After the live performances during ‘American Idol’ Rush Week, it was America’s turn to vote! We now have our 13 contestants for the finals — did your favorites make it through?
The votes from American Idol‘s “Rush Week” are in and on Feb. 20 we learned who’s making it through to the finals to make up the Top 13! Ten have been decided by America and five chosen contestants sang for their lives — after which the judges picked three wildcards. (Anybody else get the feeling that there is way too much math happening with American Idol this week?) See below for who made it through and to see when we thought JLo channeled someone from American Idol past in her critique!
‘American Idol’ Rush Week Results: Top 10 Revealed
1. Ryan Seacrest named Malaya Watson as the first to make it through and the delightful weirdo ran around the stage, touching people’s hands and generally being our favorite.
2. Ben Briley
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3. Emily Piriz, newly-minted legal adult whose song choice was — we thought unjustly — criticized by Harry Connick Jr. last week also made it in! You do you, Emily!
4. Alex Preston, 20, the boy we would have had a crush on in our freshman year (and, JK, the boy we currently have a crush on), is also somebody we’re really excited to see more from!
5. Jessica Meuse
6. Dexter Roberts
7. Caleb Johnson, hilariously, was so thrilled by making it in that he picked Ryan up like the little wind-up toy of a man that he is and gave him a huge bear hug. We have to say — we think Ryan liked it. His legs went around Caleb’s torso! Harry noted that Ryan immediately went back into Ryan Seacrest, Host Extraordinaire mode, and it was pretty great to see him turn that on like a light switch.
8. Majesty Rose
9. MK Nobilette
10. Sam Woolf
‘American Idol’ Rush Week Results: Five Contestants ‘Sing For [Their] Lives’
Ten hopefuls remained after American voted in the Top 10 (out of 13), and the judges had to choose five to perform so that they could pick three wildcards to enter the finals. Presumably because Idol producers didn’t show all of the Hollywood Week solo auditions, we are now seeing them play out live.
1. CJ Harris sang Sam Cooke‘s “Bring It On Home To Me,” which was a real sloooow jam of a song and not something we would personally choose in a sing for your life scenario, but hey, we’re just writing about the show, and we’re not sure he had a choice at this point. Harry noted that both CJ and the band screwed up — and they certainly did. Jennifer Lopez took a hard stance, saying that “the specialness of [his voice] still came through for [her].” Paula Abdul, is that you?! (Man oh man, remember when Paula had a reality show?)
2. Jena Irene brought out a keyboard for her performance of her original song “Unbreakable Me” and the crowd went wild. Keith Urban told her that she made really good, artistic choices with her singing.
3. Spencer Lloyd was next up, and gosh, did anybody else notice how tall and broad he is? (He’s 19, we’re not creepy.) He totally dwarfed Ryan, 20 years his senior. Oh, right, and he also sang an original song that we weren’t crazy about the first time we heard it, but the girls in the studio were just losing their minds. Jennifer told him she did a good job, but that (and we’re paraphrasing), he needs to ditch that song and fast because it does not showcase his talent at all.
4. Bria Anai belted “It’s A Man’s World” by James Brown and she rrreally embarrassed the two boys who sang before her — we thought. Harry agreed that she was passionate but that she “overshot the mark.” Bria, bless her beautiful soul, kind of smiled and half-rolled her eyes, and, resigned, just told Harry, “alright.” FORESHADOWING.
5. Kristin O’Connor, nurse and wearer of some truly questionable tie-dyed pants, sang Katy Perry‘s “Unconditional” and did it better than Katy does it live (sorry, Katy, you know we love you), but we weren’t a fan. The judges liked it, though.
‘American Idol’ ‘Rush Week’ Results: Judge-Chosen Wildcards Revealed
We won’t keep you in as much suspense as Idol producers enjoy inflicting on their audience: Jena Irene, Kristin O’Connor, and CJ Harris are in the finals along with the above 10.
Finally, can we just say how bummed we are that Marrialle Sellers didn’t make it through? She totally deserved a chance to sing, at least! And CJ and Kristin over Bria? No, thank you, sirs.
So, HollywoodLifers, what do you think? Did America make the right choice? Did the judges? Do you feel as personally victimized as we do that Marrialle didn’t make it in? Be sure to VOTE and comment below!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner