Hollywood, CA - New Orleans native Burnell Taylor reworked his original audition song to high praise for his Wednesday night semi-final performance on American Idol.
Taylor sang "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple" to a standing ovation from Idol Judge Keith Urban.
"Your voice is instantly recognizable. If I heard that voice on the radio I'd go, 'that's Burnell.' I loved it!" said Urban, describing what he called Taylor's musical "signature."
Nicki Minaj called Taylor "one of a kind" and said "I'm happy we found you."
Randy Jackson praised Taylor's ability to capture the audience's attention from the first note.
You can see video of Taylor's performance here.