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Locals survive another round of 'Idol'

TAMPA - Shannon Magrane and Jeremy Rosado didn't want their amazing runs to end Thursday night on "American Idol." Both got their wishes, and made tearful advances into the next round of the nationwide singing contest. Shannon, a 16-year-old sophomore from Blake High School, had to wait about 40 minutes into the Fox television show to find out she was one of the finalists. Rosado, a 19-year-old graduate of Durant High School, had to wait until nearly the last minute of the two-hour show to learn he was one of the judges' wild-card entries. More than 33 million votes were cast by viewers to decide the top 10. The judges then were allowed to add one pick from the other semifinalists to round out the field of 13.
Rosado, who had to perform yet another song for the judges after fans did not vote him into the top 10, collapsed to his knees on the Hollywood stage. He then got hugs from all three judges, including Jennifer Lopez, who cried as he sang minutes earlier. "After he sang and after Jennifer got so emotional about it, I looked at my husband and said I would be surprised if she did not pick him," said Susan Durham, who was Rosado's choral director at Durant. "I could sense that she feels a connection to him when he sings," Durham added. "I've never seen him as emotional as he has been on the show." "I believe in this kid," Lopez said. "He has one of the most beautiful voices I have heard in some time." "This is my dream, man," Rosado told host Ryan Seacrest when asked what it would mean to make the final group. The 2010 Durant graduate wasn't the only one getting emotional. "I'm just so happy. I'm excited to be here right now," Shannon said through tears before learning her fate. "I don't want it to stop. I don't want it to end." And it didn't, which was no surprise to Seth Travaglino, the musical theater director at Blake. While Shannon may have been nervous, Travaglino was not. "I just felt like I knew she was going to get chosen," he said. "I honestly thought she had the best performance out of the girls. "Shannon sang with grace, with poise and told a beautiful story with her voice."

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