American idol revealed its Top 24 tonight, and three Latinos made the cut!
The very first contestant of the night to be put through was Karen Rodriguez, the 21-year-old New York native, who was one of the lucky few chosen from MySpace to audition for the show. Following her very first audition, Karen pledged to become the first ever Latin American Idol winner. "What makes me unique is the fact that I can sing in both Spanish and English and that's what I want to incorporate in American idol because there's never been a Hispanic American winner," she said. Well, Karen, you have your chance!
The other Latina who made it into the top 24 tonight is 20-year-old, Colombian-born singer, Julie Zorrilla. Julie, whose parents fled guerilla warfare in their native Colombia, is unquestionably this season’s most fashionable contestant, but she's also a talented singer and she has a million dollar smile. After her first audition, J.Lo commented to fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler that Julie might very well be this season's winner!
What we love about Julie is what she had to say about her unique identity as a Colombian-American. "I'm not really American and I'm not really Colombian. I have this weird cultural mix going on, that, because I grew up over there for some part of my life, it allows me to see a different perspective that most people don't."
Last but not least, 23-year-old Cuban contestant Jovanny Barretto also made it into the top 24 tonight! Jovanny, who flashed his six-pack at J.Lo during his first audition, is a Marc Anthony fan who has a big voice, a big personality and even bigger biceps! We love what he had to say about being Cuban-American. "My parents came down here for the American Dream and this is the American Dream. This is something that they never thought was possible!"
This season, there are more Latinos in the top 24 than there have ever been, with the exception of season 7 which featured four Latinos including eventual runner-up David Archuleta, third-place finisher, Syesha Mercado, David Hernandez and Jason Castro. Meet this season's Latino contestants in the videos below and then take our poll to tell us who you think has the best chance of becoming the first ever Latin 'American Idol!'