February 13, 2014 at 12:00 PM EST
ABC/Eric McCandless

American Idol has really done it this time. They’re pitting two of the semifinalist guys — authentic country crooner Ben Briley, 24, and flashy vocal dazzler Neco Starr, 22 — against each other for YOUR VOTE — tonight! It honestly 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 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….

American Idol‘s season 13 Top 30:


Emily Piriz

Jillian Jensen

Malaya Watson

Bria Anai

Jessica Meuse

MK Nobilette

Kristen O’Connor

Andrina Brogden

Marrialle Sellers

Jena Ascuitto

Majesty Rose

Briana Oakley

Brandy Neelly

Kenzie Hall

Austin Wolfe


Spencer Lloyd

George Lovett

Sam Woolf

Maurice Townsend

Dexter Roberts

Emmanuel Zidor

Jordan Brisbane

Malcolm Allen

Alex Preston

CJ Harris

Casey Thrasher

Caleb Johnson

Ethan Harris

Briston Maroney

[Either Ben Briley or Neco Starr]

You can text ‘1’ for Ben or ‘2’ for Neco to 83676 or vote at AmericanIdol.com or via the American Idol app. Voting closes at 10 a.m. PT Friday, Feb. 14. Videos of all the contestants are here, but some quick reminders….

Ben Briley’s audition, “Arms of a Woman”:

Neco Starr’s audition, “Someone Like You” (he had to share a segment with fellow repeat-auditioner Caleb Johnson):

Our full recap is coming up. Update: Here it is!

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