Staff WriterOnly one audition episode left, and then you know what comes next:
The Idol judges touched down in Utah for the next round of auditions, and things got off to a pretty awesome start with 16 year old student Austin Wolfe (amazing name right!?). The young girl belted out Imagine Dragons' hit "Radioactive" and it was pretty obvious what was going to happen.
Austin's voice completely sold the judges, with all 3 shouting a unanimous "yes"! From my perspective, Austin had it all: the look, the name and especially the voice. She could be a potential contender.
After a few not so memorable (that's a nice way of saying "BAD") performances, things began to pick back up with Alex Preston. The guitar player showcased his real talents as he sang an original for our judges. He completely sold them, especially with his guitar playing, and was quickly given a golden ticket and on his way to Hollywood. And now the 4th judge's comment (that would be me):
I really enjoyed Alex's audition as I got an eerie Phillip Phillips vibe from him. The talent is there, and if he is careful with song selection (and remembers the lyrics in Hollywood) he could go pretty far.
Now for an audition that I was very torn over.
DJ Bradley took his spot in front of the judges, and sang (one of my personal all time favorite songs) "Hometown Glory" by Adele. DJ had the look of Ed Sheeran, and the voice to match. He was incredibly talented, and the judges agreed. Keith and Harry both picked up on a "disinterest" in being there while he was singing and while receiving the critique, which I have to agree with. If DJ can really take the competition seriously, he could be a contender. It will be interesting to see what happens in Hollywood.
The hits just kept on coming, and Paisley Van Patten gave the judges everything she had. She opened up about being signed when she was very young, but lost it all when she had to overcome her alcoholism. The now 25 year old sang the Faith Hill hit "When The Lights Go Down" and I was instantly a fan. The judges all agreed on her talent, and this country gal is on her way to Hollywood with a second chance.
It was time to move on to day 2 of Salt Lake City, and it was going to get a shot of Tequila!
Loud, exciting, and full of personality, Tequila Wilson wanted to show the judges what she had and boy did she ever. The church singer belted out Adele's "Someone Like You" and she immediately had the judges wanting more. The energy out of this girl was contagious as I found myself constantly smiling whenever she was talking. She could be a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood!
More auditions came and went, but it was the final one of the night that caught my attention.
Father of two, Casey Thrasher gave his all singing Brooks & Dunn hit "Believe".....and I do.
Casey's passion poured through his performance, and you felt every single word he sang. Was it pitch perfect? No. But it was uplifting, and comforting in a sense. The judges were all in agreement that Casey needed to go further and his next stop was Hollywood.
That was it from Utah!!
TONIGHT, the auditions wrap up and then it's on to Hollywood!!
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