FOXAmerican Idol's auditions concluded Thursday night with tryouts in San Francisco. Seven contestants, including four teenagers, advanced to the next round of the competition on Thursday's show, bringing the total number of contestants going to Hollywood to over 200.
Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.
During the show, host Ryan Seacrest once again gave Idol fans a chance to decide via an online poll if a contestant would advance or be sent home. This week, they voted to send a contestant named Sophia home.
Here are the highlights of Thursday's one-hour episode:
Adanna Duru, 17, kicked things off by declaring that singing was her life. She belted out Lady Gaga’s “You and I.” Jennifer called her the “full package.” Harry enjoyed the performance, but advised her when learning songs to “look at every line and think about what every single lyric means.” Keith noted she hit every great part of her voice. Duru was handed a ticket to Hollywood and a shot in the next round.
Christopher Michael, 26, wasn’t as successful. His performance of an original song was “passionate,” according to Keith, but that was it. He voted “no.” It was another “no” from Harry, who admitted Christopher fired him up, but the music wasn’t there. Jennifer agreed with her fellow judges and added the final “no” that sent Christopher home.
Twenty-year-old Malibu, California, native Hunter Larsen performed Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life," and drew positive responses from the panel. Jennifer thought Hunter was “really interesting,” noting she had a great voice with a “gritty tone to it that makes it really unusual.” Keith liked Hunter immediately, as did Harry. She received three “yeses” from the judges and was on her way to Hollywood.
Fifteen-year-old Portland, Oregon, native Daniel Seavey is a multi-instrumentalist who performed Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah,” on the piano and Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” on the guitar. Jennifer said she sensed Daniel was nervous, but acknowledged he had a good voice. J-Lo said she felt the performance wasn’t complete. Harry agreed that Daniel needed a little more time to mature and voted “no.” Keith echoed Jennifer and Harry’s sentiments, but thought he deserved one more chance and voted “yes.” Lopez, who thought Daniel was “talented and adorable,” was on the fence and had the deciding vote. Her decision was revealed after a commercial break when Daniel was seen running out of the audition room waving a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Rocky Peter, a 27-year-old native of Nigeria who grew up poor and begging for food with his brother, thanked the panel for the chance to audition. He sang an original song called, “Wrong Places.” J-Lo noted she could hear both beauty and pain in his voice. She voted “yes” to let him advance. Keith wasn’t sure Rocky's voice was “compatible” with Idol, but still voted “yes.” Harry said he loved the song as much as Rocky's voice, and also voted to send him to Hollywood.
Jaq Mackenzie is “15-and-a-half-years-old.” After she sang an original song, all three judges were on the fence about sending her on to the next round. Jennifer thought Jaq had the makings of a great artist and sang well in her style, but didn’t know if she was ready to handle all the other styles she’d be required to tackle during the competition. Harry was also pleased with the performance, but wondered if the added pressure she’d face in the next round would help or hurt her. Keith loved her artistry, but agreed the choice was difficult. All three judges ultimately agreed they wanted to see Jaq Mackenzie at least one more time in Hollywood.
Florida native Tyanna Jones, 16, is one of 11 children and no stranger to hard times. Her family struggled to make ends meet and was homeless for a while. Jones blew the judges away with her version of Little Mix’s “Wings.” Jennifer declared the singer was “very talented” and voted “yes.” Harry went even further, calling the teen “extremely talented” and “a special young lady.” He also voted “yes.” Jones even managed to give Keith the answer he was looking for when he asked what parts of her voice needed work and she replied it was her pitch. Keith pointed out that Jones tends to be a little sharp at times and her response was his confirmation that she knew the challenges she faced moving forward. She got a “yes” vote from him and was on her way to Hollywood.
The American Idol Hollywood Rounds begin next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.
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