American Idol Auditions Wrap Up In Omaha: Next Stop, Hollywood!

Photo courtesy of Fox

Photo courtesy of Fox

Shane Avery
Staff Writer

To Hollywood they go!!

 
The final stop of the auditions wrapped up tonight in Omaha which means that starting next week, it’s crunch time as the hopefuls will be narrowed down in the dreaded (but always entertaining) Hollywood week.
 
The last hour of auditions was just as entertaining as the previous with some stellar standouts including the very first of the night!
 
Quaid Edwards actually had history with judge Keith Urban as his mother used to tour with Keith back in the day when he first started out. Quaid decided to belt out the Sam Cooke classic “Change is Gonna Come” and I found his audition very interesting. When singing the original lyrics, Quaid seemed to sail on through, but when he attempted his own runs, it faltered. The judges called him on it, but nonetheless ended up putting him through to Hollywood. The one thing I liked about his audition, in particular, was his phrasing of the lyrics. He did it his way, which I found intriguing. I wanted to hear more from him, which is always a good start.
 
Unfortunately, after Quaid’s successful audition, Omaha hit a rough patch. A BIG rough patch.
 
Thankfully, things got more interesting when Tyler Gurwicz walked in.
 
Following his performance of “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele, the judges were torn on where Tyler would fit in the competition. His voice was unique, but Keith and Harry thought he was one dimensional. After Jennifer said yes, and Keith passed, it was all on Harry. Tyler told Harry he would work hard, but Harry unfortunately said no.
 
That wasn’t the end though.
 
Tyler told them he had it in him, and Harry obliged by telling him to impress with another song…….
 
And he pulled it off!
 
Time for some jokes as a contestant (who we never learned if he got through or not, but I’m leaning towards NO) dlivered some killer impressions of the Presidents, former and present. I particularly loved his Barack Obama one!
 
Back to actual auditions though.
 
CJ Jones took his spot and before the audition even started, it turned out to be hilarious! He informed the judges he was going to sing “Stand By Me” and Harry informed him he would stay in his seat. CJ jokingly demanded he join him onstage, which Harry hysterically obliged. While CJ sang for his golden ticket, Harry couldn’t help but dance next to him. The audition ended up with a happy ending as all 3 judges said yes!
 
The hits just kept coming as 20 year old Paula Hunt took the stage and delivered an amazing Etta James cover and brought herself to tears in the process. Paula seemed to croon out the song effortlessly and for the first time, Harry complimented a performance with runs.
 
The final night was winding down, but there was one last audition.
 
Tessa Kate brought her country flavor to the judges, and when she sang the Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison”, I was getting serious Loretta Lynn vibes….
 
Which Jennifer happened to mention!
 
There is always a spot for country in Idol, and she was quickly given a ticket to Hollywood!!
 
And you know what that means?
 
That was the LAST ticket!!
 
The Idol auditions have officially wrapped up, and there are now 212 contenders for the crown!
 
But there is a TWIST:
 
The preview for Hollywood week unveiled a brand new round held in……
 
An airport hangar!!
 
What craziness are we going to come across??
 
UNTIL NEXT WEEK!
 
Let us know some of your favorite auditions this year in the comments below!
 
 
 

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