"American Idol" has a new top ten, and no doubt viewers at home have strong opinions on whether the right crop was picked. Billboard caught up with two of the judges on the red carpet last night to glean how they were feeling about the picks.
"America put through some seriously good singers," Keith Urban told us. "Not everybody's got star power; not everybody's an amazing performer live; not everybody's drop dead camera ready, but they are all incredible singers."
Veteran judge Randy Jackson, who has witnessed his share of under-qualified singers squeak into the top 10 over the years, flat-out believes "American got it right" this time.
"They chose a great top ten. Very different, I mean… we loved a lot of these kids. I personally loved a lot of them. It was ten of my favorites," he told us. "There's a couple others that were on the bubble there but I think America got it right, definitely."
As previously reported, Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Curtis Finch Jr., Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur, Amber Holcomb, Lazaro Arbos, Devin Velez, Candice Glover and Angie Miller all made it to the next round and have all secured spots on the upcoming "Idol" live tour.
"Idol" music director Ray Chew also chimed in, echoeing Jackson.
"America got it right, this is what they wanted," he said. "Everybody up there was equally talented and equally prepared to move on and unfortunately out of the twenty only ten could make it."
Get our full report on the top ten show here.