Top 13 Finalists Revealed on 'American Idol'

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February 20th, 2014

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via press release:

American Idol XIII” TOP 13 FINALISTS REVEALED

 

TOP 13 PERFORMANCE SHOW LIVE ON THE NEW “IDOL” STAGE
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26

 

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, VOTING TO OPEN AT TOP OF PERFORMANCE SHOWS;

FANS HAVE FIVE WAYS TO VOTE, INCLUDING NEW GOOGLE VOTING

 

American Idol 12 Winner Candice Glover and Jake Bugg to Perform

On Results Show Thursday, February 27 on FOX

 

Tonight, American Idol XIII revealed the Top 13 finalists, including: Ben Briley, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. After America’s votes were revealed, judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. chose C.J. Harris, Jena Irene and Kristen O’Connor as wild card contestants.

 

Next week, Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) on FOX, the competition continues when the Top 13 finalists perform songs that convey the message, “This is Me.” On Thursday, Feb. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), one finalist’s journey will end as America’s vote is revealed. Plus, vocal powerhouse and American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover will be back on the IDOL stage to perform a medley of “Cried” and “Same Kinda Man,” from her debut album, “Music Speaks”; and critically acclaimed singer Jake Bugg also will perform.

 

Starting next week, another exciting element begins as viewers at home will have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including voting via Google Search when the IDOL vote window opens at the top of the show, by searching for IDOL-related terms. For the first time ever, fans will be able to vote immediately after their favorites perform. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show. Viewers can also vote online at AmericanIdol.com; via the American Idol App; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling.

 

Below are the Top 13 finalists on AMERICAN IDOL XIII:

 

Ben Briley                   Age: 24                           Hometown: Gallatin, TN 

Meet Ben: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @BenBriley

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolBenBriley

 

C.J. Harris                   Age: 23                          Hometown: Jasper, AL 

Meet C.J.: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @CJHarrisMusic

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolCJHarris

 

Jena Irene                   Age:  17                          Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI 

Meet Jena: AmericanIdol.com  / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @JenaAsciutto1

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolJenaIrene

 

Caleb Johnson           Age: 22                           Hometown: Asheville, NC 

Meet Caleb: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @CalebPJohnson

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolCalebJohnson

 

Jessica Meuse           Age: 23                            Hometown: Slapout, AL 

Meet Jessica: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @JessMeuse

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolJessicaMeuse

 

MK Nobilette              Age: 20                            Hometown: San Francisco, CA 

Meet MK: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @mknobilette

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMKNobilette

 

Kristen O’Connor      Age: 24                             Hometown: Sebastian, FL 

Meet Kristen: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @ImKristenO

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolKristenOConnor

 

Emily Piriz                  Age: 18                          Hometown: Orlando, FL 

Meet Emily: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @RealEmilyPiriz

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolEmilyPiriz

 

Alex Preston               Age: 20                           Hometown: Mont Vernon, NH                       

Meet Alex: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @RealAlexPreston

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolAlexPreston

 

Dexter Roberts            Age: 22                           Hometown: Fayette, AL    

Meet Dexter: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @ImDexterRoberts

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolDexterRoberts

 

Majesty Rose               Age: 21                          Hometown: Goldsboro, NC 

Meet Majesty: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

      Twitter: @PSMajestyRose

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMajestyRose

 

Malaya Watson           Age: 16                           Hometown: Southfield, MI 

Meet Malaya: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @MalayaTinaB

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMalayaWatson

 

Sam Woolf                    Age: 17                          Hometown: Bradenton, FL 

Meet Sam: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube

 

     Twitter: @SamWoolfMusic

Facebook: facebook.com/IdolSamWoolf

 

 

AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller and is executive produced by Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane, Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Louis J. Horvitz is director and Rickey Minor is musical director. “Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion using #idol. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @AmericanIdol. Download the AMERICAN IDOL app for iOS devices from the App StoreSM; and for Android devices at Google PlayTM Store.** Data rates may apply for app download and usage.

 
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