We are knee deep in American Idol 2013 auditions, and we’ve already seen some amazing singers! From Sarah Restuccio’s impressive take on judge Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” to Lazaro Arbos’s inspiring performance of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” it’ll be hard to top what we’ve seen in New York City and Chicago.
 
This week, the 2013 American Idol judges will taking Charlotte, North Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana by storm, searching for the best of the best. From the previews we’ve seen, the crop of talent this week includes some names we’ve seen on our Top 40 spoiler list, namely Burnell Taylor, who stunned the judges at the Baton Rouge auditions with his version of “I’m Here” from The Color Purple
 
Other highlights include a honky-tonk singer, also from Baton Rouge, who sings Garth Brooks’s “She’s Every Woman,” and a Charlotte chanteuse who takes on Etta James’s “All I Could Do Was Cry.” Check out a sneak peek of some of the best auditions from Charlotte and Baton Rouge below!
 
Baton Rouge: Burnell Taylor Goes Purple
This talented singer went the Broadway route with his audition, taking a song from the musical version of The Color Purple. The judges seemed skeptical at first, but that disappeared once Burnell’s voice shone through loud and clear.


Baton Rouge: Going Country

We haven’t heard a ton of singers with a penchant for country, but this tall and mild-mannered guy delivers a great rendition of Garth Brooks’s “She’s Every Woman.”

 

Charlotte: A Magic Carpet Ride Gone Wrong
This eager auditioner made the judges cringe with his tremulous take on “A Whole New World,” from the movie
Aladdin.


Charlotte: Singing the Blues 
Singing Etta James’s aching tune “All I Could Do Was Cry,” this auditioner touched the judges where it counts — their hearts.


Charlotte: A Soulful Classic Done Right 
Summer wowed the judges (and us)  with her version of Bill Withers’s “Lean On Me.”