New Orleans contestant sings his way into American Idol top 20

Las Vegas, NV- Two Louisiana contestants will travel to Hollywood as part of American Idol's top twenty.

New Orleans native Burnell Taylor made the cut in Thursday night's elimination round in Las Vegas with his version of "This Time" by John Legend.

It was a performance Idol judge Keith Urban described as "strikingly original."

In his comments after the song, Urban said, "When you auditioned, you sang "I'm Here" from The Color Purple and we all said you're here to stay. And after tonight I really think you are here to stay."

"Nobody else was even in your lane tonight at all period!" gushed Nicki Minaj. "I would pay to come see you right now in concert!"

Burnell joins LaPlace native Breanna Steer who landed her spot in the Top 20 on Wednesday night's elimination round for the women contestants.

American Idol airs Wednesday and Thursday nights on WVUE FOX 8.

Find out more about this season's contestants here.