As has been well-documented on BuddyTV, this past week of American Idol
auditions were underwhelming, to say the least. The South Carolina auditions were especially poor. But, what are you going to do? Some places (like Charleston) simply have a less talented population than others. Maybe it's something in the water, maybe it's the public schools system. I've picked out who I consider to be the three best singers from this week's batch of audition episodes and I can see two of them being strong contenders for the top 24.
Best of the Best #1 - Jeffery Lampkin
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Jeffrey, and not his sister, was the one and only star of the Charleston auditions. He had enough energy for the entire city. His voice isn't on par with his performance and likability, but it wasn't bad. I'd like to see what he's capable of away from his sister. I feel like she could bring him down if he continues to insist on performing duets with her in the Hollywood round. I don't have much hope for Jeff advancing to the top 24.
Best of the Best #2 - Samantha Musa
Samantha is the one who loves Simon a little too much. Way too much. But, that doesn't mean she can't sing. The most natural singer from this past week, Samantha has an easy style about her that felt, somehow, unique. She may end up blending into the crowd in Hollywood, but I have high hopes for Sam.
Best of the Best #3 - Michael Johns
The most talented singer of the week was this Australian import. He's a white guy singing soul. Just check him out. He's as near a sure thing for the top 24 as you can get at this point. Unless, of course, he just had a way over his head audition or he's a one trick pony, only able to do a specific soul singing voice, but I doubt it.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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