It was the second night of the ‘American Idol’ season 14 premiere, and the competition was fierce. The team of judges took on another round of hopeful singers in Nashville and then hit the road to find even more talent in Kansas City!
Judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr, had their hands full on the Jan. 8, episode of American Idol. They sat back and listened to another round of contestants from Nashville, Tenn., and then jumped in the bus and went to Kansas City.
‘American Idol’: Nerves Run High
If you thought Nashville, Tenn. brought it the first night, tonight proved they were just getting started. Keith said it best. “You can never judge a book by its cover,” and that couldn’t have been anymore true in tonight’s episode.
As nerves ran high throughout the waiting room, there was one guy who strode through the halls with ease and confidence. But we quickly learned he didn’t quite have the talent to go along with the attitude — or so we thought. Harry didn’t hold back from letting him know that he was acting instead of singing, “I can describe you in one word… silly.” But, before they sent him packing, they unexpectedly gave him a second chance. And with that Andrew Annello, 22, laid it on the judges. Keith himself was surprised, “Don’t underestimate you’re voice… I’m going to say yes.”
Up next we got to see the very bubbly Loren Lott, 22, take on “Treasure” by Bruno Mars. It was a tight decision, but Jennifer and Keith saw something in her and gave her the pass to Hollywood.
Then came the Bill Nye-loving character, Trevor Douglas, 16, who sang “Sing” by Ed Sheeran. And right away this scientist won Jennifer over, “I like the way you sing, you have a corkiness to you… I love a geek.” And with that it was no more late nights in the lab for Trevor.
Little Hope Brings Jen To Tears
We soon met one of the youngest contestants, Hope, 3, and for obvious reasons she stole the hearts from each and everyone of the judges. But it was her single mother, Kelley Kime, 23, who was the one looking for that golden ticket. She sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, and in the end both Kelley and Hope found themselves heading to Hollywood.
After seeing a handful of dreams being crushed, we got to meet one special artist. Garrett Miles, 25, was born blind, but that hasn’t stopped him from following his dreams. With the help of his father, he entered the audition and played “Proud Mary” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Within seconds all three judges knew he had what it takes.
One of the most unique auditions of the night was the one woman band, Gina Venier, 24, who sang “Put the Gun Down” by ZZ Ward. Her funkiness sent her out the door with the prized ticket.
A Musician To The Core
A musician through and through, Kody Fry, 24, easily snagged his spot in Hollywood after singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Also in that category was Hector Montenegro, 24, who sang “Too Close” by Alex Clare; and fourth timer Sarina-Joi Crowe, 19, who passionately sang “Love Runs Out” by OneRepublic.
After taking all of the judges advice in Season 13, Savion Wright, 22, came back and was better than ever. He sang “Change The World” by Eric Clapton, and every note was on key. And Keith was the first to say, “There’s no way I’m not going to say yes.”
On The Road To Kansas City
With a change in location, came a whole new handful of promising talent.
The first three contestants grabbed our attention right out of the gate. Zach Kaltenbach, 22, sang “Grenade” by Bruno Mars and he did the song justice. Then came Naomi Tatsuoka, 24, who no doubt belongs in this competition. She sang Adele‘s “Someone Like You” and left Harry saying, “I think you threw everything in there, including the kitchen sink.” And then there was Jhameel, 24, whose rendition of “Buy You A Drink” by T-Pain was so engaging, the judges had nothing else to say but yes!
As the show winded down we were introduced to Jess Lamb, 28. It was clear the judges prayers were answered when she opened her mouth and sang her heart out to “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers. “I am smiling for lots of reasons… you are the definition of creativity” Harry told her. It’s no surprise that Jess is going to raise the bar in this competition.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers, do you think the singers were better on the first night’s episode or on the second? Let us know.
— Brittany King