Olivia Rox – American Idol 2016 – Season 15 Contestant

Olivia Rox American Idol 2016 Season 15 Top 24 - Pictured: Contestant Olivia Rox auditions in front of the judges at AMERICAN IDOL. © 2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker / FOX.

Olivia Rox American Idol 2016 Season 15 Top 24

Olivia Rox is a 16-year-old singer from Los Angeles, California, who grew up in a very musically inclined household. The daughter of acclaimed saxophone player, Warren Hill, and music writer and producer, Tamara Van Cleef, Olivia started singing at the age of 2. After begging her father to let her try singing, Olivia discovered her talents when she performed Someday My Prince Will Come, from Snow White at one of Hill’s concerts and received a standing ovation. At age 3, Olivia’s music instructor noticed that she possessed perfect relative pitch. By age 4 she wrote her first song on the piano.Since discovering her talents, Olivia has composed over 300 songs and has shown no signs of slowing down. In addition to staring in the classic play Annie at age 9, Olivia has worked with Peisha McPhee (renowned singer and mother of Idol alum, Katharine McPhee), who told her she has a bright future ahead of her. Often described as an “old soul,” at age 8 Olivia got the chance to perform in front of music legend, Aretha Franklin, who was blown away by her talents. According to Olivia, some other interesting facts about her are that she loves to ride horses, write books, design clothing and invent things.

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Olivia auditioned for America’s Got Talent in 2013, where she performed for the celebrity judges As “Long As You Love Me,” by Justin Bieber. While the judges advanced her to the next round, Mel B cautioned Olivia to be careful with building momentum and peaking too soon in the performance. Olivia was cut in the Las Vegas round before getting a chance to perform again. Afterwards, talking to Nick Cannon, the celebrity host reassured Olivia, saying he was sure that “I’ll see you in the future.”

Over this past summer, Olivia auditioned for American Idol. Advancing past all of the preliminary segments, Olivia gave a strong enough audition at the celebrity judges round to be advanced to Hollywood Week. According to The Idol Pad, Olivia survived Hollywood Week and performed “Love Somebody,” by Maroon 5, at the Showcase round. Receiving a standing ovation from judge, Keith Urban, Olivia was then admitted to the top 24.

Instruments Olivia Plays: Guitar, Piano, Ukulele


Overall Thoughts: Olivia is a wildcard in my opinion; I can’t quite decide whether she is a top 24 cut or a top 12 lock. I was underwhelmed by her America’s Got Talent audition, but that was 2 years ago and her Youtube stuff since then shows incredible growth! I have to wait until I see how the show will portray her to give a definite opinion, but right now Olivia is just a great big question mark. I wasn’t a fan to begin with, but now Olivia definitely has my attention. What I am most excited for with Olivia is seeing if the talent and growth she has shown on her Youtube channel will be reflective of what we see when she is performing on Idol. Right now Olivia is young, fresh and has a great voice and talent, so my only advice is to keep her song choices relevant and appealing. I have my fingers crossed for her.

Song Suggestions:

  1. Wild Horses, by The Rolling Stones- My personal favorite pick for Olivia.
  2. A Thousand Years, by Christina Perri
  3. Chasing Pavements, by Adele

Olivia Rox sang “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars at her San Francisco audition. Click to check out her FULL audition

More American Idol Performances:

Showcase Round – Love Somebody by Maroon 5 – Click to Watch VIDEO
Hollywood Round Final SoloClick to Watch VIDEO
Semifinal Round – Confident – Click to Watch VIDEO
Idol Star Duets Round with David Cook – Light On – Click to Watch VIDEO

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