After the rigors of Hollywood Week and the breakneck pace of Rush Week on American Idol, the Top 13 have been chosen. While it’s more hard work from here on out as each one struggles to snag the win, the show also offers them a chance at stardom.
The Top 13 barely had time to process what had happened during last week’s big Thursday night reveal before the recent media blitz on the blue carpet. Each of them wore giant smiles as they dished on what it was like to secure one of those highly coveted spots.
“I didn’t think that I could have that much energy on the stage and be just totally confident,” Majesty Rose told Fox’s KSWB. “Now look at me … I’m surprising myself.”
He-of-the-baseball-cap Ben Briley was also feeling confident, telling the San Diego news station, “Every week I’m going to give you something that is surprising.”
The American Idol judges also raved over these aspiring singers. Harry Connick, Jr. gushed, “They display that type of talent … sometimes underdeveloped … sometimes really young and innocent talent. It’s a really pleasant surprise.”
Randy Jackson seemed to revel in his new job as mentor, and his pick for a fave appears to be Jena “Don’t Call me Jenna” Asciutto. He said that he was “really impressed” with her Tori Amos-type original song.
Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban talked about their desire to see these hopefuls check their nerves before performing. This week, the nerves were understandable but both judges assure The Hollywood Reporter they’re not going to be as acceptable in weeks to come. Gulp.
Contestant C.J. Harris also gave THR some insight on the carpet, telling the magazine what his edge is in the competition.
“I’ve been so different from a lot of people in this competition,” he expalined. “Playing guitar … playing country music … a black guy playing country music? Just give me a chance to do that, because that’s what I want to do.”
Emily Piriz also talked about the competition to date, saying she is “so grateful,” while Jessica Meuse told THR that she feels as though she has beat the odds, as everyone in her small hometown has always told her that getting to this point was out of reach.
Learn more about the Top 13 in the video above and tell us who you’re rooting for this season in the comments below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter