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Week 3 brings us more auditions from the same 5 cities…
I’m not sure I like the bouncing back and forth but what do I know…
so I’m not even going to bother noting the cities because it would make my head hurt…ready? set? GO!

Wednesday

Miranda “Poh” Scott  — 17  — Baltimore, MD — Fairy Tale
Sister made Top 24 last year
a little nasal…no…a LOT nasal with a gravel edge…

and it distracted me from anything else…
and when they scream I’m out…totally disagree with the judges

Amelia Eisenhauer — 15 — Nashville, TN — Muddy Waters
hard edged voice with no bottom range and little breath control (and no head tone either)
just different enough to catch the judges attention and get a golden ticket
another one I disagree with the judges on

Joy Dove — 21 — Natchitoches, LA — Jambalaya
HUGH voice with a personality to match
Let’s see how she makes out in Hollyweird

Mackenzie Bourg — 23 — Lafayette, LA — Medley of Judges songs
a very creative audition – never seen THAT done in 15 seasons
vocally interesting to hear – scratchy tenor but had some interesting colors
he WILL be interesting in the next round

Andrew — 27 — and
Aaron Birdwell  — 23  — Cadillac, MI — ???
I knew this was bound for failure — don’t ask me why —

Jenna Renae — 23 — Williamson, NY —
pretty voice but under supported — sitting at a piano will do that
solid performing instincts however
she did deserve to move on though

Mario Bonds — 27  — Washington, DC — Inseparable 
blind at 10 with a solid backstory
good voice but very affected (a little lounge-y for me)
not a great performance and I had to agree with the judges

Adam Lasher — 28 — Danville, CA — Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
Cleaned up his act from last year and brought a very creative arrangement with him
Hope he makes the most of the second chance

Emily Brooke — 16 — Wellington, FL — Careless
A little Taylor Swift-y but I did like her last year and glad to see her back

Thursday

Jessica Cabral — 21 — Worcester, MA — A Brand New Kind of Me
nice, warm sound with a laid back style (and being Portuguese is a plus in my book!)
she had them in the palm of her hand – glad she made it

Cody Ostrenga — 23 — El Paso, TX — Proud Mary
something told me he’d be a dud…maybe it was the belly dancing…oy…

Brian Dale Brown — 27 — Bakersfield, CA — Unchained Melody
auditioned 10 times and Lee Dewyze put him through…this will be good…or not…
an unchained voice is what I heard — it could be good but so many bad habits and tricks — too much of a goofball.. can’t believe they put him through

Gina Naomi Baez — 27 — Rockville Centre, NY — Lips Are Moving
a gal and her dog…great (not)…the kooks are out in this episode… she can actually sing but she’s a bit over the top for me…thank you, Jesus, they didn’t put her through…if she wanted to be taken seriously she shouldn’t have tried a gimmick

Melany Huber — 17 — Livonia, MI — Talking to the Moon
cancer survivor… folk/soul sound… it’s a young voice that may have been affected by chemo but that can be worked with…genuine performance…not a pity vote… I think she can take on Hollywood

Rachel Karryn — 20 — Columbus, OH —
Caroline Byrne — 25 — Waldwick, NJ —
Bianca Espinal — 22 — Harlem, NY —
each had a family member accompany them and each had a decent voice – nothing spectacular however

Justin Sullivan — 22 — Paramus, NJ — (What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You) Stronger
obsessed with Miss Clarkson…not a bad voice…I thought this might be a joke but he wasn’t half bad…very sincere…too bad he wasn’t a little better…

Chynna Sherrod — 16 — Bridgeport, CT — One Last Time 
smooth, easy listening style — young voice but a good sound — no gimmicks — I liked it and her

Lillian Glanton — 15— Athens, AL — Country Boyfriend (Original)
another down home country girl…I liked the song, actually…a Taylor Swift in the making…the voice is not very strong but it may be because she’s young…I sided with Harry on this one (surprise?)

Kacye Haynes — 23 — Talladega, AL — Brother
Rock singer for sure…not a bad falsetto…definitely an untrained voice…but it didn’t “wow” me…

Zach Person — 18 — Houston, TX — Next Door Neighbor Blues
very unique sounding voice for someone so young…and he knows the blues as well…genuine enough to stand out…

Colette Lush — 19 — Orange County, CA — Whose Lovin’ You
a red headed Christina Aguilera wannabe — didn’t expect that good a voice from her — she’s got something there that can be worked with — #teamginger

Avalon Young — 21 — San Diego, CA — XO
light, sparkly voice…no pretense…charming…might prove interesting so see where she goes

Usen Isong — 20 — Queens, NY — Not the Only One
a little on the nasal side and the high heels through me a bit but he was really good…a little on the quirky side

Jaci Butler — 19 — Rowlett, TX — It’ll Rain
real legit voice for an alternative singer…I liked her…except when she almost went into the alternative vibe…I’d lose the green, however…

Stephany Negrete — 21 — San Diego, CA — Who Loves You
just sing the song, honey…you have a legit voice but the vocal machinations were extremely distracting…you are very lucky they put you through…

Manny Torres — 20 — Flushing, MI — This Love
Latin fused performance…not the strongest voice in the bunch but great energy…fitting last audition

and lastly a shameless plug for GREASE: LIVE!

Didn’t see that coming…much…FOX is so predictable…

One final note — Clay actually said out loud of what some of us have been thinking or screaming at out TV’s for the last 15 years when he chewed out that over-the-top wannabe contestant. I enjoyed it and I don’t care if it may be have scripted. It was about time!

So the ones to watch in this final round were few but impressive:
Mackenzie Bourg
Jessica Cabral
(my personal favorite)
Zach Person
Colette Lush

Now it’s on to Hollywood with its overabundance of drama – I can’t wait!

Till next week…

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Phabulous Philly

Hola, friends! This week we move on to Philly and with Clay Aiken in attendance — how can we lose? Clay’s never at a loss for words, especially when he’s at is snarky best. It’s also nice to see the show paying attention not only to winners but those who made a big splash in music/entertainment without having the title.

My only burning question of the night is — what’s with Harry trying to rock the white t-shirt a la Simon Cowell? Please don’t give into the dark side, Harry! You will NEVER be Simon and that’s a good thing!

Ok, then – let’s see who impresses the judges on this stop:

Gianna Isabella — 15 — Jackson, NJ — House of the Rising Sun
Mom is Brenda K. Starr (80’s pop star – I Still Believe)
Reminds me a little of her mom – big, strong voice
pretty vocal colors when not screaming (why do they all try that?)
hopefully not too young – would like to see her survive Hollywood

Derek Huffman — 21— Coventry, RI — Angel in the Morning
Obviously NOT a Claymate (or even someone who as actually watched Idol)
1st to bring in a boombox as accompaniment
Not great vocals
Reminds me of too many kids I’ve bumped into in RI

Issac Cole — 15 — Emlenton, PA — ?
The country version of the Bebs
“acappella song with guitar”
I think he’s too young — voice needs to mature
Harry gave him great advice but they shouldn’t have put him through

Sarah Strum – 17 – Centerville VA — Lips are Moving
bright, bubbly and full of personality
she has a solid but young voice
confidence a mile long

Ellis Banks — 25 — Indianapolis, IN — Born This Way
a Nicki Minaj impersonator? Ouch!
Didn’t do GaGa an justice at all

Jenn Blosil — 23 — Brooklyn, NY — Radioactive
Very nasal but a unique sound
Quirky, free spirit
Can’t figure her out — is it an act or not?
Hollywood will sort it out for sure

Harrison Cohen — 17 — New York, NY — No Time original
good guitar player and the song is really good
not a bad singer – a little on the boy band side mixed with Jewish runs

John Arthur Greene — 27 — Raleigh, NC — Somebody Like You
one heck of a backstory but great attitude
Broadway Baby but really didn’t sound that way
nice voice and great stage presence
credit for singing a Keith Urban tune

Carry me back Denver and Little Rock

Something tells me they saved the crazies for the second week of auditions and if the coming attractions are any indication there will be even more next week. Great… (sarcasm) Let’s not worry about that now and take a look at this interesting group:

Amber Lynn — 28 — Provo, UT — ?
a little Ricki Lee Jones like with a lot of soul
just ok for me

James Gray Dawson (the 8th) — 23 — Provo, UT — Sun Comes Up
I don’t like the faces he makes but the voice is good (yet somewhat affected)
good guitar player

Emily Wears — 25 — Solon, IA — Bring on the Rain
professional auctioneer – not bad, either
pretty little voice but slightly under supported at the beginning (nervous?)
got better as she felt more comfortable but I agreed she shouldn’t go on

Chris “CJ” Johnson — 28 — Memphis, TN — Make My Dreams Come True
working musician
yes, he’s a guy with a guitar but he was really engaging going old school with a Hall and Oates song
good voice

Ethan Coots — 15 — Nashville, AR — Stormy Monday
breeds American Fox Hounds
Blues/Southern Rock
VERY young voice but he does feel the music
needs a lot of work, however
a really tough one – even the judges were torn on this (I agreed with Harry that he is too young for AI)

Mary Williams — 23 — Belfast, TN — ’Til I Can Make It On My Own
definitely an old school country singer
nice, warm sound and a good delivery
Even though Keith didn’t like her I’m glad they put her through

Xavier Soller — 26 — Newtown, KS — Friends in Low Places
(one of my favorite songs 😉
great personality but pretty affected (almost sounded like an imitation)

Terrian — 18 — North Memphis, TN — Happy
a real natural singer with a sincere, warm voice

Leann “Blue” McIsaac — 23 — Traveling Nomad — original
she actually had a decent voice but too colorful for this show

Tommy Stringfellow — 17 — Bentonville, AR — Gimme Love
Nice, easy, true tenor voice
just different enough to make it through

Tywan “Tank” Jackson — 29 — Ashtabula, OH — Superstar
if it can work for Ruuuuuubin it can work for this boy
he was a little out of breath so he shouldn’t have busted a move
before he sang
not a bad sound – smooth tone on a big voice

John Wayne Schulz — 27 — Salt Lake City, UT – The Dance
I DID remember him (Season 10) and now with a heartbreaking backstory
still sounded as good as I remembered
great performance

Leah Harbert — 24 — Moriarty, NM — Chain of Fools
She lost me at rewinding and singing to a Brittany Spears cassette – ouch!
Was there even a melody present???

Jordyn Simone — 15 — Los Angeles, CA — Who’s Lovin’ You
Whoa!!! That was really unexpected
A real natural singer and performer – an old soul

Kassy Levels — 17— Dallas, TX — ?
good performer but highly affected from what little I heard

Rhea Raj — 18 — Princeton NJ — How Will I Know
different take on the song but voice was a little weak

Jake Dillon — 22 —- Sandsprings, OK — Danny’s Song
such an easy voice to listen to and thank you, Keith, for sending him through – he may just be a dark horse ***

Ashley Lilinoe — 20 — Kane’ohe, HI — Black Velvet
she sings with clenched teeth and I was not impressed
can you believe I agreed with J-Lo?

Andrew Nazarbekian — 20 — Moscow, Russia — To Make You Feel My Love
Too much vocal calisthenics but he has a really pleasant voice when he sings it straight

Elvie Shane — 27 — Caneyville, KY — House of the Rising Sun
They bookended this show with this number – oy!
But this guy was really smokin’ – a barroom singer but highly engaging
***

So, my watch list for Hollyweird continues to grow – here’s who I added on after this week’s tryouts:

Harrison Cohen
Terrian
John Wayne Schulz
Jordyn Simone
Jake Dillon
Elvie Shane

Let me know who you liked and passed on this week and whether or nor you’re agreeing with our judging panel by adding your comments to the comment box. Next week will be the last 1st round auditions before the Hollywood phase so we’ll be going back and forth again between the five cities. Personally, I’d rather we concentrate on one city at a time but what do I know… 😉

See you all next week!

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Call me crazy but I just can’t resist blogging one last time about this cheesy, frustratingly fascinating reality “singing” competition as it begins to ride off into TV sunset. Through its ups and downs — and there have been legions — I have stuck with this show for all of its 15 seasons; screaming at judges (like they could hear me), agreeing with mentors (particularly Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and Adam Lambert), loving just about everything Harry Connick, Jr. does (and he was correct to call out Quentin last season – sorry) and praying that Simon would get a personality transfusion – along with cheering when Randy “Dawg” Jackson FINALLY left the judges table. It was the first of its kind – a singing competition that drew you into the contestant’s story and struggle to be the best – and it was a TV program the entire family could sit down, watch together and then discuss/debate for days until the next episode. Those that have followed (The Voice, America’s Got Talent, etc) have all succeeded in their own way but American Idol is unique in getting us, the viewer/voter, to care about the singers and root for them through a sometimes twisted process. And, yes, the show has had its low points – which I won’t go into right now – but on the whole it has helped to display and encourage real musical talent in a country where the arts are played down in schools and no longer something everyone can share in no matter what level of talent they possess.

But enough waxing on about the past. Let’s enjoy what we have left of this show and get to the first week of auditions!

First of all I LOVED the show opening! This show has had a significant impact on American life and visual demonstrating that was a great reminder to all the naysayers. Beginning in Atlanta was also significant because, besides being Ryan’s hometown, I think the most top 24 contestants first started out there (anyone want to fact check that?).

After the usual crowd and judges shots, we get to the first of the auditions: (so you know, my thoughts on the auditions are in shorthand and not full sentences – I also try to include song titles if they announce them

Michelle Marie – 15 – Daytona Beach, FL – Blue
Nice, young country-ish sound
A little quirky (braces and all)
Might be a tad young for this competition but don’t tell her

New this year, and something they should have started about 5 years ago, is that they’ve brought the former Idols and contestants on to do a little judging at the first level. Why they waited until NOW is beyond me. So, since he lives next door in the 215, it was only appropriate to have the Velvet Teddy himself, Ruben (Roooooooben) Studdard take a turn at judging.

Josiah Siska – 18 – Dacula, GA – Ghost Riders in the Sky
This kid’s a big bad bass – for real – has a bit of a tremolo
Decent on the guitar
And he sang a downward chromatic scale – cool! (Harry & I are music geeks, go figure)

Lindita – 26 – originally from Kosovo (married to an American) – It’s A Man’s World
Lost 150 to audition – didn’t see that song coming
Bad ending (she’s a run-er for sure)
Might have interesting backstory

Billy Bob Evett – 25 – Punta Gorda, FL
I thought it was good but I couldn’t hear the pitch issues because Keith singing along
May not have gotten a fair shake

Lee Jean – 15 – Bluffington, SC – Icy Fire
boy band sounding voice
Plays better than I thought
Cute enough for the teen girl
And he has a backstory to die for

Then it was on to Denver with AI Season Five’s winner Taylor Hicks (he hasn’t changed a bit)

Jeneva Mitchell – 15 – Saddle Mountain, (Crawford) CO – Chain Saw
Very different presence and sound – great cello work for her age
She’s got raw talent & young voice
Sometimes being “off the grid” is a good thing

Sonika Vaid – 20 – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Pretty little voice – nice vocal lines – beautiful tone – no crappy runs – pure sound

Joseph Kohlruss – 16 – Scotsdale AZ – Hello (Ritchie)
Picked the wrong song out of the gate
Showed and overbite when he sings
Trying to be Josh Groban
There’s stuff to work with in that voice but not for Idol
Seems a little too self assured

Reanna Molinaro – 24 – Hobbs, NM – Get Over It
Nice alto/chest voice
Pure sound  – would have liked to hear her play guitar

Sylvia Walker – 16 – Rayle GA – Yodelling
was that a joke? she has a show goat?
could win an award for talking – yikes!

Shevonne Philidor – 24 – Tampa, FL
has auditioned before – with her sister – I remember that
nice and confident this time

Kory Wheeler – 27-  Nashville, TN – Benny and the Jets
don’t remember him from last year
different arrangement of a classic song – not a bad voice

Laurel Wright – 19 – Maryville TN
girl with a guitar – just ok

Joshua Wicker – 25 – Jacksonville FL – Stay (Rihanna)
expectant dad / worship leader
nice tenor – interesting song choice
puts everything into the song (but just a little over the top at times)

Jordan Sasser – 27 – All Coming Back to Me Now
Alex Sasser – 23 – Raleigh NC
Husband and wife
and what’s with the man-bun?
She – a little nasal but very bright and sparkly voice (I disagree with judges – I would have put her through)
He – very high tone – very passionate – another interesting song choice

Kerry Courtney – 24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Black Sun
very intense performer
has a coffee house vibe
voice isn’t bad but tough to watch him sing
I wouldn’t have put him through but he probably won’t survive Hollywood (at least I hope he doesn’t)

Shelbie Z – 23 – Sumiton, AL – Last Night
Big old voice but very affected
equally big personality
Just OK for me

With Wednesday’s commercial laden proceedings concluded we move along to Thursday night where the Idol Audition bus rolled into San Francisco & Little Rock.

In Little Rock we were treated to an appearance by Season 8 winner and hometown boy Kris Allen. He was very genuine with the contestants and still looks like the entire experience hasn’t fazed him a bit. Moving on…

Cameron Richard  – 15 – Raceland LA – Gimme Love
born with cleft palate? Never would have guessed it
boy soprano-ish voice (maybe not fully changed)
very good performance – he feels the music
very cute – heartthrob material

Daniel Farmer – 24 –  Memphis TN – How Does It Feel
smooth, passionate voice – big range
nice falsetto
He needs to watch the ego a bit

Dalton Rapattoni – 19 – Dallas, TX – The Phantom of the Opera
Well, THAT was very interesting take on the Lloyd-Webber song
very interesting sound and performance style
Quirky enough to be legit

La’Porsha Renae – 22 – McCome, MS – Creep
Ok…That’s some BIG HIGH HAIR
with a big back story to boot and a cute kid
huge voice with a lot a control on runs but lacking some melody

Maddie McAllister – 16 – Ashdown, AK – Cowboy Casanova
now this one had a show chicken – yikes!
pretty girl with smooth voice until she tried to copy Carrie Underwood
too young for this competition

Trent Harmon – 24 – Amory, MS – Unaware
Pure high tone – surprisingly soulful
good guitar player

From the Midwest to the West Coast, San Francisco to be exact, we’re treated to another round of auditions – this one visited by Season 9’s champion Lee DeWyze (who? Just kidding…)

Brooke Sample – 28 – Tucson, AZ – Cold Day in July
genuine performer – smooth mezzo  – a little country sounding
needs confidence and some media coaching

Olivia Rox – 16 – Agoura Hills CA – When I was Your Man
Pretty and powerful  – like her tone
risky song choice but it paid off

Jessica Clark – 23 – San Dimas, CA – Come Together
pretty sound but didn’t like her runs

Ameet Kanon -18 – Los Angeles, CA
smoky sound

Kayla Mickelsen – 18 – Geneva, IL
coffee house sound

Melanie Tierce – 21 – Murrieta, CA
another girl with a guitar – just OK – not sure what they were raving about

Maile Delgado – 20 – Anchorage, AK – Chariot
former Miss Alaska but that was not a pageant performance
she brought it to church – nice voice

Brandyn Burnette – 25 – St. Louis, MO – original song
different sound (nice falsetto) and the song wasn’t bad either
gets credit for putting up with Harry’s antics

Kyrsti Jewel – 15 – Arcadia, CA – Mamma Knows Best
she might have the goods but it’s a very young sound and she’s a little affected
her family backstory is a bit much, however

Sarah Hayes – 26 – Middletown, CA – (I Need a) Hero / Invincible 
bit of a hot mess in the attitude department
not that great a voice and kept forgetting the words
Simon would have given this one a verbal tongue lashing and marched her outta there

Tristan Macintosh – 15 – Nashville, TN  Why, Baby, Why
mature sound for her age
budding performer
she can sell a song and the military backstory is a plus

So, after two nights of auditions, here are one I think could become contenders in this musical race:

Sonika Vaid *
Daniel Farmer
Dalton Rapattoni
Trent Harmon
Olivia Rox
Maile Delgado*
Brandyn Burnette
Tristan Macintosh*     *= my personal faves

Now it’s YOUR turn – let me know if you agree or disagree with my observations. Use the comment box and voice your opinions…but let’s play nice, OK? All comments are moderated because it’s my sandbox and I want civil discussion. Thanks!

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Call me crazy but I just can’t resist blogging one last time about this cheesy, frustratingly fascinating reality “singing” competition as it begins to ride off into TV sunset. Through its ups and downs — and there have been legions — I have stuck with this show for all of its 15 seasons; screaming at judges (like they could hear me), agreeing with mentors (particularly Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka and Adam Lambert), loving just about everything Harry Connick, Jr. does (and he was correct to call out Quentin last season – sorry) and praying that Simon would get a personality transfusion – along with cheering when Randy “Dawg” Jackson FINALLY left the judges table. It was the first of its kind – a singing competition that drew you into the contestant’s story and struggle to be the best – and it was a TV program the entire family could sit down, watch together and then discuss/debate for days until the next episode. Those that have followed (The Voice, America’s Got Talent, etc) have all succeeded in their own way but American Idol is unique in getting us, the viewer/voter, to care about the singers and root for them through a sometimes twisted process. And, yes, the show has had its low points – which I won’t go into right now – but on the whole it has helped to display and encourage real musical talent in a country where the arts are played down in schools and no longer something everyone can share in no matter what level of talent they possess.

But enough waxing on about the past. Let’s enjoy what we have left of this show and get to the first week of auditions!

First of all I LOVED the show opening! This show has had a significant impact on American life and visual demonstrating that was a great reminder to all the naysayers. Beginning in Atlanta was also significant because, besides being Ryan’s hometown, I think the most top 24 contestants first started out there (anyone want to fact check that?).

After the usual crowd and judges shots, we get to the first of the auditions: (so you know, my thoughts on the auditions are in shorthand and not full sentences – I also try to include song titles if they announce them

Michelle Marie – 15 – Daytona Beach, FL – Blue
Nice, young country-ish sound
A little quirky (braces and all)
Might be a tad young for this competition but don’t tell her

New this year, and something they should have started about 5 years ago, is that they’ve brought the former Idols and contestants on to do a little judging at the first level. Why they waited until NOW is beyond me. So, since he lives next door in the 215, it was only appropriate to have the Velvet Teddy himself, Ruben (Roooooooben) Studdard take a turn at judging.

Josiah Siska – 18 – Dacula, GA – Ghost Riders in the Sky
This kid’s a big bad bass – for real – has a bit of a tremolo
Decent on the guitar
And he sang a downward chromatic scale – cool! (Harry & I are music geeks, go figure)

Lindita – 26 – originally from Kosovo (married to an American) – It’s A Man’s World
Lost 150 to audition – didn’t see that song coming
Bad ending (she’s a run-er for sure)
Might have interesting backstory

Billy Bob Evett – 25 – Punta Gorda, FL
I thought it was good but I couldn’t hear the pitch issues because Keith singing along
May not have gotten a fair shake

Lee Jean – 15 – Bluffington, SC – Icy Fire
boy band sounding voice
Plays better than I thought
Cute enough for the teen girl
And he has a backstory to die for

Then it was on to Denver with AI Season Five’s winner Taylor Hicks (he hasn’t changed a bit)

Jeneva Mitchell – 15 – Saddle Mountain, (Crawford) CO – Chain Saw
Very different presence and sound – great cello work for her age
She’s got raw talent & young voice
Sometimes being “off the grid” is a good thing

Sonika Vaid – 20 – Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Pretty little voice – nice vocal lines – beautiful tone – no crappy runs – pure sound

Joseph Kohlruss – 16 – Scotsdale AZ – Hello (Ritchie)
Picked the wrong song out of the gate
Showed and overbite when he sings
Trying to be Josh Groban
There’s stuff to work with in that voice but not for Idol
Seems a little too self assured

Reanna Molinaro – 24 – Hobbs, NM – Get Over It
Nice alto/chest voice
Pure sound  – would have liked to hear her play guitar

Sylvia Walker – 16 – Rayle GA – Yodelling
was that a joke? she has a show goat?
could win an award for talking – yikes!

Shevonne Philidor – 24 – Tampa, FL
has auditioned before – with her sister – I remember that
nice and confident this time

Kory Wheeler – 27-  Nashville, TN – Benny and the Jets
don’t remember him from last year
different arrangement of a classic song – not a bad voice

Laurel Wright – 19 – Maryville TN
girl with a guitar – just ok

Joshua Wicker – 25 – Jacksonville FL – Stay (Rihanna)
expectant dad / worship leader
nice tenor – interesting song choice
puts everything into the song (but just a little over the top at times)

Jordan Sasser – 27 – All Coming Back to Me Now
Alex Sasser – 23 – Raleigh NC
Husband and wife
and what’s with the man-bun?
She – a little nasal but very bright and sparkly voice (I disagree with judges – I would have put her through)
He – very high tone – very passionate – another interesting song choice

Kerry Courtney – 24 – St. Petersburg, FL – Black Sun
very intense performer
has a coffee house vibe
voice isn’t bad but tough to watch him sing
I wouldn’t have put him through but he probably won’t survive Hollywood (at least I hope he doesn’t)

Shelbie Z – 23 – Sumiton, AL – Last Night
Big old voice but very affected
equally big personality
Just OK for me

With Wednesday’s commercial laden proceedings concluded we move along to Thursday night where the Idol Audition bus rolled into San Francisco & Little Rock.

In Little Rock we were treated to an appearance by Season 8 winner and hometown boy Kris Allen. He was very genuine with the contestants and still looks like the entire experience hasn’t fazed him a bit. Moving on…

Cameron Richard  – 15 – Raceland LA – Gimme Love
born with cleft palate? Never would have guessed it
boy soprano-ish voice (maybe not fully changed)
very good performance – he feels the music
very cute – heartthrob material

Daniel Farmer – 24 –  Memphis TN – How Does It Feel
smooth, passionate voice – big range
nice falsetto
He needs to watch the ego a bit

Dalton Rapattoni – 19 – Dallas, TX – The Phantom of the Opera
Well, THAT was very interesting take on the Lloyd-Webber song
very interesting sound and performance style
Quirky enough to be legit

La’Porsha Renae – 22 – McCome, MS – Creep
Ok…That’s some BIG HIGH HAIR
with a big back story to boot and a cute kid
huge voice with a lot a control on runs but lacking some melody

Maddie McAllister – 16 – Ashdown, AK – Cowboy Casanova
now this one had a show chicken – yikes!
pretty girl with smooth voice until she tried to copy Carrie Underwood
too young for this competition

Trent Harmon – 24 – Amory, MS – Unaware
Pure high tone – surprisingly soulful
good guitar player

From the Midwest to the West Coast, San Francisco to be exact, we’re treated to another round of auditions – this one visited by Season 9’s champion Lee DeWyze (who? Just kidding…)

Brooke Sample – 28 – Tucson, AZ – Cold Day in July
genuine performer – smooth mezzo  – a little country sounding
needs confidence and some media coaching

Olivia Rox – 16 – Agoura Hills CA – When I was Your Man
Pretty and powerful  – like her tone
risky song choice but it paid off

Jessica Clark – 23 – San Dimas, CA – Come Together
pretty sound but didn’t like her runs

Ameet Kanon -18 – Los Angeles, CA
smoky sound

Kayla Mickelsen – 18 – Geneva, IL
coffee house sound

Melanie Tierce – 21 – Murrieta, CA
another girl with a guitar – just OK – not sure what they were raving about

Maile Delgado – 20 – Anchorage, AK – Chariot
former Miss Alaska but that was not a pageant performance
she brought it to church – nice voice

Brandyn Burnette – 25 – St. Louis, MO – original song
different sound (nice falsetto) and the song wasn’t bad either
gets credit for putting up with Harry’s antics

Kyrsti Jewel – 15 – Arcadia, CA – Mamma Knows Best
she might have the goods but it’s a very young sound and she’s a little affected
her family backstory is a bit much, however

Sarah Hayes – 26 – Middletown, CA – (I Need a) Hero / Invincible 
bit of a hot mess in the attitude department
not that great a voice and kept forgetting the words
Simon would have given this one a verbal tongue lashing and marched her outta there

Tristan Macintosh – 15 – Nashville, TN  Why, Baby, Why
mature sound for her age
budding performer
she can sell a song and the military backstory is a plus

So, after two nights of auditions, here are one I think could become contenders in this musical race:

Sonika Vaid *
Daniel Farmer
Dalton Rapattoni
Trent Harmon
Olivia Rox
Maile Delgado*
Brandyn Burnette
Tristan Macintosh*     *= my personal faves

Now it’s YOUR turn – let me know if you agree or disagree with my observations. Use the comment box and voice your opinions…but let’s play nice, OK? All comments are moderated because it’s my sandbox and I want civil discussion. Thanks!

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Hello Idolites!

So, since this is the last EVER season of our favorite reality competition I’m thinking of resurrecting this blog (or maybe do a podcast instead) to blurt my rip roaring comments and observations once again on an unsuspecting internet. Whaddya think? Would you welcome me back with open arms or send me packing with your silence?

Let me know, ‘k?

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