Regular readers of the blog are already familiar with a few of the auditioners featured this week in San Francisco and Louisville. But in case you’re just tuning in, here’s more info on a few of this week’s notable contestants.
For more information on Hollywood Contestants, including a list of contestants rumored to have advanced beyond Hollywood, check out my list right HERE.
San Francisco auditions:
Adam Lambert – You think Adam Lambert’s performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody” (watch his audition HERE) was theatrical? You ain’t seen nothing yet. He’s got an extensive theater and performance career–and the accompanying fanbase–already. Check out a few of his You Tubes: “Crazy”, Dust in the Wind. Even more videos.Ãƒâ€š Adam is rumored to have made the Top 50.
Joanna Pacciti -Ãƒâ€š The buzz about Joanna started early.Ãƒâ€š She hit theÃƒâ€š New York tabs back in 1996 when at the age of 12, she was fired from a Broadway production of Annie. Her family sued the producers of the production, who settled for an undisclosed sum.Ãƒâ€š Not onlyÃƒâ€š was she signed by A&M records, as Kara mentioned in Joanna’s audition, but there’s more: She appeared on several soundtracks, including Legally Blond soundtrack in 2001 and The Bratz: Motion Picture Soundtrack in 2007. In 2003, she appeared on MTVÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s True Life, which followed three kids trying to break into the music business. She tried acting, and then in 2006, under Geffen Records, released a single Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œLet It Slide.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ Ãƒâ€š The album that followed, This Crazy Life, made an appearance on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, but then disappeared. Her song Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…â€œOut From UnderÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ was covered by Britney Spears for her hit album, Circus. Also, rumor has it she broke up DWTS pro Mark Ballas and his girlfriend. Wiki, MySpace, Video1, Video2, Video3.
Brent Keith Smith -Brent’s not just a nice boy from Ohio (check out his audition).Ãƒâ€š Besides his status as a rumored Top 50 contestant, Brent was also a contestant on Nashville Star 2. HereÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s his about.com page. He has a song on the Dale soundtrack (a movie about the late race car driver, Dale Earnhardt Sr.Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’hereÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s the video), and a CMT music page, full of videos. HereÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s an amateur video of a performance (Ãƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ FoundÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ recorded by Josh Gracin).Ãƒâ€š Plus, he’s already got a fan base.Ãƒâ€š Check out BrentÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s MySpace.
Felicia Barton – We only caught a glimpse of Felicia last night, but she’s worth noting, because she’s rumored to be in the Top 50. All of her videos, but one, have been removed from You Tube.Ãƒâ€š She also performs Christian music, posted at her churchÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s website HERE. Her Myspace.
Ryan Johnson – Or Ryan P.A. Johnson, as he’s also known, is another contestant we barely saw in Louisville. And again, he’s worth noting, because he’s rumored to be in the Top 50.Ãƒâ€š His band, In Stereo, perform Contemporary Christian music. You can listen to music at his BandÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s MySpace. Here’s the BandÃƒ ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s website, and you can check out their CD here, and here.