Contestant: Burnell Taylor
Song: John Legend’s “This Time”
Burnell was pimped heavily in the city auditions of Baton Rouge. But he kind of disappeared a little until the latest solo round. Even then, his “Jar Of Hearts” was shared with another guy who sang the same song. And both were overshadowed by Curtis Finch’s performance of the same song.
Taylor seems to be overrated at this point. Nonetheless, he also seems to be a producer favorite. So look for Burnell to probably make it to the Top 20 for Season 12. The only way I see him not making it is if he has a disastrous performance. But at this point, it looks like he, Nick Boddington, and Lazaro Arbos are the three favorites to advance in this group.
Note: I will add the official YouTube video of Burnell’s Top 40 performance of “This Time” after Idol uploads it to the show’s channel. That usually takes until a few hours after the show is over.
American Idol 12 is entering the Las Vegas round. This is still an audition and not a public voting round. But unlike other seasons, the contestants will be giving a full performance in front of a live audience in Las Vegas.
There are 4 episodes of 10 contestants for this round. The judges are picking half of those 10 each episode. Thus, the Top 40 becomes the Top 20 for next round.
The audience cheered quite a bit for this one.
Judges’ Thoughts On Burnell Taylor’s Las Vegas Performance:
Keith said it was a good performance. The style was original. Nicki said she would pay to see him sing. She wouldn’t shut up about him losing weight, etc., etc. Randy said he was great in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana audition. He didn’t think this one was all that good, but he was still captivated. Mariah said this was fantastic. She talked about crying at his first audition.
I don’t know why they are exaggerating so much on this contestant. It was a good performance but could have been criticized like the ones they are being negative about. For example, he didn’t really go to the next level at any point, relying principally on his vocal tone to deliver the song. That is fine, but others are criticized instead of praised for doing the same thing.
Burnell Taylor has advanced to the Top 20 on American Idol 12.