Ready, Set, Sing!

Meet the finalists – from omelet chef to wedding singer – vying for American Idol's next crown.

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FANTASIA BARRINO, 19

FANTASIA BARRINO, 19
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Sounds Like: Macy Gray
Memorable Moment: The High Point, N.C., native's boast that "My lips are big, but my talent is bigger."
Mommy's Girl: The single mom of Zion, 2, says her daughter "likes to sing the songs I sing. [But] she's going to be a rapper!"

02 of 12

DIANA DEGARMO, 16

DIANA DEGARMO, 16
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Sounds Like: a young Christina Aguilera ("back when she was nice," as Simon put it)
Memorable Moment: Defending her bubblegum-hued garb. "I'm not giving up on pink!"
Her Heart Will Go On: The Snellville, Ga., native turned 16 with a visit to Celine Dion's Vegas show. Afterward, "She said that no matter how hard I work, it'll pay off."

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LATOYA LONDON, 25

LATOYA LONDON, 25
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Sounds Like: a young Whitney Houston
Memorable Moment: Randy and Paula giving her a standing ovation for "All By Myself"
On the Job Training: The Oakland, Calif., wedding singer – who is married to Danny Cox, 33, a baker – says her former gig was good practice: "The bride and groom have requests, and I would have to sing it whether I like it or not."

04 of 12

JASMINE TRIAS, 17

JASMINE TRIAS, 17
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Reminds You Of: Last season's innocent, Carmen Rasmusen
Memorable Moment: Flaunting her hula dancing skills for Simon
Flower Power: The Mililani, Hawaii, high school senior also plays the ukulele and always sports a flower in her hair: "I want it to be my signature."

05 of 12

GEORGE HUFF, 23

GEORGE HUFF, 23
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Reminds You Of: Rickey Smith, from last season's AI
Memorable Moment: Nearly fainting when Simon chose him as his wild-card pick
Eggstra Special: While a University of Oklahoma student, Huff cooked omelets in the school cafeteria, paving the way for AI: "I think the Lord said, 'Okay, George, since you are grateful in that, here you go.' "

06 of 12

JOHN STEVENS, 16

JOHN STEVENS, 16
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Reminds You Of: Conan O'Brien
Memorable Moment: Squeaking through to the finals even after bungling the words to "Tell Her About It"
Retro Flair: The East Amherst, N.Y., high school junior says of his Sinatra-esque sound, "I bring something so old that it's new."

07 of 12

JENNIFER HUDSON, 22

JENNIFER HUDSON, 22
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Sounds Like: Jennifer Holiday
Memorable Moments: The silver jumpsuit, the pink ruffles, Simon telling her to find a stylist who can see. "My sister is my worst [fashion] critic. Simon has a lot of catching up to do."
Cruise Control: Pre-AI, the Chicago native crooned aboard a Disney cruise ship: "They said, 'You're too good to be here.' "

08 of 12

JON PETER LEWIS, 24

JON PETER LEWIS, 24
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Reminds You Of: A cross between Beck and Backstreet Boy Brian Littrell

Memorable Moment: His fevered dance to "A Little Less Conversation." (Think Frodo on Red Bull.)

Hitting the High Notes: A pre-med student at BYU-Idaho, "JPL" is an early favorite on fan Web sites. He also boasts classical music training: "If I have to do an aria, I can."

09 of 12

CAMILE VELASCO, 18

CAMILE VELASCO, 18
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Sounds Like: Lauryn Hill
Memorable Moment: Simon singling her out for praise during one particularly bad semifinals round
Pancake Past: Velasco took a break from waitressing at an IHOP on her native Maui (her parents own the eatery) when AI came calling.

10 of 12

AMY ADAMS, 24

AMY ADAMS, 24
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Reminds You Of: Cyndi Lauper
Memorable Moment: Simon telling her, "I look at you and I think Cabaret Idol."
Take Two: Rejected by producers last season, the Bakersfield, Calif., hairstylist tried again – after reading Simon's book: "It was helpful."

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MATTHEW ROGERS, 25

MATTHEW ROGERS, 25
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Reminds You Of: Garth Brooks
Memorable Moment: The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., native donned a pink ribbon for his mom, Sam, who is battling breast cancer.
Go to the Tape: A former college football player, he TiVos every AI "because I like to run back and watch the competition."

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LEAH LABELLE, 17

LEAH LABELLE, 17
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Sounds Like: Mary J. Blige
Memorable Moment: Simon telling her "You're like a beautiful designer dress, and when you take it home, there is a slight rip in it." Huh?
Name Game: LaBelle is a Seattle high school junior whose full name is Leah LaBelle Vladowski; her parents were singing stars in their native Bulgaria.

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