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'American Idol 2014' Top 13 Contestants Revealed



The finalists include Ben Briley, CJ Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson, Sam Woolf, CJ Harris, Jena Irene and Kristen O'Connor.



"American Idol 2014" Top 13 contestants for Season 13
American Idol 2014 Top 13 contestants for Season 13February 20, 2014

Ben Briley in "American Idol 2014"
Ben Briley in "American Idol 2014"
Malaya Watson in "American Idol 2014"
Malaya Watson in "American Idol 2014"
Tonight, "American Idol 2014" revealed the Top 13 finalists, including Ben Briley, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. After America's votes were revealed, judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. chose CJ Harris, Jena Irene and Kristen O'Connor as wild card contestants.

Next week, Wednesday, February 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed) on FOX, the competition continues when the Top 13 finalists perform songs that convey the message, "This is Me." On Thursday, February 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), one finalist's journey will end as America's vote is revealed. Plus, vocal powerhouse and "American Idol" Season 12 winner Candice Glover will be back on the "Idol" stage to perform a medley of "Cried" and "Same Kinda Man," from her debut album, "Music Speaks"; and critically acclaimed singer Jake Bugg also will perform.



Starting next week, another exciting element begins as viewers at home will have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including voting via Google Search when the IDOL vote window opens at the top of the show, by searching for IDOL-related terms. For the first time ever, fans will be able to vote immediately after their favorites perform. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show. Viewers can also vote online at AmericanIdol.com; via the AMERICAN IDOL App; via text messaging; and via toll-free calling.

Below are the Top 13 finalists on "American Idol XIII":

Ben Briley
Age: 24
Hometown: Gallatin, TN
Twitter: @BenBriley
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolBenBriley

CJ Harris
Age: 23
Hometown: Jasper, AL
Twitter: @CJHarrisMusic
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolCJHarris

Jena Irene
Age: 17
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Twitter: @JenaAsciutto1
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolJenaIrene

Caleb Johnson
Age: 22
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Twitter: @CalebPJohnson
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolCalebJohnson

Jessica Meuse
Age: 23
Hometown: Slapout, AL
Twitter: @JessMeuse
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolJessicaMeuse

MK Nobilette
Age: 20
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Twitter: @mknobilette
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMKNobilette

Kristen O'Connor
Age: 24
Hometown: Sebastian, FL
Twitter: @ImKristenO
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolKristenOConnor

Emily Piriz
Age: 18
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Twitter: @RealEmilyPiriz
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolEmilyPiriz

Alex Preston
Age: 20
Hometown: Mont Vernon, NH
Twitter: @RealAlexPreston
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolAlexPreston

Dexter Roberts
Age: 22
Hometown: Fayette, AL
Twitter: @ImDexterRoberts
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolDexterRoberts

Majesty Rose
Age: 21
Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
Twitter: @PSMajestyRose
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMajestyRose

Malaya Watson
Age: 16
Hometown: Southfield, MI
Twitter: @MalayaTinaB
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolMalayaWatson

Sam Woolf
Age: 17
Hometown: Bradenton, FL
Twitter: @SamWoolfMusic
Facebook: facebook.com/IdolSamWoolf

"American Idol XIII" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. The series was created by Simon Fuller and is executive produced by Simon Fuller, Cecile Frot-Coutaz, Trish Kinane, Per Blankens, Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager. Louis J. Horvitz is director and Rickey Minor is musical director.
 
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