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Burnell Taylor Captures Hearts With ‘My Cherie Amour’ on ‘American Idol’

Burnell Taylor delivered Stevie Wonder’s ‘My Cherie Amour’ on ‘American Idol’ tonight (March 27). Guest mentor Smokey Robinson suggested that he try a soft and intimate approach, and the singer took the advice to heart while putting his own unique spin on the song.

During rehearsal, Robinson praised the raspy, captivating quality to Taylor’s voice, which he was sure to showcase onstage. Accompanied by a jazz flute, he sang a soulful, heartrending version of the Stevie Wonder hit that seriously impressed the judges.

‘Idol’ panelist Keith Urban was so blown away by the performance that he gave a standing ovation. Nicki Minaj loved it as well, saying, “You reminded us why we fell in love with that voice tonight, Burnell. Very, very, very good!” She then added, “I definitely could hear you back in that time – the Motown days. Your voice is so rich and soulful … It’s very artsy to watch and to hear you sing.”

“I love your choices,” complimented Randy Jackson. He went on to praise him for incorporating little vocal twists and inflections that were just as powerful as big runs. Mariah Carey also enjoyed the modern flavor that he added to the song.

What did you think of Taylor’s performance on ‘American Idol’ tonight? Is he “in it to win it,” just like Jackson said?

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