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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014

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American Idol: Goodbye, Naima

With a record 55 million votes cast, Milwaukee's "American Idol" finalist Naima Adedapo was sent home from the "reality" singing competition tonight.

The 26-year-old Milwaukeean's reggae version of "I'm Still Standing" didn't woo either judges or voters during this Elton John-themed week. She will participate in this summer's live "Idol" tour, however.

Also sent home was 16-year-old Thia Megia of Hayward, Calif.

Two finalists were axed because the judges used their once-a-season save to override the voters' decision on Casey Abrams.

 

Eleven finalists faced the music Thursday night.
Eleven finalists faced the music Thursday night.

"American Idol": Tonight's results

Casey Abrams, 20, of Wilmette, Ill., was cut from "American Idol" tonight after the viewers' votes were tallied.

He performed for the judges in hopes for a save -- which he got. The judges can save one singer a season.

That means there are still 11 finalists in the competition.

Rounding out this week's bottom three were Thia Megia 16, of Hayward, Calif.; and Stefano Langone, 22, of Kent, Wash.

Milwaukee "Idol" finalist Naima Adedapo gave a rousing performance of "Dancing in the Street" on Wednesday night's show, combining it with her dancing skills.

It got praise from the judges, and was enough to keep her out of the bottom three, where she found herself last week.

Here's her performance from Wednesday night:

Eleven finalists remain in the competition for the "American Idol" crown.
Eleven finalists remain in the competition for the "American Idol" crown.

American Idol: No. 12 is cut

Naima Adedapo, Milwaukee's "American Idol" finalist, was in the bottom three this week after viewers voted on her Wednesday night performance of "What's Love Got to Do with It."

But she ended up safe for another week.

Karen Rodriquez, 21, of New York City, had the lowest vote total, singing "Hero" to get the judges to consider saving her. They didn't -- and 11 finalists remain in the competition.

Rounding out the week's bottom three was Haley Reinhart, 20, of Wheeling, Ill.

 

 

The first finalist was cut tonight after viewer votes were tallied on Fox's "American Ido."
The first finalist was cut tonight after viewer votes were tallied on Fox's "American Ido."

American Idol: Down to 12 finalists

The first finalist cut from "American Idol" was Ashthon Jones, 25, of Valdosta, Ga.

She had sung Diana Ross's "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" the night before, and repeated it in a last-ditch effort to get a "save" from the judges.

The three judges can save one singer during the season, and they unanimously let the decision of the viewers stand.

Rounding out the bottom three were survivors Karen Rodriguez, 21, of New York, who did a weak performance of Selena's "I Could Fall in Love," and Haley Reinhart, 20, of Wheeling, Ill., who had sung Leann Rimes "Blue."

Milwaukee's sole "Idol" finalist, Naima Adedapo, will be back next week, competing with the 11 other surviving finalists.