MANILA – The 16-year old high school tuba player has made it to the Top 10 of the popular reality hit show, American Idol Season 13.
Malaya Watson, from Southfield High School, is safe and will be among the nine other contestants who will be part of the "Idol" tour this summer.
On Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Watson performed a rendition of a Jennifer Hudson song called "I Am Changing" from the movie "Dreamgirls".
That performance from the bubbly teenager earned a standing ovation from both the audience and the judges.
Judge Jennifer Lopez described the performance as a "perfect", while judge Keith Urban commented that Watson had a good understanding of the songs. Harry Connick Jr. said that she just showed the there is a big belter in American Idol Season 13.
Joining Watson in the Top 10 spot are Caleb Johnson, CJ Harris, Dexter Roberts, MK Nobilette, Jessica Meuse, Jena Irene Ascuitto, Alex Preston, Majesty Rose York, and Sam Woolf.
American Idol said goodbye to Ben Briley who was sent to the Bottom 3 along with Sam Woolf and Majesty Rose York.