Staff Writer @ShaneAvery
Here we go!
Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. have done all of the searching they're going to do because tonight they revealed almost all of their 15 guys and 15 girls making up the Top 30.
First up to face the judges to see if she had made it through, was 17 year old Emily Piriz. As Emily made her way to the judges' room, we were shown how her final audition went. Belting out "Stars" by Grace Potter, Emily's vocals soared and it was one of my favorite Hollywood auditions EVER.
And that's a statement.
Emily was given the great news, and was the very first girl to enter the Top 15 girls, and thus getting a spot into the Top 30!!
Following Emily, was Spencer Lloyd.
The young man wowed the judges with his first performance during Hollywood Week, but when it came to his final solo, he dropped the ball when he performed an original. The judges were definitely put off by the latter, but was enough damage done to send him home?
Spencer was given a slot in the Top 15 guys and he was ecstatic about the news!
Jillian Jensen was the next to receive great news, but it was a bit of a standstill following that.
One by one, more contestants were delivered the harsh news that their journey was ending before the Top 30. Tears were shed, and while som dreams were broken, many were determined to move forward and not give up on their future.
We needed more happy news though right?
And George Lovett delivered.
The young man's final solo rendition of "I Won't Give Up" by Jason Mraz gave yours truly goosebumps all over, and it was an easy YES from the jdges for him to join Spencer in the Top 15 guys.
And now, it was time to cue the tears.
17 year old Sam Woolf was the next to face the judges and their decision, but first to discuss was his heartbreaking final solo performance. Sam sang his original track, which he wrote about his mother leaving the family. Sam kept his emotions in check, but I couldn't unfortunately. The tears began flowing, but happiness restored when Sam was given good news by the judges!!
The show needed a boost of energy, and they gave it to us in the form of Malaya Watson. The little firecracker had a rough start to her final performance, as the judges called her (and the band) out for not being in the same key. Malaya gave it another go, and SOARED!
Her reaction to getting a YES from the judges was so cute, and her dance out of the room?
Also joining the Top 30 was the incredibly talented Maurice Townsend.
We were then shown a highlight of the final performance night when everyone got a surprise visit from new in-house mentor for the season.....
Randy dropped a couple of "dawgs" and then joked around with the judges before we got back to the action.
Time for a face off.
Jessica Meuse and Jesse Roach were the next ones to face off against the judges, and by face off......
They had to sing RIGHT THERE for survival.
The judges explained to them it was too tough to call, and they needed to hear them one last time. Jessica started out by belting out the Shinedown hit "Simple Man". Her raw energy poured through her performance and I was really impressed. Jesse went back to her original audition, "Do Ya" by Kt Oslin, and in my opinion?
Jessica had her beat, but what did the judges think?
They agreed with me! Jessica was given the go, and Jesse was sent packing. Jessica joined Brie Anai in the Top 15 girls as well.
Country boy Dexter Roberts was the next to join the guys, but what about the hilarious, flamboyant Emmanuel Zidor? After his over the top solo performance (in which Harry told Emmanuel to challenge Jenny to a walk-off in heels), Emmanuel left his emotions on the floor as he fell apart in front of the judges. He told them all about his journey, but how grateful he was to them for allowing him to get this far. Well, he wasn't going anywhere anytime soon, because he was in the top 15 guys!!
After Emmanuel's joyous entrance into the Top 30, MK Nobilette, Kristen O'Connor and Andrina Brogden were also given great news, gaining spots into the Top 15 girls. Two more guys were also added into the mix, Alex Preston and Malcolm Allen.
The clock was winding down, but the drama wasn't finished.
Friends CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher were given the unfortunate task of singing one last time against one another, and only one of them would advance. That person was.....
GOING TO BE REVEALED TOMORROW NIGHT.
Damn you "American Idol"!!!!
The remaining contestants will be revealed tomorrow night, before the live shows start next week.
So, as it stands, here are the contestants who've made it through:
Top 15 GirlsEmily Piriz Jillian Jensen Malaya Watson Bria Anai Jessica Meuse MK Nobilette Kristen O'Connor Andrina Brogden
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