American Idol season 11 last night made it to Texas. Along the way we meet some old friends and some contestants we will get to know better in the live shows. So if you don’t want to know who they are, you better stop reading now.
First up was the adorable Phong Vu. He loved the judges but unfortunately they did not really love him. Both his voice and his dancing failed to impress. I wish he had been better as being on American Idol clearly meant a lot to him, but he didn’t get a golden ticket. Don’t worry, though: he vowed to be back next year.
That was just the first of several rejections. But then came one to watch: Skylar Lane. Hell on Heels was a great song choice for the outdoorsy yet feminine Skylar. Her fabulous voice rightfully carried her forward in the competition. I love her confidence too and the joy she obviously has in singing. The judges agreed and sent her to Hollywood, but not before she has Steven Tyler hugged her friend who was waiting for her outside.
Baylie Brown made it to Hollywood in season six when she was just sixteen. Now she is back and in it to win it. With a voice like that, she very well might hint, hint for the live shows… you were warned about these American Idol spoilers!)
Kristine Osorio (28) was next up with high hopes because this is her only chance to audition. (The age cut off is twenty-eight.) The judges love her and she barely had to sing before the judges told her she was off to Hollywood.
Jennifer Lopez then seemed out of step with the other judges, championing a few contestants who were ultimately rejected, before we got to Alejandro Cazares (26), who was out to prove the underdog could win. Not this underdog, though. The judges get on the same page finally to reject him but he says he will be back next year. We’ll see.
For the second day of Texas auditions, we kicked off with Cortez Shaw, who sings Someone Like You by Adele. Mmmm-mmmm this guy looked good and sounded good and booked his ticket to Hollywood. He loves his mom, too. Adorable!
After a few more rejected acts we got to the final act of the day: Ramiro Garcia, a worship leader in his church. He was born with no ears and there was the possibility that he couldn’t hear or talk. After multiple surgeries, they were able to discover an eardrum and he now has a voice. And what a voice. His version of Amazing Grace made me cry for all the right reasons and I’m not afraid to admit it. Suffice it to say that I hope the Top 24 spoiler was slightly wrong, but somehow I doubt it. Still, he got to Hollywood.
So, in total, fifty five people made it to Hollywood last night from Texas.
Next week American Idol 2012 auditions move on to the Pacific Northwest.