Burnell Taylor talks about his American Idol elimination
Burnell Taylor awaits decision from viewers' votes on American Idol-Photo FOX TV
Burnell Taylor sings his farewell on American Idol-Photo FOX TV
Hollywood, Calif.- New Orleans native Burnell Taylor's voice took him to Hollywood and American Idol's top ten. But viewer votes that brought that heady journey to an end.
With more than 25 million votes cast by FOX viewers, Taylor came up short. While he belted out a final song in hopes of landing the judges' single save of the season, it was not to be.
Speaking on FOX 8's Morning Edition, Taylor said all week he "had a feeling in his bones", so he was prepared to say goodbye.
Although he wondered in advance if he would be able to make it through that singing farewell, he said, "It's funny because in rehearsal I was thinking to myself, how am I going to perform this for a live show?"
When it came time to do it though, Taylor says he actually relaxed: "I just let go and had fun. That was the first time I actually didn't worry about if my notes were perfect."
He says he suspected the judges had already made up their mind before his song, so he says he wasn't really singing for the save but to leave his mark.
Taylor tells us he leaves with no regrets, "I appreciate this platform that I can build my life on."
He speaks of the opportunities the show provided he would not have had otherwise. In particular, he speaks of the weight he was inspired to lose after he made it through the audition process.
"I'm so grateful for that," Taylor said. "That's one thing that I took from this. I'm not afraid of growth anymore. I'm not afraid of being different or looking different. So that's what I took from the show and I'm glad the show allowed me to do that."
As for who he thinks will prevail in the end he said, "Keep your eyes on all of them!"
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