How approporiate that the last AI auditions, right before the Super Bowl, are in Omaha. One assumes this was all arranged in honor of Peyton Manning's calls, right? Of course.
I must say I love Jennifer's dress, with that wild black and white print. Sharp.
Quaid is Keith's PAST, man. Sorta. It's kind of neat that his mom toured with Keith. The boy cannot sing runs, though, and the judges all nail him for it. I agree with Keith that he has raw talent. He needs more time but the judges pass him through.
Madisen--why, why that spelling? She has to sing Carrie Underwood. She's so smiley and she does have a good voice, but she's too young. GUESS how old! Correct, 15. Send her back for some more living, and she could be great.
Alyssa is kind of hilarious, she seems like someone who would be a ton of fun to hang out with, and I bet she knows a lot of fun songs. She doesn't stand out for her talent, to me.
Tyler gets a second chance and goes blank. But he does come up with something, and changes HCJ's mind. But then HCJ questions his own mind change. Yes, Harry, you should have gone with your first instinct.
The presidential imitator is a riot.
Tyler Marshall sings Proud Mary, which is a fantastic song that is nearly impossible to sing. Now, I have an aversion to people breathing in the middle of a phrase, but the judges don't seem to be annoyed, and they love his personality, and on he goes.
CJ Jones has a voice that's way bigger and smoother than I would have expected. And he can sing with HCJ goofing off next to him, which is impressive. He's not my favorite CJ of the competition, but he's decent.
Dajontae (don't get me started, that's his name) is truly a cutie pie. No idea if he can really sing because we get just a few seconds. Dylan Becker is sandwiched in with him, and seems pretty talented.
Paula Hunt sings for the Air Force. Who knew? She sings Etta James, yay, and lets the silences be where they need to be. Nice. Awww, and she's here for her mom, who got MS. Awwww. HCJ even approves of her runs, which I think is the first time he's ever done that. Aww, they show her mom. Tears.
Andrina is from Fargo. Woodchipper, anyone? Eh? She's --oh wow. She sings Beyonce, but she sings it and doesn't just imitate what's on the radio. HCJ says she's way better than average, Keith says she just needs exposure. I'm leaning toward Keith being correct. A little exposure beyond rural ND and she might flourish.
Casey sings nicely. The judges gush. I'm... waiting for more.
Tessa sings Fulsom Prison. It's another great song, and she certainly doesn't sound like Johnny Cash. She does sing like an old-time country singer. But AI rewards the pop-country singers, so I have my doubts.
I like Brandina best, and JLo's dress. I want that dress.