American Idol promised that the farewell season would be their best yet. So far, they have yet to disappoint. Judges Keith Urban, Harry Connick Jr, and Jennifer Lopez continue to seek the best undiscovered talent as they travel to Little Rock, AK and San Fransisco, CA. The competition is getting fierce, but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a few bumps in the road. Most are seeking a spot in the competition, while some show up to be rude. But, it doesn’t end there. The episode ends with a surprise that moved everyone to tears.
We are off to an emotional start when we discover that Cameron Richard, 15 was born with a cleft palette, and the doctors told him he would never be able to speak, much less sing. However, Richard proved them wrong, and overcame his disability with surgery. His audition was flawless. Richard gave Ed Sheeran a run for his money as he auditioned with ‘Gimme Love.’
La’Porshe Renae, 22 from. Mississippi brought her beautiful baby daughter. She revealed an emotional story about the abusive relationship that caused her to escape to a shelter in order to survive. Singing and praying was the only way to help her out of that dark place she once was in. “This is more than a competition for me,” Renae states as she walks in to face the judges. For her audition, Renae sang an incredible a Capella version of ‘Creep’ by Radiohead. Needless to say, the judges loved her. “You are an assassin with runs,” say a blow away Harry. “She has a command for her gift. She’s going to give some people a run for their money. Some vocal runs for their money,” Keith Urban states, ending with a light laugh.
Another one who stood out was Trent Harmon, a 24-year old from Mississippi. He and his family work on a 400 acre farm to table a restaurant. Most would think he was a farm boy wanting to go country, but as soon as he started to sing, the judges couldn’t pin his genre down. Is he country? Is he pop? Either way, Harmon killed the audition. Jennifer finds herself to be blown away, while Harry gives him the highest compliment stating that it was one of his favorite auditions. Good job, Trent. You’re going to Hollywood.
Melanie Tierce’s cover of ‘Revolution’ by the Vamps gives Lopez chills, and brings Urban to tears. But after a few more auditions, we see Sarah Hayes. She starts off rattling off reasons why she loves each judge, except for Urban, as she just states how she loves Nicole. She gives Urban more attitude than what should have been allowed. It was a lack of respect, and maturity on her part. Maybe she was nervous or maybe she felt way too over confident. All in all, she was not ready for what was about to come next. After her attitude, she begins to sing Bonnie Tyler’s power anthem ‘I Need a Hero,’ but she gets so nervous that she forgets the words. She ends up switching to another song halfway through. She apologizes, but it’s not enough to win the judges over. It was a ‘yes’ from Harry, and Jen said she didn’t hear enough of a voice. With applause from many viewers, Keith gives her harsh honest criticism stating that the performance was unfocused, unstable, and frenetic. “You don’t seem ready for the competition emotionally, physically or mentally. Sorry,” Urban states as he stands his ground. We applaud Urban for doing what we all wanted him to do.
Last but not least, the show ends with a surprise that leads everyone to tears. Tristan McIntosh, 15 and from Tennessee was excited for her audition but also sad because her mom wasn’t with her. Her mom was in the Middle East serving the Army, missing her daughters audition. McIntosh faces the judges, walking to the keys and begins to play ‘Why Baby Why’ by Mickey Guyton. After the fact, the judges are blown away. Harry reads an email from Tristan’s mom wishing her good luck on the audition. While Tristan is in tears, her mom comes walking out reunited with her daughter. Her mom got see her watch her dream come true. It was a beautiful sight to see. Even Urban shed a few tears while watching the reunion. Congratulations, Tristan.
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You can watch part 3 of the auditions on FOX next week starting Wednesday at 8 ET.
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