Season 9 Preview: The Boston Edition: Luke Shaffer

Wow! I for one was pleasantly surprised at how accurate the spoilers were for Season 9. I half expected people to be spamming the spoiler lists to get attention for their bands or just for laughs. So, congrats to IDF and other spoiler mongers for doing such a great job.

So far, we’ve previewed 35 people and posted links to other blogs doing the same thing for a total of 50. Some of those contestants auditioned in Boston. I thought it would be interesting to round up those contestants and see what else we can find out about them.

Contestant previews after the jump.

To start off with, here are the ones previewed already (in the order they appeared last night):

1. Maddy Curtis – 16 – “ Bluemont, VA – “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen
2. Jennifer Hirsch –  22 – Manhattan, NY
3. Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez – 21 – Boston, MA – “If I Ain’t Got You”
4. Tyler Grady – 19 -“ Nazareth PA – “Let’s Get it On”  by Marvin Gaye
5. Katie Stevens – “ 16 – Middlebury, CT –  “At Last” by Etta James.
6. Joshua Blaylock – 28 – “ New York, NY “God Bless The Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts
8. Justin Williams –  21 –  Sandy UT – “Feeling Good”
9. Bosa Mora – 22 – Columbus OH

Not Previewed:
1. Claire Fuller – 23 – “ Philadelphia, PA
2. Jess Wolfe – 24 – Brooklyn, NY –  VIDEO
3. Amadeo Diricco –  28  –  Johnston, RI –  “Hoochy Coochie Man”
4. Luke Shaffer 24, New York, NY (see below)
5. Benjamin Bright – “ 25 – “ Rome, NY (some info below)
6. Mike Davis – 18 – “ Boston – “Yesterday” by the Beatles
7. Leah Laurenti – 22 – Medford, NY – “Blue Skies” – Myspace deleted

I’ll see what I can dig up on those last 7 (anybody know who the remaining 16 from Boston were?). Anybody find anything, please post in comments.

Luke (James) Shaffer (one of the two guys who harmonized well)
You Found Me (youtube)
Sunday Morning (youtube)
Poker Face (youtube)
Apologize (youtube)
Youtube Channel

A WGWG! He’s good. He can do covers with an original flair. He’ll also get the female fans. Can he stand out in a crowded field? His audition was pretty impressive last night.

BTW according to one of the spoilers, he was actually the last person to audition the first day in Boston.

Benjamin Bright
Dude appears to have been erased from the internet (youtube links have been removed).

About Kirsten 3046 Articles
Kirsten has had a long love affair with numbers. Marry that with her love of cheese and the Numbers Threads at MJs were born.


  1. Thank you for posting about Luke!!!! :) I’m so proud of him! I hope he does well! We’ll see! :)

  2. Luke’s cute and I like that he can play guitar. It doesn’t look like he would have a problem with putting his own spin on covers, so that’s definitely a good thing.

  3. Having contestants that can put their original spin on covers is one of the few things that Idol has improved on in the last couple years.

    I like Luke, though I’m not crazy about him yet – still need to see more. I liked his audition mainly because I LOVE that song.

  4. The remaining Hollywood contestants from Boston:

    Allen Burton
    Amanda Shectman
    Antwan Michael
    Bryce Larsen
    Ellery Bonham
    Jaclyn North
    Jason Shorter
    Jessica Cunningham
    Justin Gray
    Katelyn Clampett
    Keanna O’Quinn
    Kelly Caruso (also made Hollywood S6)
    Lucy Yeghiazaryan
    Mike Davis
    Shannon Turner
    Siobhan Magnus
    Zoya Shpiegelman

  5. Oops, didn’t see Mike Davis (didn’t remember him), but those are the other 16. A few have been profiled. (Edit function not working)

  6. I like Luke, though I’m not crazy about him yet – still need to see more. I liked his audition mainly because I LOVE that song.

    I feel a little stupid, what song is it?

  7. Nvm to above, I found out. “Fall for You”, Secondhand Serenade.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.