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Who is Janelle Arthur? American Idol 2013 Contestant Background Info

You saw her wow the pants off Keith Urban (not literally; sorry, ladies) in the audition rounds by taking on his song, “Where the Blacktop Ends,” but just who is Janelle Arthur? What's the story on this Top 5 finalist?

A crafty American Idol veteran, that’s who. After making it to Hollywood Week for season 10 and to Las Vegas in season 11, Janelle is hoping there’s something to the saying: “The third time’s the charm.” Well, since she's made it all the way to the Top 5 this year, you never know!

Keith wasn’t the only judge who was impressed by this beautiful country singer, though. Even Nicki Minaj gushed over her audition performance, saying, “I think you are really, really special, and you already seem like a star.”

Vince Gill was one of her first musical inspirations, while her American Idol muse is not surprisingly Casey James. As she said of the AI alum, “He can play guitar so well,” and she loves that he’s a great performer.

When asked what makes her unique, the American Idol 2013 audition hopeful said her look, as she’s part Irish and part Native American, which is an unusual combination. As for how long music has been her passion, Janelle said that, when she was little, her mom would tell her to play but all she wanted to do was listen to music.

How far will Janelle Arthur get on American Idol 2013? Only time will tell, but it seems as though a strong female country singer has a good chance of winning it all this year, she's facing very strong competition against fellow country girl Kree Harrison.


04.18.2013 / 05:58 AM EDT by Marnie Brodersen
Related: American Idol, American Idol Season 12, Janelle Arthur

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