The Jan. 30 episode of ‘American Idol’ marks the last day of auditions! See below for our top five picks and vote and comment with your own and tell us if you’re as excited as we are to get this show on the road!
Not that we at HollywoodLife.com haven’t loved this season of American Idol‘s round of auditions that have been heavy on talent and light on gimmicks and bad auditions, but we’re kind of eager to get this thing started. The Jan. 30 episode was as packed as ever with fantastic auditions — see below to find out which were our favorites and to find out if Alyssa Siebken made it to Hollywood with her cutesy, acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame‘s “No Hands!”
‘American Idol’: Best Auditions From January 30
1. Madison Walker, 15, joins this season’s ranks of beautiful young blondes who look illegally older than 15. She sang Carrie Underwood‘s “Before He Cheats” and we thought she did an amazing job but the judges hedged for a while. Harry Connick Jr. was not convinced she should have gone through, but Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez sent her through. We get it, Harry — you’re all about the process, and taking music seriously, and ensuring that the Idol hopefuls are ready for this, etc. etc. But Madison was fantastic and will only improve under their guidance! We’re certain she’ll go far in this competition.
2. Alyssa Siebken, 20, played an acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame’s “No Hands.” It was exactly as amazing as that sounds. Harry, continuing to be a real bummer (but at least not a mean one like Simon Cowell was), didn’t think she should have gone through, but he was outvoted. We wonder what she’ll sing next! It might be gimmicky, but seriously: who doesn’t like a cutesy, stripped-down version of a dirty rap song? Is that over now? We won’t hear of it, we will not.
3. CJ Jones, 20, sang Ben E. Kinge‘s classic “Stand By Me” — a popular, oft-butchered choice for Idol hopefuls. His look was a bit eccentric with his all-white suit and Pete Wentz hair, but it worked for him and his voice was bonkers, just so powerful. We’re not sure how his voice will translate to the typical Top 40 fare seen once the competition starts to narrow down, but he definitely has the chops if he works for it.
4. Dajontae Lenear, 16, sang Sam Cooke‘s “Never Can Change This Love.” Jennifer told him he was the cutest thing she’d ever seen and he very seriously replied, “Oh my god, Jennifer, you can’t tell me that right before I’m about to do this.” Adorable — and incredibly talented. We’re just loving all these talented tiny tots; can you tell?
5. It takes a lot of courage for a person to sing something by Queen Bey for their audition, and Andrina Brogden, 18, showed that by performing “Halo” for the judges. It was a sweet, effortlessly pretty performance that had Keith and Jennifer wondering whether she was holding back. We agree with Harry, however, when he disagreed with his fellow judges and told her that, essentially, it’s not necessary for her to go big and be showy because her talent shines through, and it’s clear that she could go big if she needed to.
Non-performance idle thoughts: Can we talk about the soundtrack for one moment? Can we get some love from our Bright Eyes fans? The show’s soundtrack opened with “Another Travelin’ Song” and it’s like this season of American Idol was designed to charm us specifically.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Are acoustic versions of dirty rap songs played out or as amazing (when done well) as they ever were? Who was your favorite performer of the night? And finally, are you sooo thrilled to be finished with auditions?!
— Amanda Michelle Steiner