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American Idol recap: Top 30 revealed -- with a twist!

The judges announce the Top 30 for season 13 — but there’s a twist!

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American Idol Recap

American Idol

TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, Ryan Seacrest
Reality TV

Sweet stunt, guys, but couldn’t you have picked a non-sick person for a surprise SuperVote?

Idol is pitting two of the semifinalist guys — authentic country crooner Ben Briley, 24, and flashy vocal dazzler Neco Starr, 22 — against each other for YOUR SUPERVOTE — tonight! It seems wildly unfair and random to me that the vote needs to be between these specific guys. Neco was battling sickness and didn’t sound anywhere near his best in the Solo Night footage shown along with the voting info. (All of that is below.) We’ll learn which guy gets to stay during next week’s special-night show on Tuesday, in which the Top 15 girls will sing for public votes for the first time.

So there’s really a Top 31 instead of a Top 30, but only 29 are for sure. And they are….


Emily Piriz

Jillian Jensen

Malaya Watson

Bria Anai

Jessica Meuse

MK Nobilette

Kristen O’Connor

Andrina Brogden

And new as of tonight…

Marrialle Sellers (pictured above), the “I am the next American Idol” season-opener poster girl, who’s memorable mostly for her inconsistency, Harry said. A ringing endorsement!

Jena Ascuitto, dubbed “the sleeper” of the season by Harry Connick Jr. after her thrilling Solo Night performance of an original song. I thought you were just supposed to let sleeper status happen instead of announcing it out loud. I know nothing. DON’T CALL HER “JENNA.”

Majesty Rose, who wowed in her original audition but lost some luster in her Solo Night cover of “Stars.” (It’s almost like the contestants were required to sing “Stars” or “Wrecking Ball” or “Radioactive.” Maybe she just didn’t know it?)

Briana Oakley and Brandy Neelly, both familiar faces from past seasons. Brandy stood out for some unique choices in her “Up to the Mountain” solo, while Briana neither raised nor lowered my opinion of her on Emile Sande’s “My Kind of Love.” Both seem very solid.

Kenzie Hall, another youngster with a less-than-inspiring Solo Night (“Your Song”). Cute, blonde, 15, Southern. The editors just replayed her playful cover of Macklemore from earlier in Hollywood Week and are hoping for the best.

Austin Wolfe, one of my favorite vocalists from the entire audition process, who repeated her original audition cover, “Radioactive,” for her solo. Damn this song! It’s great, but I’m nearing my breaking point with it, and I hate when that happens.

PAGE TWO: The Top 15 Guys and some devastating/absurd cuts