After their make-it-or-break-it performances during Rush Week, the Top 10 contestants (as chosen by the voters) were revealed, and they are… Malaya Watson, Ben Briley, Emily Piriz, Alex Preston, Jessica Meuse, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Caleb Johnson, MK Nobilette, and Sam Woolf. Rounding out the Top 13 are… Jena Irene, Kristen O’Connor, and CJ Harris, who were selected as wildcard contestants by judges Harry Connick Jr., Keith Urban, and Jennifer Lopez.
Overall, I see a lot of raw and real potential with this talented group of thirteen! We have the return of the male singer-songwriters (Alex, Sam), a trio of country guys (Ben, Dexter, CJ), a pair of pop princesses (Emily, Kristen), two female rockers (Jessica, Jena), a life-of-the-party showman (Caleb), a spunky little lady with a big R&B voice (Malaya), a sensitive soul (MK), and a quirky and cool alternative-indie gal (Majesty).
As of right now, I’m rooting for Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf as my Top Girl and Top Guy. I’m also watching out for CJ Harris, Alex Preston, Jena Irene, MK Nobilette… oh heck, all of them really! I’m looking forward to what’s sure to be a great season.
Who are your Season XIII favourites?