February 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

Three Metro Detroiters graduate to 'American Idol' Top 12

Southfield’s Malaya Watson was nearly eliminated on Thursday’s “American Idol,” but the wild child tuba player lived to sing another day in the competition.

Watson found herself in the bottom two vote getters after Wednesday’s performance episode. A reported 71 million viewer votes were cast, and Watson and Florida nurse technician Kristen O’Connor were at the bottom of the heap.

But it was O’Connor who was voted off, and Watson was able to narrowly escape the axe. She will return to sing again next week.

Watson’s performance of Bruno Mars’ “Runaway Baby” on Wednesday’s episode was a little too all-over-the-place, Watson admitted during Thursday’s show.

“Now watching it back, I didn’t like it myself,” Watson told host Ryan Seacrest. “I could have done better. I think I was a little too excited, you know, trying something new.”

Later, Watson said she’d give a more controlled performance next week, if she made it through. “I might calm down for once in my life,” the Southfield High School student said.

Metro Detroit’s other two contestants were safe on Thursday. Farmington Hills Jena Asciutto and West Bloomfield-raised Sam Woolf both graduated to next week’s Top 12 without facing elimination.