American Idol

Tenna Torres

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Name: Tenna Torres
American Idol 2013 hopeful Tenna Torres will live in infamy as the person who made Mariah Carey cry at her initial audition. It’s no surprise, as the Jamaica Queens, New York native honed her vocal skills at Camp Mariah when she was young. In fact, she had a photo of herself with Mariah from back then.

The pretty singer has referred to herself as the underdog since she is 28 years old. But, after hearing her sing Natasha Bedingfield’s “Soulmate” in Las Vegas, it’s hard to think of her in that light.

Mariah feels like Tenna is bringing an older style of music en vogue again. As the pop diva Idol judge said, “Something of the tone of your voice reminds of the 1980’s R&B singers. There is no tone like that in the business right now.”

And, despite telling her that her hair is prematurely aging her, Nicki Minaj said Tenna was “naturally giving a beautiful, pure performance.”

Randy Jackson called her “the star of the night.”  

At 28, this self-described “sassy young African-American/Puerto Rican” who can deliver “dynamite vocals in killer stilettos” knows who she is as a performer. As she said in her Road to Hollywood interview, “I’m confident in who I am as an artist and ready to show the world.”

American Idol Season: 12 (2013)

Age: 28

Hometown: Queens, NY

Audition: Tenna Torres auditioned for American Idol 2013 Season 12 in New York, NY. She performed “You’ve Got a Friend” by Carole King and wowed the judges. She was given a golden ticket to move on to Hollywood Week.

Hollywood Week A Capella Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Tenna Torres' performance for the a capella round was not shown. She was moved on to the group round.

Hollywood Week Group Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Tenna Torres performed "American Boy" by Estelle in the group called "Urban Hue" with Seretha Guinn, Kiara Kanier, and Jett Hermano. Tenna was among those selected to move on to the solo round.

Hollywood Week Solo Round: During the ladies' Hollywood Week, Tenna Torres' solo performance was not shown on air. However, the judges chose her for the Top 40 to move on to Vegas.

Top 40/Las Vegas Round 1: For her solo performance in Las Vegas Round 1, Tenna sang Natasha Bedingfield’s “Soulmate” and the crowd seemed to love her. The judges give her some criticism, but vote to send her on to the Top 20.

Top 20/Semi-Finals Round 1: After her so-so performance from last week, Tenna bounced back with a strong rendition of Faith Hill's "Lost" during the girls semi-finals round. The judges praised her vocal restraint (and Nicki Minaj complimented her, ahem, form), but reminded Tenna not to lose her concentration when the cameras zoomed by for her closeup.

- Marnie Brodersen

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