On American Idol 2013 tonight, we sadly bade farewell to Burnell Taylor after he was voted off on the Top 7 results show. Burnell gave a great performance for the judges with his 'save' song of “Ready For Love” by India.Arie. Unfortunately, it was not enough to convince them to keep him in the competition.
Burnell’s musical background wasn’t the only thing that caught the attention of the American Idol 2013 judges when he first auditioned. His grandfather was in a band, and his mother a singer. But it was Burnell’s inspirational story of rebuilding his life in Baton Rouge after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina that made him stand out. That, and his impressive voice!
The 19-year-old singer performed “I’m Here” from The Color Purple, drawing a standing ovation from the judges and actual tears from Mariah Carey.
The judges loved his take on "Jar of Hearts" during the solo round of Hollywood Week. They adored him again during Vegas Week too and passed him on to the Top 20. In the semi-finals, he was once again amazing and he made it through to the Top 10. It's a girls' season to lose this year on American Idol, however, and Burnell just couldn't manage to garner enough fans to beat the ladies.
Watch Burnell's American Idol 2013 performances below!