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Burnell Taylor American Idol 2013 Semi-Finals Performance (VIDEO)

Burnell Taylor American Idol 2013 Semi-Finals Performance (VIDEO)

American Idol 2013 Top 20 contestant Burnell Taylor lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Well, everything but his amazing voice! Despite the hardship he’s suffered, Burnell has never given up on his dreams, which makes his mom very proud. Burnell says making it to the Season 12 Top 20 left him feeling “overwhelmed” and “speechless” with joy.

Burnell, 19, auditioned for the American Idol judges in Baton Rouge, LA, where his family moved after their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. His song choice, “I’m Here” from The Color Purple, seemed a bit odd to the judges at first, but it only took a few notes to have them falling in love. He was one of the few contestants during auditions to receive a standing ovation from the judges.

During the guys’ Hollywood Week rounds, Burnell Taylor continued to excel with a great group showing of “Some Kind of Wonderful” and a solid solo on “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri. In the Top 40 Vegas sudden death rounds, Burnell shined once again with “This Time” by John Legend. While Randy Jackson thought it wasn’t quite as awesome as some of his other performances, Nicki Minaj said it was one of the best in Vegas.

So how did Burnell Taylor do in the Season 12 semi-finals round? Will he make it to the Top 10? Watch Burnell's American Idol 2013 semi-finals performance video below and share what you think!

03.7.2013 / 07:58 AM EDT by Laura Vess
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Burnell Taylor

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