After weeks of tears, critiques and amazing performances, "American Idol" has revealed the Season 15 semifinalists. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban announced the Top 14 during Thursday's episode 14.
Check out some facts below about the Top 14 contestants ahead of next week’s first live show:
1. Sonika Vaid
Sonika previously competed on NBC's "The Voice" on Season 4 but was cut during the blind auditions after none of the judges turned their chairs around for her, reports AmericanIdol.net. Interestingly, "American Idol" judge Harry Connick Jr. told Sonika during her audition she has what it takes to win Season 15.
2. La’Porsha Renae
La'Porsha, a single mother from Mississippi, is a survivor of domestic abuse. She said during her audition that she and her infant daughter, Nayeli, escaped the violence by moving into a shelter. The call representative said she relied on her singing and faith to help get her through that difficult time. So far on the show, La'Porsha has continued to wow the judges with her strong vocal skills.
3. Mackenzie Bourg
Mackenzie was also on "The Voice," according to Idol Chatter. The Lafayette, Louisiana, native competed on Season 3 and was on CeeLo Green's team. However, he was sent home after making it to the Top 20. According to the blog, Mackenzie decided to follow his dream of singing after recovering from a serious illness. The Advertiser reported that in 2010 Mackenzie was diagnosed with pneumonia and acute respiratory failure. He was placed in an induced coma and spent two months in the hospital. Mackenzie quickly won over "American Idol" judges by performing his own songs that showcased not only his vocal skills, but song-writing ability.
4. Jeneve Rose Mitchell
According to Jeneve's website, she won the Western Music Association’s award of the year for Best Harmony Duo along with her dad. She’s been playing the fiddle since she was a toddler and now plays nine different instruments, including the harp and cello.
5. Gianna Isabella
In a recent interview with NJ.com, Gianna said she's inspired by musicians Taylor Swift and Adele. The Jackson, New Jersey, native is also the daughter of singer Brenda K. Starr, who is known for the 1988 hit "I Still Believe."
6. Avalon Young
Avalon started playing the guitar at age 7 and by 16 she was involved in the San Diego music scene, according to her website. The former waitress has an EP out, called "Drowning in You," and is working on a second EP with singer Jesse Barrera.
7. Thomas Stringfellow
Thomas, from Bentonville, Arkansas, started singing in 5th grade at a talent show. During his audition, Thomas said someone at the talent show predicted that he would win "American Idol" one day.
8. Olivia Rox
Olivia grew up in a musical household. Her father, Warren Hill, is an acclaimed Jazz saxophonist and her mom, Tamara Van Cheef, used to sing alternative rock. According to her website, Olivia was always interested in music, but fell in love with it at the age 2 after joining her dad on stage during one of his concerts.
9. Dalton Rapattoni
Dalton, a vocal coach from Dallas, has become a favorite among the judges for putting a rock spin on popular songs. Besides being a vocal coach at The School of Rock, he's in a band called Fly Away Hero. He briefly left the band to move to Los Angeles to join the boyband IM5, but eventually returned to his Texas roots and re-formed Fly Away Hero.
10. Tristan McIntosh
According to her website, Tristan describes her music as "fun and youthful" and is inspired by a number of singers, including Tori Kelly, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, Whitney Houston and Rascal Flatts.
11. Jenn Blosil
Jenn and her siblings learned Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin at a young age, Jango reports. The Brooklyn native released a self-titled five song EP and has a background in playing classical piano.
12. Lee Jean
During his "American Idol" audition, Lee revealed that his older brother DJ died in an accident in 2012. He said his brother was one of his biggest supporters and always told him he's going to be a star.
13. Trent Harmon
Trent was raised on a 400-acre farm in Amory, Mississippi. During his "American Idol" audition, he joked that he used to sing to the cows but they don't clap so he left to pursue his dream of becoming a singer.
14. Manny Torres
Manny, who quickly won over judge Jennifer Lopez with his dance skills and charming personality, left Flushing, Michigan, for Chicago to pursue a singing career. According to the Chicago Tribune, Manny used to perform at a local church before starting his "American Idol" journey.