Looking like a light-eyed Taylor Lautner will score you significant television time, ample online buzz and posters from rabid fans.
It will not, however, secure you a place in the “American Idol” finals.
Initially considered a strong bet to make that illustrious group due to his exposure, affability, powerful Hollywood rendition of “Say Something” and camera-ready look, Spencer Lloyd will now be forced to watch season thirteen of “American Idol” from his couch.
Though it received the infamous “pimp slot,” his Wednesday rendition of “Love Don’t Die” received tepid marks from critics. Fans agreed, and they opted not to crown him one of the top five male vote-getters.
Lloyd received a second chance as one of the wildcard contenders Thursday, but he again struggled, and the judges had no choice but to throw their support behind other candidates.
Those wildcard candidates–Kristen O’Connor, Jena Irene and CJ Harris–join the top five male and top five female vote-getters to form the thirteenth group of “American Idol” finalists. Like Lloyd, Bria Anai was unsuccessful in her second chance performance Thursday.
Briana Oakley, Marrialle Sellars, Emmanuel Zidor, Malcolm Harris and George Lovett, meanwhile, did not even receive a chance to contend for a wildcard position. They were simply eliminated.
Set to begin taking the stage next week, the “American Idol” finalists are as follows:
Caleb Johnson, Emily Piriz, Sam Woolf, Kristen O’Connor, Ben Briley, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose, Dexter Roberts, Jena Irene, C.J. Harris, MK Nobilette, Malaya Watson and Alex Preston.