The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived on the Feb. 12 episode of ‘American Idol.’ The top 17 (out of 30) contestants that will make it through to the live semi-finals have been revealed!
On the Feb. 12 episode of American Idol, we learn 17 of the top 30 contestants who will battle it out for the title! See below for who made it to the live semi-finals and to read all about the special kinds of torture that Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban have been inflicting on these innocent young kids this week!
‘American Idol’ Recap: Feb. 12 Highlights — Semi-Finalists Revealed
While we don’t see full performances from our Top 30, we do see each of them sit down in a director’s chair facing the judges head-on in what looks the most stressful job interview on earth. It’s nice of the judges to take the time to speak with each hopeful individually, but we genuinely can’t imagine a more nightmarish scenario. At least when the judges keep it short and sweet, you know that the contestant has been cut; it’s when they tease them, slow down their speech, hedge, and cut to commercial that we know they’ve really made it. See: Spencer Lloyd.
We saw a number of contestants get cut because of their phenomenally bad decision to go with an original song. You guys. Don’t you know to give the people what they want? More covers of Adele! More covers of “Royals!” Males singing songs from female artists, like Maurice Townsend singing Miley Cyrus‘s “Wrecking Ball!” Females singing songs from male artists, like Austin Wolfe singing “Radioactive!”
But we digress.
The episode was fairly straightforward and progressed by rote, right up until Jessica Meuse and Jesse Roach were forced into an impromptu a capella sing-off for the judges; they were told that they were quite similar and that there could be only one. In the battle of Jess v. Jess, it went to Meuse.
Because the judges love to torture people, they had Leah Guerrero and Andrina Brogden interview together. Without even being given a chance to sing off against each other, the judges cut Leah. We’re not too sure why they would have made the choice to have them in the room together! It seemed super cruel.
American Idol ended on a cliffhanger with CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher sitting in front of the judges together. Given the opportunity to sing off against each other for a spot, they delivered some powerful off-the-cuff performances. We wonder who will make it! Our money’s on CJ — we’re just not sure about the hype surrounding Casey!
Female ‘American Idol’ Semi-Finalists — 8 Out Of 15
1. Emily Piriz
2. Jillian Jensen
3. Malaya Watson
4. Bria Anai Johnson
5. Jessica Meuse
6. MK Noubilette
7. Kristen O’Connor
8. Andrina Brogden
Male ‘American Idol’ Semi-Finalists — 9 Out Of 15
1. Spencer Lloyd
2. George Lovett
3. Sam Woolf
4. Maurice Townsend
5. Dexter Roberts
6. Emmanuel Zidor
7. Jordan Brisbane
8. Malcolm Allen
9. Alex Preston
And that’s all she wrote! Tomorrow night, American Idol will round out the list of 30 contestants going to the semi-finals.
Until then, HollywoodLifers, what did you think? Do these young hopefuls deserve their spots? And is it going to be Casey or CJ who will earn their place in the semi-finals tomorrow? Be sure to vote and drop a comment below with your thoughts!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner