"American Idol" 2013 saw the top 20 trimmed to just the top 10 during the March 7 results show on FOX. While five talented guys were sent packing following the first nationwide vote, five others, including judges' darling Burnell Taylor, survived to sing again.
Taylor, who earned a standing ovation from panelist Keith Urban following a heartfelt March 6 rendition of "I'm Here," was the second guy to advance to the top 10. His name quickly became a trending topic on Twitter following the reveal. TV personality Michael Buckley was among the enthused tweeters, and wrote "WAY TO GO @BurnellAI12 - my fave guy last night! #MissCelie#idol."
Paul Jolley, 22, an aspiring country/pop singer who told the judges that he'd like to be the male Taylor Swift, also advanced. Rounding out the top five guys were St. Louis gospel singer Curtis Finch Jr., potential international sensation Devin Velez, and Lazaro Arbos, whose significant stutter vanishes when he sings.
The top 10 also features five ladies, including Janelle Arthur, Kree Harrison, Candice Glover, Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller.
The five guys who failed to make the cut were Cortez Shaw, Nick Boddington, Vincent Powell, Elijah Liu, and Charlie Askew. Self-described awkward teen Askew's elimination comes on the heels of a harshly critiqued March 6 rendition of Genesis' "Mama" that led to accusations of bullying by the "Idol" judges.
The "American Idol" 2013 top 10 will perform once again for viewer votes on March 13.