And that’s a wrap on American Idol. Not really, but it is a wrap on the auditions. As for the rest of show, we haven’t even gotten to the most thrilling parts yet. The live shows is what we’re all looking forward to. But, we will admit that we did get a little misty eyed when the idol producers switched off the lights in the audition room and reminded us that we will never see or pass this way again.
The idol auditions will always have a piece of our heart just as it probably does yours. You remember Kelly Clarkson’s audition? Or David Cook’s rendition of ‘Livin’ On a Prayer’? Carrie Underwood was already a star when she walked in the audition room. It’s only natural to reflect on the memories, the good and the bad when we say goodbye to the audition process of American Idol. The process is now consigned to the history books along with Simon Cowell’s snarky remarks, Keith Urban’s sincerity, and Paula Abdul’s spacey personality.
Idol has been doing a fantastic job saying farewell, and it’s to be believed that this will continue. The winner of this season is guaranteed to be one of the biggest winners in Idol history. The judges have picked an incredible amount of talent, and next week we get to see who stays and who goes during Hollywood week. As for this week, we’re going to reflect on the best and final auditions for the last time.
Kacye Haynes: A handsome Alabama native who has overcome addiction, and is now one year sober. His audition was solid. Jennifer and Harry gave him two yeses, while Urban related to his story but thought he wasn’t ready for Hollywood just yet. We’ll see if Haynes can step up to the plate during Hollywood week.
Chynna Sherrod: She sang a beautiful rendition of Ariana Grande’s ‘One Last Time,’ and she wasn’t half bad. The judges liked her and gave her a pass to Hollywood. She was kind, sincere, and genuinely seemed to want to be in the competition. We hope she makes it far.
Zach Person: One of the best of the night was Mr. Person. He has tremendous skills as a bluesy guitarist, and his voice went perfectly with the sound he was trying to portray. We hope to see more of him in the next coming weeks.
Caroline Byrne: She may have been reduced to a snippet, but she gave us just enough to fall in love. She was intimate, and raw in her Allen Stone cover. We hope to see more of her, but we aren’t sure with her lack of screen time. Let’s hope we’re wrong.
Jessica Cabral: She may have been the judges favorites but we believe that there were a couple more people that trumped her. Even so, Cabral’s vocals were as potent on the delicate moments of the song as they were when she belted. The vocal came natural for her, and that is the mark of true artistry. She has extraordinary talent that can’t be ignored.
Manny Torres: The season’s and series final auditioner gave us something to talk about. He gave us a Latin twist on Maroon 5’s ‘This Love,’ and we were in love. His voice was a raw growl that we can’t wait to hear more of.
Avalon Young: There was something surprising about Young that we loved. Her voice! She gave us a soulful and folksy vibe as she sang Beyonce’s ‘XO’ and crushed it. Her soft vocal carried the song through, and trumped the rest of the auditions. See you in the top 24 Avalon. You’ve got this.
What did you think of the farewell auditions? Who was your favorite? Sound off in the comments below.
Make sure to catch Hollywood week next Wednesday at 8 ET on FOX
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