Malaya Watson in, Marrialle Sellars out as ‘Idol’ names top 13

Alexa Villano
The journey ends for Marrialle Sellars, while Malaya Watson sails into the next round of competition

TOP 13. Malaya Watson, seen here performing Ray Charles' 'Hard Times' during Rush Week, has made it to the next round of competition. Screengrab from YouTube

MANILA, Philippines – Fil-Am Malaya Watson made it to the top 13 of American Idol Thursday night, February 20 (Friday, the 21st in Manila) in the first live results show following two days of stiff competition, and a workshop by former judge Randy Jackson.

The 16-year-old tuba player from Michigan was the first to be called onstage in Hollywood as host Ryan Seacrest and judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. announced the top 10 voted by the audience, and their 3 wild card choices, for a total of 13 contestants.

Joining Watson in the top 10 are:

  • Ben Briley
  • Emily Piriz
  • Alex Preston
  • Jessica Meuse
  • Dexter Roberts
  • Caleb Johnson
  • Majesty Rose
  • MK Nobilette
  • Sam Woolf

Meanwhile, Malaya’s fellow Fil-Am Marrialle Sellars bid her Idol 2014 dreams goodbye after judges did not select her as a wild card. 

The 5 chosen for a sing-off in a final bid to be chosen as wild cards were CJ Harris, Jena Irene Asciutto, Spencer Lloyd, Bria Anai Johnson, and Kristen O’ Connor.

Judges’ wild cards:

  • Kristen O’Connor
  • CJ Harris
  • Jena Irene Asciutto
This marks the next round for the top 13, who will perform solo while bidding goodbye to one contestant weekly until the winner is chosen later this year. –



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Alexa Villano

Alexa is one of Rappler's Lifestyle and Entertainment reporters, covering local entertainment news to a wide range of topics from beauty pageants to reality shows.