Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Auditions Part 7: San Francisco Part 1

Welcome back. Tonight is the beginning of the last week of American Idol auditions in the final city, San Francisco. I am more than ready for auditions to be done. I feel we have seen a lot of great talent, and we have seen contestants get through to Hollywood that probably shouldn't, so I am excited to see how everything pans out. We will see what happens with the contestants tonight. So let's get started:

San Francisco Auditions

Katherine Skinner (15) This contestant is what we are gonna I don't know. She loves cats so much that she says one is a psychic that told her to audition, claims to have partied with Bowie in the 70s even though she is only 15 and is wearing some crazy get up including her "pimp coat". She has the weirdest voice that is actually not terrible. It's all surprising because her voice hits some really beautiful notes, in the midst of her oddness. She's a cooky, crazy character. I don't think I can take too much of her personality but her voice is not bad at all. She Should Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments= Jennifer-You're talented, but you're "cray". Doesn't know if it's a joke, could be 15, could be 35. Is talented, and made for a stage. Not sure if it's American Idol. Harry-Exciting to see her find her own originality and creativity. Likes the stories and weirdness.
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Her.

Montage=Erika David (25) Not sure if I dig her voice too much at this point. There are spots that need to be improved. Chandler Leighton (20) She has this really bluesy and old-school sound quality to her voice. Really enjoyable to listen to. Ryan Pinkston (27) Didn't like what he did with his song choice, but his voice is so pure and great that he can do well. Chandler and Ryan Should Go To Hollywood, Erika Should Not Go To Hollywood.
Going To Hollywood= Yep. Chandler and Ryan get all 3 yes votes. Erika gets Harry and Jennifer's voice. 

Andrew Bloom (17) As Harry mentioned he kinda looks like a younger Tim Tebow. Andrew has a very distinctive tone and quality to his voice. He puts a lot of aggression and personality into his performance. His friend is Olympic sprinter Ryan Bailey. Harry brings him in and tries to beat him in a quick sprint, he fails miserably. But Andrew does not, He Should Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments= Keith-Good spirit. Can work on a few things vocally. Jennifer-Has a fight and attack. Harry-Needs to be careful with the blues lick, needs to watch out for that.
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Him.

Kellyeann Rodgers (24) If I didn't see her age, I would have thought she was 45 years old based on her voice. Not saying that's terrible, but she will need to pick some younger songs. She still Should Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments= None
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Her.

Reno Anoa'i (16) He is a Samoan and is proud of it. He is 1 of 6, but his Mom is 1 of 22, so he has a large family, to say the least. He plays the ukulele and has the sweetest, cutest voice. This guy is adorable. He wears a little bowtie and a necklace that his late grandfather gave him. His voice doesn't do too much, it's just simple enough to get by. I liked him. Should Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments= Jennifer-Believes when he sings, didn't believe his runs, should just tap into the stories. Harry-Great voice. American Idol encompasses more than just the voice, needs to provide a little variety.
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Him.

Samuel Prince (22) He is from San Juan, Puerto Rico, he bows down to the Puerto Rican Queen, Jennifer Lopez.  He and the judges put on a telenova thing because Samuel really wanted to get fake "smacked" by Jennifer. Kind of weird, but oddly entertaining. His voice unfortunately is really pedestrian and not entertaining at all. Should Not Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments=Harry-Entertained by the whole thing but voice isn't strong. Jennifer-Great character. Keith-Singing sounded like he was an actor singing like a singer. Not truthful.
Going To Hollywood= Nope.

Matthew Sequeira (15), Luke Randall (23) and Sade Shine (23) get montaged together to show Jennifer saying "No" to them. I do have to say she has gotten a decent amount better at saying "No". Back when she first started a number of years ago she was way too nice and couldn't handle saying anything negative. She still isn't as straightforward as I wish, but she is a lot better.

Rayvon Owen (23) His voice is as sweet as a children's lullaby. It's quiet and tender. Even when he goes for some runs and higher notes it's still very delicate. Not saying any of this is bad, it's just a little limited in spots. His last note right at the end was the best note of the whole audition. I am interested in what he can do and if he can grow. Should Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments=Keith-Great song, lyrics and showed everything in his voice. Tone is so beautiful. Jennifer-Had us on the journey with you. Harry-Something to be said for just standing there and singing.
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Him.

Ezekiel & Jeremiah Cardenas (20) They are twins that decided to audition together. Bad choice. I don't know which one is which but the voice is not good at all.  The guitar that one of the twins was playing was so out of tune. Everything in this audition was out of tune. They Should Not Go To Hollywood
Notable Comments= Jennifer-Need more practice.
Going To Hollywood= Nope

Maddie Hudson (16) Her voice is beyond her age. It's very professional and has a real pain and anguish to it. She puts all of her emotions into the song, and that gives me a lot of hope that she could be a great contestant on this show. Plus she has a very sweet and fun personality that gives her even more flair than she already has. I like Maddie a lot and am excited that she is on the show. She Should Definitely Go To Hollywood.
Notable Comments= Jennifer-Just fantastic. Full of goosebumps. Loves it. Everything was polished and then her personality is fun and goofy. One of her favorites. Has heart.  Keith-Loves everything on the outside and everything that it's covering up. Harry-Has the makings of a superstar. Exudes star quality. Lovely.
Going To Hollywood=Yep. All 3 Judges Send Her.

Best of The Night= Maddie Hudson. She is so good. Tonight wasn't the strongest night in the competition, but she made up for it big time. This show is about finding one superstar and if Harry and Keith are right she has the makings to be one. I think her potential is endless. Really exciting performer.

Final Thoughts

*Tonight brought more characters than great contestants. Maddie Hudson was far and away the best part of the show. She is only 16 but exudes a lot of maturity and has an incredible voice and presence. The rest of the show was not great. The cat lady/girl's personality distracted from her voice, I liked Rayvon, Reno and Andrew but not sure how far they will go, it might depend on their song choices. I really enjoyed Chandler but we only saw a small sampling from her. Not the best episode, but Maddie saved the show from being a total loss.

*This season is weird in a lot of ways. I think we have seen some amazing contestants, potential stars, and a slew of great talent, but then there are so many contestants that have been put through to Hollywood that are beneath those people. The gap beween the really good and the rest is getting larger and larger. I know that there are so many variations of what a contestant can be, and what their potential is, but when I see some outstanding talent go through and then they are followed to Hollywood with people not up to their level it makes it hard to see why they are there. I guess we'll see when we get to Hollywood rounds where those middle of the road contestants land.

That's it. Come on back here tomorrow after another brand new episode of American Idol. So until next time, see ya!

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