American Idol has been a great thing for the state of Alabama! And now, season 13 of the show is going to have four contestants moving into the live shows! This week, in what is called Rush Week, the top 15 girls will perform on Tuesday night, the top 15 guys will perform on Wednesday, that night we will also learn which of the two guys left hanging gets into the top 30. But be warned, according to American Idol, the judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. will make cuts before the performances begin.
And on Thursday, the top 10 contestants by votes will make the cut. And the judges will get to pick three wild card contestants to round out the top 13. Judging Alabama’s track record on American Idol, count on some (or all) of the four people from Alabama making it into the top 13!
So who are these four people from Alabama? Let’s talk about them!
C.J. Harris – Jasper
C. J. Harris has been playing since he could pick up a guitar and has a deep love of country music. Sadly, his father recently passed away from a massive heart attack. C.J. is currently a guitar teacher and his favorite thing to do is to get up on the stage and play for a crowd, big or small. During his audition in Salt Lake City, C.J. sang “Soulshine” by Warren Haynes, dedicating the performance to his dad.
Learn more about C.J. Harris at: https://www.facebook.com/teamcjharris
Casey Thrasher - Tuscaloosa
Casey Thrasher is a charming country boy with kids in his family. Casey plays in a band called the Casey Thrasher Band. Casey and his band were also the Battle of the Bands winners at the Rhythm & Brews club in Tuscaloosa. Casey is very motivated with American Idol because of his kids! During his audition in Salt Lake City, Casey sang “Believe” by Brooks & Dunn.
Learn more about Casey Thrasher at: https://www.facebook.com/CaseyThrasherMusic
Dexter Roberts – Fayette
Dexter is a farmhand, tractor driver, and works for his friend’s dog kennel business, Bang Bang, Flop Flop. He is studying at the Alabama Fire College for a hopeful future firemen career. His grandmother got him his first guitar when he was five years old, and everything went from there. During his audition in Salt Lake City, Dexter sang “Drive” by Casey James.
Learn more about Dexter Roberts at: https://www.facebook.com/dexterrobertsmusic
Jess Meuse – Slapout
Jess Meuse taught herself guitar in high school. She wrote her first song at 18, and that every lyric she pens comes from a true story. Jess has lived in many places in America, but now calls Slapout home. During her audition in Atlanta, Jess sang her original song “Blue Eyed Lie.”
Learn more about Jess Meuse at: https://www.facebook.com/jess.meuse
Good luck to the four contestants from Alabama. Hope one of them will be named the American Idol!
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