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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!


Credit: FOX Photo: Hurricane Katrina Victim Burnell Taylor Sings “I’m Here” in American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge Auditions on January 24 (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Burnell Taylor and His Group Sing “Some Kind of Wonderful” in American Idol 2013 Hollywood Week, Round 1 (VIDEO)
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor Sing “I’m Here” in American Idol 2013 Guys Semi-Finals
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor Sing “I’m Here” in American Idol 2013 Guys Semi-Finals
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor Sing “Ready For Love” in the American Idol 2013 Top 10 Results
Credit: FOX Photo: Burnell Taylor: “Flying Without Wings” American Idol Top 10 Performance
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor Sing “Let It Be” on American Idol 2013 Top 9 Performance Show

Credit: FOX Photo: Watch American Idol’s Burnell Taylor Sing “My Cherie Amour” in Season 12 Top 8

Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Lazaro Arbos, Burnell Taylor, and Devin Velez Sing “I Can’t Help Myself” in Season 12 Top 8
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor's "You Give Love A Bad Name" American Idol Top 7 Performance!
Credit: FOX Photo: Watch Burnell Taylor and Candice Glover Sing “The Letter” on American Idol 2013