Fil-Am advances to next round of American Idol

Posted at 02/07/14 12:21 PM

MANILA - A young girl with Filipino roots made it through to Hollywood Week of American Idol Season 13.

Malaya Watson performed "Brand New Me" by Alicia Keys. She played the piano during her performance.

Although she was cut by Idol judge Harry Connick Jr., fellow judge Jennifer Lopez wanted to let her continue with her performance.

"Let her keep singing," said Lopez with a big smile.

Other Idol hopefuls who are on the same group as Watson's-- Savion Wright and Jena Asciutto-- successfully advances to the next round.

"Savion, Jena, and Malaya, congratulations. You guys are through to the next round," said Lopez.

The 16-year old Watson from Southfield, Michigan wowed the judges during her audition when she sang Aretha Franklin's "Ain't No Way".