FOXAmerican Idol's 14th season continued Wednesday night with its final week of auditions in San Francisco. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jennifer Lopez, who experienced "goosies" after two contestants performed.
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 “no” to sending a contestant named Zack Dyer to Hollywood.
Here are some of the highlights from Wednesday's one-hour episode:
The show kicked off with Katherine Skinner, 15, who threw the judges off balance by announcing she was auditioning on the advice of her “psychic cat” and was wearing a fur coat that was given to her by “Bowie.” After singing Florence + the Machine’s “Shake It Out,” Jennifer noted that Skinner was talented and “made for a stage,” but she wasn’t sure if it was the Idol stage. Harry called Skinner’s creativity “exciting.” Keith added “bold and fearless” to the list of compliments. All three thought Katherine deserved a trip to Hollywood.
California native Andrew Bloom, 17, was up next, singing Alex Clare‘s “Too Close.” He had the panel singing along with the performance, which Urban noted was “a good sign.” Keith said he liked Bloom’s “spirit,” despite some vocal flaws, and voted “yes.” Lopez thought everything about the performance “felt right” and also voted “yes.” Connick added a third “yes,” but warned Andrew to tone down his blues licks, because the competition would “knock him out of the park.” Bloom walked away with a golden ticket and a shot to advance in Hollywood.
Reno Anoa’I comes from a huge family and grew up with as many as 40 family members living under one roof. Backing himself on the ukulele, he sang Rod Stewart’s “I Don’t Want to Talk About It.” Jennifer thought Reno had a “pretty voice,” but advised him to stick to telling a story and not try to impress people with fancy vocal runs. Harry liked Reno’s voice, but noted the competition was about more than just a good singing voice and that he should’ve shown more variety. Keith then urged Reno, who was rattled by some of the negative comments and “praying,” to not let his desire stop him from hearing what he needed to know in order to grow. All three judges surprised Reno by handing him a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Samuel Prince, a soap opera actor, asked the judges to join him in an impromptu Tele Novella, which they all seemed to enjoy. Unfortunately, the panel wasn’t as thrilled with Samuel's performance of Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me.” Harry didn’t think his vocals were strong enough, so it was a “no” from him. Jennifer liked Samuel’s “theatrical quality,” but voted “no” to sending him to Hollywood. Keith thought Samuel did a good job of “acting like a singer,” but the performance “didn’t sound true.” He also voted “no.” Samuel was sent home.
Next up was Rayvon Owen, who sang Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.” Urban called the performance “exquisite,” noting Owen’s version made him realize why he loved the song. “Goosies,” Lopez declared, noting the performance gave her goose bumps. She said Rayvon took the panel on a journey with him. Connick commented that Rayvon had the ability to just stand and sing and still hold people’s attention. All three said “yes” to send him to the next round.
Closing out the San Francisco auditions was 16-year-old Maddy Hudson, who sang “Resentment” by Beyoncé. It brought more “goosies” to Jennifer, who noted she had them over her entire body this time. J-Lo said she was “blown away” by the performance and Hudson was one of her favorites in the competition. Keith told Hudson he “loved everything that’s on the outside, but really loved what it’s covering up.” Harry declared Hudson had “all the ingredients to be a superstar.” Keith echoed the sentiments of all three judges when he declared, “You are so going to Hollywood.” It was three “yeses” from the panel and Hudson was on to the next round.
The American Idol auditions continue Thursday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Fox.
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