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Top semifinalists announced on 'American Idol XIII'

by jmaloni

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Fri, Feb 14th 2014 07:55 pm
`American Idol XIII`: Contestant Jessica Meuse, right, gets advice from former `American Idol` contestant Chris Daughtry as part of his workshop airing Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8 p.m.), on FOX. (FOX photo by Michael Yarish)
"American Idol XIII": Contestant Jessica Meuse, right, gets advice from former "American Idol" contestant Chris Daughtry as part of his workshop airing Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8 p.m.), on FOX. (FOX photo by Michael Yarish)

"American Idol XIII" "Rush Week" begins next week with three-night live event

Find out if Neco Starr or Ben Briley gets final spot when America's vote is revealed, Tuesday, Feb. 18

Top girls perform Tuesday; top guys perform Wednesday; top 13 finalists announced Thursday

After the toughest Hollywood week in "American Idol" history, only 31 singers remain in the competition. Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. revealed which 31 singers - 15 girls and 16 guys - they believe have what it takes to be a megastar. However, two guys - Neco Starr and Ben Briley - are in jeopardy. America's vote will determine who will get the final spot.

The semi-finalists include:

    GIRLS              AGE  CITY/STATE               GUYS                   AGE  CITY/STATE

Bria Anai

16

Lithonia, GA


Malcolm Allen

21

Wrightsville, AR

Andrina Brogden

19

Fargo, ND


Ben Briley

24

Gallatin, TN

Kenz Hall

17

Draper, UT


Jordan Brisbane

16

Savannah, GA

Jena Irene

17

Farmington Hills, MI


C.J. Harris

23

Jasper, AL

Jillian Jensen

21

Rochester, MA


Ethan Harris

20

Garrattsville, NY

Jessica Meuse

23

Slapout, AL


Caleb Johnson

22

Asheville, NC

Brandy Neelly

19

Louisville, KY


Spencer Lloyd

19

Bryant, AR

MK Nobilette

20

San Francisco, CA


George Lovett

24

Baltimore, MD

Briana Oakley

17

Antioch, CA


Briston Maroney

16

Knoxville, TN

Kristen O'Connor

24

Sebastian, FL


Alex Preston

20

Mont Vernon, NH

Emily Piriz

18

Orlando, FL


Dexter Roberts

22

Fayette, AL

Majesty Rose

21

Goldsboro, NC


Neco Starr

22

Atlanta, GA

Marrialle Sellars

18

Indianapolis, IN


Casey Thrasher

23

Tuscaloosa, AL

Malaya Watson

16

Southfield, MI


Maurice Townsend

26

Grand Rapids, MI

Austin Wolfe

17

Park City, UT


Sam Woolf

17

Bradenton, FL





Emmanuel Zidor

24

Miami, FL

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol XIII" continues next week with a special three-night event called "Rush Week," including two nights of live performances and the season's first live results show - with special wild card picks by the judges. Also, in a new twist, not every semifinalist will get a chance to perform. It will be up to the judges to decide which 10 of the 15 girl semifinalists and which 10 of the 15 guy semifinalists earn a spot on the performance shows, while the remaining five girls and five guys are sent home.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8 p.m.), the results of America's vote on which guy - Neco Starr or Ben Briley - will get the final spot in the top 30 will be revealed. Also, Randy Jackson returns as in-house mentor, and the top 15 girls will take the brand-new stage designed by award-winning designer Baz Halpin. On Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8 p.m.), the top 15 guys will take the stage, trying to hold onto their spots, as the stakes get higher.

Then on Thursday, Feb. 20 (8 p.m.), the top 10 finalists chosen by America - five girls and five guys - will be revealed, followed by the judges' wild card picks to round out 13 finalists in the first results show live from Los Angeles.

Visit www.americanidol.com for interviews with the Top 31, as well as additional "American Idol XIII" news.

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