Burnell Taylor was eliminated from "American Idol" Thursday, leaving just one man standing among the six remaining singers.
Janelle Arthur joined him in this week's bottom two.
I correctly predicted Burnell's elimination. Rock week wasn't kind to the New Orleans singer. For his solo Wednesday night, he got the dreaded first-singer spot, which often immediately puts a contestant in jeopardy.
But to some extent, Burnell sealed his own fate. His rendition of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" resembled glorified karaoke.
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Rock was obviously outside his comfort zone. Yet even though ballads weren't allowed this week, he could've picked something that allowed him to better showcase his soulful vocals. Also, I'm not sure if performing a duet with Candice Glover helped his case Wednesday night. She clearly out-sang him, and the judges' excessive praise of Candice didn't do him any favors.
Bottom line: Burnell's talented, but he needs to add a little "oomph" to his repertoire.
Yes, I realize we could say the same thing about Lazaro Arbos. Early in Thursday's show, mentor Jimmy Iovine said Lazaro would go home if America got it right.
After learning he was the lowest vote-getter, Burnell sang "Ready for Love" by India.Arie in an unsuccessful attempt to earn the judges' "save." The judges gave him a standing ovation.
Discussion time: Did the right singer go home?
Host Ryan Seacrest revealed America's top three this week: Lazaro Arbos, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller.
Show insiders listed a top three, too. Jimmy Iovine, Keith Urban, Randy Jackson and Nicki Minaj picked this top three: Kree Harrison, Angie Miller and Amber Holcomb.
Mariah Carey said Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb and Candice Glover.
Also on Thursday's show, "Idol" finalist Casey James sang "The Good Life" and "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood sang "See You Again." The "Idol" contestants performed "Somebody to Love" by Queen.
These singers remain in the competition: Janelle Arthur, Amber Holcomb, Lazaro Arbos, Kree Harrison, Candice Glover and Angie Miller.
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