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We’ve reached the third and final week of American Idol auditions, which means we’re down to the wire on which contestants will compete for Season 13! Since it started back on January 15, Idol’s thirteenth season has already proven to be a totally different animal from previous trips down the Ryan Seacrest road.

Of course, there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: the nail biting experience of auditioning for the judges! January 29’s episode finds Harry, Keith, and Jennifer headed to Salt Lake City, Utah, in hopes of tracking down the country’s next big superstar before it’s off to Hollywood!

It’s here where Keith, Jennifer, and Harry meet Briston Maroney. That name a bit of a tongue-twister? Well, better start practicing how to say it because Briston came to play. The 15-year-old took on an established classic for his audition: “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones.

Sounding much older than his teenage years, Briston more than gave the judges what they wanted. When the three voiced concerns the young man’s rough vocals hurt to hit, Briston coolly replied, “It sounds a lot worse than it feels.” So goes the life of a rock star.

We should be hearing plenty more from Briston in rounds to come. This kid’s going to Hollywood!

What do you think of Briston’s performance? Will he make it to the Top 31? Read our spoilers here!


Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!