Friday, January 16, 2015

Episode 4 of American Idol 14 Audition Rounds

Idol is in Jennifer's hometown of New York for this show. Keith is out and the guest judge is Adam Lambert.

Sal Valentinetti - 19 - New York
This guy is very, very, very New York Italian. Singing "Fly Me To The Moon" by Sinatra. Sal makes $100 off of Harry since he knew the actual name of the song. He is very old-school, but has a great voice and is an interesting character. Harry says not what they are looking for. Adam says people at home will love him. Jennifer loves him. He is headed to Hollywood.

J None - 24 - Orlando, FL
Carrying his childhood teddy bear, Mr Crispy. It's for strength do to asthma.  "My Prerogative"
Not bad. Harry playing with the bear was distracting.

Jax - 18 - New Jersey
Dad is a retired NYC fireman injured at 911. Plays piano. Very beautiful version of "I Want To Hold Your Hand." Judges love her.

Najah Lewis - 20 - NY
Subway musician. Plays guitar. "Pay Phone" by Maroon 5. Interesting. Voice is good. Guitar skills are limited.

Tion Phipps - 20 - Madisonville, Kentucky
He has a decent voice and goes to Hollywood.

James Killian Dunn - 21 - Connecticut
He sings a high falsetto and Adam says no, but Harry and Jennifer put him through.  Another one to be eliminated fast in Hollywood.

Shi Scott - 19 - Maryland
Starts to freak out, but Adam talks her through it. Amy Winehouse wanna be. Needs her own style. No from Adam. Yes from Harry and Jennifer.

Eric Lopez - 19 - NY
"The Show Must Go On" by Queen.  I can't hear the melody of the song. Adam isn't blown away. Jennifer says no. Harry says yes. Eric talks Adam into a yes.

Maddie Walker - 16 - Ankeny, IA
"Suit Case" Second audition.

Courtney Zahn - 21 - NJ

Jackie Nese - 17 - NJ
"Born This Way"

Qaasim Middleton - 18 - Brooklyn, NY
Music student. Parents are both musical. Dad is in the cast of Stomp. "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder. Has guitar along but doesn't play it. Great job. Judges loved him.

Adam Ezegelian - 20 - NY
"Born To Be Wild" is a bit too wild for the judges. Adam says for something different and we get Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" which sounds great.

Katherine Winston - 18 - Massachusetts
"If I Didn't Know Better"  Plays guitar.

Travis Finlay - 20 - NY
Accepted to Berklee College of Music, but didn't get scholarship money. "Stay" Voice sounds good. A few too many runs in the song, but he has great potential.

Nick Fradiani - 28 - Connecticut
Girlfriend, Yanni, auditions first with "The Cup Song." She is good but not for Idol. Nick sings Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes." Plays guitar.  He's really good.

"Hollywood" Anderson - 22 - NYC
Subway musician. Sings original song, "My Best Friend." The song is great and so is he. Jennifer says she wants to record the song. "Hollywood" was homeless and a man from the shelter gave him a guitar and taught him to play. The judges love, love, love him. Harry says the best audition of New York.

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