Tonight, the first 12 "American Idol" semifinalists sing for viewers' votes beginning at 8 p.m. on Fox. The group includes many fan favorites.
Leading the pack is Danny Gokey, the soulful Milwaukee crooner whose wife died shortly before his "Idol" audition. His back story and vocal talents have combined to make him invincible in many fans' eyes.
Another male singer to watch is Anoop Desai, of Chapel Hill, N.C. Nicknamed "Anoop Dog," he's earned a fan following thanks to YouTube videos of performances with his college a cappella group. Not to mention his widely circulated thesis on Southern barbecue.
Plenty of competitive female singers will perform tonight. But most eyes will be on Puerto Rico's Tatiana Del Toro, the singer whose annoying laugh and dramatic antics have already earned her support from Vote for the Worst.
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Visit the Ledger's "Idol" blog for more information on the 36 semifinalists. Reporter Sonya Sorich will blog tonight's episode "live," so you can weigh in with comments throughout the show.