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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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by Hilton Hater at

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

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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