Soulful singer Curtis Finch Jr. survived two cuts on "American Idol" Wednesday.
Taking charge of his group in the second round during Hollywood week, Finch gave a soulful and powerful performance that led Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey to give thanks via a standing ovation.
"Wow. We needed that right now, today, in this moment," said Jackson. "I feel confident that this a 1, 2, 3... you're all through."
After giving a solo performance, Finch was paired up with Charlie Askew and Nicholas Mathis in a new twist that saw "American Idol" producers selecting groups, instead of the finalists selecting their own groups.
Nonetheless, it worked out for Finch.
"Curtis. I've been waiting for you all day and you did not disappoint," a thankful Mariah Carey shares in video below.
Speaking of the group round, Curtis Finch Jr. admitted that there were some bumps along the way, but was happy that they all survived and will move on to the next round of the competition.
"Absolutely, because we all have the same vision," said Finch.
"American Idol" returns Thursday night at 8 p.m. on FOX.