Here are the judges' picks for finalists (in bold-red are those competitors Well Tempered Blog predicted as the judges' final picks.
Sa Chen! Wow. Both Sa Chen and Huang were on my personal wish list, but I didn't think the judges would select them. But they did and I am so happy to be hearing more of them.
To be honest, I believe Yang was a bad choice for a finalist, she seems to me to be a fine young pianist but who has yet to fully mature musically and communicate a moving artistic vision. What she delivers, as I hear it, are fleet fingers and a repetoire of muggings that create a kind of audience appeal. I could go on, but let's just say she's not my cuppa tea. Nontheless, she has made it quite far and that merits credit. Still, in her place, I would have placed Martinez as she is to my ears a better musician. Different ears. Different choices.
For those of you following it, here's some of the other predictions from the blogosphere (correct choices in bold-red):
Mike Winter' s (from the official Cliburn blog) pegged the following as finalists (bold-red for those actually selected): An, Feng, Martinez, Mazo, Plano, Yang
Carl Tait's (which is purportedly more or less identical to that of Thomas' from Klassic): Yang, Plano, Martinez, Feng, An, Kobrin