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American Idol Top 12 Season 9 Female Contestants

If you caught the two episodes of Idol that aired this week, then you’re already familiar with who the top 24 are. Fox released some details about the contestants, including the social-networking sites for each of them. Here are the top twelve female contestants, along with some information on them, including how you can get to know them a bit better.

As Idol has a tendency to be a bit imbalanced with regards to how much attention they focus on each of the semi-finalists, this should help you become familiar with some of the girls who didn’t get much airtime during the audition rounds. (Contestant information and descriptions provided by Fox)

Female singers scheduled to perform Tuesday, Feb. 23 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed).

Click here for the top 12 male contestants for season nine of American Idol!

Didi Benami

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Currently Resides: Los Angeles, CA

Age: 23

Benami’s mother inspired her passion for music by singing to her when she was a little girl. She is currently pursuing a career in music in Los Angeles while learning to play the guitar and writing songs.

Keep up with Didi at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/didi_benami/

www.facebook.com/DBenamiAI9

www.myspace.com/dbenamiai9

www.twitter.com/DBenamiAI9 (@DBenamiAI9)

Crystal Bowersox

Hometown: Elliston, OH

Currently Resides: Toledo, OH

Age: 24

Bowersox grew up on a farm in Northwest Ohio and has been playing music since she was 10 years old. She enjoys playing the piano and harmonica and spending time with her son.

Keep up with Crystal at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/crystal_bowersox/

www.facebook.com/CBowersoxAI9

www.myspace.com/cbowersoxai9

www.twitter.com/CBowersoxAI9 (@CBowersoxAI9)

Lacey Brown

Hometown: Amarillo, TX

Currently Resides: Amarillo, TX

Age: 24

Brown began singing when she was 12 years old at churches and holiday parties. Before auditioning for IDOL, she was teaching classes at her parents’ church in Amarillo, TX.

Keep up with Lacey at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/lacey_brown/

www.facebook.com/LBrownAI9

www.myspace.com/lbrownai9

www.twitter.com/LBrownAI9 (@LBrownAI9)

Michelle Delamor

Hometown: Miami, FL

Currently Resides: Miami, FL

Age: 22

Delamor was born in Miami, FL, and began singing at age 5 in church. Prior to her IDOL experience, Delamor was working in retail and conducting a children’s choir.

Keep up with Michelle at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/michelle_delamor/

www.facebook.com/MDelamorAI9

www.myspace.com/mdelamorai9

www.twitter.com/MDelamorAI9 (@MDelamorAI9)

Katelyn Epperly

Hometown: West Des Moines, IA

Currently Resides: West Des Moines, IA

Age: 19

Epperly was born in Iowa City, IA, and has been singing since she was 2 years old. She is a sophomore at Millikin University in Decatur, IL, and enjoys playing the piano.

Keep up with Katelyn at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/katelyn_epperly/

www.facebook.com/KEpperlyAI9

www.myspace.com/kepperlyai9

www.twitter.com/KEpperlyAI9 (@KEpperlyAI9)

Siobhan Magnus

Hometown: Cape Cod, MA

Currently Resides: Marstons Mills, MA

Age: 20

Magnus currently lives in Marston Mills, MA, and graduated from Barnstable High School in 2008. She has been singing since age 9, and counts glassblowing as one of her hobbies.

Keep up with Siobhan at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/siobhan_magnus/

www.facebook.com/SMagnusAI9

www.myspace.com/smagnusai9

www.twitter.com/SMagnusAI9 (@SMagnusAI9)

Paige Miles

Hometown: Naples, FL

Currently Resides: Houston, TX

Age: 24

Miles lives in the Houston, TX, area and started singing in church when she was 5 years old. During high school, she was a competitive cheerleader and an after-school tutor.

Keep up with Paige at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/paige_miles/

www.facebook.com/PMilesAI9

www.myspace.com/pmilesai9

www.twitter.com/PMilesAI9 (@PMilesAI9)

Ashley Rodriguez

Hometown: Chelsea, MA

Currently Resides: Chelsea, MA

Age: 22

Rodriguez has been singing since she was 5 years old. She recently graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in music business.

Keep up with Ashley at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/ashley_rodriguez/

www.facebook.com/ARodriguezAI9

www.myspace.com/arodriguezai9

www.twitter.com/ARodriguezAI9 (@ARodriguezAI9)

Lilly Scott

Hometown: Littleton, CO

Currently Resides: Denver, CO

Age: 20

Scott was born in Houston, TX, and grew up in Littleton, CO. Prior to auditioning for IDOL, she was playing music locally and was the lead singer of a band called “Varlet.”

Keep up with Lilly at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/lilly_scott/

www.facebook.com/LScottAI9

www.myspace.com/lscottai9

www.twitter.com/LScottAI9 (@LScottAI9)

Katie Stevens

Hometown: Middlebury, CT

Currently Resides: Middlebury, CT

Age: 17

Stevens was born in Waterbury, CT, and has been singing since she was 3 years old. She enjoys playing the guitar, piano, flute and cello, and is a senior at Pomperaug High School.

Keep up with Katie at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/katie_stevens/

www.facebook.com/KStevensAI9

www.myspace.com/kstevensai9

www.twitter.com/KStevensAI9 (@KStevensAI9)

Haeley Vaughn

Hometown: Fort Collins, CO

Currently Resides: Fort Collins, CO

Age: 16

Vaughn currently lives in Fort Collins, CO, and is a junior at Poudre High School. In addition to playing the guitar, she is a member of the cheerleading squad.

Keep up with Haeley at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/haeley_vaughn/

www.facebook.com/HVaughnAI9

www.myspace.com/hvaughnai9

www.twitter.com/HVaughnAI9 (@HVaughnAI9)

Janell Wheeler

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Currently Resides: Tampa, FL

Age: 24

Wheeler began singing and songwriting in second grade. She graduated from the University of Florida at Gainesville in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre. She also enjoys playing the guitar and writing music.

Keep up with Janell at:

www.americanidol.com/contestants/season_9/janell_wheeler/

www.facebook.com/JWheelerAI9

www.myspace.com/jwheelerai9

www.twitter.com/JWheelerAI9 (@JWheelerAI9)

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