American Idol’s Malaya Watson Garners Praise From Jennifer Lopez

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One of this season’s biggest success stories on “American Idol” is 16-year-old’s Malaya Watson’s journey through the show. The Michigan native may have been eliminated last week, but she’ll join her colleagues this summer on the “American Idol” tour and gain even more experience as an artist. After last week’s elimination night, the telegenic singer received sage advice and support from the “Idol” judges.

Jennifer Lopez said ‘stay true to yourself’ (and) Keith Urban said ‘You got it baby, you just work on it better, you’ve got this,'” said Watson. “Harry Connick Jr. said to just focus on my craft and who I am and not to not worry about stardom.”

Watson received strong praise from Lopez, who sees the artist as an immense talent. “As far as God given talent,” said Lopez. “(And) as far as voices go, she’s probably the best here. Being 16, you need time to learn control, you need time to learn your voice. She’s just learning herself. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot from her in the future.” Click on the media bar below to hear Jennifer Lopez talk about Watson.

Malaya Watson, who told Yahoo! TV that she would love to carve out a TV career,  also learned that the music business takes its share of hard work and perseverance, as even an amazing set of pipes needs a bit of luck and strength to survive. Click on the media bar below to hear Malaya Watson.

“American Idol” airs tonight on FOX (8 pm et/pt).