Jasmine Murray – American Idol Season 8 Top 36 Contestant

Jasmine Murray – Jacksonville – 16 – Starkville, MS

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This former Miss Mississippi Outstanding Teen exhibited an amazing amount of poise in the Hollywood Rounds, as those around her fell apart. If she continues to keep it together, she’ll be a lock for the Top 12 -Â   MySpace

  • sylvanaire

    She is certainly beautiful, but her singing was a bit nasally for me, and rather affected, trying to copy Fergie too closely maybe? She has a nice tone to her voice though, so maybe she’ll out last Hollywood. It’s all about song choice as we know!

  • Niall

    My take on her is she’s either going to blow absolutely everybody away or she’s going to be a huge disappointment like Lisa Tucker. I don’t see her being middle of the road. We’ll just have to see if she can withstand the pressure.

  • St.Lucia

    She had an okay voice, but with so many other good voices unless she pulls out a wowing performance she’s one of the first cannon fodders to get the ax.

  • Buderschnookie

    We thought she was nasal, too.

    OK MJ- at this rate it is going to be 36 days before we see photos of all the rumored top 36, and half of them will have been let go by then!

    Just slap up the photos already :thumbup_tb:

  • t2

    This one, yes definitely cannon fodder.

    She might have made it with last year’s method of making the top 12, but she does not stand out enough with either her singing or personality to be voted into the top 12.

  • abbysee

    On the fence with this one. Certainly ‘nasally’ even though for me it wasn’t so much nasally as I thought she was swallowing her words. I will reserve judgement on whether she is fodder or not. She is so poised I don’t think she will melt down in Hollywood. Top 12, eh!

  • bean99

    She has a nice voice but she needs to drop the Fergie sound and get her own or she’ll be gone right away.

  • erennick

    Definitely beautiful. Definitely nasally. I honestly have no sense of how she will fare. Maybe Hollywood will show more.

  • tinawina

    Pretty, too much foundation, nice voice but sings like she listens to too many Disney singers. If she listens to the vocal coaches and is a quick study she can do well. I don’t think she can win though.

  • whosefanryou

    Pretty girl, though her headshot photo on the Idol site certainly does her no favors at all. I thought she was singing through her noise and absolutely hated her audition. I would classify her as cannon fodder based on her vocals, but TPTB may believe she’s more marketable than some of the other young girls.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Pretty girl. Average singing – straight out of her nostrils.

    She’s young, yes. But, she’s too young to have a singing identity, yet again. Enter another Paris Bennett. Should she make Top 12, watching her reinvent herself every week should be fun.

    But…I don’t know that she’ll make Top 12. Nothing original about her.

  • jumpstart

    She’s okay but doesn’t really do anything for me one way or the other. Forgettable.

  • J.S.G.

    She is too young to be singing competitively at this level. She is no where close reaching her potential, or establshing a uniqueness to carry her beyond Hollywood.
    Two years of performing here, there and everywhere and Jasmine could really be a force. When she is 18.
    Stark evvidence the audtiuon age has to be raised two years.

  • Dr. Tracey

    From her looks to her nose singing this girl is way too Disney for me.

  • snuffles

    Nasally singing hasn’t stopped Rihanna or Vanessa Hudges from being big pop stars.

    Jasmine is super cute, can sing in tune and seems likable enough (so far). She could EASILY be packaged into a pop/hip hop star for the tweens and teens.

  • justshootme

    I definitely see the “packaging potential” but she does nothing for me. A Paris Bennett downgrade. Hope she gets an early boot.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Nasally singing hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t stopped Rihanna or Vanessa Hudges from being big pop stars.

    No it has not. I can easily see a Disney career right now, if she wants to go the Vanessa Hudgens, and maybe a Rihanna career when she finds out who she is exactly. This is one reason why I agree that they need to increase the age.

    Right now, sounding like another (popular) singer wouldn’t hold my interest at all. We’ll see how she does with the teen/tween crowd.

  • kerfuffle

    I think she’s adorable, and sings well, even if a bit nasally. If she doesn’t get enough votes from America during her round of the first three brutal eliminations, I believe $imon will in$i$t that $he be brought back a$ one of the three wildcard$.

  • LK09

    Snuffles- Vanessa Hudgens DRIVES ME CRAZY! I need to listen to Rhianna again before I have an opinion. I can’t imagine she is as bad as Vanessa. IMO, Vanessa will die once she gets away from Disney. I can’t see her ever being considered a legitamate artist away from High School Musical or Disney.

    Jasmine is definitely beautiful and definitely has a very nasally voice. I will be anxious to see how she sings some other songs.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    I have a sentimental connection to this girl because I lived in MS for 13 years, and KNOW that there are some hella talented people there, but as far as I know, there has been no Mississippian make the semi’s of AI.

    I’ve never really been a fan of the younger contestants though, so we’ll see how much I continue to like her. I thought her audition was okay… nothing really impressive vocally, so I’ll be curious to see how she does beyond Hollywood. Beautiful girl, though.

  • WestiesRule

    I need to see more of her to make a decision. This exposure may be enough for her to get an agent and be picked up for something aka Nickelodeon/Disneyish.

  • snuffles
  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    OK MJ- at this rate it is going to be 36 days before we see photos of all the rumored top 36, and half of them will have been let go by then!

    I have a two week plan…

    All 36 contestants will be posted before the semi’s begin.

    I have one more to post for today. :).