The farewell season of American Idol is turning out to be the most emotional one yet. In the Jan. 20 episode, Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr continue the last batch of auditions. They’ve heard the good, the bad, and the ugly. This time around, they travel to Little Rock, AK, and Philadelphia, PA to seek out who could be the next American Idol. There were many hopefuls during this episode, and some were, well, not good.
First up is Miranda ‘Poh’ Scott from Baltimore, MD. Predominately, she’s a dancer, and admits to the judges that she’s not a performer as a singer. Her sister actually made it in the top 24 in season 14, but Poh admits she doesn’t want to be in her shadow. She’s not one of being in the shadows after she held her own during ‘Fairytale,’ by Sara Bareilles. The judges love her, and her sister is proud of her. Needless to say, Poh is well on her way to Hollywood. We want her to be a top 24 hopeful.
Joy Dove is next up on our list of great Idol potentials. Dove is a Louisiana native, which makes Connick proud. She belts out ‘Jambalaya’ by Hank Williams, and crushed it. She sang loud, soulfully, and she was rememberable. Harry says she has a great vibe, and the other judges love her. She’s got her ticket to Hollywood.
Mackenzie Bourg, a 23 year old from Louisiana was one that stood out the most this episode. He shares the same birthday and home state as Harry, which makes him cooler than anyone else who has auditioned thus far. He kicks off his audition with a medley of the judges songs including Urban’s ‘Stupid Boy,’ Harry’s ‘Come By Me,’ and Jennifer’s ‘ Love Don’t Cost a Thing.’ It was smart, witty, and it bought him a golden ticket. If we don’t see Bourg in the top 24, we’ll wonder what the judges were thinking.
Jenna Renae is from New York. She plays piano, and she sang Eric Paslay’s ‘She Don’t Love you.’ She gets three yeses, and is well on her way to stardom. But, she wasn’t one of the hopefuls that stood out the most. There were plenty, but one in particular was Mario Bonds. Bonds didn’t receive a ticket to his dreams, but he lit up the room. He may be blind, but that never stopped him from pursuing his dreams. He chose to sing ‘Inseparable’ by Natalie Cole. There were nice moments, but a lot of it was pitchy, and off key. He had a great spirit, and we could tell that it broke the judges hearts to deny him. But after all, not everyone is meant to be a superstar.
As the show went on, the judges reflected on the show, their talents, and what it’s like to see people come back from past auditions. “It’s nice to see what they’ve worked on and how much better they got,” Urban tells FOX. We definitely see those words come to life as the last two Idol hopefuls come in.
Adam Lasher tried out during season 14. Since then, he’s lost the big headband, and has gotten a lot better at his craft. He chose a Bob Dylan tune ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door.’ “It’s one thing to be good and sound good, but it’s another to connect with who you are singing to, and I think I have a second chance to do it,” Lasher says about auditioning again. Fortunately, the second chance paid off and he got three yeses from the judges. See you in Hollywood, Adam.
Another repeat auditioned that was Harry’s favorite. Keith noticed who she was right away, and we could tell that he was happy with the outcome. Emily Brooke, 16 from Florida blows the judges away with her cover of RaeLynn’s ‘Careless’. “Emily, you just showed those who are watching that there is no substitution for the work. Congratulations,” Urban says after her audition. Fortunately, Emily gets a second chance. We hope she makes it far. She was our favorite of the night.
Who was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure to tune in to the farewell audition episode tonight at 8 ET on FOX.
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