9 April 2013 9:25 AM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

Burnell Taylor's elimination from American Idol (TV) has not discouraged him one bit. He survived Hurricane Katrina, for Pete's sake. He's got this. He did, after all, make it to the Top 7 and as he himself says, "It ain't over yet." Fans cheered him on throughout the season, enamored with his raspy vocal prowess and neo-nerdy fashion sense as he delivered memorable performances of Lachanza's "I'm Here" and John Legend's "This Time." Though his last performance of Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" didn't leave a lasting impression on the judges, Burnell stands by the choice, stating that he had "the time of my life" singing it. In a recent interview with journalists on the morning after his elimination, the 19 year-old New Orleans native set the record straight on a few things, including his fondness for co-contestant Amber Holcomb, the mentor who "terrified" him, and »

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