AMERICAN IDOL, FOX, Reality TV
All eyes were on Devin Velez last night when he performed a stunning version of Beyonce's "Listen" from the soundtrack album of 2006's musical film DREAMGIRLS. As an added surprise, the talented singer suddenly changed to Spanish lyrics midway through the song! Check out the performance below.
Keith Urban praised Velez for needing nothing more than a stellar vocal to succeed, while Nicki Minaj said she had to "commend" the contestant for showing he was bi-lingual.
"It was a smart choice," the rapper said, pointing out that it was a great marketing move.
Randy Jackson, who up to this point had been largely unimpressed by the other performances, went even further, saying, "Dude, I love you. I thought it was amazing."
Added Mariah Carey, "No matter what, I can't wait to see what a producer does when you get into the studio and make an album."
The five guy semifinalists are Charlie Askew, 18, from Little Rock, AR; Curtis Finch Jr., 24, from St. Louis, MO; Paul Jolley, 22, from Palmersville, TN; Elijah Liu, 18, from Rowland Heights, CA; and Devin Velez, 18, from Chicago, IL.
Tune in next week on Wednesday, Feb. 27 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) as the Sudden Death Rounds continue when the second group of Girls - Melinda Ademi, Janelle Arthur, Juliana Chahayed, Cristabel Clack, Aubrey Cleland, Candice Glover, Rachel Hale, Jett Hermano, Zoanette Johnson and Breanna Steer - perform and the judges decide which five will join the Top 20.
Don't miss the dramatic conclusion from Las Vegas on Thursday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), as the final group of guys - Lazaro Arbos, Nick Boddington, Josh Holiday, Vincent Powell, Cortez Shaw, Gurpreet Singh Sarin, Bryant Tadeo, BurNell Taylor, Mathenee Treco and David Willis - perform with the hope of claiming one of the five remaining spots.
American Idol is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia, Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.