American Idol, Top 30

Michael Becker / FOX

It's time to meet the pledges semi-finalists!

On Thursday night, American Idol narrowed its hopefuls down to the Top 30 contestants, who will compete in the Fox hit's first ever "Rush Week" next Wednesday and Thursday.

What is "Rush Week," you ask? The Top 15 guys will perform on Tuesday, while the Top 15 girls will take the stage on Wednesday. Then on Thursday's show, more than half of the competitors will be eliminated, leaving America with its Top 13 finalists. Cut-throat? Yep, but this is show business.

So who did judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban decide to send through to "Rush Week"? The Top 30 semi-finalists are...


Bria Anai
Jenna Aschiutto 
Andrina Brogden
Kenzie Hall 
Jillian Jensen
Jessica Meuse
Brandy Neely
MK Nobilette
Briana Oakley 
Kristen O'Connor
Emily Piriz
Majesty Rose 
Marrialle Sellars 
Malaya Watson
Austin Wolfe         


Malcolm Allen
Jordan Brisbane
C.J. Harris
Ethan Harris
Caleb Johnson
Spencer Lloyd
George Lovett 
Briston Maroney

Alex Preston
Dexter Roberts
Casey Thrasher
Maurice Townsend
Sam Woolf
Emmanuel Zidor

Left to duke it out for the final spot for the guys? Neco Starr and Ben Briley, with fans voting online to send one of them through to the next round of competition.

American Idol's "rush week" kicks off on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

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