On March 7, "American Idol" eliminated some singers while keeping others from among the 20 performers left in the TV talent competition. As the show started off on Thursday following two nights of live shows in which 10 girls hit the stage on Tuesday and 10 guys hit the stage on Wednesday for AI, the boys were the first learn their fate this evening.
That fate for all 20 talents was determined for the first time this year by the voters and not by the judges of this highly competitive TV reality program that airs on Fox. Those judges include Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, and Mariah Carey, all of whom seem to have their own favorite competitors.
However, their expert thoughts and their personal picks are only food for fodder as viewers considered what each luminary said about each candidate.
Then, as independent efforts, the voters went ahead and chose who each thought should become the "American Idol" for 2013. They did this by using their allotted 50 votes (or less) on the phone, online, and via text messaging with AT&T.
Then, one by one, the results were announced. Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, and Curtis Finch were first to be told the trio would be continuing on with the Fox show. Then Devin Velez was added to the list, and finally so was Lazaro Arbos, which meant that the other five guys who performed on Wednesday were sent home.
Among those dudes was sensitive Charlie Askew, who had a troubled night on Wednesday before, during, and after the 17-year-old covered a Genesis song.
But so it goes for Askew and four other artistic blokes, including Cortez Shaw, Vincent Powell, Nick Boddington, and Elijah Liu. Each had made it all the way through to Hollywood on "American Idol" for the 2013 shows but this was now the end of the line for them as far as AI is concerned.
At that point on March 7, it was the girls turn to shake in their pretty shoes as each waited to see if she would stay or if she would go.
Janelle Arthur was the first female kept in the competition, followed by Candice Glover. Then Angie Miller won a top 10 position and so did Amber Holcomb. Finally, Kree Harrison grabbed the last spot as finalist on "American Idol."
And so there you have it: your top 10 "American Idol" contestants for 2013. Do you agree with these AI picks or do you wish others would have stayed while some of those who were picked went home? Please weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.