American Idol

Meet American Idol's Top 13

These contestants can rest easy – for now! – after they've earned their spot in the next round. By Serena Kappes and Aaron Parsley


Age: 24
Hometown: Memphis
Her soulful vocals impressed the judges at her audition in Kansas City, and the mother of three has been a unanimous favorite ever since. Simon Cowell called her roof-raising performance of Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You" "brilliant" and Paula Abdul made the prediction, “I have the sneaking suspicion we’re going to see you for many more lil’ rounds.”