American Idol recap: The lucky 13

American Idol judges (L-R) Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Hary Connick Jr. (Handout)

American Idol judges (L-R) Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Hary Connick Jr. (Handout)

Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:56 PM ET

Yes, 13 American Idol contestants made it through Thursday night to next week.

But it was the image of Idol host Ryan Seacrest wrapping his tiny legs around big, burly rocker Caleb Johnson - one of the ten chosen by America’s voters to continue on - that will go down as the moment of the night to remember.

“It took a half second for you to be Ryan Seacrest again,” said judge Harry Connick Jr. “That was amazing. That was the greatest thing I’ve ever seen on TV.”

“I’m like a Christmas ornament,” said Seacrest.

Now to the names of the 10 singers in an eclectic bunch who made it through as decided by America.

Among the girls were braces-and-glasses-wearing, tuba-playing Malaya Watson; 18-year-old Emily Piriz, who was criticized by Connick for her choice of a sexually charged song; pierced and dyed-hair Jessica Meuse; “natural” singer Majesty Rose, and Idol’s first openly gay contestant MK Nobilette.

In addition to Johnson, among the men were country-soul singer Ben Briley; shy acoustic guitar player Alex Preston; good ol’ boy and farm worker Dexter Roberts, and baby-faced 17-year-old Sam Woolf with a voice that Urban previously called “money.”

From there three more wild card choices were chose by the judges - hat-wearing CJ Harris; singer-pianist Jena Irene, 17, and big-voiced nurse Kristen O’Connor after five more singers had to "sing for their life" by performing yet again.

That left “over the top” singer Bria Anai and Spencer “Pretty Boy” Loyd, on the curb with the others who didn’t make it onto the next round.

Of the 13, the most naturally gifted to these ears are Emily, Majesty, MK and Jena from the girls and Caleb, Alex and Sam amongst the boys.

But, ultimately, America will decide.

 


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