American Idol Recap: Katy Perry “lastly” hits her twin and extra of the perfect and worst auditions of week 2
The second round of American Idol’s season 19 no longer featured the children of nefarious political figures, but it did introduce us to a girl who looks like Katy Perry. And that’s nothing.
The look in question was 17 year old Hannah Everhart, who dazzled the judges with a beautiful (if somewhat reserved) rendition of Johnny Cash’s “Wayfaring Stranger”. There was an interesting tone in her voice, but the judges needed to hear more.
They were a little more impressed with their work on Etta James’ “At Last,” but the amount of coaching and encouragement it took made me wonder how Everhart will fare when the competition gets tougher.
Check out their audition below and read on for a breakdown of 10 other memorable singers who continue to travel to Hollywood:
AMANDA MENA, Jan. | This week’s first golden ticket went to Mena, an undeniable star who opened the episode with a killer version of The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers”. Mena not only deserved the coveted sheet of paper, but was also called “unique” by a very impressed Perry.
AMMON OLAYAN, 17, and LIAHONA OLAYAN, 16 | This magical, musical brother-sister duo – the oldest of eight children! – discovered their skills as songwriters while living in tents and raising goats. And in front of three sagging jaws judges, they demonstrated those talents with one of the best original songs I’ve heard in a long time (maybe ever?) On Idol, a radio-enabled jam that got them unanimous yes votes across the board brought in. The only hiccup that I now predict will lead to a dramatic turning point during Hollywood Week is that older brother Ammon has to work on its delivery.
ANTHONY GUZMAN, 27 | Nobody, least of all the judges, would have thought that this “modern Viking” would pack a pipe set that was appropriate for an old-school pop singer – especially since he was introduced via an exaggerated Avengers parody. “Don’t judge a book by its hammer,” Perry mused before giving him one of his two yes-votes. (Although Guzman helped Bryan get back to his Scandinavian roots, it was a no from him.)
CALVIN UPSHAW, 26 | The judges really felt this audition, an emotional performance of Calvin Richardson’s Falling Out. It was a little hard to tell if the judges had sold the song in full or if they were just overwhelmed by its heartbreaking backstory, but they sent him either way.
CASEY BISHOP, Jan. | This star was full of wonderful surprises, from her musical tastes (Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, etc.) to her powerful vocals. The judges enjoyed her rural Motley Crue cover, but loved her follow-up, a rendition of Ella Fitzgerald’s “My Funny Valentine,” which was so good that Perry literally giggled with joy.
YURISBEL, 25 | The judges have made some questionable decisions this season, but sending this “Cuban Cookie Monster” to Hollywood could top them all (so far). Sure, he had a lot of energy, but bar mitzvah hype dancers too. Where are your golden tickets ?! Anyway, it should be … interesting to meet this guy in Hollywood Week.
CHAYCE BECKHAM, Jan. | Another clear top 10 record holder, this charming, unreliable heartthrob has the kind of gritty voice that will easily make you pregnant. And Kolton Moore & The Clever Few’s “What Brings Life Also Kills” was the perfect vehicle to show it off. Beckham better say goodbye to Apple Valley (there aren’t even apples!) Because he has a long future in this competition.
CASSANDRA COLEMAN, 24 | What is there to say about this musical angel who blew the judges away with a powerful performance of The Killers’ “The Way It Was”? I’ve tried over and over again to place its sound, but Bryan put it best: “You’re a new voice that the world has never heard of.”
WILLIE SPENCE, 21 | We haven’t received a “Diamonds” cover of this magnitude since the days of La’Porsha, but while she was using the song to show her lower register, Spence shone with its soaring tones – the perfect cap for what felt like an extremely long night of auditions.
* While this roundup focused solely on those who made it to Hollywood, we can take a minute to talk about Ace Stiles, the boy with the “quirky vintage voice” who told his story when he came out transgender when he was 14? I’m not saying I disagree with the judges’ decision that Ace needs a little more confidence and life experience to develop as an artist, but the whole segment felt a little … is exploitative too extreme for a word?
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