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"American Idol" - The First 12 - Feb. 17, 2009
The first twelve of the top 36 begin competing for a spot in the top 12. Three slots will be taken from this group.
Ryan introduces the judges. He asks Randy what the contestants need to focus on. He says they really need to be in it to win it. Kara admits she's a little nervous but says the contestants can't let nerves get to them and to be as great as they can be and go for it. She says it's great to be here. Paula says they have to make magic happen in a minute and 20 seconds. Simon says it's different this year because there are no second chances.
Ryan explains how it will work this year: for the next three weeks each group of 12 will perform. The girl and guy with the highest vote count and the next highest vote getter of either gender will get into the top 12. The final 3 will be decided on the wild card show.
Tonight's theme: Hits from the Billboard Hot 100 since the chart began
Contestant #1: Jackie Tohn
Clip: We see her audition and ...