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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 C.J. Harris. Although only 22 years old, C.J. carries himself like a much more experienced performer during his beautiful version of “Soul Shine” by The Allman Brothers Band. Perhaps that mature aura comes with the territory of being a guitar teacher making a living a long way from home (C.J. is originally from Jasper, Alabama).

Not only is it refreshing to hear a song not typically performed on Idol, C.J. does a terrific job at it! True, Jennifer’s not 100 percent wowed but and Harry’s a bit doubtful of his guitar skills, but all three judges can agree C.J.’s something special. Here’s hoping he keeps impressing when we next see him in Hollywood.

What do you think of C.J.’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+!