American Idol's Janell Wheeler is dating Tim Tebow; St. Pete's Michael Lynche in top 24

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While you've all been breathlessly trying to figure out exactly what the heck American Idol is doing with its format to choose the top 24, the L.A. Times has found out a compelling reason for local folk to cheer for 24-year-old Orlando resident Janell Wheeler (besides the fact she was born in Tampa) -- she's also Tim Tebow's girlfriend. Well, sometimes, anyway.

The Times says the couple have an on-again, off-again relationship, but that's not surprising. Tim's too busy starring in overhyped pro-life ads to spend much time with Wheeler, despite her decent rendition of Estelle's American Boy last week.

The rumors circulating on the interwebs say she is a lock to make it to the semifinals, but there was no word on her Tuesday night (St. Pete native Michael Lynche did advance, however). Maybe we'll get to see Tim on the show then, because that's who Floridians really care about.

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