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How Far Does Paul Jolley Get on American Idol 2013?

After a series of dismal auditions, Paul Jolley lived up to his name and put a smile upon the faces of the American Idol 2013 judges.   The Nashville, Tennessee resident dedicated his performance to his recently deceased grandfather and sang Rascal Flatts’s "I Won’t Let Go." The judges loved his unique country sound and unanimously gave him the go-ahead for Hollywood.   But will Paul survive and make it into the Season 12 Top 40? He definitely will,... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/w94QHc-9tVI/how-far-does-paul-jolley-get-on-american-idol-2013

Watch All Performances From the American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge Auditions (VIDEOS)

American Idol Season 12 said hello to Randy Jackson’s hometown, as they stopped to judge the talent in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Thursday, January 24.   As we could have predicted, the South brought out some phenomenally soulful voices, but not everyone was Hollywood material. In case you missed out on any of the action, we’ve rounded up all of the most memorable auditions for your viewing pleasure! Watch all the performances from the American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge auditions... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/29-wdKSECcg/watch-all-the-performances-from-the-american-idol-2013-baton-rouge-auditions-videos

How Far Does Burnell Taylor Get on American Idol 2013?

Burnell Taylor’s musical background wasn’t the only thing that caught the attention of the American Idol 2013 judges. His grandfather was in a band, and his mother a singer. But it was Burnell’s inspirational story of rebuilding his life in Baton Rouge after losing everything in Hurricane Katrina that made him stand out. That, and his impressive voice!   The 19-year-old singer performed "I’m Here" from The Color Purple, drawing a standing ovation from... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/66yYX3HFhyE/how-far-does-burnell-taylor-get-on-american-idol-2013

Hurricane Katrina Victim Burnell Taylor Sings “I’m Here” in American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge Auditions on January 24 (VIDEO)

Burnell Taylor’s been singing since he was young, but it was Hurricane Katrina that pushed him to pursue his dreams. After he and his family lost everything, he realized he better be thankful for all the gifts that he has! Clearly, the judges are thankful too, because they give Burnell a standing ovation! //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/CUkzTPn_ma4/hurricane-katrina-victim-burnell-taylor-sings-im-here-in-american-idol-2013-baton-rouge-auditions-on-january-24-video

Alissa Griffin Sings “Who Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” in American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge Auditions on January 24 (VIDEO)

While Baton Rouge has impressed the judges, one hopeful in particular absolutely did not. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/45Nbl7Q7zaE/alissa-griffin-sings-who-make-me-feel-like-a-natural-woman-in-american-idol-2013-baton-rouge-auditions-on-january-24-video

American Idol 2013: Which Was Your Favorite Baton Rouge Audition?

Tonight’s episode of American Idol 2013 was short and sweet, but we saw tons of talent come out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Despite moments when the judges were underwhelmed by the auditioners coming through, they still decided to send 35 singers to Hollywood. But which audition was your favorite? Was it Charlie Askew’s idiosyncratic yet amazing renditions of Queen’s "Breakthrough" and Nat King Cole’s "Nature Boy"? Or Maddie Assel’s... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/-L9i2EbgOLA/american-idol-2013-which-was-your-favorite-baton-rouge-audition

How Far Does Dr. Calvin Peters Get on American Idol 2013?

Where was this handsome singing doctor when we were in the hospital? Dr. Calvin Peters charmed the pants off of the American Idol 2013 judges with his great bedside manner and soulful rendition of Maxwell’s "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever." But will we be seeing the good doctor in the Season 12 Top 40? Sadly, our spoiler list doesn’t include Calvin as one of the lucky singers to make it past Hollywood Week. It’s a shame, but at least there’ll be one more... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/yxdXF-dATXw/how-far-does-dr-calvin-peters-get-on-american-idol-2013

'American Idol': Hurricane Katrina survivor Burnell Taylor says 'I'm Here'

Burnell Taylor - Baton Rouge Audition... by IdolxMuzicThe best "American Idol" audition of the bunch in Louisiana came from 19-year-old Burnell Taylor, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina who now lives in Baton Rouge and who got his musical background from his grandfather. He chose to sing "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple," which is an interesting song choice -- Broadway sound is generally not what they're looking for. But he wasn't too show tune-y and the judges were big fans."I loved it. I can't even -- I felt every single word you sang. Just spectacular," says Mariah. And Nicki chimes in, "That is what we came for. I feel like we've been flying all around this country for that ... that wasn't even an audition, that was just entertainment for us."Keith adds, "Somewhere there's a spotlight right now waiting for you to walk into it."What did you think of Burnell, "Idol" fans?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2013/01/american-idol-hurricane-katrina-survivor-burnell-taylor-says-im-here.html

Dustin Watts Sings Garth Brooks' "She’s Every Woman" in American Idol 2013 Baton Rouge Auditions on January 24 (VIDEO)

Dustin Watts loves his job as a fireman, but his passion lies in singing. When he comes in to sing a Garth Brooks number, the judges that he looks and sounds like a country star. //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/O3zpuczIAe0/dustin-watts-sings-garth-brooks-shes-every-woman-in-american-idol-2013-baton-rouge-auditions-on-january-24-video

How Far Does Charlie Askew Get on American Idol 2013?

When it comes to talent like Charlie Askew, awkward is awesome.   The shy singer blew the American Idol 2013 judges away with his unique take on Queen’s "Breakthrough" and Nat King Cole’s "Nature Boy."   So will this rich-voiced youngster make it into the Season 12 Top 40? According to our spoilers list, the answer is yes! We can’t wait to see how Charlie does against his talented peers in Las Vegas. Watch Charlie’s interesting... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/88QTx3LODb8/how-far-does-charlie-askew-get-on-american-idol-2013