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Janelle Arthur

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Name: Janelle Arthur 
As with many American Idol 2013 hopefuls, country girl Janelle Arthur is hoping her third time down the Idol Road is the charm. The Oliver Springs, Tennessee, native made it Hollywood Week for season 10 and to Las Vegas in season 11. When talking to her local FOX affiliate, she was asked what she did when she made the Top 40, and she said, “I cried my eyeballs out.” She better have had a lot of tissues handy for when she secured a spot in the Top 20.

As the beautiful 22-year-old revealed in her pre-performance package last week, she is a fitness instructor. And when asked in her Road to Hollywood interview what makes her unique, Janelle said her look, as she is part Irish and part Native American. While it’s always beneficial to have what the judges like to call “the whole package,” this Southern girl’s vocals are certainly what has gotten her so far.

While her performance of “Where the Blacktop Ends” for her initial audition and “I Told You So” during Hollywood week earned her rave reviews with the American Idol 2013 judges, she did have a bit of a misstep in Las Vegas by singing “Just A Kiss” by Lady Antebellum. Keith Urban said that the melodies in that song don’t translate as well with a solo performance. However, she’s been such a standout so far she beat out fellow country girl Rachel Hale for her spot in the semifinals.

American Idol Season: 12 (2013)

Age: 23

Hometown: Oliver Springs, TN

Audition: Janelle Arthur auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in Charlotte, NC. She performed “Where the Blacktop Ends” by Keith Urban and earned a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week a capella round, Janelle performed “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” by Hank Williams. The judges loved her country style and moved her on to the group round.

Hollywood Week Group Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Janelle performed “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes in ‘The Misfits’ group with Kez Ban, Breanna Steer, and Angela Miller. All four ladies were passed on to the solo round.

Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week solo round, Janelle Arthur performed “I Told You So” by Randy Travis. The judges loved the performance and Nicki Minaj called Janelle a “country superstar.” She was selected to go to Vegas as part of the Top 40.

Top 40/Las Vegas Round 3: Janelle Arthur performed “Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum during the Las Vegas sudden death rounds. The judges were not entirely impressed with the song, but Randy Jackson says she’s still his favorite country singer in the competition. She is selected to be part of the Top 20.

Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 1: Bouncing back from her lackluster song choice from last week, Janelle took on Elvis Presley's "If I Can Dream" during the girls semi-finals round. The judges all seemed to agree that she had a album-ready image and voice to back it up.

Top 10 Results Show: Janelle Arthur was selected as one of the Season 12 Top 10. She performed “Home” by Dierks Bentley as her victory song.

Top 10 Performance Show: Janelle wanted to go old-school country with Montgomery Gentry's "Gone" during the Top 10 performance. The judges weren't excited about her song choice, with Nicki wanting to hear more of the sweetness in her voice.


Janelle Arthur was eliminated during the Top 5 results show on 4/17/2013 after failing to earn the judges' save on their last night to use it.

- Marnie Brodersen

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