‘American Idol’ Recap: Burnell Taylor Goes Home
American Idol’s results show on Thursday saw New Orleans R&B singer Burnell Taylor singing for a chance to stay in the competition, but ultimately he was not offered a save by the panel of judges.
On Wednesday, Burnell gave a less than impressive performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love A Bad Name” – a poor song choice made worse by the singer’s failure to make it his own. Throughout the competition, Burnell consistently found himself receiving less votes that the majority of his peers, and even found himself in the bottom two last week despite wowing everyone with his take on Stevie Wonder's “Cherie Amour.”
Burnell's departure was significantly less shocking than the contestant who managed to not only avoid landing in the bottom two, but actually found himself in the top three this week. That lucky Idol-hopeful was Lazaro Arbos. While Lazaro did give a powerful performance in a rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” on Wednesday, he’s consistently given shaky performances and has had trouble remembering his lyrics.
Janelle Arthur, the most reliable country singer of the competition, had joined Burnell in the final two. Despite giving a solid performance of Billy Joel’s "You May Be Right," in which her stage presence received praise from the judges, she didn’t catch on with voters this week.
Joining Lazaro in the top three were Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb, who sang Evanescence’s "Bring Me to Life" and Heart’s “What About Love,” respectively.
The night also included performances by previous Idol winner Carrie Underwood and former contestant Casey James.
American Idol will return next week with the theme, “Song I Wish I Had Written,” and a performance by Kelly Clarkson.
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