Nicki Minaj may have refused to use the Judges' Save on Burnell Taylor on American Idol last year, but she made up for that snub when she unexpectedly invited the soulful Season 12 finalist to duet with her on the BET Awards this Sunday.
Watch Burnell's surprise performance below:
For those of you with short attention spans (and/or the many of you who understandably tuned out midway through Nicki's troubled Idol season), Burnell was arguably last year's most talented male finalist. But in a season when the boys were obviously set up to fail, he had to settle for seventh place.
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Burnell's appearance during Nicki's BETs performance, singing the gospel-inflected hook of her new single, "Pills N Potions," was brief; he wasn't actually introduced by name; and he had to share the stage with a Wonderland rabbit and a giant psychedelic toadstool. But his return to Los Angeles's Nokia Theater — the same venue that hosted last year's Idol finale and American Idols Live tour stop — was nonetheless a pleasant surprise for Idol fans who thought Burnell got a raw deal last season.
It was probably also a surprise, pleasant or otherwise, for the "Barbz," aka Nicki's superfans, since Nicki has totally distanced herself from American Idol ever since she left the show in May 2013.
Anyway, Burnell sounded so good, maybe we'll see him again on the BET Awards stage next year… singing a hit single of his very own.