In an American Idol first, the judges are having America vote on which contestant will round out the Top 30. Will Ben Briley or Neco Starr advance? We'll find out during the first LIVE shows of the season - WED & THU at 8/7c on FOX! Congratulations to the Season XIII semi-finalists!

Returners Briana Oakley and Brandy Neelly were called to the judges together. They couldn't figure out the elevator, so they physically experienced many highs and lows before stepping in front of the judges. Brandy's cover of "Up To The Mountain" was strong and Briana's take on "My Kind Of Love" was beautiful, so who would go home? Brandy looked like she was going to pass out as the judges stated, "We have to have the best in there, and that's why you both made it." Congrats, ladies!

We haven't heard much from Sandie Lee before now. She 'cooked' it up with "A Change is Gonna Come," and it sounded quite good! Austin Wolfe sang "Radioactive" again for her final solo, and she was called up to the judges' room with Sandie. With only one spot left in the Top 15 girls, teen Austin Wolfe was the lucky one this time.

The last spot in the Top 30 was either for Ben Briley or Neco Starr. Ben went with "Stars," which was a bit unexpected, but it sounded very good and showed his personality. Neco was sick and had no voice, but this showman worked it out with Beyonce's "Halo." Who would it be?

Singing always seems so effortless for Majesty Rose York, so it was surprising to watch her forget the lyrics to "Stars" by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. We've heard this song more on Idol than we have on the radio! The forgotten lyrics didn't change the judges' minds - they expect big things from her in the Top 30!

Briston Maroney took on Passenger's "Let Her Go" for his final solo, but it was tough to recognize that soft song with his rough and raw treatment. Clutching his guitar as he faced the judges, it was hard to watch Briston's quivering lower lip as Harry talked about how he's so young before revealing the good news. That roller coaster ride had Briston say to Harry, "You are a wicked man!"

Savion Wright has had quite a journey, and we've seen him play a different instrument at every stage, including a ukulele as he faced the judges. Keith said Savion has the ability to connect with an audience, but it's a no. That is one of the biggest shockers of the season so far! The judges told Savion that he has a bright future, and they'd like to see him back at Idol in the future.

Kenzie Hall was crying before the judges could speak a word. Harry handed her a box of tissues as the judges talked about her shaky final solo and strong initial Hollywood solo. It's going to be happy tears for Kenzie - she's a Top 15 girl!

Funny man Caleb Johnson has a big voice and a big personality. His performance of "Radioactive" had Jennifer Lopez bouncing and singing along, and his fellow contestants were standing and swaying. The judges observed that he comes across as a character with his out-dated costume-like attire and over-the-topness. Although a majority of Twitter voters thought Caleb was headed home, the judges sent the returning auditioner to the live shows!

As if the 22 hour wait wasn't enough, we picked back up with CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher and endured a long dramatic pause before learning that Casey Thrasher made the Top 30...and so did CJ Harris! Will Alabama produce a third American Idol?

Ethan Harris, aka Ronnie Osmond, is someone else we haven't seen much since his Detroit audition. His final solo of Lonestar's "Amazed" had Harry call him "an interesting cat," but Ethan's idol, Keith, thought it was "a crap song choice." It was good news for Ethan - he's in the Top 15 guys!

Sarina Joi Crowe, Nalani Quintello, and David Oliver Willis are three very talented singers who had strong performances, but all three were turned away due to the talented pool of contestants this season. That's two years in a row for Sarina and David. Heartbreaking.

We saw a lot of Marrialle Sellars during hometown auditions, but have heard very little from her during Hollywood Week until now. The judges compared her to Miley Cyrus during her Detroit audition, and Marrialle took on "Wrecking Ball" for her final solo, which included a little band directing. Marrialle had great posture as she sat to face the judges, who said she was inconsistent in Hollywood. However, Marrialle is strong enough to march on to the Top 15 girls. She's so cute, and everything she says - from counting contestants to forgetting to breathe - is always funny, whether that's her intention or not.

Jena Irene Asciutto has probably had to correct people her whole life that it's "Gina not Jenna." It's her parents' fault for spelling her name that way! She performed a beautiful original song on the keyboard called "Unbreakable Me." The judges were fond of Jena, and Harry Connick Jr. nicknamed her "The Sleeper." Now the big question is, will she continue to wear her choker necklaces in Hollywood?

The rest of the Top 30 will be formed on Thursday at 8/7c. Will Casey or CJ be one of the Top 15 boys? What will become of the other early stand-outs? Tune in to find out!

Casey McQuillen and Nica Nashae stood out during their hometown auditions, but the judges had to turn them both down for Season XIII of Idol.

Alex Preston continued to showcase his unique voice and guitar playing with an original song called "Fairytales." It's not just a fairy tale for Alex...he is moving on in the competition!

We haven't seen much from Malcolm Allen since his hometown audition. He also took on the super sexy Mary J. Blige song, "I'm Goin' Down." Although Harry isn't sure how to market Malcolm, Jennifer said that she always remembers him. Ultimately, Malcolm scored a seat in the Top 30!

CJ Harris and Casey Thrasher both auditioned for the bus in Alabama and for the judges in Salt Lake City. They're both rocking pinkish shirts, and apparently they're both dads - how come we didn't know that about you, CJ?! These talented country singers were asked to sing head-to-head. CJ went with "Whipping Post" and Casey went with "Don't Ya." The judges asked the men to stand by the elevator, where they were just out of earshot, but within sight. As we sat on the edge of our seats waiting for a verdict, the episode ended! WHAT?!! We have to wait 24 hours?!

Leah Guerrero and Andrina Brogden were called up to the judges together. For Leah's final solo, she performed "I'd Rather Go Blind" by Etta James, while Andrina Brogden went with Ellie Gouldings' "Burn." These two girls were neck-and-neck, but a spot in the Top 15 girls was given to Andrina. The rejection made Leah fall to the floor sobbing, and Jennifer was in tears back in the judgement room.

Jordan Brisbane shined with "Halo" for his final solo, so it was good news for him on his 16th birthday...and Jordan's driving all the way to the Top 30.

Emmanuel Zidor held nothing back during his performance of "I'm Goin' Down." Harry immitated Emmanuel's sound effect and wants to see Emmanuel and Jennifer have a walk-off. Jennifer agreed and even agreed to buying Emmanuel's heels. His solo was so good, but would it be enough? He walked in timidly and started crying before the verdict. He explained why he was crying, but his answer was so high pitched we're not quite sure what he said. But it's good news - Jennifer is bringing Emmanuel some shoes for his Top 30 debut!

Dexter Roberts performed an original song called "Farmer's Grandson." He's more than just a farmer's grandson...Dexter is a proud member of Season XIII's Top 30!

MK Nobilette's "A Team" gave Jennifer goosebumps...she didn't say "goosies!" The judges and MK talked about her place in the competition, and she said she's "very obviously gay" and knows that not everyone is accepting of that, but she feels like lately America has changed and is continuing to change, and she's ready for it. The judges are ready for it too...MK is in the Top 30!

Kristen O'Connor sang Katy Perry's "Unconditionally," and the prognosis is #IdolTop30 for our nurse tech.

Yo, dawg! Randy Jackson was on set, and Harry Connick Jr. auditioned for him with "Fire Water" and Keith Urban stood by his side. These dudes are in it to win it!

Drama follows Jessica Meuse wherever she goes, and that sure was the case with her Top 30 results! She was called up to see the judges along with Jesse Roach. There's room for only one rockin' Jess in the Top 15 girls, so the judges asked the girls to perform on the spot. Harry said, "There's a limited number of seats on the bus..." There's a bus again? Jessica took on "Simple Man," while Jesse reprised her hometown audition of "Do Ya." The judges had high praise for both girls and said this is the hardest decision in the competition, but Jessica Meuse made it through.

Bria Anai had a whole monologue she spewed as she walked the green mile. She seemed less nervous than the other finalists, and with good reason. Her final solo of "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" was unique and marvelous. Bria Anai, you're part of the Top 15 girls!

Malaya Watson has been a strong competitor throughout the audition process...until her final solo. Harry stopped her mid-performance to regroup with the band and get the key correct for Fantasia's "I Believe." She pulled it together and got Keith and Jennifer on their feet. Malaya, pronounced Muh-LYE-uh, means freedom and her celebration dance embodies just that! Everybody do the Malaya.

After a few rejections of some girls we haven't seen much from, we checked in with Keri Lynn Roche. She ditched the guitar and black duds for a little white dress as she sang "I'd Rather Go Blind." Jennifer told her, "It was so close," but her final solo wasn't strong enough to keep her.

We got quick clips of Shelby Ann Marie Miller, hat fan Connor Zwetsch, and attractive Ethan Thompson before checking in with Sam Woolf. He played his guitar for an original song called "I Tried." He tried, alright - and it paid off with a seat in the Top 30. Jennifer got emotional after Sam left the room and she said "I'm really excited for him."

Through the smiles and tears, Madelyn Patterson made it to the Top 48, but would she make it to the Top 30? She had a strong final solo with "Up To The Mountain," but it was the end of the road for this southern sweetie. Also going home were Michael Simeon, Lebryant Crew, and Sabrina Lentini. We barely knew you!

Maurice Townsend came in like a wrecking ball with his adapted version of the Miley Cyrus song. His version had the judges talking about how smart he is, and that brilliance got him to the Top 30. Maurice can't wait to share the good news with his babies, and we hope there will be a camera with him to capture the moment!

Jillian Jensen looks scared in the holding room. Her shirt matches Jennifer's dress, and her shoes are JLo-worthy too! Jillian's final solo was an original song on the guitar that she introduced with a solid speech about the importance of being an artist in order to make it in the music industry. Harry's delivery of the news was drawn out and made a nervous Jillian tear up. It was hard to watch her wait...but it's good news! We'll see Jillian in the Top 15 girls.

"Say Something" really worked for Spencer Lloyd's first Hollywood solo, but the judges weren't as in love with his final solo - an original song on the guitar. That didn't keep him from making the Top 15 guys.

We were wondering who was singing this cover of "I Won't Give Up" throughout the eliminations just now, but it was none other than Top 30 contestant George Lovett. Keith and Jennifer stood up for George's moving solo.

The remaining singers in Hollywood capped off the week with a final solo. Some singers were sent home right then and there, but the rest will walk "the green mile" and met with the judges to find out if they're one of the lucky Top 30.

Emily Piriz doesn't get sweaty palms when she's nervous. She is quiet but confident, and admits to being a bit under the radar. Those were all qualities that Kris Allen had, and that turned out well! Her final solo of Grace Potter's "Stars" on the keyboard exuded maturity, and Jennifer Lopez enjoyed the airy quality of her voice. Keith Urban "whoa"-ed during her performance, and Harry thought she looked like a movie star for the first time. This Cuban teen made the Top 15 girls!

This contestant took one last check in the mirror before she hit the stage.

Even though contestants made fast friends in Hollywood, the pressure of Hollywood Week could be overwhelming.

Is there a star inside of you?

How would you spend your waiting time during Hollywood Week?

This contestant took a contemplative moment backstage during Hollywood Week.

Waiting for the next shot in front of the judges could be nerve-racking.

Back in the holding room contestants could relax a little more.

Check out the stage lights!

Wait for the cameras to roll then take your shot!

The pressure was on during Hollywood Week.

Barefoot on stage during Group Night rehearsals? Just a typical part of Hollywood Week.

Those mirrors aren't just for makeup! Time to practice those dance moves.

Team Clarity consisted of Sikenya Thompson, Jena Irene Asciutto, Munfarid Zaidi, and Allie Odom. Sikenya was on vocal rest and didn't practice with her group. Her speaking voice sounds like Fantasia's, but does her singing voice? Oh, and guess what they sang? Yep, "Too Close." Sikenya stumbled with her lyrics and looked like she was going to cry, but the judges encouraged her to keep going. In the end, only Allie was headed home. Sikenya hugged the judges. Stay away! They can't afford to get sick during Hollywood Week. Sikenya offered Allie front row tickets to her concert. Too soon...but awesome Allie was in good spirits.

Next week, the 77 remaining contestants perform their final solos in Hollywood. Who from this talented group of auditioners will rise to the top? Watch FOX on WED & THU at 8/7c to find out!

Emmanuel Zidor, Terrica Curry, and Carmen Delgina took on Destiny's Child's "Say My Name." We love that song, but Harry said that song didn't have a melody and didn't showcase their voices. The judges had trouble judging them off that performance, but Harry said Emmanuel is closest to having the whole package, so he's through, but his group members are not.

Group "Loud & Fierce" - comprised of Christina Collins, Olivia Diamond, Queen Bulls, and Malaya Watson - definitely worked on coordinating their outfits and dance moves. The drama we saw them have last night didn't show on stage. Their take on The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" had Jennifer declare to all four of them, "I want YOU back."

Savion Wright and John Fox removed their glasses for their group performance of "Royals." John was going home, but Savion, Madelyn Patterson, and Ryan Clark were moving on. Savion was devastated because he and John have become inseparable. Hey Savion, why don't you offer John front row tickets to your concert?

Jessica Meuse found another group after the previous night's drama, but she was experiencing more hardships as she tried to remember her lyrics, keep on top of choreography, and battle a stage mom. On stage, Nica Nashae, Cara Watson, Jessica Meuse, and Stephanie Hanvey all supported each other before taking on "Single Ladies." Although Stephanie's vocals faltered, her mom was rocking out in the balcony. Jessica Meuse forgot her lyrics. Ultimately, only Stephanie was heading home. She kept quiet as her mom railed into Jessica about how she didn't pull her weight. Stephanie tried to give a polite exit interview, but momma scooped her right off the set.

After his group disintegrated, Matthew Hamel joined "Freedom Breathers," made up of CJ Harris, Tyler Ahlgren, and Caleb Johnson. Tyler forgot the words to "Too Close" and made them up - he sounded pretty good! Caleb backed up Tyler a little as he struggled. Caleb's vocals soared with the song. CJ is a country singer and sounded a little out of place with these rockers, but the group's ending harmonies sounded good. Harry complimented Caleb and said that Tyler and Matthew couldn't measure up, so it's the end of the road for those two.

In addition to that last two groups of ladies, we learned that Brandy Neelly, Emily Piriz, and Kenzie Hall were moving on in the competition. It was looking good for the ladies. Speaking of looking good, here's Spencer Lloyd. Spencer knew his group song - Gavin DeGraw's "Best I Ever Had" - and didn't want to rehearse with group members Alyssa Siebken and Megan Miller. When the group took the stage, there were some forgotten lyrics from the girls, and their voices sounded rough. It was the end of the road for Alyssa, but Spencer and Megan were continuing on. Did she take a defeated selfie? Also going home were Madisen Walker, Keith London, Austin Precario, Stephanie Petronelli, and Adam Roth.

Collision is the most aesthetically mismatched group, but their cohesive sound on "Too Close" was enough to make the judges - and America - keep the trio in #IdolHollywood.

The lovable Tiquila Wilson bowed out of the competition because she's a gospel singer and feels like she isn't fulfilling her dreams here. The judges encouraged her to follow her heart, but said it's our loss. We'll miss Tiquila's personality! Harry Connick, Jr. pretended to leave the judge panel, but don't worry, he was just messing around.

"Backstreet Cowboys" is a great group name for the trio of Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher, who took the stage in red plaid shirts. They know what it takes to win American Idol...a plaid shirt and a guitar! These three don't look like they'd ever sing a Backstreet Boys song, but they took on "I Want It That Way." Their harmonies sounded even better than their solos, making Jennifer wonder if there has ever been a boy band in country music. If these three don't make it on Idol, they should group up! Keith commended them for making it work. All three are going forward. Watch out, Munfarid - Dexter cradled Casey on the way out of the theater!

We started the show with a group known as "Three More Days," which is made up of Hollywood Week veterans David Oliver Willis, Sarina Joi Crowe, and Tony Foster, Jr. Their group should be called "Three More Names" - what's with all of these middle names? They performed Alex Clare's "Too Close" with their own twist, including an a capella ending. They showcased their harmonies and each person had their own time to shine. Judge Jennifer Lopez said the harmony at the end gave it a uniqueness, but the choreography in the middle melted away. She revealed that they would be cutting half of the contestants this round. With that said, it was the end for Tony, but David and Sarina are moving on.

A group featuring Neco Starr and George Lovett sounded super smooth and in sync during their performance of "Treasure" by Bruno Mars. The judges treasured this performance.

Omaha auditioners Paula Hunt and Andrina Brogden got it "Done" with their take on The Band Perry's song. We didn't see their initial Hollywood solos or their group rehearsal, so it was nice to see these girls get good news on Group Night.

It looks like MK Nobilette's decision to leave her original group (with Emmanuel, Carmen, and Terrica) wasn't a terrible decision - she sounded great with Lorde's "Royals." MK's group member Briana Oakley really shined, and the last few notes she sang were breathtaking. She had Jennifer Lopez shaking off her goosies, so it was no surprise that Briana and MK and the rest of their group were moving to the next round of Hollywood Week.

It's the anticipated Group Round. The contestants anticipate it with fear, and we viewers can't wait for the drama, the harmonies, and the triumph. But which groups would succumb to the drama and which would prevail?

MK Nobilette and Emmanuel Zidor split from their group and joined Terrica Curry and Carmen Delgina, but MK and Terrica each disappeared, leaving Emmanuel to roll and cross his eyes while wondering if two people could be a group.

The members of team Loud & Fierce were fiercly loud as a member from their group got mad that the group was having trouble with the lyrics during their limited time with Vocal Coach Michael Orland.

Sikenya Thompson had no voice and ducked out of practice, but her group - Clarity - seemed to have clear heads about the situation.

We'll see how all of the group night drama plays out on the next episode of American Idol. Will Sikenya get her voice back? Will Loud & Fierce remember the lyrics? Will Jessica get along with her group? And will Backstreet Cowboys be anything other than awesome? Tune in to FOX at 8/7c to find out!

It wasn't all drama on group night. Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, and Casey Thrasher got along great and might even get some sleep. Is that allowed on group night?! To top it off, they have one of the best group names: Backstreet Cowboys.

Jessica Meuse, Matthew Hamel, and Clark King had trouble harmonizing, but their troubles were just beginning. Clark withdrew from the competition due to illness, and Jessica and Matthew decided it would be best to find new groups. The Freedom Breathers group - which includes C.J. Harris and Caleb Johnson - took Matthew in. Jessica joined Sparkles, presenting a new set of problems when Stephanie Hanvey's stage mom tried to direct Jessica.

The singers who made it passed the initial Hollywood solos found out they made it to the wild ride we call Group Night. The contestants scrambled to form groups of three or four on stage. An Austin foursome decided on this group back during hometown auditions. Way to think ahead! Good thing they all made it through. Their speedy formation allowed them to see the vocal coaches first. This year there is even more drama, because the contestants aren't assigned a time with the vocal coaches - they have to wait in line for it.

Malaya Watson can play more than the tuba. She performed "Brand New Me" on the keyboard and her voice sounds much older than she is. Jena Irene Asciutto also showed off her keyboard skills. We question her choker necklace, but we question nothing about her solid performance of Lana Del Rey's "Video Games," which Keith - who tends to know every song - didn't know. Savion Wright's brother passed away 2.5 weeks ago. Somehow, Savion was able to get up on stage and perform an original song that he wrote about his brother. Although we heard at hometown auditions how the guitar saved Savion, he is talented on the keyboard too. His original performance sounded like it could have been off a John Legend record. Savion, Jena, and Malaya are easily moving on to group round.

Who would have guessed that Gas Station Attendant Jesse Cline would take on an Ellie Goulding song? It was a great choice, because Jesse - as well as returner Briana Oakley - were moving on to group night.

Keith London has taken on the biggest females in pop music during his audition process. He sang Katy Perry's "Roar" for his first audition and Beyonce's "If I Were A Boy" now. The judges were distracted by Keith's song choice, and the male judges were distracted by Keith's out-of-tune guitar. Keith wanted to send a message with his Beyonce pick, so when asked to sing a second song, he went with "Same Love." It was enough...we'll see more from Keith in Hollywood!

Maurice Townsend and Casey Thrasher are two dads with quite possibly the cutest children on the planet. Maurice went with "Impossible," and Casey sang "He Stopped Loving Her Today" as Keith mouthed the words along with him. Both men made it to group night, as did George Lovett, Tiquila Wilson, Emily Piriz, and Malcolm Allen.

Caleb Johnson's big voice and Hollywood experience were evident during his solo, Stephanie Hanvey showcased another studded hat while singing "Girl On Fire," and Nurse Tech Kristen O'Conner sounded really good with her Jessie J. song, although we were a bit distracted by her mouth shapes. We'll be seeing more from these three on group night!

Emmanuel Zidor is an airlines ramp agent in Atlanta, Georgia. Wait, why did he audition in San Francisco instead of Florida? Perks of working for an airline, perhaps. Although Emmanuel would make a great singing flight attendant, he soared through to the group round.

Rachel Rolleri didn't make funny faces this time with her performance of "Angels From Montgomery," but she did close her eyes quite a bit. We'll see more from Rachel on group night.

After some hilarious speeches from the contestants and quips from the judges, we reunited with Harry's cradle buddy, Munfarid Zaidi. He gave a jazzy version of "Proud Mary" that had Jennifer cracking up. Ethan Thompson, the handsome Phillip Phillips look-a-like, went with an original song. Austin Precario was without his stage mom in Hollywood, but still found success with a Michael Buble cover. All three guys are going through, and Munfarid exited the theater in the arms of his fellow contestants.

Kenzie Hall put her own stamp on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," and the rapping/scatting part sounded really smooth for a white teenage girl from Salt Lake City. Quaid Edwards vowed to work hard, but his performance of "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" couldn't move him on to day two in Hollywood. Kenzie, however, is moving to the next round.

"Alex Preston bravely took on will.i.am and Britney Spears' ""Scream & Shout"" while playing the guitar. We heard from Sydney Arterbridge, Jesse Roach, and Bryan Watt. Early stand-outs Bryan, Sydney, and Jade Lathan are going home, but Alex and Jesse are moving on to group round."

Madelyn Patterson got a "no" from Harry Connick, Jr. after her initial audition, but her Hollywood solo won over the judges and America...Madelyn is staying in #IdolHollywood.

We got more modern songs from Ben Briley with "Stars," Briston Maroney with "Royals," and Dexter Roberts with "Barton Hollow." Dexter asked Keith Urban to play his guitar for him. After Keith shredded, all three of these guitar-slingers moved forward.

Morgan Deplitch took on Sara Bareilles' "Brave" on the keyboard, but her voice was just not strong enough. It must be tough to be a 15-year-old in this high-stress, high-profile environment.

Over at the Dolby Theater, Hollywood Week was officially in session. Majesty Rose York kicked off the performances by letting her quiet voice shine with Feist's "1, 2, 3, 4." Still rocking the fanny pack, Samantha Calmes performed Bon Iver's "Flume." Doesn't that fanny pack interfere with her guitar? Worship Leader John Fox went with Needtobreathe's "The Outsiders." For Brandy Neelly's fourth time in Hollywood, she delivered a strong solo of Grace Potter's "Stars." Majesty, John, and Brandy moved on to the next round, but Samantha is packing her...waist purse.

Spencer Lloyd took his time as he performed "Say Something" on the keyboard, and he sounded even stronger in Hollywood than he did during his initial audition. The judges were impressed with his song choice and said it shows that he knows who he is as an artist. "Spencer Lloyd, you're here to stay," Jennifer Lopez announced. Amen!

Austin Wolfe is the 17-year-old girl who sang "Radioactive" in Salt Lake City and took on Adele for her first Hollywood performance. Bria Anai Johnson and her colorful lips put forth Jessie J's "Who U R" in Hollywood, which makes us think of last season's Angie Miller. Selena Moreno was on the Hollywood stage as her twin sister, Sierra, rooted her on from the Dolby balcony. Selena's voice kept cracking as she sang "Right To Be Wrong" - a low song that she was singing awfully high. She kept trying and kept struggling with the same notes. Selena should have picked a less challenging song. Austin Wolfe, Jessica Meuse, Bria Anai Johnson, and Shanon Wilson are moving to the next round, but Selena is going home. We also said goodbye to Lauren Ogburn, who ditched all of her Americana accessories.

Second generation contestant Tristen Langley performed "To Make You Feel My Love," on the guitar. Although his mom - Season 1's Nikki McKibbin - wasn't on stage with him this time, Tristen gave a decent performance. However, Harry Connick, Jr. announced after Tristen's performance, "This is about superstars. Superstars don't get knocked off their track. They don't get knocked off their game." Do you think Tristen was off his game?

Talented grandson Sam Woolf put a subtle spin on John Mayer's "Waiting On The World To Change." He's so young, but he seems like he's already an artist. We got back-to-back doses of Adele from hometown standouts Keri Lynn Roche and Ayla Stackhouse. C.J. Harris took on Ray LaMontagne's soulful "Trouble" on his guitar and gave a performance that was even stronger than his initial audition. Jennifer Lopez stood up and then said, "That boy can sing," after shuddering off her goosies. In an evil/genius move, the judges had C.J. step forward - and all the people in the front line probably assumed they were safe. The judges then had him step back and announced that the back row is going through. That meant that Kerri Lynn and Sam are also though, but sweet Ayla is heading home...which is just a few blocks away.

Eric Wood performed "She Talks To Angels" on the guitar, and he sounded good and looked confident underneath that baggy outfit. Alyssa Siebken auditioned with Waka Flocka Flame, but covered Demi Lovato this time around. Hollywood veteran Neco Starr had to sing for his life, and he went with Bruno Mars' "Gorilla." All three of these performers seem worthy of a spot on the Hollywood stage.

We weren't able to tell if Khristian D'avis had her "accent" in California, but her take on "Take It All" had the judges comment that she's really into the sound of her own voice.

There were 160 contestants that didn't have to sing for the judges and were off to Hollywood. The 52 that sang for the judges ended up getting split into two groups and loaded onto buses. After a dramatic reveal that one bus is headed to a Hollywood hotel and the other bus is going to LAX airport, there was a lot of speculation on which bus was going where. After the performances we just witnessed, it was pretty clear who you did and did not want to see on your bus! Ultimately, 20 contestants went to Hollywood and 32 people who just landed at LAX were about to leave Los Angeles after one performance and no sign of Hollywood (and no Hollywood sign!).

Johnny Newcomb was the first contestant the judges asked to sing again. He strapped on his guitar for a rendition of Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks." The judges weren't wild about it, but the performance had his fellow contestants grooving. We don't know Connor Zwetsch, but we quickly learned that she likes to wear unattractive headgear when she sings. Connor gave a pretty delivery of "Let Her Go." Ali Jane Henderson gave a stripped down version of Britney Spears' "Toxic." Those were some good song choices and versions from the first three contestants!

Sound Healer Adam Roth performed "Radioactive" on the keyboard. Although his voice still seemed a bit "schizophrenic" at times, it also sounded nice during those highs and lows. Keith and Harry were distracted by Adam's poor keyboard playing, but Jennifer thought his vocals were good enough.

Over 200 contestants made it to California...but they didn't necessarily make it to Hollywood. The contestants arrived at an airplane hangar, where the judges announced that some of the contestants will sing right now for a spot at Hollywood Week. In other judge news, who knew a 44-year-old mother of twins could look so good in a midriff?!

We got to see what cheerleader Stephanie Petronelli looked like outside of her cheer uniform as she sang "Whipping Post." After Rich LaFleur's performance of "I Need You," Harry gave a little speech demanding greatness from the auditioners. No pressure...

Caitlin Johnson's performance of "Only Girl (In The World)" was a little cringe-worthy and not nearly as good as her hometown audition, which made Keith Urban wonder what they saw in her initially. With tears streaming down her face Caitlin said, "I'm not gonna cry about it." You already are...

In an American Idol first, the judges are having America vote on which contestant will round out the Top 30. Will Ben Briley or Neco Starr advance? We'll find out during the first LIVE shows of the season - WED & THU at 8/7c on FOX! Congratulations to the Season XIII semi-finalists!

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