AMERICAN IDOL: The Top 13 Contestants Revealed! Read Their Bios!

American Idol's Top 13 Contestants (Cclockwise from left): Joshua Ledet, Elise Testone, Phillip Phillips, Heejun Han, Shannon Magrane, Erika Van Pelt, Deandre Brackensick, Jeremy Rosado, Skylar Laine, Jessica Sanchez, Hollie Cavanagh and Colton Dixon. (Michael Becker/Fox)

Following the elimination of 12 singers Thursday night from American Idol — the show’s first elimination episode — the top 13 contestants has been determined.

You may not know their names now but here are the top 13, according to USA Today:

DeAndre Brackensick: The judges are clearly enamored with the prospects of this California teen, who was raised singing Hawaiian pop, but the falsetto he favors seems to polarize viewers/voters.

Hollie Cavanagh: Rarely seen until this week, this British-born Texas teen got enough votes to make the Top 10, but she’s a true wild card. Her performance of Christina Aguilera’s Reflection suggests things could go either way for her.

Colton Dixon: You’d have a hard time creating a contestant that could appeal to the Idol voting demographic on more levels than this Tennessean, who was eliminated just before semifinals last season.

Heejun Han: He’s not a bad singer, but his presence in the finals is as much a testament to his deadpan humor and offbeat tweets as it is to his onstage performances.

Jermaine Jones: This deep-voiced “gentle giant” got called back to the show as a ratings stunt, so it’s hard not to see his inclusion as a sympathy vote. He’ll have to show a lot more to get much farther.

Skylar Laine: A rollicking semifinals performance of The Faces’ 1971 rock hit Stay With Me vaulted this spunky Mississippi teen to the front of the pack of this season’s country-singing contenders.

Joshua Ledet:  Idol has seen its share of smooth-voiced R&B crooners, but very few singers from the gospel shouter tradition. Ledet has the potential to be one of the season’s most dynamic performers.

Shannon Magrane: The 6-foot-tall daughter of a former major-league pitcher displays a poise beyond her years. Her performance of a contemporary Christian song may have helped her lock in a large, dedicated segment of Idol voters.

Phillip Phillips: An early favorite because of the way he turns songs inside out to suit his Dave Matthews-inspired style. Smart song choices and creative interpretations could take him deep into the finals.

Jeremy Rosado: Nice guys don’t finish last on Idol, and they don’t come much nicer than Rosado. He’ll have a hard time winning, but many tears will be shed when he leaves.

Jessica Sanchez: This 16-year-old delivered a stunning performance of Jennifer Hudson’s Love You I Do after a week of vocal problems and voice rest. Who knows what she’s capable of when she’s healthy?

Elise Testone: At 28, Testone has as much professional polish as anybody in the competition. Her self-assured, show-closing Adele cover immediately vaulted her to the front of the pack for the women.

Erika Van Pelt: This DJ comes with a confidence and a rich, deep alto that makes her a nice alternative to the less-experienced singers who want to live in the stratosphere.

 

New Couple Alert! Simon Cowell Dating Sexy Brazilian Socialite!

Simon Cowell‘s moved on his from his ex-fiancee Mezhgan Hussainy: With Brazilian businesswoman-socialite Ana Paula Junqueira.

The pair ave been dating for “several months,” Radar reports of the couple, who spent time aboard a yacht in December.

“Simon and Ana are dating, and are very happy,” a source tells Radar. “They have been able to keep their romance low-key. Ana is very much her own accomplished woman, and Simon respects her a great deal for that.”

The source says the relationship is hardly super serious. “They are just enjoying spending time together right now, besides, who says Ana wants to marry him? She has a very successful and fulfilling life.”

 

8 NEW PHOTOS! Jennifer Lopez Toughens Up For ‘V’ Magazine Photo Shoot!

Jennifer Lopez On V Magazine (Shot by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld)

Jennifer Lopez looks ready to rumble!

The American Idol judge graces the cover of the upcoming issue of V magazine — out Thursday — and is featured inside in a pictorial, shot by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld.