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"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
C.J. Harris Age: 23 Hometown: Jasper, AL
Meet C.J.: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Jena Irene Age: 17 Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Meet Jena: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Caleb Johnson Age: 22 Hometown: Asheville, NC
Meet Caleb: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Jessica Meuse Age: 23 Hometown: Slapout, AL
Meet Jessica: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
MK Nobilette Age: 20 Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Meet MK: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Kristen O'Connor Age: 24 Hometown: Sebastian, FL
Meet Kristen: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Emily Piriz Age: 18 Hometown: Orlando, FL
Meet Emily: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Alex Preston Age: 20 Hometown: Mont Vernon, NH
Meet Alex: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Dexter Roberts Age: 22 Hometown: Fayette, AL
Meet Dexter: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Majesty Rose Age: 21 Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Meet Majesty: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Malaya Watson Age: 16 Hometown: Southfield, MI
Meet Malaya: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
Sam Woolf Age: 17 Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Meet Sam: AmericanIdol.com / YouTube
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.