South Jersey's Jermaine Jones, who got cut from American Idol last week, is now in the Fox talent show's Top 13.
The deep-voiced "gentle giant" from Pine Hill not only survived a major cutdown Thursday night, but received high praise during commentaries by the show's mentor, Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M.
"I'm so glad the judges brought Jermaine back. I'd listen to a whole album of him," Iovine said.
That's a genuine compliment, because, Iovine had harsh words for some performers previously lauded by excessively effusive judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.
Thursday night, automatically moving on were five males and five females for getting the most votes from fans. After nine were named - Phil Phillips, Hollie Cavanaugh, Jessica Sanchez, Heejun Han, Joshua Ledet, Skyler Laine, Shannon Magrane, Elise Testone and Colton Dixon - it was down to the 6-foot-8 Jones and 15-year-old Eben Franckewitz.