She is hardly renowned for being shy and reserved.
And unemployed teenager Burnell Taylor managed to move Mariah Carey to tears for the second time time this series after his shock dismissal on American Idol on Thursday .
The multimillionaire diva bawled like a baby after the Louisiana native was kicked off the show due to a public vote that shocked and appalled the judges.
Moved to tears: Mariah Carey was bawling after Burnell Taylor's shock eviction on American Idol on Thursday
In fact there was hardly a dry eye in the house, with Nicki Minaj dabbing her make-up and the other contestants blubbing uncontrollably.
The Glitter megastar was so upset she spun her chair around, so the camera wouldn’t focus on her tear-drenched cheeks for too long.
It’s not the first time Mariah has sobbed for the New Orleans resident, who lost his home after Katrina - she was also moved to tears during his audition.
The public’s verdict came as a blow for the Idol judges, who had been far more critical of chronic stutterer Lazaro Arbos.
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Lazaro, a likeable ice-cream scooper from Florida, has served up a slew of mediocre performances in the last few weeks - forgetting his words and being horribly off key and pitch at times. But the public took pity on the 21-year-old yet again - and he was miraculously placed in the top three – a decision none of the judges, nor Jimmy Iovine, agreed with.
‘There can only be one person going home tonight and that’s Lazaro,’ said the top music executive, before Burnell's rejection.
After a staggering 25 million votes from viewers the top three contestants were picked as orphaned Texan Kree Harrison, food services worker Angie Miller, and the severely speech impaired Lazaro.
Next to be saved was administrative assistant Candice Glover and Amber ‘legs for days’ Holcomb – both favourites for the judges and Jimmy.
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That left ‘Southern Belle’ Janelle Arthur and 19-year-old Burnell at the bottom of the barrel.
‘I love you both dearly,’ said Mariah before breaking down in floods of tears.
Burnell was left singing for his life with the India Arie ballad Ready For Love. He was hoping the judges would make a unanimous decision to use their single ‘save of the season’ to keep him in.
But it wasn’t to be.
‘I’m sorry, no,’ said Randy Jackson.
‘Good luck brother, we love you, we love you,’ he sighed to the teen, who had worked hard to lose a lot of weight during the competition
Before the elimination the Idol top seven kicked off the night by singing Queen’s 1976 hit Somebody to Love.
Carrie Underwood has had 17 number one hits since her Idol win eight years ago – wearing a peach ball she performed her new single See You Again, and welled up when describing what Idol meant to her.
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‘I have so much love for this show…I’m going to cry,’ she said as her voice cracked.
Now a multi-platinum artist Underwood, winner from Idol season four, was once an Oklahoma farm girl who had ‘never even been on an airplane’.
On her original audition tape, which was replayed for nostalgia’s sake, the six-time Grammy winner said: ‘I have never been to a big city like Hollywood before, I’ve never even flown anywhere before.’
As usual music mogul Jimmy Iovine dished out some tough love for the contestants.
‘Most people chose the wrong song last night,’ said the veteran producer, referring to Wednesday rock music night.
He criticised Burnell for singing ‘behind the beat’ with Bon Jovi's You Give Love a Bad Name, but did not place him at the bottom of the pile.
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‘He gave rock a bad name last night…it sounded like the band was playing on east coast time and he was singing on west coast time,’ he jibed.
He said that Lazaro and Angie murdered Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love and compared them to bad wedding singers.
‘I would have cancelled the wedding,’ he said.
‘They completely missed the point of the song. Freddie Mercury would never have written a song the way they sang it,’ he sniffed.
Suffering from a ‘pinched nerve’ last night Kree still managed to impress the panel and the voting public.
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‘She sings with dignity this girl,’ praised Jimmy, who was also satisfied with Janelle’s performance.
‘Janelle did a competent job last night...I put her right in the middle,’ he said.
Unlike Randy, Jimmy did not rate the girls’ group song from last night.
‘I agree with Nicki, the only thing that was good about that was Amber’s jeans,’ he said.
He also noted Amber’s vast improvement over the weeks: ‘Amber is on her way to having the whole package,’ he said.
Despite having ‘the wind machine on tornado’ during her last routine Angie impressed Jimmy.
‘She gave a beautiful performance,’ he said, adding that she needs to sing more with her ‘heart and gut’ than her brain.
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All four judges and Jimmy named their ‘top three’ favourites to win.
Jimmy picked Angie, Kree and Candice.
Keith’s were Kree, Angie and Amber.
Nicki’s were the same as Keith’s - but she was miffed when her preferences were announced.
‘I didn’t know this was going to be told to the world…so thanks Nigel,’ she said referring to Nigel Lythgoe, the 63-year-old producer of the Idol.
When asked to explain her choice she said: ‘I feel like they are girls’ girls and they could really go far in this industry.’
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She also complimented Amber on being a ‘young Whitney Houston’.
Randy said he wanted to include Candice too: ‘She is unbelievable as well,’ he said.
Mariah went with Jimmy and chose Candice over Angie – as well as Kree and Amber.
The Butterfly singer, 42, said the decision was a tough one: ‘They basically bound and gagged me in my trailer, I have more of a top five than a top three,’ she said.
Shaggy-haired Season Nine finalist Casey James dropped by to sing and strum The Good Life, a track he wrote himself.
‘American Idol changed my life,’ said the 30-year-old Denver boy, who has a self-titled country album out.
Mobbed: Burnell Taylor was crowded by his rivals who were doubtlessly relieved he had been vanquished