Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12 Auditions: Baton Rouge
I thought Wednesday’s show was very good. Many excellent singers were showcased while minimizing the vocally-challenged ones. Thank you producers! You are finally listening to us!
It appears that we are going to be inundated with many excellent female vocalists this season. And they are unique – which is what many of us here in the MCL community are craving like chocolate.
We saw many country singers as well, which is expected given that country artist, Keith Urban, is sitting in one of the judges’s chairs. And, I must say, most of them are very good and offer something a little different to this extremely popular genre of music.
The Baton Rouge show also airs on Thursday on Fox from at 8:00 – 9:00 P.M. Eastern.
I will provide live updates once again, which you will find at the end of this article.
And thank you all for your excellent feedback re the live updates. They help me keep the singers’ faces and names in my head as we move toward the Hollywood rounds in a couple of weeks or so.
Do you have any favourites yet or is it too early in the game for you? Nice to see Season 11 contestant, Candace Glover, back in the race. She left a very strong impression with this year’s judges.
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8:01 P.M. We are in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
8:02P.M. Megan Miller comes in on crutches due to an accident. She is scheduled for surgery after the audition. She sings Something’s Got A Hold On Me and really drives this song in the right direction. I love her rich, free-styled manner of singing. She is a true natural. Off to Hollywood she goes.
8:14 P.M. 17-year-old Charley Askew from Little Rock, Arkansas sings a Queen number than lapses into Nature Boy. He has an impressive voice. He is as cute as a button and has a rich, crisp tone. Gorgeous. He gets his Golden Ticket and deservedly so. This kid is going to go far.
8:19 P.M. 17-year-old Maddie Assel was nominated by her grandmother to be on American Idol. Randy Jackson pays her a surprise visit and invites her to appear on American Idol. Oh boy, is she ever good. Her phrasing, her focus and musicality are absolutely stellar. Oh, she likes former American Idol finalist, Haley Reinhart.. And she does have Haley’s jazzy quality in her voice and performance style. She is off to Hollywood for what I am sure will be a long run on Season 12.
8:24 P.M. Quick montage of the vocally challenged
8:26 P.M. 22-year-old Paul Jolly just lost his grandfather who was an enormous influence on his life. He sings Rascal Flatt’s I Won’t Let Go and does so beautifully. Love his vocal skills and he has a beautiful clarity to his rich voice. He has a star quality happening as well. He easily earns his Golden Ticket.
8:33 P.M. Christopher Barthal is a hyper kind of guy and he decides to sing Adam Lambert’s If I Had You and Keith Urban says he likes the keys that song was in!! Hahaha. That’s a great line. Have to remember that one. Needless to say, he goes no further than Baton Rouge.
8:37 P.M. We are introduced to a Doctor by the name of Dr. Calvin Peters. Now, there’s a first. I don’t think there has ever been a doctor on the show before because, you know, they usually have a life. But this guy is very good. A light, heady voice and genuine performing style. He gets through to Hollywood, so those patients will have to wait I guess.
8:40 P.M. Michelle, Someone Else and then Brandy are quickly showcased and all are great and earn their Golden Ticket.
8:45 P.M. Firefighter Dustin Watts strolls in and sings Garth Brooks’ She’s Every Woman and does very well. Gold Ticket!! But, I am already getting mighty tired of all the country singers.
8:53 P.M. 19-year-old Burnell Taylor was inspired by his grandfather who was extremely musical. His family lost everything due to Hurricane Katrina. Awful. But what was not awful was his absolutely stellar singing voice. He gets a standing ovation from the judges and he deserved it. His phrasing, musicality, tone – everything – was truly special. Going to enjoy watching his progress on this show.
8:57 P.M. 34 singers move forward to Hollywood.
8:58 P.M. Next week, the auditions are in San Antonio, Texas and Long Beach, California. . Stay tuned….