We're hearing that by show's end we'll have our Top 13 for the season. To get to 13, we'll have five picks from the girls and five from the boys as voted in by America. The remaining three will be this year's wild card picks, or so rumor has it. Of course, knowing Idol anything could happen so buckle up for an hour of surprises. And in case you missed Tuesday and/or Wednesday night, we got you. Just read up on our recaps of the first evening and the second.
The fun begins tonight on Fox at 8 p.m. Tune in then to see what's new with host Ryan Seacrest and his A-list judging panel featuring Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban. All four have been knocking it out of the park this week so we're confident they'll provide all the contestants stylish shoulders to cry on as we bid adieu to quite a few.
Be sure to check back here once the episode begins for all the latest information. We'll be the ones surrounded by boxes of tissues.
If it was ever appropriate to use the phrase "time to face the music," it's right now. We're biting our nails in anticipation for these guys!
Of the 10 contestants left, five of them will now get to participate in a sing-off, and the best three out of five will get to join the Top 13 as wildcards. Umm, this is nerve-racking.
CJ Harris: "Bring It On Home To Me" — Sam Cooke
Harry says this isn't CJ's best performance, but the audience disagrees — and so does J.Lo. Keith, however, thought CJ needs to stay more emotionally connected. All good pointers, but we'll be bummed if CJ doesn't make it through.
Jena Irene Asciutto: Unbreakable Me (original song)
Jena's voice is so unique, and we love that she was able to work past the audience and past the pressure to perform on the spot.
Spencer Lloyd: Performing an Original Song
We weren't too impressed with Spencer's original song, but there's no denying how much the audience loves him — and that's half the battle. The girls with the sign asking Spencer to be their best friend? That's what you want as an American Idol. And, you know, as a regular person.
Bria Anai Johnson: "It's a Man's World" — James Brown
The self-named Lipstick Girl is impressing us most so far of all the wildcard contestants. She is singing the heck out of this song — when the judges told this girl she was singing for her life, she definitely took it to heart. And the result? Crazy applause from the audience.
Side note: Harry's right. Everyone does boo at him more than they do when they disagree with the other contestants. Hmm.
Now, the rest of our Top 13 are revealed! So who will be joining us next week? Jena, Kristen, and CJ! Congrats, guys — we can't wait to see what you come up with this season!