No, they were kicked out BEFORE the semi finals. The semi finals is the round where it's on all week - 10 each day, and you vote for the top two. Rachel is saying that they didn't make the semi finals. Remember the producers judges choose the final 50 out of everyone that got through the first round - getting through the audition doesn't put you in the semi finals.
Martin, the semi-finals are the top 50. 10 acts perform each night in the duration of one week, and the public vote for two per night that will perform in the final on the Saturday night. It is the correct term - a semi-final is a round before the final.
Another long absence due to preoccupations but I have interacted on Facebook and Twitter regarding Raven and Rachel's initiative to help spread their word.
Thanks for the warning in Richard's post that quoting Rachel without thinking would not be appropriate for this site! I like her punchy 'raw' version of events (as in RAW photography) and I too often forget 'protocols' when I let loose, especially when interacting with her reporting!
It's a great blog, if you can accept her colloquial/street English, which is a deliberate style mode and should not be mistaken for the girl herself per se.
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.