Contestant "Saved" on "American Idol"; Top Nine Continue

News   Contestant "Saved" on "American Idol"; Top Nine Continue
Although Michael Lynche received the least number of votes following the April 6 broadcast of "American Idol," the four judges — Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi — opted to use the once-a-season "save," which allows the voted-off contestant to continue to the next week. The decision was announced April 7 during the live broadcast of the country's biggest singing competition, which is often a stepping stone to the Broadway stage.

Aaron Kelly  and Andrew Garcia were the other contestants who received the least votes of the week. All three will continue to next week's competition; two contestants will be eliminated in the next round.  The nine contestants who are currently vying for the "America Idol" title are Aaron Kelly, Andrew Garcia, Casey James, Crystal Bowersox, Katie Stevens, Lee Dewyze, Michael Lynche, Siobhan Magnus and Tim Urban. These nine — plus the ousted Didi Benami — will also be part of the summer "Idol" tour.

Among the many "American Idol" finalists and/or winners who have appeared on Broadway are Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young (both back on Broadway in Hair), Tamyra Gray, Constantine Maroulis (on Broadway in Rock of Ages), Frenchie Davis, Clay Aiken and Taylor Hicks (currently in the national tour of Grease).

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