Beverly native Angie Miller sang an Evanescence song and impressed the judges during rock week, earning her a place in the top three on "American Idol," but that news wasn't a surprise. What was? Burnell Taylor, whose singing made Mariah Carey cry during his audition in Baton Rouge, was eliminated from the competition tonight.
Taylor sang the Bon Jovi hit "You Give Love a Bad Name" to open the show on Wednesday, and the judges felt like the song was a bad choice for his voice and style. Mentor and record executive Jimmy Iovine echoed their sentiments during the elimination show, saying Taylor "gave rock a bad name." He then predicted the 18-year-old Louisiana native would be in the bottom two.
Iovine's prediction came true. Taylor was in the bottom two, alongside Janelle Arthur.
In an effort to earn the judges' only save of the season, Taylor sang the India Arie song "Ready For Love" at the end of the show. Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, and Carey were not unanimous in their decision to keep him, thus eliminating him from the competition.
In another surprise, Lazaro Arbos (who Iovine predicted would go home), was in the top three with Miller and Tennesee crooner Kree Harrison. All but Carey predicted that Harrison, Miller, and Amber Holcomb would be in the top three. Carey's lineup included Harrison and Miller, but replaced Holcomb with soulful South Carolina singer, Candice Glover.
What did you think of Arbos' rendition of the Queen classic "We Are the Champions" last night? If you haven't seen it, check it out above.
Are you surprised with the elimination? Do you think the viewers voted for the right performers? Let us know in the comments.
Note: Globe critic Sarah Rodman will not be chatting about "American Idol." Her chat was postponed until Friday, April 12.
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