will sing at 8 p.m. Tuesday, the women 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The results show is still 8 p.m. Thursday, in which former finalist Danny Gokey performs his new single and two current semifinalists will be cut.

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UPDATE: Us is reporting that Bowersox was hospitalized Tuesday, and the LA Times says it's possibly related to diabetes.

But while an "Idol" insider insists the Wednesday night show -- and Bowersox -- will go on, the NY Times cites "Idol" executive producer Ken Warwick saying she might miss tonight's performance, as well:

Mr. Warwick said that Ms. Bowersox had "a condition that we know about," but did not say what the condition was. He added that if she missed the show on Wednesay, she would all but certainly be eliminated.

"If you're in the Olympics," Mr. Warwick said, "and you're going for the semi-final, for the final, if you don't turn up, you don't get straight through to the final."

On Tuesday night's show, host Ryan Seacrest gave Bowersox, 24 and a mother of one, a shout-out: "Crystal, if you're watching, we hope you feel better very, very soon."

UPDATE AT 7:02 P.M.: Bowersox was the last of the ladies introduced to perform as "American Idol" kicked off Wednesday night.

Seacrest asked Bowersox how she was feeling, noting that the last 24 hours seemed to be tough for her.

"I feel good," Bowersox said, adding that she is a "tough cookie."

Seacrest responded: "You are a tough cookie."

Bowersox is the first to perform tonight.

'The biggest wake-up call ever'

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Simon Cowel''s other show -- one of several -- is an "American Idol"-like singing contest in the U.K. called "Britain's Got Talent." Like "Idol," many of the contestants are fresh-faced youngsters who could double as catalog models. Until this week.

A woman named Susan Boyle strolls in -- she's 47, she's frumpy, she's dowdy, and she lives with her cat, Pebbles. The show sets her up to be a sad sack. And then she opens her mouth to sing ...

Watch the audience's faces before. Then watch them jump to their feet when she sings and absolutely nails it. Watch Simon's eyebrows and his wistful -- yes, wistful -- smile. Watch Susan win one for the rest of the world. And hear the other judge, Amanda Holden, say, "That was the biggest wake-up call ever!" It is, after all, a show about finding undiscovered talent. Go, girl.

Before Adam Lambert was an 'Idol' ...

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By Misha Davenport

"American Idol" frontrunner Adam Lambert has shown a flair for the dramatic in his performances on the show each week.

Judging from the clips available on YouTube, it's old hat for the song-and-dance man.

As mentioned during the auditions, Lambert understudied the role of Fiyero in the Los Angeles production of the hit musical "Wicked."

And sure enough, someone has posted a clip of him in it singing the song "Dancing Through Life":

More after the jump ...

'American Idol' live chat 4/14/09

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Adam Lambert's 'Mad World'

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Holy moly! Adam Lambert crawls inside the Tears for Fears classic "Mad World" and delivers a pound of gooseflesh ...

Oh yeah. He's gonna win.

Lady Gaga on 'American Idol'

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She was just in Chicago, blowing our minds, but we don't recall ... um ... the armpit garden ...

Stevie Wonder on 'Idol': 'I love you, Barack Obama!'

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During Stevie Wonder's medley of Motown hits last night, he gave a shout out to the President: "I love you, Barack Obama!" (at about 5:46 below).

And then later in the medley, gave the same shout out to the show: "I love you, 'American Idol'!"

Here's the video ...

'Idol' is a fake! Lip-syncing confessed

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Do we still care about lip-sync "scandals"?

Sigh, well, here's another one: "American Idol"! Lip-syncing! The horror!

Perez Hilton is reporting:

" 'AI' reject from season one, Justin Guarini, isn't too happy with this year's group performances. Guarini is currently the co-host of 'Idol Wrap' on the TV Guide Network. And what he said recently has some fans in an uproar.

Justin told everyone, 'Every single year we can't stand the group
performances. I know they can't stand it either. And I think what makes them
even worse now is that they're lip-synched. They're really prerecorded now.' "

"Idol" producers were quick to deny, saying through a rep, Manfred Westphal, said "The Idols don't lip-sync, period."

That was Tuesday. By Wednesday, Westphal confessed to the New York Times: "Due to extensive choreography and to balance their voices with open mikes against a screaming audience, the Idols do sing along to their own prerecorded vocal track during the group
performances only." He said the singers don't lip-sync during solo performances.

So ... that means part of "Idol" is basically ... fake?

Once again, do you care? Do tell.

Will Dial Idol be right a second week in a row?

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DialIdol.com, a website that posts the results of monitoring busy signals to the Dial Idol lines on "American Idol" has come out with their latest predictions for tonight's results show.

According to the site:
The top three contestants based on the number of busy signals encountered are: Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Danny Gokey.

The bottom three: Scott MacIntyre, Megan Joy Corkrey and Michael Sarver. Due to the site's margin of error, they were unable to official make the call that Sarver is out.

It was a similar situation last week when the site had Alexis Grace at the bottom of the list. Grace was eliminated later that night from the show.

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