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'American Idol' surprise SuperVote: Ben Briley vs. Neco Starr

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American Idol has really done it this time. They’re pitting two of the semifinalist guys – authentic country crooner Ben Briley, 24, and flashy vocal dazzler Neco Starr, 22 – against each other for YOUR VOTE – tonight! It honestly seems wildly unfair and random to me that the vote needs to be between these specific guys. Neco was battling sickness and didn’t sound anywhere near his best in the Solo Night footage shown along with the voting info. (All of that is below.) We’ll learn which guy gets to stay during next week’s special-night show on Tuesday, in which the Top 15 girls will sing for votes for the first time.

So there’s really a Top 31 instead of a Top 30, but only 29 are for sure. And they are….

American Idol’s season 13 Top 30:

Emily Piriz
Jillian Jensen
Malaya Watson
Bria Anai
Jessica Meuse
MK Nobilette
Kristen O’Connor
Andrina Brogden
Marrialle Sellers
Jena Ascuitto
Majesty Rose
Briana Oakley
Brandy Neelly
Kenzie Hall
Austin Wolfe

Spencer Lloyd
George Lovett
Sam Woolf
Maurice Townsend
Dexter Roberts
Emmanuel Zidor
Jordan Brisbane
Malcolm Allen
Alex Preston
CJ Harris
Casey Thrasher
Caleb Johnson
Ethan Harris
Briston Maroney
[Either Ben Briley or Neco Starr]

You can text ‘1’ for Ben or ‘2’ for Neco to 83676 or vote at AmericanIdol.com or via the American Idol app. Voting closes at 10 a.m. PT Friday, Feb. 14. Videos of all the contestants are here, but some quick reminders….

Ben Briley’s audition, “Arms of a Woman”:


Neco Starr’s audition, “Someone Like You” (he had to share a segment with fellow repeat-auditioner Caleb Johnson):


Our full recap is coming up. Update: Here it is!