'American Idol' Recap: Auditions End on a Low Note in Omaha
Thursday, January 30, 2014
The auditions are now over for American Idol
season 13. The surprisingly reinvigorated series spent a lot of time
focusing on talented singers going to Hollywood and almost no time on
the trainwrecks and joke auditions. That, combined with the amazing
chemistry of this judging panel, has resulted in three very enjoyable
weeks of television.
Unfortunately, American Idol is ending this year's auditions on a bit of a low note. Some of the singers at the Omaha auditions are questionable choices, a few getting only two votes for Hollywood. In fact, with only 21 singers moving on, Omaha is well below the season's average of 30 per city.
We also see more rejects than normal for this season, including a square dance caller who prompts Harry Connick, Jr. to make a hilarious joke about how a move in which you grab a woman's forearm is called domestic abuse where he's from. I know that violence against women isn't funny, but he made it work.
Quaid Edwards: His mom was a country singer who played in a band with Keith Urban. He reminds me a lot of David Archuleta, but with a weaker voice. His runs aren't very strong, and the judges all think he needs work, but they like his raw talent.
Madison Walker: She's a sweet blonde 15-year-old who is boring and good. Keith calls her version of a Carrie Underwood song a great karaoke version, but she's still young. That doesn't stop them from taking a chance on her. Harry was going to say "No" because he knows she's going to be emotionally crushed when she gets dropped in Hollywood.
Alyssa Siebkin: She does an acoustic version of a song by rapper Waka Flocka Flame. I love it and I'm happy that Harsh Harry gets outvoted, leading to Alyssa taking a victory selfie with Ryan Seacrest.
Tyler Gurwicz: Harry is confused, as am I, because his voice is big, but all over the place. Keith doesn't like his vocal contortions and angry face. The male judges both say "No," but Tyler and Jennifer Lopez guilt them into giving him a second chance to prove he has range. He gets Harry to change his mind and turns a "No" into a "Yes."
Tyler Marshall: He's a big black guy with a voice to match. There's soul and pizzazz and he's like a jolly giant. It's no surprise to J. Lo, or anyone, that he sings in a church.
C.J. Jones: He sings "Stand by Me," and Harry's sense of humor eventually leads him to literally stand by C.J. during the performance. Harry dances awkwardly, and I though it was physically impossible for him to be any more charming, but I was wrong.
Dajontae Lenear and Dylan Becker: They're both adorably smooth and talented singers who move on.
Paula Hunt: She sings for the U.S. Air Force and sometimes goes overseas to sing for the troops. And her mom was a singer her couldn't perform after being diagnosed with M.S. Based on her story alone, there's no way she's going to be rejected. Luckily she has a great voice and even Harry likes her runs. But she's the kind of contestant who is going to try and tackle Whitney Houston in Hollywood and it will be her undoing.
Andrina Brogden: She's from Fargo and is bursting with North Dakota pride. She sings Beyonce's "Halo" and makes some interesting choices that I like. J. Lo thinks she sings with fear, and I agree, but I think she is only showing a little bit of what she can do. I think she has a ton of potential and could really be a serious threat if she gains some confidence.
Casey McQuillen: She gets through with an angelic version of Demi Lovato's "Skyscraper" that the judges love.
Tessa Kate: The final audition of season 13 is this sweet 25-year-old with a guitar who plays "Folsom Prison Blues." She's great and old-school country, prompting Harry to reminisce about kissing Barbara Mandrell on his TV.
That does it for the American Idol season 13 auditions. In total, 212 singers are heading to Hollywood for the most grueling and tear-filled week of their lives. Bring it on!
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