USA TODAY's Bill Keveney corners this season's American Idol top 10, and gets the lowdown on who they are, where they come from, their music and their dreams.
Angie Miller, 19, Beverly, Mass.
Musical style: "Edgy, piano-based stuff."
Musical influences: "Jessie J, Beyoncé, and I really like how Alicia Keys is always on piano, because I like piano, too."
Would like to do a duet with: "Jessie J. I just love her musical style, like her edginess, and how you can feel her passion through her music."
Theme night you'd like: "I think it would be fun to do Broadway and put our own spin on Broadway stuff, because I grew up doing musicals."
Theme night you'd least like: "I don't know a lot of oldies music. That might be a little tricky."
What might surprise viewers about you: "My brother is in a hardcore band so I really like hardcore music."
Best advice you've received on Idol: "Keith Urban said, 'Stay true to who you are. Don't lose who you are right now. Don't change.' I don't want to become a diva. I want to stay who I am right now."
Janelle Arthur, 23, Oliver Springs, Tenn.
Musical style: "Country is where I came from. I'm such a Southern person. I can't get away from it, and I don't want to get away from it."
Musical influences: "Vince Gill and Shania Twain. Definitely two of the first."
First public performance: "I was 5 years old and I was in our Christmas production in school. I was in kindergarten and I sang I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
Theme night you'd like: "I would love a Disney thing. I loved Disney movies growing up."
The biggest crowd you performed in front of before Idol? "It might have been 1,600 people. That was at a show in Pigeon Forge (Tenn.). It's called Country Tonite Theater."
What are you most proud about besides Idol? "I'm really proud of my family, just the support they've given me. They have been behind me 100%. They've never slowed me down, and they've never pushed me."
Devin Velez, 18, Chicago
Musical style: "I have this tone. I guess you could relate it to the crooner kind of feel, maybe like Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Sinatra not so much. That intimate tone where it's just me and a piano or me and a guitar. It's that smooth stuff."
Musical influences: "I'm a born-again Christian. Donnie McClurkin, Israel Houghton, I love his style, Eddie James. People when you listen to their songs, you can laugh and cry to, you can jump up and down."
Theme night you'd like: "I would like to do a ballad night, just because that's where my sweet spot is. I would grab a song I know I could nail. I just want to get people crying."
First time performing: "I have picture framed at my grandparents' house back in Florida. It was (after a church service in) 1996. I was wearing these little Tigger jeans and I was holding a little microphone, just singing. And it started off like mumbles and then people were catching on to the song I was singing. I was 2 years old. When you're singing a song and you can hear it and it's on key, that's when my mom and I started realizing, 'This is something you're going to do.'"
Best advice you've received on Idol: "Mariah Carey back in Chicago told me that this was going to be my secret weapon, singing in Spanish. It's a strength. I don't want it to become clichéd or predictable but, at the same time, I know that it's worked so far, and it's also showing a big part of who I am."
What might surprise viewers about you: "I'm a really big coffee addict. I can't go a day without coffee. I drink a minimum of two cups, maximum is like eight cups of coffee in a day."
Kree Harrison, 22, Nashville
Musical style: "The base of what I want to do is traditional country, but I just can't help but have soul. I've listened to Otis Redding and Al Green, people like that my whole life."
Musical influences: "From Otis Redding to Patsy Cline. That's a huge diversity."
Would like to do a duet with: "The song I sang (Thursday), Evidence, is by an artist named Susan Tedeschi. I've always loved her. ... I always thought, ever since I was little, that it would be her."
Theme night you'd like: "I really want to do a '90s country night."
Biggest audience you've performed in front of: "I opened up for The Doobie Brothers in Beaumont, Texas, when I was 7. I (also) sang for the Houston Rockets and the Lakers, just the national anthem. I think that was the biggest crowd. I was 8."
What might surprise viewers about you: "That I love to hunt and fish."
Proudest of besides Idol: "I'm so proud of my family, my three other siblings. We've been through a lot of stuff together, lost our parents, and still I'm so proud of us for being so close and sticking together, especially through tragedy."
Amber Holcomb, 18, Houston
Musical style: "It's hard to put that in words. One day I feel like rock and one day I feel like hip-hop and I want to dance. I don't want people to be bored. I want to dance and I want people to dance also."
Musical influences: "Whitney Houston, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Azealia Banks."
Would like to do a duet with: "Celine Dion. I love her."
First public performance: "It was at my church. We had a musical and I sang a Whitney Houston song. I sang, Who Would Imagine a King? It was a Christmas program, and I sang to this little baby. I was so nervous, but I was at church, so it felt like a comfort zone. They recorded it and I watch it to this day and I'm like, 'Eeew, Eeew, Eeew!' I was 7 or 8."
Best advice you've received on Idol: "(It) was from Keith Urban. He told me to chill out on the runs in my songs. He was like, 'Maybe just hold it out, because your tone is beautiful.' I'm going to take that into consideration."
Curtis Finch Jr., 25, St. Louis
Musical style: "A lot of people don't know I'm classically trained. I sing opera, I can sing gospel, I feel like I can do a little bit of R&B. I'm just trying to home in on whatever the theme is or the task is for that day."
Musical influences: "I love Kim Burrell, I love Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, of course, Stevie Wonder."
Would like to do a duet with: "Kim Burrell. She inspires so much, not only vocally but everything she stands for, one being God and just being true to self. She always inspires me just watching her on TV or YouTube."
Best advice you've received on Idol: "When Nicki told me to remain consistent, that's one thing I've always wanted to work on as a contestant. For her to see that in me, it's really confirmation."
First public performance: "Probably church at 7 or 8. I think I was singing Oh Happy Day. And I remember the church blowing up after that. It was an incredible experience, and it was actually that moment that where I knew I was meant to sing. I felt like everything I gave the audience accepted."
What might surprise viewers about you: "I know how to play the drums. I really want to maybe play the drums one day on American Idol, just to kind of liven it up and have fun."
Candice Glover, 23, St. Helena Island, S.C.
Musical style: "I am R&B with a little bit of soul and a little bit of jazz."
Musical influences: "Jazmine Sullivan is my main one. I remember being about 8 years old and hearing Christina Aguilera for the first time and wanting to be her."
Theme night you'd like: "I would like to do songs from artists from a different country. I listen to a lot of people who aren't from here. I listen to Kimbra, I listen to Lianne La Havas and she's from England. I listen to a lot of Jessie J and she's not from here. I think it would be cool to do something like that."
Theme night you'd least like: "I least look forward to the artists I don't know. Last year, when I was on and we did a Buddy Holly song, I didn't know who that was. It's really nerve-racking when you don't know an artist and you don't know their songs."
What you learned from previous Idol experience: "Confidence is key. You really want to be confident and you want to step on to the stage every single time with the attitude, 'I know that I have this.'" This year I'm not afraid to be myself."
What might surprise viewers about you: "I really like SpongeBob. I can recite his episodes and everything. I really like purple. I really like Drake the artist. I really look up to him. I don't think people really know how legit SpongeBob is."
First public performance: "I was 8 and I sang Alabaster Box by Cece Winans at church. And I got a standing ovation but I cried as soon as I was done, because I started in the wrong key. I'm 23 now and it's never happened again, because I'm a perfectionist. I hated the way that felt. I've been singing since I was 4, but I would be too nervous to sing for my parents, so I would have to close their room door and sing under the door for them."
Burnell Taylor, 19, New Orleans
Musical style: "I'm an R&B singer. I stay true to that, and it's important to make that connection with people. It's just amazing to know that I am capable of making people cry and making people feel certain ways."
Musical influences: "India Arie, John Legend."
First public performance: "11 years old. I sang (a Yolanda Adams song) at this church. At first I didn't want to sing. Then they pulled out money and I was like, 'I gotta sing, gotta sing," because I want the money. Ever since then, I've just been running with it."
What will viewers learn about you: "That I'm very, very, very humble. I don't judge people by how they look. I'm a very humble person and just want people to know that and I hope it comes across the same way on TV."
Favorite Idol moment besides making the top 10: "Just being around so many wonderful contestants, because they're amazing. I love them."
Theme night you'd like: "Songs from the '90s."
Theme night you'd least like: "I'm open to do anything."
Most proud of in life: "Just me being determined about losing the weight that I lost. I feel that a lot of people can't do that. I'm just thankful to have the mind-set that I have."
Lazaro Arbos, 21, Naples, Fla.
Musical style: "I have a really wide range of songs and I love all kinds of songs, so that's why I think that my voice is so unique."
Musical influences: "Mariah Carey, for sure. I love her."
Would like to do a duet with: "I would love to sing with Lady Gaga. I love her."
First public performance: "17. It was a local show in my hometown."
Best advice you've received on Idol: "I think the best advice, no matter how far you get, is to stay humble. I think it was from Mariah."
What will viewers learn about you: "I love to make jokes and I love to goof around."
Theme night you'd like: "I like pop, so I would love pop. And slow songs. I love slow songs."
Theme night you'd least like: "Country."
Most proud of in life: "I'm so grateful to have the mom and dad I have."
Paul Jolley, 23, Palmersville, Tenn.
Musical style: "It would be country-pop all the way."
Musical influences: "I would say it's broad. I don't want to put a name on it, because I like them all and they've all inspired me in so many ways."
Woul like to do a duet with: "Carrie Underwood."
First public performance: "I was 5 years old and I was in kindergarten. They had these concerts every year and I wasn't old enough to sing in the actual choirs they put on the show, so the teacher allowed me to be the entertainment person. So that was the first time, performing during the intermission. I sang A Whole New World from Aladdin."
Theme night you'd like: "Country."
Theme night you'd least like: "I love them all. I'll put my twist on them all."
What will viewers learn about you: "I don't eat healthy. All I eat is cheeseburgers and pizza." How do you stay thin? "I don't know."
Most proud of in life: "Being a Christian."
Favorite Idol moment: "When they announced me (in the) Top 10. I'm going on tour, no matter what the outcome is. The outcome's going to be good. I can tell you that. (And) when they first told me 'yes' in Baton Rouge."