And then there were 12.
The American Idol Top 13 lost their first member on Thursday night just one day after wowing the judges and viewers with their strong first performances.
Sam Woolf, 17, Majesty Rose, 21, and M.K. Nobilette, 20, appeared to be early fan favorites but no one was guaranteed safe as host Ryan Seacrest informed the contestants who would be moving forward in the competition. Spoiler alert: Keep reading to find out who went home.
As a competitor, it is always good to have winners in your corner.
American Idol's Top 13 debuted Wednesday, choosing songs that expressed who they are as artists and people.
And, overall, the girls did a better job of that, according to the judges, with Emily Piriz, 18, singing Pink's "Glitter in the Air," and earning unabashed praise from tough, oft-booed Harry Connick Jr. who said simply, "I'm proud of you."
"That was big for Harry!" Jennifer Lopez laughed, with Urban immediately adding, "I was waiting for the 'but.' "
Harry Connick Jr. has only been on American Idol for half a season but he has already been booed more than his fellow judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban combined.
"As a performer you really hope to not be booed but here it just shows that the audience is really engaged," Connick, 46, tells PEOPLE.
And despite the negative critiques some of the contestants have received throughout the season, they remain positive about the jazz artist and his comments.
Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this.
Just months after auditioning alongside thousands of other contestants in cities across the country, the American Idol season 13 finalists have been announced, and they are eager and ready to enter the spotlight on the Fox reality singing competition.
"There's nothing I'd rather do with the rest of my life than sing," M.K. Nobilette, Idol's first contestant to reveal she was gay while on the show says in a video documenting the top 13's first official photo shoot.
You know what they say: Kids know who they like.
American Idol has always embraced diversity, but M.K. Nobilette is breaking barriers as the singing competition's first openly gay contestant. And on balance, she is pleased with the public's reaction.
It may have been ladies night Tuesday on American Idol, but the boys stole the spotlight Wednesday.
Once again, the judges only called to the stage the 10 singers who impressed them most, eliminating the remaining five.
Rocker Caleb Johnson, 22, kicked things off and stayed true to form with "Stay With Me," a "real rock star" performance according to Jennifer Lopez, who added, "It's your time."
There were new twists, familiar faces and loads of drama on American Idol Tuesday night, as the ladies kicked off the first of the live performance shows.
The new twists? In what was dubbed Rush Week, the judges reviewed tapes of the Top 15 Girls and picked the 10 that impressed them the most to perform, surprising the ladies one at a time.
The familiar faces? Randy Jackson, the "Dogfather" of Idol, was back to mentor the contestants, leading a sort of Rush Week "wisdom workshop" for the pledges, which included vocal coaching from former Idol contestants Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, and guidance from stylists, a movement coach, and a pair of spiritual advisers.