American Idol Thursday, March 8 narrowed the field of contestants to 12. Viewers submitted 37 million phone calls and text messages, eliminating Antonella Barba, Jared Cotter, Jason "Sundance" Head, and Sabrina Sloan.

Six men and six women now vie for a record contract. Now in its sixth season, American Idol continues to dominate U.S. television ratings, attracting between 27 and 37 million viewers a week. The winner will be announced May 23.