The hopefuls for “American Idol” Season 13 learned who was definitely into the Top 30 — 15 girls and 15 guys — and who still had some suspense ahead.
- Casey Thrasher and C.J. Harris had been sweating it out, after a sing-off, waiting to hear their fates. After Harry Connick Jr. revealed that Casey was going through, C.J.’s fate seemed sealed. But then, after trying to psyche him out, Harry revealed that C.J. had made it to the Top 30, too! Go, Bama boys!
- Marrialle Sellars, 17, sang the Miley Cyrus song “Wrecking Ball.” Harry commented to the other judges that “she tries so hard.” Despite also calling her inconsistent, Marrialle did enough to make it to the Top 30.
- Jena Ascuitto, 17, performed her solo at the piano, accompanying herself. It was more highly stylized than some of her other performances, but it was good enough to make it into the Top 30. Harry told her that her nickname was “the sleeper,” and explained that it meant like a movie that comes out and surprises everybody by becoming a hit. When it comes to names, by the way, she’s continually irritated by people who pronounce it “Jenna” instead of “Gina.”
- Caleb Johnson, 22, who had made it all the way to the final judgment in Season 11, was hoping for a different result. His final solo, “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, rocked out; he could definitely be this season’s “rocker.” Harry, though, compared him to someone who’s doing a character or is in a Broadway show. After Harry’s preamble to Caleb, it was Twitter poll time. Was Caleb going through? (I said yes.) Turns out I was right, he was (however, 80 percent of Twitter voters predicted he’d be cut, which isn’t a good sign). Then… he announced to Harry that he’d (BLEEPED) his pants. Um… OK. Maybe he won’t be in for very long, then.
- Ethan Harris finished with “Amazed” by Lonestar, a song that Harry described to the other judges as “a crap song choice.” Jennifer Lopez delivered the news that he was in the Top 15 guys.
- · Then a quick glimpse of some nos: Sarina Joi Crowe, singing “Wrecking Ball”; Nalani Quintello, 18, singing “I’m Your Lady”; and David Oliver Willis, 22, playing guitar as he performed his solo, “Bring It On Home to Me.” But even though judge Keith Urban told him he had a good voice, it was a no.
- Majesty Rose York, 21, unfortunately forgot the lyrics during her final solo, “Stars” by Grace Potter. Despite this, Harry told her that “rarely are we so enthusiastic about a talent.” She made it!
- Briston Maroney, 15, looked and sounded so young as he sang his final solo, “Let Her Go” by Passenger. After a long speech about how, when he’d been 15, he’d wanted to come to New York for his singing career but been denied, Harry revealed that he was upset that Briston would get that chance to pursue his own career so young. He was in the Top 30.
- Brandy Neelly, 18, who threw down for her final solo, “Up to the Mountain”; and Briana Oakley, 17, who did a strained version of “My Kind of Love” by Emile Sande, were called in together. Both had auditioned before and “both of you know what it’s like to hear the word no,” Harry told them. Keith said, “We’ve got to have the best in there… and that’s why both of you are going into the Top 15 (girls).”
- Kenzie Hall, 16, was in tears as she sat in front of the judges, and Harry gave her a handkerchief. Jennifer pointed out she’d had good and bad moments during Hollywood Week, including a fairly rough final solo of “Your Song” by Elton John. But finally, Jennifer ended the pain by telling her she’d made it into the Top 15 girls.
- Savion Wright played a ukelele as he walked the Green Mile to hear his fate. After his final solo, an original song, Harry told the other judges that when they first heard him, he was “crushing it” but “this was flat to me.” Keith told him that “we can only take so many into the Top 15, and this year, unfortunately, it’s a no.” But he tried to encourage him, telling him that since he writes original songs, there was a bright road ahead of him. Jennifer encouraged him to come back next year.
- Finally, it was down to two girls: Sandie Lee, 23, sang a Sam Cooke song, “Bring It On Home to Me.” Austin Wolfe, 17, sang “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, the song she’d also sung for her first audition. Sandie was cut, and Austin was the last girl in the Top 15 girls.
- Ben Briley and Neco Starr, who had both auditioned in Atlanta, were the last two guys. Neco had been sick before his final solo, “Halo” by Beyonce. He had a lot of confidence, for sure, but the vocals suffered, perhaps because of his illness. But Ben’s final performance of “Stars” by Grace Potter was much more interesting vocally. The judges told them that they were undecided on who should take the 15th spot, so they were going to let America decide.
- Next week, the Top 30 will go through a special boot camp, with coaching from former “Idol” finalist Adam Lambert, before performing live for the judges to determine who will make it into the Top 13.
“American Idol” airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays on FOX, with a Tuesday episode next week.