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Making a list: 17 North Texans and 9 from elsewhere in the state are in Idol's Hollywood contingent


Signs of the times at summer's Dallas auditions. Fox photo

It takes a little doing to determine just how many North Texans are going to Hollywood for next week's make-or-break American Idol survival rounds.

Actually, they've already been taped. But the nation at large won't be seeing the winnowing process until Tuesday, Feb. 9, when new judge Ellen DeGeneres makes her debut at the Kodak Theater. On Wednesday, Feb. 17th, the Fox juggernaut will announce its Season 9 batch of Top 24 finalists -- 12 women and 12 men.

Research on finds that 17 contestants from the D-FW viewing area will be in the initial Hollywood mix. Add 9 hopefuls from other parts of the state and that's a grand total of 26.

But weren't 31 "Golden Tickets" handed out at the Dallas auditions? Yes, but some Hollywood-bound, would-be Idols are from other states. And one of the 17 selected North Texans made the cut in Denver.

In alphabetical order, here is the North Texas contingent:

Kimberly Carver, 26, Denton
Michael Castro, 21, Rockwall
Stephanie Crews, 18, Dallas
David Duke, 23, Waxahachie
Todrick Hall, 24, Arlington
Erynne Hundley, 19, Keller
Casey James, 27, Fort Worth (auditioned in Denver)
Hope Johnson, 19, Arlington
Alex Lambert, 19, North Richland Hills
Savannah Low, 17, Arlington
Sydnee Randall, 19, Midlothian
Erica Rhodes, 24, Irving
Lloyd Thomas, 29, Dallas
Dawntoya Thomason, 27, Dallas
Heather Todd, 25, Kerens
Tim Urban, 20, Duncanville
Maegan Wright, 21, Richardson

Here are the 9 contestants from other parts of Texas:

Lacey Brown, 24, Amarillo (auditioned in Orlando)
Stephanie Daulong, 20, Austin
Anzeo Henderson, 28, Houston
Brandi Holmes 28, Houston (auditioned in Orlando)
Rachel Hubbard, 16, Boerne
Megan McCallon, 25, Houston
Paige Miles, 24, Cypress
Christian Spear, 17, Houston
Brittany Stone, 17, White Oak

Live Idol shows begin on Tues., Feb. 23rd, with the 12 women semifinalists performing. On Feb. 24th it's the 12 men, with two from each group eliminated by viewers on the season's first results show (Feb. 25th).