'American Idol' Reveals 14 of Top 24 Finalists

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'American Idol' judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson tell contestants their fate on February 22, 2012 -- FOX

There were many tears and even more cheers on Wednesday's "American Idol" when the judges revealed 14 of the top 24 semifinlaits for Season 11.

Host Ryan Seacrest described Wednesday's decision as "the final judgment," with some early standouts like Richie Law, Neco Starr, Caleb Johnson, Clayton Farhart, River St. James, Blair Sieber, Naomi Gillies and Lauren Gray sent packing from the competition.

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So who made judges' Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson's cut?

The first 14:

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1. Jen Hirsh 2. Creighton Fraker 3. Joshua Ledet 4. Haley Johnsen 5. Elise Testone 6. Reed Grimm 7. Erika Van Pelt 8. Baylie Brown 9. Chelsea Sorrell 10. Heejun Han 11. Jessica Sanchez 12. Phil Phillips 13. Colton Dixon 14. Brielle Von Hugel

On Thursday's "American Idol" the remaining 10 semifinalist will be revealed.

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