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Auditions #5: San Antonio & Los Angeles - Recap

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Another round of auditions kick off and tonight they are going to be in two cities. First stop is San Antonio Texas and then they are moving on to Long Beach, California. The night starts off at the Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas. Judges Keith Urban, Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey come into the judges room to get the day started. The contestants are happy to be there to great them.

First up for the night is Vincent Powell, 29, from Austin, TX. He is a big fan of Mariah Carey. He sings and the judges like what they hear. Keith asks him how far he got last year and he says that he made it to Hollywood Week. He got nervous when Randy took a long sip from his cola. Randy says that it wasn’t that long and that he is now going to take a long sip. Keith says that he loved how he fused the music and says that it came out great. Nicki says that it would be amazing to hear a Gospel CD from him. Mariah says that it was fantastic and says that she can’t say anything more.

Next up are brothers Derek & David Bacerott, 21 and 24, from San Antonio, TX. They come up to the judges and sing a duet. The judges are not liking what they hear and Randy says that it is a no. Mariah says that it is a no and Keith says no. Randy says that the whole thing was horrible and he says that he is trying to save their lives. Mariah says that they didn’t harmonize. Nicki says that their part of the audition is over and they need to listen. Keith says that they were not together. Randy tells them that they are going to have to adjust their attitude. They are not at all listening to their criticisms.

Up next is Savannah Votion, 24, from San Antonio, TX. She is a mother of a little girl. She says that this is her dream. She sings and afterward, Randy tells her that she sings like a natural performer. Mariah says that she has talent. Keith says that she has life going on and says that he can hear all that struggles that she has gone through. Nicki says that it doesn’t sound forced and that it was a great thing to listen to. Savannah gets her Golden Ticket to Hollywood.

Next up is Cristabel Clack, 29, from San Antonio, TX. She is a worship leader with a lot of soul. Keith says that he loved it and all the runs. Mariah says that she is a real singer and says that she loves her. Nicki says that she enjoyed it better than the original. Randy says that it was great and he loved it. She gets through to the next round.

Up next is another nominee, Ann Difani, 23, from Fayetteville, AR. She comes up to the judges after getting her ticket from Randy at Razerbacks Stadium in Arkansas. She sings and afterward, Keith says that she has a pretty tone and a lot of Faith in there. He says that he loved it. Mariah says that she loves that she has a place to start. Nicki says that it is cute that her husband nominated her. Randy says that he loved it and says that it is a Great American love story. The judges vote and she gets through to the next round of the competition.

Next is Victoria Acosta, 20, from San Antonio, TX. She has been singing Mariachi music all her life. She comes out in front of the judges and sings. Afterward, Keith says that he liked it but was a bit disconnected. She sings some Mariachi and Randy says that it was better. Mariah says that it is a yes and the other judges agree that she is good enough to get through. She celebrates the win.

After a round of bad auditions, hoping to turn things around is Papa Peachez, 19, from Jackson, MS. He says that he got his nickname from a homeless shelter that he helps at. He says that he is a daily dancer. He says that his music is different and he hopes they like it. He sings his own music and afterward, Nicki says that he is a superstar. Keith says that it is theatrical, but can’t see him in this. Mariah says that he is corky. Randy says that this could really happen for him. The judges vote and Nicki says yes, Keith and Randy say no and Mariah says yes. Randy changes his vote and votes him through to Hollywood.

Next up is Sanni M’Mairura, 16, from Pearland, TX. He says that he wants to be a singer and teach dance. His dream is to be a great role model. He comes up to the judges and says that he has a mom from Tanzania and a father from Kenya. He sings and afterward, Nicki says that the runs were pretty and he really had a well orchestrated audition. Randy says that he is fresh. Keith says that his humility is great and says that the runs were great. He gets a yes from all judges and makes it through to Hollywood.

The last contestant for San Antonio is Adam Sanders, 19, from San Antonio, TX. He says that he would love to sing R&B and bring back what Mariah has. He sings and the judges are shocked by his voice. Randy says that he shocked the entire panel and says that they don’t even need to say anything because it was so great. They vote and it is a clear yes from the judges. That is it for San Antonio, Texas.

The idol stage moves to Long Beach, California aboard the Queen Mary. Nick and Mariah are running late. The first contestant for the city is Shubha Vedula, 17, from Mt. Pleasant, MI. She sings and afterward, the judges joke about Mariah and Nicki not being there. They give her a ticket to Hollywood.

Mariah shows up to judge when the next contestant shows up. He is Brian Martinez, 21, from Los Angeles. He says that a producer heard him sing in the bathroom and told him that he should be on Idol. He sings and it is horrible. Randy says that that it was not good and that the producer was wrong. They vote and it is a no from all the judges.

Next up is Matt Farmer, 26, from Tulsa, OK. He has a daughter with him and says that he was in Iraq when he got hurt and was told that he would never have kids. However, there came his daughter anyways. He comes up to the judge and sings. Afterward, Randy says that he likes the voice and says that it was strong. Mariah says that it was great and she loved the strength. Keith says that it was great and a little holding back. They vote and it is a yes.

The next contestant up is Stephanie Sanson, 16, from Los Angeles, CA. She says that she is in a band with her sister called You Only Live Once. She tells the judges that she is going to sing Adele and then begins jumping around. She starts screaming and it is clear that she is into Death Metal. Randy tells her to keep screaming off the stage and Stephanie flips off the cameras. Everyone is shocked and say that they are awake now.

Nicki Minaj returns from her American Music Awards rehearsals and joins the judging panel. Next up to sing is Jesaiah Baer, 16, from Hollister, CA. She says that she is the captain of the ship because she has a Captain hat on. She says that she is going to sing. However, there is a fire alarm. After finding that it is nothing, Jesaiah sings again. They judges like it. Keith says that he loved it. Randy says that she is talented for 16. Mariah says that she liked it a lot. Nicki says that the confidence was really great. They vote her through to Hollywood.

After a round of horrible singers, the next contestant, Micah Johnson, 24, from Morrow, GA comes out. He says that he had his tonsils removed and the doctor hit a nerve. This left him with a permanent speech impediment. He sings and you can’t tell he has a problem. Keith sings along with him. Randy says that he sang amazing well. Nicki says that he sang and he transformed into a great speaker. Mariah says that she was moved by that performance. They vote and he is through to the next round.

Next up is Rachel Hale, 21, from Prescott, AR. She sings and the judges are impressed. Afterward, Keith says that he loved the voice and says that it reminded him of Wynonna Judd. Nicki says that she sounded like someone already established. Mariah says that she loves that she knows what type of artist she is going to be. Randy says that she is the happiest contestant. They vote and it is a clear yes from everyone.

Up next is Briana Oakley, 16, from Antioch, CA. She says that she was on Maury’s Most Talented Kids and was bullied severely afterward. She says that her mom helped her get through it and that she is who she is and that she should sing. She comes up to the judges and sings. Afterward, Keith says that it was fantastic and says that it all worked. Nicki says wow and says that she is ready for this moment. Randy says that she has natural talent. Mariah says that she is proud of her getting through the bullying and says that she is ready for this. They vote her through to the next round.

Last up for the night is Matheus Fernandes, 21, from Atlanta, GA. He says that he was born short and was told that he has no condition. He gets in front of the judges and sings. They are shocked at his great voice. Afterward, Keith says that he had everything about the song and says that he has a great voice. Nicki says that he is special. Mariah says that he hit her in the heart and brought her to tears. Randy says that he can tell how much this means and says that this is about everyone no matter what. They vote him through and his family comes up. That is it for the auditions in Long Beach, California. In total, 49 contestants get their tickets! Next stop is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!