What happens when a 16-year-old singer takes on a Beyonce song? Well, it can only go two ways — amazingly or horribly. Luckily, for Maddy Hudson, the risk was definitely worth it.
Singers that audition with tough songs, show how hard they can work — and that’s exactly what those auditioning in San Francisco did on the Jan. 28 episode of American Idol. Some performed Beyonce, while others tried their chance with Katy Perry. One even took on Justin Bieber. But they didn’t all pay off.
‘American Idol’: San Fran’s Full Of Athletes & Talnt
The night kicked off on a high note! Katherine Skinner, 15, may have a crazy fur coat and a psychic cat, but the girl can sing! Even Jennifer Lopez said, “You’re talented but you cray!” But the talent definitely overdid the cray, and she got three yeses!
Another singer I loved was Erika David, 25, nailed Alicia Keys‘ “No One” (in my eyes), but it didn’t win over Keith Urban. Even JLo said she needed work, but that she could do that before Hollywood.
Then came Harry Connick Jr.‘s big moment. Tim Tebow look-a-like, Andrew Bloom, came in with guitar in hand to play “Too Close” by Alex Clare and pretty much rocked out! The judges were definitely blown away, but Harry just wanted to meet his friend, Olympic medalist, Ryan Bailey. They even had a sprinting race. No surprise here — Ryan won. Clearly it was just because HCJ didn’t have his sneaks on.
One big issue during the San Francisco auditions wasn’t the singing — it was the doors! No one could figure out how to get out of the audition room!
Slapping, Telenovas & Bieber Covers
Nest up, we met Reno Anoa’i, a 16-year-old student who’s 100% Samoan with a huge people. He said that daily there’s up to 60 people in his house at one time! He played the ukulele and let’s just say, he was mesmerizing. The critique he got from the judges was to stop praying for a few minutes to listen — so cute. Oh, then his giant crowd ran in when he got three yeses!
Another entertaining guest was Samuel Price who called JLo a Puerto Rican queen. So, he called up the judges and had them act out a Telenova — and Jen actually slapped him across the face. It was incredible. However, he then took on Justin Bieber‘s “As Long As You Love Me,” and his vocals weren’t nearly as impressive as his fake fall.
No Risk, No Reward
Rayvon Owen, 23, took a huge risk — singing “Wide Awake,” one of the most difficult Katy Perry songs to sing. I’ve got to say, it was very smooth and peaceful — yes, a little pitchy, but he definitely had some range. The judges heard it, and it gave JLo “goosies!”
The show closed out with the best. Maddie Hudson, 16, came from a broken family but there was nothing broken about her tone. Oh and had a huge girl crush — because who doesn’t? — on JLo. She took on Beyonce‘s “Resentment,” and let’s just say, I have no idea how she’s only 16. I can absolutely see her making it very far through this. Again, JLo got goosebumps. “I’m blown away right now. Really, you’re one of my favorites,” she said. “I think she could win.” And we agree!
What did you think of San Fran auditions? Were you crazy about Rayvon like JLo was? Let us know your thoughts!
— Emily Longeretta