Last night the American Idol 2012 auditions arrived in St. Louis, the city that gave us Carrie Underwood. Would anything we saw match the most successful act to come out of the American Idol machine? Probably not, but as we only got to see 5 of the people who got golden tickets, it is difficult to tell!
What we did get was a great beginning and a great finish to the show.
First up we saw Johnny Keyser, a 22-year old Italian restaurant server. I agreed with the judges who didn’t want him to stop singing Change Is Gonna Come. I loved him and so did the judges so he of course headed to Hollywood.
Mark Ingram, the auditor of the hotel where the American Idol 2012 auditions were being held tried his luck with Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed. It got him off work for a few minutes but sadly didn’t get him to Hollywood.
Reis Kloeckner was bullied in school but music pulled him through. He joined the choir and found supportive friends who gave him the confidence to audition. I think he’d be better in a group but we’ll see how he does in Hollywood.
Ethan Jones dropped out of school to become a musician. He was in a band with his dad, apart from the time the latter was in rehab. Nice back story and it made Steven Tyler sit up, but honestly he was just Ok on I’ll Be by Edwin McCain. Good projection on an ordinary voice. He got a golden ticket and called his dad, who is recovering. OK, so that made me cry, but I doubt we’ll see Ethan after Hollywood. Will someone get him a bandaid for his bleeding head, though? He had been so nervous before his audition he had scratched it.
Lauren Gray was “one of the best voices we’ve heard” according to Jennifer Lopez and although I’m not so sure about that, I liked her version of Adele’s One and Only. It didn’t reduce me to tears but I liked her, OK. Randy and Steven were just tiresome talking about whether to break before or after a big note. Of course Lauren is going to Hollywood!
Rachelle Lamb is yet another woman held back from fulfilling her dreams by a husband she has now ditched. (Where did aspiring singers find all these nasty men?) She sang Faith Hill’s Somebody New, a song apparently disliked by her ex. Oh the made-for-TV irony! She sang it to her cute little daughter and that is probably where we should leave her.
So there we have it. St. Louis. See you next week for “the most emotional and exhausting Hollywood Week ever”!