Ricky Braddy, a 2007 Commercial Music graduate from Belmont, was named Wednesday night to the Top 36 of “American Idol.” During his time at Belmont, the North Carolina native was selected to participate in the 2006 Commercial Music Showcase where he performed “Dying to Live” and the Ray Charles’ classic “Song for You.”
The 36 “American Idol” hopefuls will be split into three groups of 12, and for three consecutive weeks, one group will perform live each Tuesday. At the end of each performance show, viewers will be able to vote for their favorite contestants for at least two hours in their region. Braddy was selected to compete in Group 1, and his live performance will air this Tues., Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. on FOX.
On Wednesdays, the live results show will announce the three semi-finalists (the top male, the top female and the next top vote-recipient) that America has chosen to move on in the competition. On Thurs., March 5, a special “Wild Card” episode will feature the judges’ favorite remaining contestants battling it out live for a coveted spot in the next phase of the competition.
For more on Ricky Braddy, visit his fan club Web site at www.thebraddybunch.com.