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American Idol Recap: Top 30 (Part One)

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In a two-hour episode, singing competition American Idol featured, well, not a lot of singing last night. But it did feature quite a few tears and some heartfelt discussions between hopefuls and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick, Jr.

Producers promised that this year we'd get a better look at the contestants before live performances began so last night felt true to that promise.

The night ended on a cliffhanger between Alabama boys CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher, but that wasn't the only dramatic moment of the night.

In all, 17 of the Top 30 were announced last night. There were some shocking cuts and some not so shocking advancements. Read on to find out if your favorite made the cut.


  • Emily Piriz
  • Jillian Jensen--a singer/songwriter, she took a gamble on an original song for her final solo audition, saying that she wanted to take that risk to show the judges that she has longevity in the industry. That earned her props from Harry.
  • Malaya Watson
  • Bria Anai Johnson
  • Jessica Meuse--Meuse was put into an on-the-spot sing-off against Jesse Roach and emerged victorious.
  • MK Nobilette
  • Kristin O'Connor
  • Andrina Brogden


  • Spencer Lloyd--he chose to sing an original song for his solo performance and it was terrible. TERRIBLE. Stick to covers until someone's writing songs for you, Spencer.
  • George Lovett
  • Sam Woolf--another contestant who took a gamble on an original number. His also paid off.
  • Maurice Townsend
  • Dexter Roberts
  • Jordan Brisbane
  • Emmanuel Zidor
  • Malcolm Allen
  • Alex Preston--He's one of my favorites. He's quirky and might not look like an American Idol, but he's an incredibly talented musician. Incredibly.