Seven spots in the Top 24 were filled during Tuesday's episode of "American Idol." Advancing singers are Michael Lynche ("Big Mike"), Didi Benami, Katelyn Epperly, Aaron Kelly, Casey James, Lee DeWyze and Todrick Hall.
The remaining singers will be announced during Wednesday's episode of "American Idol," which airs 9-10 p.m. on Fox.
Tuesday's show started with a pool of 71 singers. The contestants were split into three rooms and then the pool was reduced to 46 hopefuls.
Among the rejected singers: police officer Bryan Walker, rocker mom Mary Powers and repeat auditioner Jessica Furney -- who gave the judges a desperate plea after getting a "no." Shelby Dressel, the singer whose face is partially paralyzed, also didn't make the cut.
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Here's some info on the seven advancing singers:
*Michael Lynche ("Big Mike") is a personal trainer whose wife gave birth while he competed in Hollywood.
*Didi Benami sings in honor of a best friend who passed away.
*Katelyn Epperly's back story involves her parents getting divorced.
*Teenager Aaron Kelly moved in with his aunt and uncle after social services almost removed him from his biological parents.
*Casey James had a motorcycle accident that almost made him unable to play the guitar.
*Todrick Hall starred in "The Color Purple" with Fantasia.
*And Lee DeWyze? He's a guitar player from Chicago. That's all we know for now.
Get a full recap of the show on our "American Idol" blog.