It’s baaack! American Idol premiered its 11th season last night featuring auditions from Savannah, Georgia. Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Ryan Seacrest were all back weeding through the hopefuls as they fought for their golden ticket to Hollywood. Though there were a few superstars among the masses, Savannah was not one of the most impressive audition cities in the history of American Idol.
The first memorable audition of the night came from David Leathers., Jr. His claim to fame wasn’t just that his voice was so great that he’d steal your girl away, but he beat last year’s winner Scotty McCreery in a past singing competition! Needless to say, he may find himself in a competition again with Scotty for record sales. Shaun Kraisman appeared soon after, and though he didn’t make it to Hollywood, he will not be forgotten. Kraisman was nearly a carbon copy of host Ryan Seacrest- voice and all. Amy Brumfield made headlines with her story that may just be “from tent to Hollywood.” The R&B crooner has a raspy voice to back up her story, so she may just make it far in Hollywood. The best audition of the night was easily the Dixon siblings. Last year Schyler and Colton Dixon auditioned together. Colton made it to Hollywood and almost to the top 12. This year he wasn’t going to try out, but was peer pressured by the judges. His rendition of David Cook’s “Permanent” easily proved he deserved the second chance, too. Will both make it to the finals though?
The second night in Pittsburgh was a bit more impressive. The judges handed out what seemed like twice as many golden tickets to Hollywood in Pennsylvania. Heejun Han kicked off the night with a breathtaking rendition of Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Suppose to Live Without You,” blowing the judges away. Reed Grimm brought a jazz rendition of the Family Matters theme all the way from Wisconsin, leaving the judges stunned as well. Erica Van Pett may be a wedding singer, but she’ll quickly make her way to the big time. One of the most memorable auditions of the night came from homeless teen Travis Orlando. He’s proof that the judges may tell you it’s not the right time during auditions, but you can take the advice to grow as an artist and come back.
So far the competition for the top 12 is quite hot and we’re only two auditions in!