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Pinoy Idol presents its Top 24 to the entertainment press

Twelve hours before American Idol crowned David Cook as its seventh-season winner, Pinoy Idol formally introduced to the entertainment press its Top 24 — 12 men and 12 women — on Wednesday night, May 21, at Teatrino in Promenade, Greenhills. These 24 Idol hopefuls bested more than 20,000 others who auditioned all over the country. The 12 ladies who made the cut are the following: Jayann Bautista, 21, Pampanga Meryl David, 23, Bicol Bev Ejercito, 18, Davao Sue Ellen, 17, Iloilo City Gretchen Espina, 20, Biliran Mae Flores, 18, Marikina City Carol Leus, 17, Batangas Drizzle Muniz, 28, Quezon City Regene Ong, 20, Quezon City Penelope, 16, Batangas Jeni Rawolle, 20, Iloilo Vren Villaflor, 17, Quezon City The 12 men who will battle it out are: Ellito Andal, 24, Batangas Warren Antig, 25, Baguio City Kid Camaya, 24, Pampanga Daryl Celis, 21, Rizal Ram Chaves, 25, Cagayan de Oro Rye Estrada, 28, Iloilo JJ Jr., 17, Bataan Sherwin Marquez, 26, Dagupan Robby Navarro, 28, Pampanga Dio Paulo, 24, Iloilo City Toffer Rei, 23, Iloilo Walton Zerrudo, 25, Laguna The Top 24 were personally handpicked by Pinoy Idol judges Ogie Alcasid, Jolina Magdangal, and Wyngard Tracy. And based on what the entertainment press saw and heard last night — all of the 24 Idol hopefuls performed for the first time before a live audience — most agree that the judges did a very good job in choosing who will set on stage and compete to become the first Pinoy Idol. This group has very diverse musical talents—from ballad to pop to R&B to rock to jazz to blues to standards—that will make the show exciting. Ten of them are professional singers while the remaining contestants are raw and undiscovered. The age of the contestants range from 16 to 28. The workshop phase of Pinoy Idol will begin Friday night, May 23, with the Top 12 men performing first. The following night, May 24, the Top 12 women will take the center stage. Then, on Sunday (May 25), the first elimination will happen. Pinoy Idol is hosted by Raymond Gutierrez. Aside from the performance nights and elimination night, Pinoy Idol viewers will also be able to take a glimpse of the drama behind the competition via a special show called Pinoy Idol Extra starting May 25. Hosted by Karylle and Rhian Ramos, the show will offer the viewers behind the scenes footage and highlights of the contenders throughout the competition. Pinoy Idol will be shown every Sunday right after SOP and weekdays after The Legend. - Philippine Entertainment Portal
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