We're inching ever closer to live auditions on American Idol.
Last night's two-hour installment was light on singing and heavy on tension, with Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban sitting across from hopeful after hopeful and breaking their hearts or making their days.
In the end, 17 of the 30 semifinalists were announced, with the final batch set to be revealed tonight.
Did your favorite make the cut?
- Nobilette is the show's first openly gay contestant, telling he judges quite simply "I'm very obviously gay," to which they laughed and appreciated the singer's honesty.
- On the female side, Andrina Brogden stood out for her cover of Ellie Goulding's "Burn.
- On the male side, Sam Woolf (sang an original song, has a moving backstory about his mother leaving him and is a white dude with a guitar. Safe to say he's the very early favorite.
1. Kelly Clarkson
All hail queen Kelly! The original AI winner has a powerhouse voice and hits galore.
2. Phillip Phillips
Season 11's victor Phillip Phillips not only has the same first and last name, his song home is the best-selling American Idol single!
3. Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia has starred on Broadway numerous times and can call herself a Grammy winner.
4. Paul McDonald
Season 11's folk-rock crooner Paul is a mega-talent. Plus, he married Twilight star Nicki Reed...
5. Kellie Pickler
Country cutie Kellie Pickler giggled her way into America's hearts on season 5. She is also a Dancing With The Stars winner!
6. David Cook
Season 7's David Cook was a fan favorite and the ultimate winner, besting David Archuleta.
7. Adam Lambert
Adam Lambert was the runner-up to Kris Allen, but earned a legion of fans he has kept with him to this day.
8. Jordin Sparks
Hi, Jordin Sparks! The former American Idol champion arrives here at the 2013 American Music Awards.
9. David Archuleta
Who doesn't adore David Archuleta? The former runner-up attended the season 10 finale of American Idol.
10. Chris Daughtry
Chris Daughtry is one of the best-selling Idol artists in history. He also looks great shirtless.
11. Katharine McPhee
Amazingly, neither the smoldering Katharine McPhee or Chris Daughtry won their season. Taylor Hicks outlasted them both.
12. Clay Aiken
Clay Aiken has gone on to have a successful post-American Idol career. He's starred in Broadway and released a number of albums.
13. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is the only American Idol alum to claim this title: Oscar winner.