We’ve finally got a few previews from this final week of American Idol 15 audition episodes. Check out previews of Adam Lasher, MacKenzie Bourg and twins Andrew and Aaron Birdwell. American Idol airs Wednesday Jan 20 (Philadelphia and San Francisco) and Thursday Jan 21 (Atlanta, Philadelphia, San Francisco) at 8/7c PM on FOX.
First up is Adam Lasher, who returns to American Idol with a brand new look. Gone is the headband, long hair and t shirt. His hair is trimmed–the singer is clean shaven and dressed in a suit jacket.
If you’ll recall, Adam had played guitar with a broken finger when he auditioned for season 14. This time, hands healthy, he performs a samba-flavored version of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door.” The Latin flair is fitting. You may also recall from last season, that Adam is Carlos Santana’s nephew.
“I came back to American Idol because I wanted to show the judges what I’m capable of,” says Adam in the clip. “It’s one thing to be good and sound good. It’s another to really connect to who you are singing to…I want to show the judges what I can be at 100%.”
Fans were surprised when Adam, an early favorite, was cut in Hollywood. Can he go the distance during this farewell season of Idol?
Next up is Mackenzie Bourg. He’s a returnee too. But NOT from a season of American Idol! Mackenzie auditioned for The Voice season 3. He sang “Pumped Up Kicks” to land on Team Cee Lo Green. Mackenzie made it all the way to the Playoff round, where he was eliminated via public vote.
In his Idol audition, the singer cleverly mashes up 3 songs–one from each of the judges! First it’s “Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban, followed by Harry Connick Jr.’s “Come By Me” and ending with “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” by Jennifer Lopez.
We also learn that Mackenzie and Harry share a hometown AND a birthday.
…AND we end with twins Andrew and Aaron Birdwell stinking up the joint with their “harmonies” if that’s what we’re calling what they’re doing here. Keith wonders if the judges should stop them. “No, I want it to go on…forever,” snarks Jlo. And, unfortunately, it does.