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'Idol' contestant with Hawaiian background makes top 25

By Derrik J. Lang

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 11:48 a.m. HST, Feb 24, 2012

LOS ANGELES >> It’s good news for 25 — not just 24 — singers on “American Idol,” including a teenager born in San Jose, who honed his fallseto voice singing Hawaiian music.

Deadre Brackensick, 17, was unveiled as a finalist Wednesday. He credits his Hawaiian background with helping him succeed.

After the “Hollywood Week” and Las Vegas performance rounds, “Idol” judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler narrowed the field from 42 contestants to 24 semifinalists on Wednesday’s installment of the Fox singing competition, but they apparently cut too many.

At the end of the episode, “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest revealed in a voiceover that “the judges felt compelled to reinstate another guy.” He teased that either Jermaine Jones, Johnny Keyser, Richie Law or David Leathers would be among the male semifinalists next week.

“You did a great job, and you got so far,” Lopez told a weeping Jones after he was dismissed on a stage surrounded by bubbling water at the Wynn Las Vegas resort.

Besides Brackensick, semifinalists unveiled Wednesday were: Adam Brock, 27, Washington, Pa.; Hollie Cavanaugh, 18, McKinney, Texas; Hallie Day, 24, Baltimore; Eben Franckewitz, 15, Loveland, Ohio; Skylar Laine, 18, Brandon, Miss.; Chase Likens, 21, Point Pleasant, W.W.; Shannon Magrane, 16, Tampa, Fla.; Aaron Marcellus, 27, Atlanta; and Jeremy Rosado, 19, Valrico, Fla.

The semifinalists announced Tuesday were: Baylie Brown, 22, Krum, Texas; Colton Dixon, 20, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Reed Grimm, 26, Ellsworth, Wis.; Jen Hirsh, 25, Agoura Hills, Calif.; Haley Johnsen, 23, Beaverton, Ore.; Joshua Ledet, 19, Los Angeles; Phillip Phillips, 21, from Leesburg, Ga.; Jessica Sanchez, 16, San Diego; Chelsea Sorrell, 23, Stokesdale, N.C.; Elise Testone, 28, Charleston, S.C.; Erika Van Pelt, 26, South Kingstown, R.I.; and Creighton Fraker, 28, Heejun Han, 22, and Brielle Von Hugel, 17, New York.

The top 13 men will perform live next Tuesday, with the top 12 women taking the stage live Wednesday. Viewer votes will determine which singers will be eliminated Thursday.



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808chubs wrote:
Who cares?! He list himself as coming from San Jose, CA. What hawaiian background does he have? Because he is in a hula troupe? Then I guess all the japanese hula dancers from Japan have 'hawaiian' background.
on February 24,2012 | 11:47AM
onevoice82 wrote:
Wow, such sour grapes chubs! What made you so angry? Lighten up.
on February 25,2012 | 06:56AM
LanaUlulani wrote:

What is "Hawaiian background?" You either have the iwi and/or koko or you do not. Why the misappropriation of the word "Hawaiian?" Be proud of who you are.

No need to step on Hawaiians to get ahead and/or to stand out!

on February 24,2012 | 12:47PM
3012708737 wrote:
Oh, so you know him or his family and know how Hawaiian or not they are?
on February 25,2012 | 12:48PM
Okoles1 wrote:
He has sang and performed graciously for my daughter's halau, Ke Aolani O' Kamaile in Benicia, Ca. if you are lucky enough to hear his voice and his annunciation of the Hawaiian language you would be a believer. Although we live in California it doesn't mean we are not 'Hawaiian'. My girls happen to have more Hawaiian blood than their father. I praise Kamele's (that's what we call him), family to instill his roots even though we as parents have to transplant for a better life, we are still 'Hawaiian'. Teaching the 'Hawaiian' ways can be a challenge away from Hawaii, we are doing it through song, dance, teaching of culture and language. Growing up there we can start in our homes and once we leave our front doors be an example to our respective communities.
on February 25,2012 | 04:42AM
itsok wrote:
many comments are very non-hawaiian and without aloha. very sad indeed.
on February 25,2012 | 11:00AM
markwitz wrote:
Aloha, Please check out one of his Hawaiian music performances. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbtSbRqGx4c
on February 27,2012 | 02:41AM
honolulugal wrote:
Beautiful! Thanks for that.
on March 1,2012 | 09:54AM
CartwrightPark wrote:
Always gotta prove how "Hawaiian" you are to some people. Aloha is getting harder and harder to find even in Hawaii.
on March 1,2012 | 05:06AM
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