It’s not unusual for singing show alums to audition and appear on several competitions. For instance, Sundance Head, a finalist on American Idol season 6 in 2007 went on to WIN The Voice season 11 in 2016. MacKenzie Bourg made it to The Voice season 3 playoffs in 2012, but then went on to finish American Idol season 15 in 2016 in 3rd place. These are only two examples.
However, sometimes a singer finds a measure of success on one show, but can’t gain traction on another. How could one set of producers see something special in an artist, while others flat out reject them? Singing show fans know that there is much more to casting a singing show than talent.
For instance, Jessica Meuse made history on American Idol season 13 back in 2014 when she was the first finalist to sing an original song during the finals. She performed her audition song, the Americana tinged “Blue Eyed Lie” during the Top 8 round. The performance easily propelled her to the next round.
Jess would be a shoe in for a show like The Voice…right? Well, no. At least not at this time. Jess posted the rejection notice the show recently sent to her, alongside the message, “Every no leads to the one “yes” I need!”
every “no” leads to the one “yes” i need! ??? pic.twitter.com/BnQ2xuD8qG
— Jessica Meuse (@JessMeuse) December 11, 2020
I, for one, would love if Jessica, a talented singer and songwriter, popped up on The Voice. I would encourage her to audition again. Wear them down, Jess!
Since her turn on American Idol, Jessica has been recording and releasing music, including the album Halfhearted in 2018.
In September, she released “Because You Love Me” on behalf of the nonprofit, Bethesda, that works with the adult developmentally disabled population.
The singer continues to upload original songs to Youtube. Here’s her latest “The War.” Check out more on her Youtube channel. Currently, Jess wrote the song for a literature class she is taking.