American Idol 2021 Audition: Luke Bryan calls Florida Teen Casey Bishop the “damn winner of American Idol.”
I’ve been waiting for an audition that literally takes me out of my seat and makes me go, “Who is this?”. This is Casey Bishop, a rock/jazz singer who likes Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Ella Fitzgerald? Odd combo and taste that is not typical for a 15-year-old? Interesting? Yes. But does interesting always mean good? No.
But I’ll say it. As of now, Casey Bishop is my favorite on this season of American Idol. Someone who dares to be different and succeeds with so much artistry and raw vocal talent is just something that is so refreshing. She showed so many colors in this audition. From her growly yet controlled cover of Motley Crue’s “Live Wire,” to her bluesy cover of Sarah Vaughn’s jazz standard “My Funny Valentine,” she displayed that she can sing. And she’s not afraid to play with the greats and choose some of the most
difficult songs out there.
I have a feeling Casey won’t be going anywhere, anytime soon. Luke Bryan calls the young singer the “damn winner of American Idol” after her second song. Before that, he had her as top 10. He called it an “Alejandro moment.” Ever since his 2019 audition, the runner up of Season 2 of ABC Idol, Alejandro Aranda has been referenced several times. It is no small feat to be compared to the singer-songwriter’s viral moment. Julia Gargano is someone who had this type of moment last season in her audition.
Casey does not post a ton of music on YouTube or Instagram, but what she has on those platforms is 100% raw and unedited vocals, and display her talent further. Check out her cover of Sublime’s Santeria and her cover of Michael Jackson’s Bad in the style of Billie Eilish. Casey is one versatile singer, and I think she can only go up from here. Casey’s Instagram, Santeria cover, Bad cover.