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American Idol

Who is Burnell Taylor? American Idol 2013 Contestant Background Info

We totally think Burnell Taylor could be a contender for the next American Idol winner. If we had to name one audition as the best of ALL the American Idol 2013 auditions, we’d have to go with Burnell Taylor’s tryout in Baton Rouge.

Not only did his package explain how the New Orleans native and his family had to rebuild everything after Katrina, but he made Mariah Carey cry with his performance! The other judges were also clearly stunned by Burnell’s moving rendition of “I’m Here” from “The Color Purple.”

In his “Road to Hollywood” video on, Burnell was one cool cat, displaying a confidence without coming across as cocky. As he said, “I believe I can accomplish the goals I want to achieve.” And he asked the most important question yet -- “How many people can make Mariah Carey cry?” Truth! The talented singer also said if you put him in a room with other performers, he will always stand out. After seeing his audition, we might have to agree.

As for who his fave American Idol alums are, Burnell said he loved Joshua Ledet (who has been frequently named in these Road to Hollywood videos) and runner-up Jessica Sanchez. As he noted, they both consistently brought it with each performance. He plans on doing the same by connecting with the audience because, as he put it, “It’s about the people who support you.”

Sounds like he has the right attitude! Do you think Burnell could win it all?


03.21.2013 / 05:54 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Burnell Taylor

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