|Kelly Clarkson and Jason Farol|
LOS ANGELES, California – Before the announcement that he made it to the Top 3, Filipino-American contestant Jason Farol thought it was the end of his "Duets" journey with partner Kelly Clarkson.
“I was about to pass out. I was a nervous wreck the whole day. I thought it was my time,” Farol said.
Before being handpicked by Clarkson for "Duets", Farol only performed before his own camera for his YouTube singing videos.
“Yeah! Top 3! We're making the finale,” said Clarkson.
“We have conspiracy theories going behind the scenes. Uh-oh, he's closing. He can't possible close both shows because we closed last week, so we were like 'you're totally going home.' We were nervous,” Clarkson said.
Even the superstar-mentor of Farol’s competitors was impressed by the young singer's transformation from a timid contestant to a confident contender.
Jennifer Nettles said it's Farol’s Filipino side that gives him the extra boost in his performances.
“He has this soulful, soulful sound coming out of his body, it's like 'who, what is this?'" Nettles said.
Farol will be facing off with Nettles’ amateur-protégés, frontrunner J Rome and soulful singer John Glosson.
Farol said he owes his success to his loyal fans, especially fellow Filipinos who have been reaching out to him online.
“Thank you for getting me this far. I'm glad you guys are supporting me and hopefully I'll make you proud. Hopefully, I'll take the title for you guys,” he said.
Clarkson said Farol’s appeal is not limited to the teenage voters, like her fellow judges insinuated.
“I think its derogatory thing. They keep saying just the little teenagers like him. There are people who like him that are grown women and men. People in my band love Farol and they're 40-year-old men,” she said.
Next week, the amateur contestant with the most votes from Facebook, phone, and abc.com will bring home the title.