American Idol 12 - 15 Memorable Auditions (VIDEO)

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The American Idol 12 auditions are over.  Time just flew while we were having fun, no? Heh. To celebrate, I’ve chosen 15 memorable performances from the 6 audition episodes for you to enjoy again. Or not.

Notice that I didn’t label the performances  GOOD or THE BEST. Although most of the auditions I chose rank up there with the very best of the season so far, other picks I made were driven by the hopeful’s personality or backstory.

Something tells me Nigel Lythgoe, as he usually does, is holding back some of the good stuff for Hollywood. The best may be yet to come. But in the meantime, check out the auditions below, and let us know in comments if you agree or disagree. Which season 12 auditions do you remember?

There is not one performance on my list from New York City! That episode was all about the judges anyway.

In no particular order:

The 27 year old fire eater, Kez Ban, from Durham,  North Carolina sang  a delightful version of  “No Strings” from Disney’s Pinocchio, but she’s also a singer/songwriter and sang a snippet of an original song.  Bold, engaging, quirky and original, Kez was one of my favorite contestants. I’m looking forward to what she brings in Hollywood.


Kez Ban, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

Ashley Smith, 22, from Charlotte was like a breath of fresh air!  This spirited African American girl, with the crazy clothes and blonde wig (Nikki dubbed her BLONDIE) busted out with a most surprising–and beautifully sung—version of Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova.”  Very entertaining.


Ashley Smith – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Tennessee girl and season 10 and 11 returnee, Janelle Arthur, is back.  She’s got a huge, huge voice with great control. She sang a strong rendition of “Where the Blacktop Ends.”  Maybe it’s finally Janelle’s year. She’s been singing ever since she was cast as Dolly Parton at a theme park, and already a fan favorite.


Janelle Arthur – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

The sweet and socially awkward Charlie Askew is like a different person when he opens his mouth to sing. Able to do lots of interesting things with his sweet, high falsetto, Charlie possesses an impressive vocal range and knows how to use it. As Mariah said during her critique, Charlie could definitely shake things up in this competition.


Charlie Askew – Baton Rouge Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Teen singer, Maddie Assel, was nominated by the coolest grandma ever! Maddie says she’s been influenced by Haley Reinhart, Adele and Beyonce. The soul and jazz influences are apparent in her style, which is impressively developed at 17.  I’d love for Maddie to go far in the competition.-


Maddie Assel – Baton Rouge Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

It is the TRIUMPHANT RETURN of Candice Glover, after she was unceremoniously dumped after a fantastic performance of “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” with Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick in Las Vegas last season.  Candice is back with a vengeance, as her fantastic audition of  Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey” revealed. The judges gave her a standing ovation!


Candice Glover – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

I didn’t think Papa Peachez should have gone through. His singing was half baked and affected. But he sure is a character. And while I may not be a fan, I didn’t forget him either.  He split the judging panel right down the middle, and only Nicki begging Randy to change his vote saved him.  Also, Peachez may be the only Idol hopeful to come out as gay on the show–even if it was through song.


Papa Peachez – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Nineteen year old Adam Sanders had the judges on his feet after his big-voiced performance of “I’d Rather Go Blind.”  I thought he needed a little more development and control. And maybe his own vibe–he’s an Adam Lambert clone all the way from his high notes to his black hair.  But the young singer definitely made his mark.


Adam Sanders – San Antonio Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Shubha Vedula is only 17, but she’s got a big ole soulful voice with a ton of potential. I really hope she goes far in the competition. Definitely one of my favorite voices.


Shubha Vedula – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

After a botched tonsillectomy, Micah Johnson, speaks with an obvious impediment. But that’s not why I remember him The dude sings impediment free, and brilliantly.  I loved his soulful take on the country tune  “Chicken Fry” by the Zach Brown Band.  He’s got the potential to bring a unique voice to the competition.


Micah Johnson – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

I really dug Rachel Hale’s big ole soulful alto.  Her rendition of “People Get Ready” had Keith Urban calling her “A Little Wynonna Juddish.”   But really, although she’s from the south, I’d call her an R&B singer. Really good stuff.


Rachel Hale – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Nineteen year old Burnell Taylor had a pretty compelling backstory–his family home was destroyed by Kartrina, but the boy can also SANG.  His rendition of “I’m Here” from the Color Purple was emotional and soulful and it earned him a standing ovation from the judges. Lots of star quality right there.


Burnell Taylor – Baton Rouge Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Lazaro Arbos, extreme stutterer, is a solid singer, but really it’s his backstory that makes him unforgettable.  It’s not unusual for a stutter to disappear when a person sings. But this boy boy can barely get a sentence out when he speaks. He only seems free to express himself through song. Idol producers really pushed for this video to go viral–sending out emails to reporters with a link to his performance.  Producers see him as their very own Susan Boyle. His audition did manage to go viral, but we’ll see if he can ride the backstory bus straight into the finals.


Lazaro Arbos, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

How on earth could I forget Matheus Fernandes when I had already watched him compete on The Glee Project in the summer of 2011?  Methinks Matheus is a very savvy reality show player by now. I expect (and have actually heard that there is) plenty of drama from the little guy in Hollywood.  Here are videos from The Glee Project “Pairability”, including his elimination.


Matheus Fernandes – Long Beach Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Nineteen year old, Zoanette Johnson, is a really terrible singer.  But fans are split on weather she’s entertaining or not.  I found her audacious and atrocious version of the National Anthem completely nutty and highly entertaining.  I’m all for advancing one or two entertainment ringers to Hollywood. But if they can’t sing, the fun should stop right there.


Zoanette Johnson – Oklahoma City Audition… by IdolxMuzic

 
  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Nice list. :) I adore Kez…her personality…her inferred madness…her lovely voice. Love that original number. Will she go past H’Wood? Likely not as we all know what Idol wants. But she’s refreshing. Love. <3

  • tomr

    Not bad if you get rid of the retreads.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Of these, I liked:

    Kez Ban
    Candice Glover
    Burnell Taylor
    Shubha Vedula
    Lazaro Arbos
    Zoanette Johnson
    Adam Sanders
    Charlie Askew

    Not in that order.

  • fantoo1

    I think the auditions have been good this year. There’s also a lot of good people we still haven’t seen this year-Kree Harrison, Jett Hermano, and Julianna Chahayed, just to name a few.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    Zoanette, Maddie and Candice are my favorites.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I am so ready for a talent show that specifically targets artists like Kez Ban. Quirky and different. I don’t know how good she really is to move forward on Idol but there must be an audience for artists like her. They may not be mainstream but from marketing standpoint instead of concentration on radio they can be marketed outside of the box. I’ve had enough of Country and Mumford & Sons for a lifetime.

  • Anny_nanny

    Kezban and Charlie. I don’t remember who all the rest, sorry.
    For me this is the most  terribly – in the last season at this point I remembered Lorain and the girl that sang with Sara Bareilles, I remember all kids from Savannah – start of the auditions and the most vivid impression. Wonderful girl was in Aspen. All of them were cut in Hollywood, but at least I remembered them. I still remember their voices, although rewatch Savannah only.
    By the way, only in this just realized that I remembered many girls, but did not remember guys – auditions to the guys greater part of it was badly or us them not show.
    I will hope uncle Nigel kept joker in the hole, we don’t see more who were interesting in spoilers.

  • http://twitter.com/MissGolightly22 No Thanks

    I still have my eye on Charlie.  I really hope he makes the voting rounds.  He seems like the type to study and prepare for the show like David Cook and Adam Lambert did before their runs.  And my gut tells me he has some tricks up his sleeve.

  • Anny_nanny

    I was surprised to learn that Charlie has audition in Texas last year. I hope he knows this game and will be the dark horse or a favorite in this race.

  • sdmama

    If we continue Home march, Kez can be the next wgwg (white girlish guitar) sensation. Really glad that she is coming to Hollywood. She is fascinating. I like Papa, too. He needs coaching, but he can curve out a niche market.
    I am hating comparison of Adam to Adam. Why? Because of dark haired white male? His singing and style does not remind me Adam. Jacob Rusk is more like it. Does anybody else remember Adam Lambert’s controlled audition?

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I am so impressed with Shubha Vedula – definitely TOP 10 material!

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    YES YES YES KEEP PEOPLE LIKE KEZ BAN COMING. KEEP DEM ORIGINALS COMING!!! (wishful thinking)… probs never gonna happen. Also dat Charlie kid!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4NGVYB24TB3RAS57EW4NU5Q4MM Katie

    Loved Jimmy Smith’s Charlotte audition…i think he’s a Country Star!