American Idol 2014: Hollywood Week Final Performances Part 2 [VIDEOS]
The final American Idol 2014 results from Hollywood Week will be announced tonight as the rest of the season 13 Top 30 contestants are revealed. We’ve already watched some incredibly talented singers go home, and the American Idol judges will have to make even more painful cuts tonight.
Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez aren’t the only ones, however, that will have someone’s hopes and dreams in the palm of their hands this evening. In a new twist for American Idol voting in season 13, the viewers will actually get to decide the final singer chosen for the 2014 Top 30.
At the end of the night, the American Idol judges will have two contestants left to choose from for the last person to move on to the semifinals. Instead of making up their minds between the two, they will pass off that chore to the viewers, who will vote for their favorite to join the rest of the season 13 Top 30.
If you can’t wait to find out who you’ll be voting for, you can check out American Idol spoilers on the two contestants whose fate you will be deciding. Or, you can hang out with us here for our live American Idol recap starting at 8PM and watch all the action with us!
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We kick off tonight where we left off on Wednesday evening. We have C. J. Harris and Casey Thrasher in the hot seats in front of the American Idol judges. Will one or both guys make it through to the Top 15 guys?
Harry Connick Jr. tells Casey he is going through, which leaves both guys looking sad that C. J. is not going to be in the semifinals. But WAIT! C. J. is going through too! Woohoo!
Now we have Marrialle Sellars, who is freaking out about how few places there are left for the girls in the Top 30. She performs “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus for her final solo performance. We love Marrialle, but we feel the rendition is a bit weak. The judges seem a bit torn over her. They talk to her about her inconsistency so far in the competition… but tell her that she is going to go through to the Top 30. She’s speechless and says she “forgot how to breathe.”
Jena Ascuitto is up next with an original song on the piano and it’s really quite beautiful. The American Idol judges are actually quiet while she is singing, which is a miracle considering how chatty they usually are. Harry Connick Jr. tells her she has made it to the Top 30 and she says her nickname is “The Sleeper” because she might just sneak up on the competition.
Caleb Johnson made it to this stage of the competition before, but was cut at the end of Hollywood Week. Will he make it to the Top 30 this time around? The rocker gave a rocking performance of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons for his solo performance that had Jennifer Lopez bouncing in her seat and the other contestants standing and waving their arms to the beat. You can probably guess, the judges passed him through even though they think he is too much of a “character” with his whole look and act.
We haven’t seen much of Ethan Harris since his original audition. His performance for the final solo round is cute and sweet, and the judges think he has some star qualities. However, the performance was not great and they think he made a bad song choice. Will they put him through anyway? Well, apparently they think he has more to give, and decide to put him in the Top 30 even though he had some “tough moments” during Hollywood Week.
Now we have some sad no votes from the American Idol judges, including Sarina Joi-Crowe, Nalani Quintello, and returning contestant David Oliver Willis. We are very sad to see David go home once again, that has to just be heart-breaking.
Majesty Rose York messes up her final solo performance of “Stars” by Grace Potter by losing the words, but her voice is once again stellar. Harry Connick Jr. tells her they have “rarely been so enthusiastic about a talent.”
Fifteen year old Briston Maroney is now up in the hot seat. His unique voice and style shined again during the final solo round, but is his sound just too different? Harry tells Briston about when he was young and wanted to move to New York after his mother died but didn’t get to until he was 18. He says Briston is just 15 and it is frustrating that he gets to go to Los Angeles because he is part of the Top 30! Briston says Harry is a “wicked man!”
Brandy Neely and Briana Oakley spend a short time apparently confused about how the elevator works before going in to face the judges together. Both of them gave lovely final solo performances that had J-Lo, Keith, and Harry looking pretty happy. Both of them have auditioned before. Could it be both of them will go through or will one or both go home? After some frustrating word play from the judges, the answer is… yes! Both Brandy and Briana will be going to the Top 30.
Back in Hollywood after a break and 17 year old Kenzie Hall is next in front of the judges. She is bawling her eyes out and Harry hands her a box of tissues. She’s had bad moments and good moments, but the good ones have won out because the judges are putting her in the Top 30. We like Kenzie and hope she’ll do only good going forward.
Next to see the judges is a very nervous Savion Wright, who comes in playing his ukulele. We totally love this guy. He has been interesting and unique throughout Hollywood Week and clearly has talent. Sadly, the American Idol 2014 judges have decided they aren’t loving him as much as we do and they send him home.
The final two girls up tonight are Sandie Lee and Austin Wolfe. Only one of them can make it through to the Top 15 girls. Both of them head up to see the judges and find out their fate. Both of them have been strong so far, but there can be only one. Harry says both of them are special and it has been very difficult for the judges because of how talented they are. Unfortunately, Sandie is going to be going home, while Austin goes through to the Top 30.
Last to face the judges tonight are Ben Briley and Neco Starr. The two guys head up together, but there is only one spot left in the Top 30. Both guys have talent, and both have had their great moments and their not-so-great ones. We like them both and they are very different performers. It’s hard to figure out who should go through and apparently the judges can’t decide! So they’ve left it up to the voters to choose.
That means it’s time for you to pull out your phones and call or text, or go online and cast your vote for your favorite. Who will you send to the Top 30 and who will you send home? Cast your votes now!Subscribe to free American Idol updates on Facebook, Twitter, RSS, & Email