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It's back to high school for Emily Piriz.

This finalist was eliminated from American Idol last night and spoke to reporters backstage afterward about the surreal adventure.

"I'm a senior," Piriz said. I'm just gonna go back home ... go back to school and graduate."

Goodbye, Emily Piriz

Emily said she and Jena Irene might eventually move to Hollywood together to really give this singing thing a shot, but she had planned to go to college before and the "alternate universe" of American Idol won't necessarily change that.

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It was ladies night again on American Idol this evening.

But not in a good way.

For the second consecutive Thursday, three woman found themselves in the Bottom 3, with MK Nobilette, Jena Irene and Emily Piriz have the dishonors this time around.

The American Idol 12

After hearing from Phillip Phillips and some emerging artist named Kodaline from Ireland, Ryan Seacrest called the ladies to the stage and announced that Emily would need to sing for her survival.

She chose a version of "Stars," she did okay with it... but we all knew the judges would not use their Save this early.

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Let's all ignore the fact that Jennifer Lopez took a bite from a deviled egg straight out of Ryan Seacrest's hand tonight and get right to the American Idol performance review, shall we?

The dozen contestants remaining sang singles that reminded them of home this week, a rather broad assignment that led to covers of John Mayer, Dido and even J. Lo herself.

Yes, Emily Piriz was brave enough to make like one of the judges.

How did she fare? Well... she got loud. Listen to all 12 hopefuls sing for their American Idol lives now:

American Idol Top 12 Performances
Emily Piriz wants everyone to get loud. Come on, American Idol fans!!!
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Emily Piriz - "Let's Get Loud"

1. Emily Piriz - "Let's Get Loud"

Emily Piriz wants everyone to get loud. Come on, American Idol fans!!!


Ben Briley - "Turning Home"

2. Ben Briley - "Turning Home"

Sing it, Ben Briley! The American Idol hopeful tries his hand here at "Turning Home."


Majesty Rose - "Fix You"

3. Majesty Rose - "Fix You"

Majesty Rose wants to "Fix You." Do you like her take on this hit track?


Malaya Watson - "Take Me To The King"

4. Malaya Watson - "Take Me To The King"

Take Malaya Watson to the king, American Idol fans! And watch her audition here.


Sam Woolf - "Just One"

5. Sam Woolf - "Just One"

Sam Woolf remains an early favorite on American Idol. Did you like his take on "Just One?"


CJ Harris - "Waiting On The World To Change"

6. CJ Harris - "Waiting On The World To Change"

Can CJ Harris pull off John Mayer? You tell us, folks!


M.K. Nobilette - "Drops Of Jupiter"

7. M.K. Nobilette - "Drops Of Jupiter"

M.K. Nobilette has made a big impression on American Idol viewers. She sings a Train classic here.


Caleb Johnson - "Working Man"

8. Caleb Johnson - "Working Man"

Caleb Johnson is just a "Working Man." At least for the purposes of this American Idol performance.


Dexter Roberts - "Lucky Man"

9. Dexter Roberts - "Lucky Man"

Dexter Roberts pulls out his guitar for this take on "Lucky Man." Listen and react to it now.


Jessica Meuse - "White Flag"

10. Jessica Meuse - "White Flag"

Jessica Meuse makes like Dido for this version of "White Flag." Listen now!


Alex Preston - "I Don't Want To Be"

11. Alex Preston - "I Don't Want To Be"

Alex Preston makes like Gavin DeGraw for this American Idol edition. Watch him sing "I Don't Want To Be" now.


Jena Irene - "Suddenly I See"

12. Jena Irene - "Suddenly I See"

Jena Irene belts out a version of "Suddenly I See" in this video. What do you think?


And then vote: Who did the best job?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

Well, someone had to be first.

On the first elimination show of 2014, American Idol voted out Kristen O'Connor Thursday night, a Wild Card entrant who knew she had no chance at earning the judges' save.

Kristen O'Connor Eliminated

"I think we all knew that no matter who it was, they probably weren't going to save them," O'Connor told reporter backstage. "I knew especially for me it wasn't going to happen no matter how good the performance was. So I just knew I wanted to go out with a bang and I was proud of the performance I gave."

Kristen was in the Bottom 3 along with MK Nobilette and Malaya Watson. 

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We kicked off the first American Idol results show of Season 13 with a group sing and a promo for this summer's tour.

Okay, not the strongest opening. But, hey, there are 58 minutes to kill before we find out the initial finalist eliminated, isn't there?

The American Idol Top 13

After learning Ben Briley, Alex Preston and Jena Irene are say, Malaya Watson is sent to the Bottom 3.

Up next? Dexter Roberts is safe. Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf are as well. But MK Nobilette is off to the Bottom 3.

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We are officially off and running singing on American Idol Season 13.

The finalists took to the stage as a group for the first time on Wednesday and the results were decidedly mixed.

Things looked bleak throughout the opening hour, with a case of the nerves seemingly hitting a number of contestants.

But a handful in the back half showed promise and the judges continued to excel, giving us hope that all is not lost for this once-great competition.

Watch all 13 performances now and then cast your vote below:

13 Performances by the American Idol Top 13
Well done, Kristen O'Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing "Beautiful Disaster" now.
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Kristen O'Connor - "Beautiful Disaster"

1. Kristen O'Connor - "Beautiful Disaster"

Well done, Kristen O'Connor! Watch the American Idol finalist sing "Beautiful Disaster" now.


Majesty Rose - "Tightrope"

2. Majesty Rose - "Tightrope"

Majesty Rose walks a "Tightrope" for this American Idol performance. What do you think?


M.K. Nobilette - "Satisfaction"

3. M.K. Nobilette - "Satisfaction"

M.K. Nobilette makes like Mick Jagger for this American Idol performance. What do you think of her taken on "Satisfaction?"


Caleb Johnson - "Pressure and Time"

4. Caleb Johnson - "Pressure and Time"

Caleb Johnson takes to the American Idol stage here with a take on "Pressure and Time." A job pretty well done!


Sam Woolf - "Unwell"

5. Sam Woolf - "Unwell"

Sam Woolf is an early American Idol favorite. He sings "Unwell" for this performance.


Emily Piriz - "Glitter in the Air"

6. Emily Piriz - "Glitter in the Air"

Emily Piriz does an impression of Pink with her rendition of "Glitter in the Air" during this American Idol performance.


Jessica Meuse - "The Crow And The Butterfly"

7. Jessica Meuse - "The Crow And The Butterfly"

Jessica Meuse sings "The Crow And The Butterfly" here for her very first performance as part of the American Idol top 13.


Alex Preston - "A Beautiful Mess"

8. Alex Preston - "A Beautiful Mess"

Alex Preston does his best impression here of Jason Mraz. He's covering "A Beautiful Mess."


Jena Irene - "The Scientist"

9. Jena Irene - "The Scientist"

Jena Irene covers Coldplay with "The Scientist." What do you make of her rendition?


C.J. Harris - "Radio"

10. C.J. Harris - "Radio"

C.J. Harris sings "Radio" here for his first performance as part of the American Idol Top 13.


Ben Briley - "Folsom Prison Blues"

11. Ben Briley - "Folsom Prison Blues"

Ben Briley goes all Johnny Cash for this American Idol performance of "Folsom Prison Blues."


Malaya Watson - "Runaway Baby"

12. Malaya Watson - "Runaway Baby"

Malaya Watson sang "Runaway Baby" for her first Top 13 performance. Check it out now!


Dexter Roberts - "Aw Naw"

13. Dexter Roberts - "Aw Naw"

Dexter Roberts performs "Aw Naw" as part of the American Idol Top 13. What did you think of this rendition?


WHOSE PERFORMANCE DID YOU LIKE BEST?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

The results are in.

The real battle will soon begin.

On Thursday night, American Idol announced its final 13 contestants, with five men and women chosen by the audience and three more selected as Wild Cards by the judges.

The remaining hopefuls reside from across the country (and include the first openly gay contestant in series history), but all share one common goal: becoming the next American Idol champion.

Which one of these lucky 13 will it be?

American Idol Season 13: Who's Left?
Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.
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Sam Woolf

1. Sam Woolf

Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.


Jessica Meuse

2. Jessica Meuse

Jessica Meuse is a 23-year old native of Alabama. She has done quite well for herself on American Idol Season 13.


Jena Irene

3. Jena Irene

Jena Irene could be your next American Idol champion. She has reached the round of 13.


CJ Harris

4. CJ Harris

CJ Harris is 23-year old Alabama resident. Will he be the next American Idol?


Caleb Johnson

5. Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson is a 22-year old native of North Carolina. He is doing very well for himself on American Idol.


Alex Preston

6. Alex Preston

Alex Preston has advanced to the American Idol Season 13 finals. We wish him the best of luck!


WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FEMALE FINALIST?

 

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE MALE FINALIST?

 

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by Hilton Hater at

It is officially on.

American Idol went from thousands and thousands of original hopefuls this week down to a lucky 13, naming the finalists that will be vying for this show's crown and competing live against one another from this point forward.

Viewers voted for five men and five women, with the judges choosing a trio of wild cards to round the group out. 

American Idol Season 13: Who's Left?
Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.
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Sam Woolf

1. Sam Woolf

Sam Woolf has the look of an American Idol winner, doesn't he? This is a cute young white guy who plays guitar.


Jessica Meuse

2. Jessica Meuse

Jessica Meuse is a 23-year old native of Alabama. She has done quite well for herself on American Idol Season 13.


Jena Irene

3. Jena Irene

Jena Irene could be your next American Idol champion. She has reached the round of 13.


CJ Harris

4. CJ Harris

CJ Harris is 23-year old Alabama resident. Will he be the next American Idol?


Caleb Johnson

5. Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson is a 22-year old native of North Carolina. He is doing very well for himself on American Idol.


Alex Preston

6. Alex Preston

Alex Preston has advanced to the American Idol Season 13 finals. We wish him the best of luck!


So, let's get right to it. Did your favorite make the cut? In order of the announcements, here is your Top 13:

  1. Malaya Watson
  2. Ben Briley
  3. Emily Piriz
  4. Alex Preston
  5. Jessica Meuse
  6. Dexter Roberts
  7. Caleb Johnson
  8. Majesty Rose
  9. MK Nobilette
  10. Sam Woolf
  11. Jena Irene (Wild Card)
  12. Kristen O'Connor (Wild Card)
  13. CJ Harris (Wild Card)
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Following an American Idol ladies night that saw this competition pare its final 15 females down to 10, the remaining men took to the live stage on Wednesday.

So, who stood out? Aside from Daughtry and Adam Lambert, both of whom stopped by to offer the guys some advice?

Sam Woolf Picture

Spencer Lloyd was referred to as an "undeniable" star for his take on The Fray’s “Love Don’t Die," while Sam Woolf was told he has a "voice that's just money" after singing David Gray's "Babylon."

Both are white guys with guitars. We could totally see them winning.

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Randy Jackson made his unwanted random triumphant return to American Idol last night.

On the first episode of Rush Week, the former judge debuted as an in-house mentor who offered such gems to contestants as "You’ve gotta give it your all" and "You’ve gotta give your best performance.”

Seriously, what would we do without the Dawg?

Randy Jackson Returns!

Viewers then learned that five women (Austin Wolfe, Kenzie Hall, Brandy Neely, Andrina Brogden and Jillian Jensen) were cut prior to singing a single note, leaving us with 10 to perform for their Season 13 lives.

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