January 31, 2013 02:58 AM by Melissa Stavarski
Vincent Powell, a teacher and praise leader, kicks off the San Antonio auditions. His version of “Rock Me Baby” wows the judges. Nicki says, “Your voice is one of those voices that gives people chills.” Vincent gets four yeses and a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Savannah Votion sings “At Last” by Etta James. Randy thinks she’s a natural, and Nicki adds, “Singing is what you were born to do.” Savannah is going to Hollywood! Derek and David Bacerott … train wreck times two … “Definitely not. No, no, no, no, no,” Randy says.
Randy surprises Ann DiFani at a college football game because her husband nominated her for American Idol. She’s well put together; I love her hair, her style, her makeup, and, thankfully, her voice. The judges enjoy her delivery of Faith Hill’s “Stronger” and give her four yeses. Ann gets a ticket to Hollywood and her husband gets a big kiss on the cheek.
Cristabel Clack, a worship leader, wife, and mother of three, auditions with “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. I love Alicia Keys, and I don’t appreciate when wanna be singers butcher her songs, but Cristabel doesn’t suck. Keith thinks her voice is beautiful to listen to, and Mariah says, “I know you, I get you, I love you.” Cristabel easily advances to Hollywood.
Victoria Acosta, a Mariachi prodigy, auditions with Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and a bit of Mariachi, of course, and the judges like it. Victoria and her hot pants are going to Hollywood!
Papa Peachez loves Nicki and wants us to know he’s not just a cute little white boy. He explains, “I’m really a big black woman trapped in a little boy’s body.” Papa sings his own music because he doesn’t “do” cover songs. Mariah thinks he is quirky. Papa agrees with Mariah’s assessment, adding, “That’s why I was really excited Nicki Minaj was on the show.” The hoity-toity look on Mariah’s face suggests she doesn’t want to hear about Nicki during her screen time. Randy crumbles under peer pressure (from Nicki) and sends Papa to Hollywood (breaking a tie) despite thinking he needs voice lessons (he does).
Sanni M’Mairura is cute and oozes charisma. Sanni’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Who’s Loving You” wows the judges. Nicki says, “Candy canes, strawberries, whipped cream, rainbows, and sunny skies.” Translation, please? Randy adds, “You’re fresh, man; I like it.” Keith compliments his perfect balance between confidence and humility. Sanni gets for yeses and a golden ticket to Hollywood.
The first note out of Adam Sanders mouth hooks the judges. His take on Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” earns him a standing ovation from Randy, Keith, and Mariah. Randy exclaims, “You just came here and wrecked this whole thing. You shocked all of us!” Adam easily advances to Hollywood.
Moving on to Long Beach, Keith and Randy hold down the fort while Mariah sits in traffic and Nicki rehearses for the American Music Awards. Shubha Vedula is a beautiful girl with a lovely voice. The Christina Aguilera fan sings “Something’s Got A Hold On Me,” and Randy and Keith send her to Hollywood. Mariah shows up just in time for Brian Martinez‘s audition. While Mariah’s cleavage is ready for Hollywood, Brian is not.
Matt Farmer, who suffered a serious injury in Iraq, sings Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” with his three-year-old daughter, Cadence, by his side. They’re both quite adorable. Randy says, “You got strong pipes.” Mariah agrees, adding, “There were certain moments that were raw and real and heartfelt.” Matt advances to Hollywood.
Purple-haired Stephanie Sanson runs around the audition room and screams “Set Fire To The Rain.” To say it’s disturbing is a vast understatement. Randy asks her to leave, she gives him the middle finger, and screams/runs her way out the door. There must have been a full moon that day.
Pink-haired Nicki takes her place at the judges’ table. Jesaiah Baer sings Kimbra’s “Settle Down.” Keith says he loved it within seconds. Mariah adds, “Your voice is very defined.” Jesaiah gets four yeses and a ticket to Hollywood.
Rachel Hale is really, really happy and auditions with “People Get Ready” by Curtis Mayfield. Keith hears a bit of Wynonna Judd in Rachel’s voice. Nicki tells Rachel, “I love your voice. I thought you sounded like someone who is already established… you didn’t try to do too much and you had control.” Rachel gets four yeses and a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Micah Johnson delivers a delightful rendition of Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” despite suffering from a speech impediment due to a botched tonsillectomy. Mariah says, “I was moved by your story, but even if you didn’t have that story, I would have been moved by your voice.” Nicki agrees, adding, “You’re absolutely ready for the competition.” Micah is going to Hollywood!
Briana Oakley was severely bullied by her peers after appearing on Maury’s Most Talented Kids. Briana’s rendition of Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain” moves the judges. Keith says, “It was fantastic. I mean, good Lord, your control, your range… it all works for me.” Briana easily advances to Hollywood.
Matheus Fernandes is all too familiar with Briana’s pain. Matheus says he has endured a lifetime of bullying because of his short stature, adding, “Growing up was definitely a challenge. Lots of tears were shed.” Matheus sings Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Going To Come.” Through her tears, Mariah says, “You can sing anything for me.” Randy adds, “To me, you are ten feet tall.” Matheus is going to Hollywood!
Next, the American Idol auditions come to close in Oklahoma City. Who were your favorites from San Antonio and Long Beach?
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