Fil-Am Malaya Watson makes it to American Idol's Top 13

 
 
 
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.
 
 
Watson, known as the tuba player from the Southfield High School in Michigan, performed “Hard Times” by Ray Charles which earned the judges’ nods during Rush Week. She earned the 10th last spot during that night.
 
“This is a dream come true for me. I have always wanted to be in American Idol.”
 
Pointing out to her that her name means “freedom” in Tagalog, Malaya quipped:
 
 “Yes, I am here to represent the Filipinos too!”



However, Filipina Marrialle Sellars, who, during Rush Week sang Katy Perry's "Roar," didn't make it to the cut. Sellars, from Indianapolis, auditioned in Detroit.
 
Her mother, Luzviminda, is Filipina. Her parents were penpals before they got married and started a family in America. Sellars' father Frederick unexpectedly passed away in 2009.
 
Sellars said she joined American Idol to honor his memory.

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

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 Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr., picked  Irene, Harris, and O'Connor for the Wild Card.

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