Fans of Jacksonville's Tyanna Jones were forced to wait for much of Wednesday night's "American Idol" to find out if she would be moving on from the top eight.
Her selection and ensuing performance were well worth the wait.
Jones was the sixth name announced and sung "Stay" by Rihanna as part of the show's "Billboard Hits" theme in memory of her late grandmother. The 16-year-old broke down shortly after finishing her set and received acclaim from each of the judges.
"The past couple of weeks I felt like you lost your way, and you know that you had to dig deep, and that's what you did," Idol judge Jennifer Lopez said. "That's where you live, and that's where you shine because that voice is so heavenly."
Fellow judge Harry Connick Jr. added: "It was extremely touching."
In a taped interview prior to her performance, Jones said of her grandmother: "I miss her so much, and I just really wanted her to still be in my life."
Jones is a student at Jacksonville's Westside High. She will perform again on the show next week.