Unlike last week where 16-year-old Malaya Watson was in the Bottom 3, this week she’s safe with her soulful rendition of the gospel song, Take Me To The King.
Malaya with host Ryan Seacrest after her performance
Emily Piriz gets the boot for garnering the lowest number of votes. Jena Irene and MK Nobilette were the other two in the Bottom 3. MK was also in the Bottom 3 last week which saw Kristen O’Connor packing her bags early.
Malaya, a tuba player from Southfield, Michigan, said that Take Me To The King was the first gospel song she ever learned, that whenever she sings it she’s reminded of Home, which was the theme of the sing-off this week.
Judge Keith Urban gave Malaya a standing ovation and said he had goosies (goosebumps) and asked Jennifer Lopez if she had goosies, too. Jennifer answered she had goosies all over her body and had tears in her eyes at the end of Malaya’s performance, and added, “because I was so proud of you.”
Emily Piriz performs during the ‘Home’ sing-off
Harry Connick Jr. commented that Malaya was focused this time. The girl, whose name means freedom in Filipino (her mother is from the Philippines), started singing while playing the piano then stood and hit the high notes towards the end of her performance. She also donned a straightened hairstyle this time.
The Top 11 includes Alex Preston, Ben Riley, Caleb Johnson, CJ Harris, Dexter Roberts, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose and Sam Woolf.
American Idol XIII Top 12
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