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Halperin performs in Idol’s Top 12

After performing as one of the top 12 male contestants on “American Idol” Tuesday night, TCU alumnus Tim Halperin’s future on the popular reality program will depend on America’s vote.

Halperin sang his own version of Rob Thomas’ “Street Corner Symphony,” receiving mixed remarks from the judges.

Randy Jackson said he remembered Halperin’s outstanding talent on the piano during “Hollywood Week” but that talent did not shine through in Tuesday’s performance. The other judges said that the song choice was not exactly right for Halperin. They added that he is capable of more and he needs to show America his talents.

Before his performance, Halperin remarked that he was having a great time on Idol and that he was close friends with all the guys on the show. He said he was especially close with his roommate Jacob Lusk.

Voting was open for two hours after the show, with voters able to vote through phone calls, texting and online voting. The results will not be revealed until the results show Thursday at 7 p.m.

Halperin also has had the backing of TCU campus organizations and former employers.

Jacqueline Lambiase, an advertising and public relations professor, said “Team Tim” is a group of TCU students and faculty that are raising awareness about Halperin and his story. The group includes two classes of advertising and public relations students as well as other TCU students who are passionate about Halperin’s cause.

Lambiase said a group of about 15 TCU students, faculty and alumni created a website over the weekend called

Lambiase, an advertising and public relations professor, said she is heading the “Team Tim” project.

She said a huge reason for all of their help with Halperin was the work he did last year with Frogs for the Cure, when Halperin recorded the song and music video, “We Fight Back,” which was about breast cancer awareness.

“He did so much for us then, he put in countless hours of work,” Lambiase said. “And now we have a chance to really give back and help him.”

She said “Team Tim” is using social media such as Facebook to spread the word about Halperin and expand his voting base.

Halperin’s former employer, Range Online Media, is helping to get the word out about his Idol journey too.

Pam Buyers, the director of human resources at Range Online Media, hired Halperin for his first job after college, she said. He was an account coordinator at Range until the end of January.

“He resigned [from his position at Range] and said he couldn’t tell us why, but now we know why,” Buyers said.

When Halperin worked at Range he was allowed to work part time so he could pursue his music career, she said. This allowed Halperin time for extra projects and travelling while he established himself as an artist.

The company has also created a blog,, to publicize Halperin’s journey on “American Idol” and to hopefully get him extra votes, she said. The company has touched base with Halperin a few times since he began competing on Idol and plans to keep the public updated on recent news, Buyers said.

If Halperin makes it to the next round after voting results are announced Thursday night, he will perform with this season’s top 10 finalists next Wednesday at 7 p.m.

To learn more about Tim Halperin visit:

Tim’s Facebook fan page

“Team Tim” fanpage at

Or follow Halperin on Twitter: @timhalperin

“Team Tim’s” Twitter: @TimHalperinIdol

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