American Idol Recap: 17 Semifinalists Named!

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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.

American Idol Season 13 Scene

Did your favorite make the cut?

Andrina Brogden
Bria Anai
Emily Piriz
Jessica Meuse
Jillian Jensen
Kristen O’Connor
M.K. Nobilette
Malaya Watson

Alex Preston
Dexter Roberts
Emmanuel Zidor
George Lovett
Jordan Brisbane
Malcolm Allen
Maurice Townsend
Sam Woolf
Spencer Lloyd

Of note:

  • 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.

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]