American Idol Season 13

Broadcast from January 15, 2014 – May 21, 2014
Judges Harry Connick, Jr.
Jennifer Lopez
Keith Urban
Host(s) Ryan Seacrest
Broadcaster Fox

Semi-finalists

Females

Contestant Age (On show) Date of birth Hometown Audition city
Andrina Brogden 19   Fargo, North Dakota Omaha, Nebraska
Kenzie Hall 17 December 14, 1996 Draper, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah
Jillian Jensen 21   Rochester, Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts
Brandy Neelly 19 January 21, 1995 Louisville, Kentucky Detroit, Michigan
Austin Wolfe 16   Park City, Utah Salt Lake City, Utah

Males

Contestant Age (On show) Date of birth Hometown Audition city
Jordan Brisbane 16 December 20, 1997 Savannah, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Ethan Harris 20   Garrattsville, New York Detroit, Michigan
Briston Maroney 15 January 24, 1998 Knoxville, Tennessee Salt Lake City, Utah
Casey Thrasher 22   Tuscaloosa, Alabama Salt Lake City, Utah
MauriceTownsend 26   Grand Rapids, Michigan Detroit, Michigan

Top 20 Semi-finalists not Qualified for Finals:

Females

Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition city
Bria Anai 16   Lithonia, Georgia Atlanta, Georgia
Briana Oakley 17   Antioch, California San Francisco, California
Marrialle Sellars 17 January 1996 Indianapolis, Indiana Detroit, Michigan

Males

Contestant Age at time of show Date of birth Hometown Audition city
Malcolm Allen 21   Wrightsville, Arkansas Austin, Texas
Spencer Lloyd 19   Bryant, Arkansas Austin, Texas
George Lovett 24   Baltimore, Maryland Atlanta, Georgia
Emmanuel Zidor 24   Miami, Florida San Francisco, California

Semi-finals

Females

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Majesty Rose "Happy" Advanced
2 Kristen O'Connor "Turning Tables" Wild Card
3 Briana Oakley "Warrior" Eliminated
4 Jena Irene "Paint It Black" Wild Card
5 Bria Anai "Wrong Side of a Love Song" Wild Card
6 Marrialle Sellars "Roar" Eliminated
7 Jessica Meuse "Drink a Beer" Advanced
8 Emily Piriz "Paris (Ooh La La)" Advanced
9 MK Nobilette "All of Me" Advanced
10 Malaya Watson "Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)" Advanced
  • Eliminated: Andrina Brogden, Austin Wolfe, Brandy Neelly, Jillian Jensen, Kenzie Hall

Males

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Stay with Me" Advanced
2 CJ Harris "Shelter" Wild Card
3 Emmanuel Zidor "Best of My Love" Eliminated
4 Sam Woolf "Babylon" Advanced
5 George Lovett "Grenade" Eliminated
6 Dexter Roberts "This Ole Boy" Advanced
7 Alex Preston "Volcano" Advanced
8 Malcolm Allen "Comin' from Where I'm From" Eliminated
9 Ben Briley "Soulshine" Advanced
10 Spencer Lloyd "Love Don't Die" Wild Card
  • Eliminated: Briston Maroney, Casey Thrasher, Ethan Harris, Jordan Brisbane, Maurice Townsend

Wild Card Round

 

Order Contestant Song Result
1 C.J. Harris "Bring It On Home to Me" Advanced
2 Jena Irene "Unbreakable Me" Advanced
3 Spencer Lloyd "Ordinary Girl" Eliminated
4 Bria Anai "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" Eliminated
5 Kristen O'Connor "Unconditionally" Advanced

Finals

Top 13 – This Is Me

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Dexter Roberts "Aw Naw" Safe
2 Malaya Watson "Runaway Baby" Bottom 3
3 Kristen O'Connor "Beautiful Disaster" Eliminated
4 Ben Briley "Folsom Prison Blues" Safe
5 C.J. Harris "Radio" Safe
6 MK Nobilette "Satisfaction" Bottom 3
7 Majesty Rose "Tightrope" Safe
8 Jena Irene "The Scientist" Safe
9 Alex Preston "A Beautiful Mess" Safe
10 Jessica Meuse "The Crow & the Butterfly" Safe
11 Emily Piriz "Glitter in the Air" Safe
12 Sam Woolf "Unwell" Safe
13 Caleb Johnson "Pressure and Time" Safe
  • Group performance: "Counting Stars" / "Radioactive"

Top 12 – Home

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Suddenly I See" Bottom 3
2 Alex Preston "I Don't Want to Be" Safe
3 Jessica Meuse "White Flag" Safe
4 Dexter Roberts "Lucky Man" Safe
5 Emily Piriz "Let's Get Loud" Eliminated
6 Caleb Johnson "Working Man" Safe
7 MK Nobilette "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" Bottom 3
8 C.J. Harris "Waiting on the World to Change" Safe
9 Sam Woolf "Just One" Safe
10 Malaya Watson "Take Me to the King" Safe
11 Ben Briley "Turning Home" Safe
12 Majesty Rose "Fix You" Safe

Top 11 – Songs from the Cinema

Order Contestant Song Featured Movie Result
1 Sam Woolf "Come Together" Across the Universe Bottom 3
2 Jessica Meuse "The Sound of Silence" The Graduate Safe
3 C.J. Harris "Can't You See" Blow Safe
4 Dexter Roberts "Sweet Home Alabama" Forrest Gump Safe
5 Ben Briley "Bennie and the Jets" 27 Dresses Eliminated
6 Majesty Rose "Let It Go" Frozen Bottom 3
7 Caleb Johnson "Skyfall" Skyfall Safe
8 MK Nobilette "Make You Feel My Love" Hope Floats Safe
9 Alex Preston "Falling Slowly" Once Safe
10 Jena Irene "Decode" Twilight Safe
11 Malaya Watson "I Am Changing" Dreamgirls Safe

Top 10 – Billboard Top 10 Charts

Order Contestant Song Result
1 MK Nobilette "Perfect" Eliminated
2 Dexter Roberts "Cruise" Bottom 3
3 Jena Irene "Clarity" Safe
4 Alex Preston "Story of My Life" Safe
5 Malaya Watson "When I Was Your Man" Safe
6 Caleb Johnson "The Edge of Glory" Safe
7 C.J. Harris "Invisible" Safe
8 Jessica Meuse "Pumped Up Kicks" Safe
9 Majesty Rose "Wake Me Up" Bottom 3
10 Sam Woolf "We Are Young" Safe

Top 9 – (I’m With the) Band!

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Alex Preston "Don't Speak" Safe
2 Majesty Rose "Shake It Out" Eliminated
3 Dexter Roberts "Boondocks" Safe
4 Malaya Watson "The Long and Winding Road" Safe
5 Sam Woolf "Hey There Delilah" Bottom 3
6 Jessica Meuse "Rhiannon" Safe
7 C.J. Harris "If It Hadn't Been for Love" Bottom 3
8 Caleb Johnson "Dazed and Confused" Safe
9 Jena Irene "Bring Me to Life" Safe

Top 8 (first week) – Back to the Start

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jessica Meuse "Blue-Eyed Lie" Safe
2 C.J. Harris "Soulshine" Bottom 3
3 Jena Irene & Alex Preston "Just Give Me a Reason" N/A
4 Sam Woolf "Lego House" Saved
5 Caleb Johnson & Jessica Meuse "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" N/A
6 Malaya Watson "Ain't No Way" Bottom 3
7 Dexter Roberts "One Mississippi" Safe
8 Malaya Watson & Sam Woolf "Lucky" N/A
9 Jena Irene "Rolling in the Deep" Safe
10 C.J. Harris & Dexter Roberts "Alright" N/A
11 Caleb Johnson "Chain of Fools" Safe
12 Alex Preston "Fairytales" Safe

Top 8 (Second Week) – Songs from the 1980s

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" Safe
2 Dexter Roberts "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" Safe
3 Sam Woolf & Alex Preston "The Girl Is Mine" N/A
4 Malaya Watson "Through the Fire" Eliminated
5 Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "It's Only Love" N/A
6 Jessica Meuse "Call Me" Safe
7 Sam Woolf “Time After Time" Safe
8 C.J. Harris & Malaya Watson "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" N/A
9 Alex Preston "Every Breath You Take" Safe
10 Jessica Meuse & Dexter Roberts “Islands in the Stream” N/A
11 C.J. Harris "Free Fallin'" Bottom 2
12 Caleb Johnson “Faithfully” Safe

Top 7 – Competitors' Choice

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Family Tree" Safe
2 Jessica Meuse "Gunpowder & Lead" Bottom 2
3 Alex Preston & Sam Woolf "Let Her Go" N/A
4 C.J. Harris "Gravity" Safe
5 Dexter Roberts "Muckalee Creek Water" Eliminated
6 Jena Irene & Caleb Johnson "Gimme Shelter" N/A
7 Alex Preston "The A Team" Safe
8 Sam Woolf "Sail Away" Safe
9 C.J. Harris, Jessica Meuse & Dexter Roberts "Compass" N/A
10 Jena Irene "Creep" Safe

Top 6 – Rock 'n' Roll / Country

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Barracuda" Safe
2 Sam Woolf "It's Time" Safe
3 C.J. Harris "American Woman" Eliminated
4 Alex Preston "Animal" Safe
5 Caleb Johnson "Sting Me" Safe
6 Jessica Meuse "Somebody to Love" Bottom 2
7 Sam Woolf "You're Still the One" Safe
8 Caleb Johnson "Undo It" Safe
9 Alex Preston "Always on My Mind" Safe
10 Jena Irene "So Small" Safe
11 C.J. Harris "Whatever It Is" Eliminated
12 Jessica Meuse "Jolene" Bottom 2

Top 5 – America's Requests

  • Guest Mentor: Jason Mraz
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Alex Preston "Sweater Weather" Safe
2 Caleb Johnson "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" Safe
3 Jena Irene, Alex Preston, & Sam Woolf "Best Day of My Life" N/A
4 Jessica Meuse "Human" Safe
5 Sam Woolf "Sing" Eliminated
6 Jena Irene "My Body" Safe
7 Caleb Johnson & Jessica Meuse "Beast of Burden" N/A
8 Alex Preston "Say Something" Safe
9 Jena Irene "Valerie" Safe
10 Sam Woolf "How to Save a Life" Eliminated
11 Jessica Meuse "Summertime Sadness" Safe
12 Caleb Johnson "Still of the Night" Safe

Top 4 – Love: Break-Ups, Dedications, and Make-Ups

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "You Give Love a Bad Name" Safe
2 Jessica Meuse “Since U Been Gone” Eliminated
3 Alex Preston “Too Close” Safe
4 Jena Irene “Heartbreaker” Safe
5 Caleb Johnson “Travelin' Band” Safe
6 Jessica Meuse “So What” Eliminated
7 Jena Irene “Bad Romance” Safe
8 Alex Preston “I’m Yours” Safe
9 Caleb Johnson “Maybe I’m Amazed” Safe
10 Jessica Meuse “You and I” Eliminated
11 Jena Irene "Can't Help Falling in Love" Safe
12 Alex Preston "Yellow" Safe

Top 3 – Randy Jackson's Choice / Judges' Choice / Hometown's Choice

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Caleb Johnson "Never Tear Us Apart" Safe
2 Alex Preston "Pompeii" Eliminated
3 Jena Irene "Titanium" Safe
4 Caleb Johnson "Demons" Safe
5 Alex Preston "Stay" Eliminated
6 Jena Irene "Heart Attack" Safe
7 Caleb Johnson "Dazed and Confused" Safe
8 Alex Preston "Story of My Life" Eliminated
9 Jena Irene "Creep" Safe

Top 2 – Simon Fuller's Choice / Reprised Performance Choice / Winner's Single

Order Contestant Song Result
1 Jena Irene "Dog Days Are Over" Runner-Up
2 Caleb Johnson "Dream On" Winner
3 Jena Irene "Can't Help Falling in Love" Runner-Up
4 Caleb Johnson "Maybe I'm Amazed" Winner
5 Jena Irene "We Are One" Runner-Up
6 Caleb Johnson "As Long as You Love Me" Winner

Elimination Chart

Stage: Semi-Finals Wild Card Finals
Week: 2/20 2/27 3/6 3/13 3/20 3/27 4/31 4/10 4/17 4/24 5/12 5/8 5/15 5/21
Place Contestant Result
1 Caleb Johnson Top 13                           Winner
2

Jena

Irene

Wild Card Top 13   Bottom 3                     Runner Up
3 Alex Preston Top 13                         Elim  
4 Jessica Meuse Top 13                 Bottom 2 Bottom 2   Elim  
5

Sam

Woolf

Top 13       Bottom 3   Bottom 3 Saved       Elim  
6 C.J. Harris Wild Card Top 13         Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2   Elim  
7 Dexter Roberts Top 13         Bottom 3       Elim  
8 Malaya Watson Top 13   Bottom 3         Bottom 3 Elim  
9 Majesty Rose Top 13       Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Elim  
10 MK Nobilette Top 13   Bottom 3 Bottom 3   Elim  
11 Ben Briley Top 13       Elim  
12

Emily

Piriz

Top 13     Elim  
13 Kristen O'Connor Wild Card Top 13 Elim  
14–15 Bria Anai Wild Card Elim  
Spencer Lloyd Wild Card
16–20 Malcolm Allen Elim  
George Lovett
Briana Oakley
Marrialle Sellars
Emmanuel Zidor

Regional Auditions

Episode Air Date Audition City Date Audition Venue Callback Venue Callback Date Tickets to Hollywood
January 15, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts August 2, 2013 Gillette Stadium September 3–4, 2013 Boston Marriot Copley Place 25
Austin, Texas August 7, 2013 Frank Erwin Center September 25–26, 2013 Austin Convention Center  35
January 16, 2014
San Francisco, California July 16, 2013 AT&T Park October 21–22, 2013 Westin St. Francis 19
January 22, 2014 Detroit, Michigan July 21, 2013 Ford Field October 8–9, 2013 Book-Cadillac Hotel 40
January 23, 2014 Atlanta, Georgia July 26, 2013 Gwinnett Center October 29–30, 2013 W Atlanta Midtown 44
January 29, 2014 Salt Lake City, Utah July 11, 2013 EnergySolutions Arena October 2–3, 2013 Marriott Hotel at City Creek 30
January 30, 2014 Omaha, Nebraska August 11, 2013 CenturyLink Center October 13–14, 2013 CenturyLink Center Omaha 21
Total number of tickets to Hollywood 212

Results Show Performances

Week Performer(s) Title Hot 100 reaction Digital sales reaction Performance type
Top 13 Candice Glover "Cried" / "Same Kinda Man" Did not chart Live
Jake Bugg "Me & You" Did not chart Live
Top 12 Phillip Phillips "Raging Fire" 58 (debut) 74,000 (debut) Live
Kodaline "All I Want" Did not chart 13,000 (+885%) Live
Top 11 Harry Connick, Jr. "One Fine Thing" / "Come By Me" Did not chart Live
Mali Music "Beautiful" 13 (Bubbling Under) Live
Top 10 Jennifer Lopez feat. French Montana "I Luh Ya Papi" 77(+21) 27,710 (+89%) Pre-recorded
Royal Teeth "Wild" Did not chart Live
Top 9 Janelle Monáe "What is Love?" Did not chart Live
Top 8
Week 1
Daughtry "Waiting for Superman" did not chart Live
Top 5 Keith Urban "Good Thing"   9,000 (+ >8,000) Live
Top 3 Scotty McCreery "Feelin' It"   7,700  
Finale Malaya Watson & John Legend "You and I" / "All of Me "      
CJ Harris, Dexter Roberts & Darius Rucker "True Believers" / "Alright"      
Lady Antebellum Bartender      
Jessica Meuse & Jennifer Nettles "That Girl" / "Wrecking Ball"      
Sam Woolf & Phillip Phillips "Home" / "Raging Fire"      
Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Harry Connick, Jr. "True Colors" / "Go Your Own Way"      
Aloe Blacc & American Idol Guys "The Man"      
Demi Lovato & American Idol Girls (except for MK Nobilette) "Really Don't Care" / "Neon Lights"      
Alex Preston & Jason Mraz "Love Someone"      
Caleb Johnson & Kiss "Love Gun" / "Shout It Out Loud"      
Jena Irene & Paramore "Decode" / "Ain't It Fun"      
Jennifer Lopez "First Love"      
Richard Marx and Ryan Seacrest "Right Here Waiting"      

U.S. Nielsen Ratings

Episode list
No Episode Air date Ratings/Share Households Rating/share 18–49 Viewers (millions) Weekly Rank
1 "It's a New Dawn, It's a New Day!" January 15, 2014 8.7 / 14 4.7 / 13 15.19 5
2 "The Auditions Head West" January 16, 2014 7.5 / 12 3.9 / 12 13.35 6
3 "Do It For Detroit!" January 22, 2014 7.8 / 12 4.0 / 11 13.29 4
4 "Just Peachy!" January 23, 2014 7.2 / 11 3.4 / 10 12.39 6
5 "Be-UTAH-ful" January 29, 2014 7.3 / 11 3.8 / 10 12.73 8
6 "OMG! Omaha!" January 30, 2014 6.6 / 10 3.2 / 9 11.42 11
7 "Hollywood or Home: An Idol Cliff "Hangar" February 5, 2014 8.0 / 12 3.9 / 11 13.43 9
8 "Hollywood Week: Group Love" February 6, 2014 6.5 / 10 3.1 / 9 11.08 13
9 "Hollywood Week: Final Judgment" February 12, 2014 6.7 / 10 3.4 / 10 11.67 9
10 "A Hollywood Ending" February 13, 2014 5.8 / 9 3.0 / 9 10.18 10
11 "Rush Week: Girls' Night" February 18, 2014 5.9 / 9 2.7 / 8 9.73 11
12 "Rush Week: Guys' Night" February 19, 2014 6.0 / 9 2.6 / 8 9.95 14
13 "Rush Week: Meet Your Finalists" February 20, 2014 5.7 / 9 2.4 / 8 9.36 15
14 "The Top 13: This Is Me" February 26, 2014 6.6 / 10 2.7 / 8 10.78 14
15 "The Top 13 Results: Down to a Dozen" February 27, 2014 5.9 / 9 2.4 / 7 10.01 17
16 "The Top 12: Home" March 5, 2014 6.4 / 10 2.7 / 8 10.53 13
17 "The Top 12 Results: Eleven Alive" March 6, 2014 6.1 / 10 2.2 / 7 9.76 17
18 "The Top 11: Songs from the Cinema" March 12, 2014 6.2 / 10 2.4 / 7 10.27 12
19 "The Top 11 Results" March 13, 2014 5.4 / 9 2.2 / 6 8.86 21
20 "The Top 10: Billboard Top 10 Charts" March 19, 2014 6.0 / 10 2.2 / 7 9.83 13
21 "The Top 10 Results" March 20, 2014 5.1 / 8 2.0 / 6 8.41 22
22 "The Top 9" March 26, 2014 5.6 / 9 2.2 / 7 9.33 15
23 "The Top 9 Results" March 27, 2014 4.9 / 8 1.9 / 6 7.98 24
24 "The Top 8" April 2, 2014 5.6 / 9 2.1 / 6 8.89 21
25 "The Top 8 Results" April 3, 2014 4.9 / 8 1.7 / 5 7.72 25
26 "Top 8 Redux" April 9, 2014 5.4 / 9 2.0 / 7 8.90 18
27 "Top 8 Redux Results" April 10, 2014 4.7 / 8 1.8 / 5 7.63 23
28 "The Top 7" April 16, 2014 5.2 / 8 1.9 / 6 8.53 14
29 "Top 7 Results" April 17, 2014 4.9 / 8 1.9 / 6 7.97 15
30 "The Top 6" April 23, 2014 5.4 / 9 2.1 / 7 9.02 17
31 "Top 6 Results" April 24, 2014 4.7 / 8 1.8 / 5 7.68 24
32 "The Top 5" April 30, 2014 5.2 / 8 1.9 / 6 8.79 19
33 "Top 5 Results" May 1, 2014 4.3 / 7 1.5 / 5 7.03 >25
34 "The Top 4" May 7, 2014 4.9 / 8 1.8 / 6 7.97 22
35 "Top 4 Results" May 8, 2014 4.5 / 7 1.6 / 5 7.18 >25
36 "The Top 3" May 14, 2014 5.4 / 9 2.1 / 6 8.93 19
37 "Top 3 Results" May 15, 2014 5.2 / 8 2.0 / 6 8.67 21
38 "The Final 2" May 20, 2014 4.0 / 7 1.7 / 6 6.76  
39 "Finale" May 21, 2014 6.1 / 10 2.6 / 9 10.53  

DVR Ratings

Episode list
Show Episode Air date Ratings / Share
HH
Rating/share
18–49
Viewers
(millions)
Weekly
rank
1 "Auditions #1" January 15, 2014 0.7 5.4 2.585 17.773
2 "Auditions #2" January 16, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "Auditions #3" January 22, 2014 0.8 4.8 2.120 15.407
4 "Auditions #4" January 23, 2014 1.0 4.4 2.479 14.870
5 "Auditions #5" January 29, 2014 0.8 4.6 1.967 14.698
6 "Auditions #6" January 30, 2014 0.8 4.0 1.888 13.312
7 "Hollywood or Home" February 5, 2014 0.9 4.8 2.240 15.668
8 "Hollywood Group Round" February 6, 2014 0.9 4.0 2.268 13.346
9 "Hollywood Round, Top 30 reveal Part #1" February 12, 2014 0.8 4.2 1.864 13.539
10 "Hollywood Round, Top 30 reveal Part #2" February 13, 2014 0.8 3.8 1.874 12.058
11 "Rush Week: Girls' Night" February 19, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "Rush Week: Guys' Night" February 20, 2014 0.7 3.3 1.763 11.715
13 "Rush Week: Meet Your Finalists" February 21, 2014 0.6 3.0 1.592 10.947
14 "The Top 13: This Is Me" February 26, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
15 "The Top 13 Results: Down to a Dozen" February 27, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
16 "The Top 12: Home" March 5, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
17 "The Top 12 Results: Eleven Alive" March 6, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
18 "The Top 11: Songs from the Cinema" March 12, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
19 "The Top 11 Results" March 13, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
20 "The Top 10: Billboard Top 10 Charts" March 19, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
21 "The Top 10 Results" March 20, 2014 N/A N/A N/A N/A
22 "The Top 9" March 26, 2014        
23 "The Top 9 Results" March 27, 2014