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Kelly Ripa Says She’s “Mad” American Idol Judges Didn’t Save Burnell!

American Idol 2013 finalist Burnell Taylor is the latest hopeful to be voted off the show in Season 12, but he’s not quite ready to let go of his 15 minutes of fame yet. After his elimination, Burnell made the rounds of the late night and early morning talk shows to talk about being kicked off the show and his future plans.

“I want to make captivating music, period,” Burnell Taylor said in a press interview after his elimination. “I just want to be a storyteller and I want to be as personal as I can get. Just be honest. That’s what the industry, I feel, is missing today.”

Burnell showed off his ‘storyteller’ skills with a rendition of John Legend’s “This Time” on Live! With Kelly and Michael Monday morning. Before his performance, Kelly Ripa said she was “mad” at the American Idol judges for not using their one save of the season to keep Burnell from going home.

On Friday, Burnell and fellow eliminated American Idol 2013 finalist Devin Velez stopped by the Today Show With Jay Leno and sat in with Rickey Minor and the Tonight Show Band. Both guys will be heading out on the American Idols LIVE! Tour this summer with the rest of the Top 10 finalists (plus wildcard winner Aubrey Cleland).

04.8.2013 / 10:45 PM EDT by Laura Vess
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Devin Velez, Burnell Taylor

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