updated 04/03/2014 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/03/2014 AT 9:00 PM ET
“We’ve been friends for about five years,” C.J. Harris told reporters of fellow contestant Dexter Roberts. “We performed our duet ["Alright" by Darius Rucker] back at home.”
Harris, 23, and Roberts, 22, found each other randomly, and were brought together by music, while on spring break in Panama City.
“I met him on the beach,” said Roberts. “I was playing the guitar, and he just walked up and asked to play with me.”
The two remained close through the years, though they didn’t tell each other they were auditioning for Idol – because they just assumed the other would be in line.
“I just had a feeling Dexter was going to be there. We love music, so we both wanted to do the same thing,” Harris said. “He called me and was like, ‘Hey man, you here in the line?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, man, I’m here.’ ”
Having a friend in line was lucky for Harris when one of his guitar strings broke just before his audition. “After Dexter made it through, he passed me his guitar, then I play it and I make it through,” he said.