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Curtis Finch Jr. - American Idol 2013 Contestant
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Curtis Finch Jr. Bio:
St. Louis was thrilled to back their American Idol 2013 rep, Curtis Finch, Jr.. The 25-year-old tutor at a charter school said in his Las Vegas pre-performance package, “Gospel music is in my blood.” In fact, he said he communicates better with the audience when he sings gospel music. Move over, Joshua Ledet!
On his online artist page, Curtis is referred to as a “very accomplished and spirited Gospel and Classical singer.” The page also said that he’s worked with such Gospel greats as Dottie Peoples, Donnie McClurkin, and Vanessa Bell-Armstrong.
Curtis has shown he has a wicked sense of humor on top of those stellar vocals. When his groupmate, Charlie Askew, wasn’t feeling well during the group performances of Hollywood Week, he said he’d better get it together, as he wanted to be the next American Idol, not going home on American Airlines.
In his americanidol.com interview last year, Curtis Finch Jr. said his inspiration for auditioning was Fantasia, as her stint on the show was her “last chance” to make it in the music industry. As he put it, after seeing that, “it was nothing for me to come and at least try.”
While last year didn’t pan out for the singer known as “CJ,” he was determined to try again. After his performance of “Superstar” in the Las Vegas round, Keith Urban called his voice “beautiful,” and told him to “preach on, Brother Curtis.” Nicki Minaj said, “Every time you step on that stage you take the competition to another level.” Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey loved him, too, although Randy did say he needs to “keep it young” rather than old-fashioned. In the end, it might have been better to listen to Randy's critique a bit more, since Curtis ended up being eliminated in the first live finals round after performing yet another soulful ballad with a gospel flair.
Curtis has been learning a lot of lessons in his life, including the harsh one about not breaking one of the ten commandments by reportedly stealing a laptop from a fellow music student at a church choral event. Read about the details of the Idol contestant's arrest in our Wetpaint exclusive here.
American Idol Season: 12 (2013)
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Audition: Curtis Finch Jr. auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Chicago, IL. He performed “God Is Able” by Smokie Norful and totally wows the judges. He was chosen to go on to the Hollywood rounds.
Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the guys’ Hollywood Week, Curtis Finch’s a capella performance was not shown, but he was selected to move on to the group round.
Hollywood Week Group Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week, Curtis Finch Jr. performed “The Lazy Song” by Bruno Mars in “The Couch Potatoes” group with Charlie Askew and Nicholas Mathis. The group received a standing ovation from the judges and all three guys moved on to the solo round.
Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the guys' Hollywood Week solo round, Curtis Finch Jr. performed “Jar of Hearts” by Christina Perri. He was picked by the judges to go to Vegas as part of the Top 40.
Top 40/Las Vegas Round 2: Curtis Finch Jr. performed the classic hit “Superstar” in the Las Vegas sudden death rounds. Keith Urban thought a few parts were overperformed, but loved his voice. Mariah thought he has one of the best voices in the competition. He was given a spot in the Top 20.
Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 2: Coming off a great performance last week, Curtis wowed the judges again with his version of R.Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly" during the Top 10 guys semi-finals round. He was the first singer of the night to get a standing ovation from all four judges.
Top 10 Results Show: Curtis Finch Jr. was selected as one of the Season 12 Top 10. He performed "So High" by John Legend as his celebration song.
Top 10 Performance Show: Curtis stayed in his comfort zone for the Top 10 performance, singing Fantasia's "I Believe" for the live audience. As much as the judges love his voice, they called him out for making a safe choice.
Top 9 Results Show: Curtis Finch Jr. was the first finalist voted off by the viewers from the live shows. The American Idol judges did not agree on using their one save of the season to keep him in the competition. Judge Nicki Minaj was so upset at losing Curtis, she threatened to quit the show.
- Marnie Brodersen