When it comes to American Idol, I’m a huge fan of the auditions. I love when we get to meet the contestants for the first time, hear their stories, what inspired them to audition and of course watch them sing. When it comes down to Hollywood week, I feel like I’m the one auditioning, I get so nervous for the contestants, they’re all so talented.
Earlier tonight I shared a few sneak peek clips from American Idol season 14, episode 9, and I’m excited to share more amazing clips, auditions and Idol moments. Be sure to watch the videos below! PS Get the scoop on Garret Miles and Jaq Mackenzie’s auditions here.
American Idol: Hollywood Week: Jax. Jax is about as far from home as you can get in the United States, but the Jersey native brings the same slowed-down, original voice to Britney Spears “Toxic” that she did to The Beatles in her first audition. Will she make it through another round?
American Idol: Hollywood Week Big Ron, age 24. “Big Ron” is back, baby! This time with a wonderful take on Leon Russell’s “A Song for You”. Range and power – two must-have traits for any Idol hopeful.
American Idol: Hollywood Week Michael Simeon. Last time we saw Michael he was slow dancing with Jennifer Lopez and solidifying his position as “the one to beat” when it comes to winning that particular judge’s heart. Now he’s on that Hollywood stage vying to be your next American Idol!
American Idol: Idol moments: Safe! Well that was nerve-wracking. With no indication from the judges as to their thoughts or decisions, performers were left wondering whether they’d advance to the next around…or be sent home. Then, with one announcement, all that anxiety evaporated. Be sure to watch the video below for details!!!
American Idol: Idol moments: Mixed messages. Sensing everyone’s nervousness as they get called to perform, Keith Urban encourages the Hollywood hopefuls to “chill out a bit.” Harry Connick, Jr, Idol’s resident mischief-maker has some very different advice for the crowd.
American Idol: Hollywood week. Shannon Berthiaume of Minneapolis. Quick pronunciation clue: it sounds like “perfume.” Now that that’s out of the way, you can focus on Shannon’s performance of “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.
American Idol: Hollywood week. Trevor Douglas. You’ve got your staple Idol songs that, when performed well, are always a treat to hear. But sometimes you want to hear someone cut loose with a left field choice. Thank goodness for Trevor, opting for the theme song from the second “Hobbit” movie.
American Idol: Hollywood week. Hollywood Anderson (age 22, New York). We’ve all heard Adele’s “Someone Like You” a million times, but you haven’t heard it the way Hollywood Anderson interprets it here. AMAZING!
American Idol: Hollywood week. Adam Lasher. Carlos Santana’s nephew and Jimmy Fallon lookalike sings Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”.
American Idol: Hollywood week. Reno Anoa’i, 16 of San Francisco wants to be the next American Idol so he can help his family. Love his soulful performance!
American Idol: Hollywood week. Savion Wright. Daft Punk’s “Lucky” was one of the biggest hits of 2013. Savion’s probably hoping it makes the same impact with the judges when he lends the song stome tripped-down acoustic flavor in Hollywood.
American Idol: Hollywood week. Joey Cook of 23 plays the ukelele as she sings country superstar Miranda Lambert’s hit song “Kerosene”!
American Idol: Hollywood week. Tyanna Jones (age 16). We met Tyanna during one Idol’s final audition stops in San Francisco. Now she’s one of the first back on stage in Hollywood, singing Olly Murs “Dance with Me Tonight”.
American Idol: Idol Moments. Sal delivers extra cheese. With all the tension of Hollywood week, it’s nice to have a moment of levity every once in a while. enter: Sal Valentinetti, and his puppy dog courtship of Ms. Jennifer Lopez. One of his pickup lines has got to stick, right?
American Idol: Hollywood Week. Adam Ezegelian. Like Jax, Adam was plucked out of the Brooklyn auditions for his unique sound. Here he is bringing something new to “Demons” by Imaging Dragons. Amazing!