3 Fil-Ams in 'American Idol' Top 40

Posted at 02/15/13 7:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Three Filipino-Americans made it to the Top 40 contestants in the 12th season of the popular reality singing contest "American Idol."

In the episode of "Idol" aired in the Philippines Friday, three Pinoy singing hopefuls landed a spot in the top 40 -- half Pinays Adriana Latonio and Jett Hermano, and half Pinoy Bryant Tadeo.

Along with the other top 40 contestants (20 males, 20 females), all three will proceed to compete in Las Vegas after the emotional Hollywood week.

A Hawaii native, Tadeo already auditioned for "Idol" last season but was cut during the Hollywood round.

Latonio, meanwhile, has a viral YouTube video of her singing Beyonce's "Love on Top." She also has a video singing “Almost Lover” where she accompanies herself on the piano.

Hermano, for her part, was raised in Seattle. In her official Facebook account, she revealed that she’s had formal voice lessons at the age of 10. Just like Latonio, Hermano can also play the piano, as well as the guitar.

Should any of three Fil-Am hopefuls advance in the top 20, he/she will be the latest in the growing list of Pinoy finalists in the American singing competition.

Jessica Sanchez, who staged her first solo concert in Manila on Thursday, is the fifth Filipino who made it as a finalist in "American Idol." She finished second to Season 11 winner Philip Philips.

Camille Velasco and Ramiele Malubay made it to the Top 9 on season 3 and 7, respectively. Jasmine Trias finished in the top 3 of Season 3, while Thia Megia was part of the Top 11 in the show's 10th season.