It’s Hollywood Week, folks. For some, that means more excitement as it gets down to the nitty gritty, while others feel a pang of sadness when auditions end. There was plenty of drama, lots of laughs, and some truly momentous performances. As the folks at American Idol always say, this just may be the best season yet (and we might just believe them).
We decided to take a look back and pick out our favorite 3 performances from the auditions:
Lazaro Arbos: Honestly, if we had to pick only one, it would have to be Lazaro. He not only had the voice of an angel, but the story behind it was perhaps the most touching in Idol history. The 21-year-old Cuban-born ice cream-scooper has suffered from a debilitating stutter since he was six years old. But when he opened his mouth to sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” there wasn’t a stutter to be heard.
The judges were virtually speechless (yes, even Nicki Minaj), while Keith Urban managed to say in all sincerity, “You should sing all the time.” Lazaro’s mom had already enlisted that technique. Lazaro was bullied in school, and when she really wanted to be able to understand him, she’d say, “Sing to me! Sing to me!”
If you didn’t choke up at that, my friend, you may need to consult a doctor for broken tear ducts.
Adam Sanders: He was shown looking like an emotional wreck in the waiting area, and nearly shed a tear once he got in front of the judges in Long Beach. Once he opened his mouth, however, he had nothing but control. He channeled his old soul by singing Etta James “I’d Rather Go Blind,” and the judges were stunned. Shocked. Blown away. It was a “one, two, three — yes” situation.
Here’s where it gets weird. If you recall, when Ryan Seacrest asked Keith who the standouts were during the preseason, he immediately named Adam. It was no wonder after that audition, and yet the singer didn’t make the Top 40. It will be interesting to see what happens to Adam in Hollywood Week.
Burnell Taylor: Or should we just call him “the one who made Mariah Carey cry”? Talk about serious bragging rights! And, like Lazaro, Burnell had a touching backstory. He and his family lost everything post-Katrina, and had to move from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, where he auditioned.
His moving performance of “I’m Here” from The Color Purple was so animated and amazing, viewers everywhere were likely stunned, and the judges seemed like they wanted to crown him right then and there. Will he make it all the way?
Which singers stood out the most to you?