We’re on to week two of the season 14 ‘American Idol’ auditions, and the evening’s episode was jam-packed with the usual amount of jaw dropping performances of both the amazing and horrendous variety.
They really do grow ’em right in the midwest– well, some of them. When American Idol hit Missouri on the Jan. 14 episode of auditions, there were quite a few incredible performances from the wanna be pop stars all vying for their golden tickets to Hollywood. Check out everything that went down when Jennifer Lopez, Harrick Connick Jr., Keith Urban and Ryan Seacrest hit the Show Me state!
‘American Idol’: Country Twang In The Midwest
We thought last week’s audition round was intense, but that was kinda nothing compared to this week. So let’s get right down to business!
Ron ‘Big Ron’ Wilson, who also goes by Big Sexy, was the first contestant to give it a try in Kansas City, and he definitely made an impression walking into the judges’ room by singing JLo’s classic “Jenny From The Block.” So, did Big Sexy have what it took when push came to shove? Uh, kinda! Singing Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” he certainly appealed to Jennifer! In fact, during his serenade, Keith and Harry got up and gave the two some personal time! In the end, all three judges gave Ron a yes, and with that, we’ll see Big Sexy in Hollywood!
Unfortunately, things didn’t go as well for the next contestant Ian Subsara, 28, who sang “Dance The Night Away” in a key that was so high, nearby dogs were almost definitely barking. Harry even took to the piano to play a few keys and see how high he could really take those notes. It was really high, but Poor Ian was still sent packing with a no from all three judges. Sort of a relief, to be honest.
Ashley Lusk, who is only 15, impressed the judges with her guitar and strong country sound, as did Casey Thrasher, 23.
Things took a weird turn when Joey Cook, 23, decided that she would use her accordion to try and bring the outdated instrument, which she called a “squeeze box,” into the main stream. But the ecclectic young woman, who had electric blue hair, surprised the judges– and us! The accordion totally worked with her alternative sound and Keith even called hers the favorite voice he heard all day. Three yeses!
Things kind of slowed down after that, with a lot of nos, and some unremarkable yeses. That was until Stephanie Gumolt, 18, whose speaking voice sounded somewhat similar to a small toddler. BUT THEN, she opened her mouth to sing and her voice was strong and gorgeous! Don’t judge a book by its cover never ceases to be true on Idol. Two yeses (who needs ya, Harry?) and Stephanie is heading to Hollywood.
Missouri-born Ellen Peterson, 22, showed her roots singing “I Want to be a Cowboy Sweetheart” while accompanying herself on a banjo. She even did some yodeling and it all came together. Harry went so far as to say she made others proud to be from Missouri. All three judges agreed, she was going to Hollywood and she celebrated by playing the theme song to Beverly Hillbillies while Keith and Harry sang with her. JLo, however, was unfamiliar with the classic show, saying “we didn’t have that in the Bronx!”
And that about did it in Kansas City! Some low lows, but also some very high highs!
Be sure to tune in to part two of tonight’s episode on Jan. 15 when auditions hit New York and welcome special guest judge Adam Lambert!
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Could someone from tonight’s episode be the next American Idol?
— Casey Mink