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American Idol

Watch Malaya Watson Sing “I Believe” in American Idol 2014 Hollywood Week Finals — February 12, 2014

We’ve reached the final round of American Idol Hollywood Week, and let’s just say the process has been a doozy! Grueling rehearsals, clashing personalities, and mounting illnesses have all taken their toll on the contestants — not to mention the possibility of their dreams coming crashing down around them.

That said, some of the hopefuls seem more than ready to compete for the Top 30, including 16-year-old Malaya Watson. The resident tuba player has continued to impress the judges with her quirky personality, but things start out a bit shaky when she tries to perform Fantasia Barrino’s “I Believe.”

“I don’t know this tune, but it sounds very strange to me,” says Harry. “Like she’s in another key.” Harry stops her in the middle of the performance and asks her to have a meeting with the band. Good thing he did, because when she starts singing again, the judges are truly impressed.

After a long and nerve-racking ride in the elevator, Malaya sits in front of the judges to hear her fate.

“That name [Malaya] has great potential to be a star at some point,” says Harry. “You’re going to be in the Top 15 [girls]. Congratulations!”

And with that, Malaya has made it through to the next round!

What to know who will be joining Malaya in the semi-finals? Click here for our complete list!

02.12.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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