Two of the Final Twelve American Idol Competitors are from New Jersey

by Alice Magdziak • March 9, 2012 • Entertainment, Jersey FolkComments (0)1269

We can’t say we’re American Idol fans but it is exciting when two of the final twelve competitors this season are from New Jersey.  Here’s a little information on both.

Jermaine Jones is 25 and from Pine Hill. This is his second shot on the show after the judges dismissed him in Las Vegas and then was brought back via a Wild Card.  He is a vocal instructor and has sung several Luther Vandross songs on the show, impressing judges with his smooth baritone voice. He’s 6’8 1/2″ and has been tabbed as the “Gentle Giant” by the Idol judges.

Elise Testone is originally from Kinnelon but lives in Charleston, South Carolina now. She’s 28 and said to have one of the best voices in the competition. She’s a voice coach just like Jermaine is.  Sensing a theme here? Elise’s raspy voice wasn’t well-suited to the Whitney Houston song she was asked to sing in Monday night’s Houston tribute.  She barely made it through this Wednesday’s elimination.  Let’s hope she gets to keep going for a little longer.


American Idol’s website has this video of Jermaine:

And, here’s a video of Elise:


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