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Compelling Burnell Taylor and gentle soul Paul Jolley soar on 'American Idol'

"American Idol" Baton Rouge auditions: Contestant Burnell Taylor,

"American Idol" Baton Rouge auditions: Contestant Burnell Taylor, 19, of Louisiana, sang "I'm Here" and received a standing ovation from the judges. We'll be seeing him in the next round in Hollywood. (Jan. 24, 2013) (Credit: Fox)

"American Idol" found two especially memorable singers in Baton Rouge -- Burnell Taylor and Paul Jolley -- and for one night at least there was no sniping between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey.

Below's how I rated everyone; put your thoughts into the comments, below.

1) Burnell Taylor 's heartfelt, compelling "I'm Here" from "The Color Purple" brought Carey to tears, and got all the judges but Minaj to stand. Minaj loved him too though, saying simply, "we've been flying all around the country for that."

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2) Gentle soul Charlie Askew, who said he's always been "socially awkward," soared on "Breakthrough." Jackson put it best, calling him a "seemingly dark, strange but cool guy." He might ultimately be too quirky for the show, but am totally curious to see more of him.

3) Nice guy Paul Jolley 's "I Won't Let Go" got Minaj to say, "Your voice is really, really pretty." She also liked the "sparkle in your eye."

4) Firefighter Dustin Watts's "She's Every Woman" was classic country; as Minaj said, he just "looks like a country star."

5) Megan Miller, who was on crutches, went soulful and strong on "Something's Got a Hold on Me." 

6) Charismatic Dr. Calvin Peters got praised for singing a difficult song well, "Whenever, Wherever, Whatever." He could build a following; good story and has got the looks.

7) Maddie Assel growled some of the lines on "Oh Darling," reminding me of one of her influences, ex-Idol finalist Haley Reinhart

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