Vocal Masterclass Discussion For American Idol Season 12: Week Two
Have you had a chance to download the American Idol App? It is very cool – a little busy, mind you – but full of vital information, videos and pictures which you will find useful once you become acquainted with the interface.
This week, American Idol is travelling to Long Beach, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. I have no idea which city is up first, so this blog topic will be devoted to all three.
The show airs Wednesday and Thursday on Fox at 8:00 P.M.
I will be providing live updates for each city at the end of this article.
I am sitting on a teetering fence re the Judges’ Panel. I am not a fan of the Mariah – Nikki soap opera. Just not my style. We shall see how this all plays out but, for now, the chemistry between these four judges looks awkward, to say the very least.
Looking forward to your comments as always.
Just got in the door everyone. Trying to do catch-up. Sorry I missed the San Antonio auditions
The Long Beach Auditions
9:08 P.M. 21-year-old Brian Martinez sings Phil Collins’ You’ll Be In My Heart and it was heartbreakingly bad.
26-year-old Matt Farmer has a beautiful young daughter named Cadence.
He has a poignant story – won’t go into it here. But it is beautiful. The stuff of miracles. He sings “A Change’s Gonna Come” and how gorgeous is his voice? Super gorgeous. Loved his falsetto. He has a strong, confident voice and persona. Beautiful. Smooth. He moves forward to Hollywood.
Update:Matthew’s war story was totally fabricated.
9:13 P.M. Purple-haired Stephanie Stanton is wacked man. Screaming Adele’s Fire To The Rain like a lunatic. Whatever! Waste of time!
9:20 P.M. 16-year-old Jesaiah Baier starts to sing Settle Down and it sounds quite decent but then her audition is interrupted by a fire alarm. Commercial break, folks!
9:28 P.M. Jesaiah Baier is asked to continue and I have to say I love her relaxed, indie sound. She is young, current and exudes a genuine demeanor when she sings. Love her scat singing – nice jazzy vibe. Love her. She moves on to Hollywood.
9:31 P.M. Lots of really bad singing. ‘Nuff said.
9:32 P.M. 24-year-old Micah Johnson has a speech impediment from a surgical procedure. Poor thing. Such courage to continue to sing! He sings Chicken Fried and the voice that comes out of his mouth will make your jaw drop. Seriously. He can barely speak and yet his voice is rich, resonant, musical, confident. This young man is one to watch. Hollywood and more for him!
9:40 P.M. 21-year-old Rachel Hale sings People Get Ready and has a rich voice mixed with a husky quality that is more evident in her higher register. She is quite good – hard to know how she will do in this competition. The judges love her so I may have missed something here. She was just so-so to me but a lovely girl nonetheless.
9:43 P.M. 16-year-old Briana Oakley was bullied in school because she has had some considerable success in show business. Strange. Never heard this before. She sings Up To The Mountain and she is quite exceptional. Her voice is so focused and her range is expansive and smooth. She sings with expressive maturity. She is “the real deal”. No doubt! Hollywood!
9:51 P.M. 21-year-old sweetheart Matheus Fernandes sings A Change Is Gonna Come with passion and angst that really grabbed my heart and soul. He is an intense singer and a superb vocalist. He is a sensitive soul. Love him. Off to Hollywood he goes. The judges love him. Who wouldn’t? He is a doll!!
See ya tomorrow everyone in Oklahoma City! Same time, same station. That’s it for Long Beach.
The Oklahoma City Auditions
7:58 P.M. Almost ready to go!
8:00 P.M. Lots of hype about the fact that Carrie Underwood was discovered here.
8:04 P.M. 26-year-old Karl Skinner looks like a bit of a goofball and when he starts to sing I Feel Good he proves me right and wrong at the same time. Funny guy with a great voice. The guy is not shy. Then he sings his own composition with his gee-tar and it is good in a quirky sort of way. I like him. He is a wild one. Off to Hollywood and he feels good! Sorry, couldn’t resist.
8:13 P.M. 24-year-old Nate Tao is the product of parents who are both hearing impaired. sings For Once In My Life and he has a pretty decent voice. Very high, although a touch nasal. He is very musical but needs some vocal work. He makes it through to Hollywood. Not too sure how far he will go though. Hard to say.
8:21 P.M. 27-year-old Halie Hilburn is a very good ventriloquist. Now, there’s a first for this show! She sings I Want To Be Your Cowboy Sweetheart with the help of her puppet. Way too funny. Then she sings by herself and she has a pretty good voice. It is very pure and very rich in the lower register. And she is drop dead gorgeous to boot. Hollywood-bound! Three yeses and a no from Randy.
8:31 P.M. 19-year-old Zoanette Johnson sings The American National Anthem and badly! Isn’t there a law against this sort of blasphemy? Haha. Oh dear! Somewhere in this vocal mess there is pretty decent voice. Her high notes are to die for! And they actually give her a ticket to Hollywood? Oh – kaaay!
8:43 P.M. 25-year-old Anastasia Freeman is a pack of nerves before she sings Unbreak My Heart and it breaks my heart because it is BAD! Stop the madness. Please. She said God told her to come and audition. Oh boy. And cue the “Hallelujah Chorus”, Idol Producers! Stupid stuff. No gold ticket.
8:52 P.M. 16-year-old Kayden Stephenson story is incredibly inspiring. And he is such a cutie pie. He has cystic fibrosis, diagnosed at 18 months. This is a very serious disease and, in his case, it is terminal. His voice is very youthful. very sweet. Hard to know if he will be able to withstand the rigors of this competition but he is off to Hollywood.
8:58 P.M. Oh my Steven Tyler dressed in drag comes in and has some fun with the judges. Way too funny!
9:00 P.M. That is a wrap everyone. Next week we are treated to Hollywood Week. Yay! See you here everyone.