Devin Velez American Idol 2013 Semi-Finals Performance (VIDEO)
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Devin Velez American Idol 2013 Semi-Finals Performance (VIDEO)

For American Idol 2013 hopeful Devin Velez, singing was in the genes. His mother, Sandra Liz Lam, was a professional singer who even released a few CDs. And, as the 18-year-old contestant told the Chicago Sun Times, “My father sang back in Puerto Rico and my grandmother could carry a tune.”

“We’re always singing together,” Devin said of his mother, who is a server at Applebee’s and a choir director at New Life church in the Portage Park area of Chicago. He hasn’t been in touch with his biological father for over a decade. In fact, Devin admitted in his pre-performance package in Las Vegas that he has experienced a lot of hurt, and puts it into his music. Money, he said, was tight due to being raised by only one parent.

The Starbuck’s barista and high school student tried out for but was rejected from both The X Factor and The Voice. It’s their loss and Idol’s gain, as the judges can’t get enough of this guy.

Nicki Minaj told Devin from his very first audition that his was her favorite male voice from the tryouts. And Keith Urban has told him he was born to sing. After his performance of Beyonce’s “Listen” in Las Vegas, Randy Jackson said, “Dude, I love you -- I thought it was amazing!” Mariah Carey gushed, “I can’t wait to see what a producer does when you get in studio.”

Apparently the practical singer has a backup plan just in case his Idol dreams are dashed. He plans on attending VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He won’t give up on music, however, saying, “I’ll pursue it until the day I die.”

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

03.7.2013 / 08:32 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Devin Velez

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