Urged to audition by her boyfriend and her family, Elaine Gutierrez was in "complete shock" when she advanced in the competition. Learn more about the Maplewood, NJ native.
Encouraged by his father to sing, Dustin Watts auditioned for American Idol to see how far his passion will take him. Does he have what it takes to be the next American Idol?
Auditioning because it was his "calling in life", Paul Jolley felt as if he was going to faint when he got the good word from the judges. Find out more about the contestant who says that he "always has a laugh to give."
Citing his mother as his biggest inspiration, Nicholas Rodriguez believes he's the next American Idol. Learn more about his story.
"This is crazy, I can't believe it." Asbury Park, NJ resident Kareem Clark shares his Idol story.
Pledging to "show the world", Shawdai Crowe was "overjoyed" when she got the good word from the judges. Learn more about her story.
Saying that she "never missed a season" of American Idol, Kendra Vailes believes this year was her opportunity to audition. Discover more about her background.
Candice Glover takes a moment to update her Finalist Diary to discuss her recent trip to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles this week.
"The fact I got four yeses from the judges just blew me away." Janelle Arthur shares her incredible story in her own words.
Season 12's Top 11 dish on what excites them most about the American Idol LIVE! Tour 2013!
Looking to spread “joy and excitement,” Jocelyn Baker is planning on going far in her Idol campaign. Watch as she describes her audition experience in detail.
Laquan Fields believes he has "a story he can share with the world through song." Laquan hopes to use the judges' feedback to get ahead at Hollywood. Get to know Laquan Fields.
In her first Finalist Diary, Angie Miller speaks on making the Top 10 and what she expects to accomplish in the weeks to come.
Originally from Sweden but living in Texarkana, TX, Peter Garrett auditioned for American Idol to advance his music career. Learn more about his story.
"I feel amazing!" Paul Jolley discusses his status of being an Idol finalist.
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