February 21, 2014 03:06:41 GMT
America picked the Top 10 before judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. chose three singers as their Wild Cards.
"American Idol" has announced the 13 finalists of season 13. On Thursday, February 20, the Top 10 singers who got the most votes from viewers were revealed, and they are Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Jessica Meuse, Dexter Roberts, Caleb Johnson, Majesty Rose, M.K. Nobilette and Sam Woolf.
The judges then picked five of the rest of the 20 semifinalists to perform again. C.J. Harris was given another chance, singing "Bring It on Home". Harry Connick Jr. said the performance was average and pointed out that the band might have messed it up. Keith Urban, meanwhile, blamed it on C.J. for drifting in and out emotionally.
Jena Irene sang "Unbreakable Me", sitting behind a piano for an emotional performance. Keith loved her artistry, praising her, "That was a really good use of that moment."
Spencer Lloyd sang an original song, "Ordinary Girl". Jennifer Lopez criticized his song choice, "I'm not sure that that was what I would have wanted America to see right now." She was clearly disappointed as saying, "We wanted to give you another chance because we saw something in you from the very beginning and you blew it."
Bria Anai tried to win the judges' heart by showing off her vocal chops during a rendition of "It's a Man's Man's Man's World", but she got control issue. Harry pointed out, "Bria, it was all over the place... I think you overshot the mark."
Kristen O'Connor chose Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" for her survival song. Keith said it was "really good," but thought it would've been better if she'd sung it with a higher note.
At the end of the day, only three got the remaining spots in the Top 13 and they are Jena Irene, Kristen O'Connor and C.J. Harris. Spencer Lloyd and Bria Anai didn't make the cut, and neither did Marrialle Sellers, Emmanuel Zidor, Malcolm Allen, George Lovett and Briana Oakley.
Next week, "American Idol" returns on Wednesday at 8 P.M. with "This Is Me" theme.