American Idol‘s second spherical of Season 19 auditions didn’t function any extra kids of disgraced political figures, however it did introduce us to a woman who form of appears to be like like Katy Perry. And that is not nothing.
The look-alike in query was 17-year-old Hannah Everhart, who charmed the judges with a stunning (if considerably reserved) rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Wayfaring Stranger.” She had an attention-grabbing tone to her voice, however the judges wanted to listen to extra.
They had been barely extra impressed together with her work on Etta James’ “At Last,” however the quantity of teaching and encouragement this took has me questioning how Everhart will fare when the competitors will get harder.
Watch her audition beneath, then learn on for a breakdown of 10 different memorable singers persevering with via to Hollywood:
AMANDA MENA, 18 | This week’s first golden ticket went to Mena, an plain star who opened the episode with a killer rendition of The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers.” In addition to incomes that coveted sheet of paper, Mena was additionally dubbed “certainly one of a sort” by a really impressed Perry.
AMMON OLAYAN, 17, and LIAHONA OLAYAN, 16 | This magical, musical brother-sister duo — the eldest of eight youngsters! — found their songwriting skills whereas residing in tents and elevating goats. And in entrance of three slack-jawed judges, they demonstrated these skills with probably the greatest unique songs I’ve heard on Idol in a very long time (possibly ever?), a radio-ready jam that earned them unanimous sure’s throughout the board. The solely hiccup, which I’m now predicting will end in a dramatic reduce throughout Hollywood Week, is that older-brother Ammon must work on his supply.
ANTHONY GUZMAN, 27 | No one, least of all of the judges, would have guessed that this “fashionable Viking” was packing a set of pipes befitting an old-school crooner — particularly since he was launched through an over-the-top Avengers parody. “Don’t choose a e-book by his hammer,” Perry mused earlier than giving him certainly one of his two sure’s. (Despite Guzman serving to Bryan get again to his Scandanavian roots, it was a no from him.)
CALVIN UPSHAW, 26 | The judges had beenactuallyfeeling this audition, an emotional efficiency of Calvin Richardson’s “Falling Out.” It was somewhat laborious to inform whether or not the judges had been totally offered on the tune, or in the event that they had been simply overcome by his heart-tugging backstory, however they despatched him via both manner.
CASEY BISHOP, 15 | This star-in-the-making was stuffed with fantastic surprises, from her style in music (Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, and so on.) to her powerhouse vocals. The judges loved her countrified Motley Crue cowl, however they liked her follow-up efficiency, a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “My Funny Valentine” that was so good it actually made Perry giggle with delight.
YURISBEL, 25 | The judges have made some questionable selections this season, however sending this “Cuban Cookie Monster” via to Hollywood would possibly high all of them (to date). Sure, he had lots of vitality, however so do bar mitzvah hype dancers. Where are their golden tickets?! Anyway, catching up with this man in Hollywood Week ought to be… attention-grabbing.
CHAYCE BECKHAM, 24 | Another clear Top 10 frontrunner, this charmingly unconfident heartthrob has the form of gravelly voice that fairly merely will get you pregnant. And Kolton Moore & The Clever Few’s “What Brings Life Also Kills” was the proper automobile to show it off. Beckham higher say his goodbyes to Apple Valley (there aren’t even any apples!) as a result of he is bought an extended future on this competitors.
CASSANDRA COLEMAN, 24 | What is there to say about this musical angel, who blew the judges away with a strong efficiency of The Killers’ “The Way It Was”? I stored making an attempt to position her sound, however Bryan put it greatest: “You are a brand new voice that the world has by no means heard.”
WILLIE SPENCE, 21 | Not because the days of La’Porsha have we been handled to a “Diamonds” cowl of this magnitude, however whereas she used the tune to show off her decrease register, Spence shined together with his hovering excessive notes — the proper cap to what felt like a particularly lengthy evening of auditions.
* While this recap targeted solely on the contestants who made it via to Hollywood, can we take a minute to speak about Ace Stiles, the boy with the “quirky, classic” voice who shared his story of popping out as transgender at 14? I’m not saying that I disagree with the judges’ choice that Ace wants somewhat extra confidence and life expertise to develop as an artist, however the entire phase felt somewhat… is exploitative too excessive of a phrase?
Which singers are you rooting for after Week 2? Vote on your favorites within the ballot beneath, thendrop a remark together with your ideas on the auditions beneath.