17 Incredible American Idol Auditions That You Probably Forgot About Over The Years

The fifteenth and final season of American Idol, the wildly popular singing competition series, premiered on January 6, 2016.

The first season aired on Fox on June 11, 2002. Since then, American Idol has changed countless lives and has become one of the most impactful shows on television. It has been said that the success of the show is “unparalleled in broadcasting history.” It’s easy to believe that, given it has been a cornerstone of American culture for over a decade.

Before you enjoy American Idol: The Farewell Season, though, take some time to look back at these fantastic auditions from the last 14 seasons. Some truly talented people have graced the cramped audition rooms of countless hotels and event centers…and their brilliant first performances need to be heard!

17. Chris Sligh — Season 6

16. Casey Abrams — Season 10

15. Melinda Doolittle — Season 6

14. Katharine McPhee — Season 5

13. Burnell Taylor — Season 12

var OX_ads = OX_ads || []; OX_ads.push({ slot_id: “537251602_56eb96191bdbc”, auid: “537251602” });

12. Chris Daughtry — Season 5

11. Chris Medina — Season 9

10. Frenchie Davis — Season 2

9. Taylor Hicks — Season 5

8. Fantasia Barrino (wait until she really belts it out at 2:50) — Season 3

var OX_ads = OX_ads || []; OX_ads.push({ slot_id: “537251604_56eb96191bf2c”, auid: “537251604” });

7. Megan Corkrey — Season 8

6. Reed Grimm — Season 11

5. Mandisa — Season 5

4. Adam Lambert — Season 8

3. Carrie Underwood — Season 4

2. Clay Aiken — Season 2

1. Kelly Clarkson — Season 1

Honorable Mention: Sherman Pore — Season 6

Sherman Pore may not have been a normal contestant (or even one that was within the competition’s age range), but you’d be hard pressed to find a person that isn’t moved by his touching audition.

How many of these amazing performances did you remember?

American Idol airs on Fox on Wednesdays at 8/7c.

It might feel a little different from when the show first aired in 2002, but there are bound to be more incredible moments as the American Idol journey comes to an end.

You won’t want to miss it.

Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/best-american-idol-moments/

See Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul reunited Watch the X-Factor live auditions taping!

Tickets are FREE and admission is GUARANTEED.

The X Factor is here! HAS YOUR CITY GOT IT? WE ARE LOOKING FOR 4,000 MUSIC FANS TO BE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THE X FACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS!

Simon Cowell is back as judge on the highly anticipated US premiere of his global television phenomenon, THE X FACTOR. The show is auditioning both solo artists AND vocal groups and the acts that survive will compete for a $5 million recording contract with Sony/Syco! It’s the biggest guaranteed prize in TV history.

THE X FACTOR LIVE AUDITIONS will be visiting cities across the country auditioning both solo artists AND vocal groups. The auditions will be in front of the judges and a live audience.

Tapings happening from Los Angeles, Chicago, New Jersey to Miami and Seattle! Check for dates here and to print out tickets. Hurry, seats are extremely limited!

X Factor Coming to America on September 2011 (Promo Videos)

The X Factor is Simon Cowell’s brand new singing competition and they’re on a mission to find America’s next undiscovered superstar.

The X Factor debuts on FOX this fall and they’re giving away the biggest television pot prize to date– a $5 million recording contract with Sony Music.

What’s great about The X Factor is that it is open to anyone – vocal groups and solo singers, over the age of 12 – and there’s absolutely no upper age limit. (So it could be you!)

Over the coming months, auditions are coming to these US cities: New York, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, LA and Seattle.

Lady Gaga has it. The Beiber has it. Madonna and Katy Perry both have it. Have you got it?



Simon Cowell on Extra, talks about possible judges?

Simon Cowell ditches American Idol for the “X-Factor” US version.

“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell will leave the popular talent show after the season that starts Tuesday, January 12. MarketWatch columnist Jon Friedman discusses the significance of the move with Simon Constable in the News Hub.

(CNN) — Longtime “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell said he’ll be leaving the popular Fox talent show at the end of the season, the network announced Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, California.

Cowell’s popular U.K. talent show, “The X Factor,” will be coming to the United States in the fall of 2011 with the acerbic critic in tow, according to Fox.

“I want to leave ‘Idol’ this year bigger and better than it was in the past,” Cowell said at the TCA tour Monday.

Cowell will be both executive producer and judge on “The X Factor.”

“I’m thrilled that we have put a date on the launch of the U.S. version of ‘The X Factor,’ and delighted to be continuing to work with Fox,” said Cowell in a statement. “We have a fantastic relationship, a great team and are all very excited about this.” iReport: Will you watch “Idol” without Simon?

Speculation has raged for weeks as to Cowell’s future. Though he’s well paid for his “Idol” work — an estimated $36 million per season — he has expressed a desire to focus on “The X Factor.”

Cowell said at the press session that it’s taken some time to reach an agreement for his new duties, hence the buzz. (Indeed, he signed the last page of his “contract” on stage with Fox executives Peter Rice and Kevin Reilly.)

“[I] didn’t think it was right to do two shows in America at the same time, so [I] decided to leave one and start another,” he said. (CNN.com)

Paula Abdul’s American Idol Exit: The Real Story

PAULA_ABDUL

While Paula Abdul’s departure from AMERICAN IDOL may have come as a shock, the relationship between her and the show had been deteriorating for months. Is Paula now angling to get back, or will she be moving on to greener pastures?

3/26 American Idol Top 10 Results Night, Shrek Goes Home

top10idols-500
No top performer from last night was eliminated. All our top ranked folks were save. But we have trouble reconciling the bottom three. The cut was not based on last night’s performances, but possibly overall perception of the performer and possibly perceived need to rescue a favorite.

The worst performers last night without question were: (Listen to the Full Studio recording at the end of this post)

1. Megan Joy Corkrey – For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder– For once in Megan’s life, she brought us no joy. Awful performance. She didn’t exploit her style well at all, and that is how she works around her weak vocals. When it came down to performing this song, she didn’t style it well like she has in past weeks and tried to just perform it straight up…and failed…miserably. If she hit on one more flat note, we likely would have had to retune our television. (3/10)

2. Lil Rounds – Heat Wave – Diana Ross – Lil had a major opportunity this week to demonstrate that she was a possible winner in this competition or a fading memory. Motown should be her style. She should have shown us there are no others that can do this like her. She fell flat on her rounds. The entire song was shouted. It was entirely off key, and even the choruses were missed. If Megan wasn’t worse, we would send Lil home. (3/10)

3. Scott MacInTyre – You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes (Diana Ross) – Scott is tone deaf. He has to honestly not be able to hear himself sing. He is so horribly off key, and this is a song requiring the singer be on top of every note. It hurt to listen to him. He was sharp and flat throughout. The piano was the only thing in tune. The judges were kind. The only points he get is for a creative piano. (5/10)

sarver_motownIf the voting were actually based on last night’s performances, one of these three would have gotten the boot, but only one even made the bottom three, Scott. Despite a stellar performance, Matt was placed in danger and Michael, who finally didn’t deserve a berth in the bottom 3, got one.

Megan got a pass. And Lil too. Both deserved to be at least threatened with elimination. But that is not always how the votes go. Sympathy votes, rescue votes, and many factors come into play.

So, at least, as we watched the trio of Matt, Michael and Scott stand on the stage, we thought, at least the worst male performer of the night would finally get canned. But they saved Scott again. Week after week he delivers mediocre flat noted performances and yet someone is voting for him.

So now it was down to Matt and Michael. Now we have been hard on Michael and don’t believe he deserved to be in the final 13 in the first place. But last night, he did well when others flopped, and yet now he was pitted against Matt in the bottom two. That left only one possibility, Shrek had to go.

The judges patronized the audience by pretending to want to save Mike. Then Simon said buh-bye. The save vote session is so obviously contrived and pre-planned, just like the lip sync of the songs in the group performances this year.

If pitch matters, Lil, Megan and Scott better get some kind of musical hearing aid. We think Lil can get back on track, but we think Scott and Megan are at the bottom of the pack and will visit the bottom three again very soon.

msarvermotown

Full Studio Recording

3/25 American Idol Top 10 Performance Night Review, Motown Fun

Sometimes, there are people you meet that are so full of themselves, they forget how they affect others. They focus on themselves rather than how they impact other people, and are so sure they are right, no one can convince them how wrong they really are.

The American Idol judges are responsible for the elimination of Alexis Grace with “over the top” and amateurish criticisms of her performances over the last two weeks while ignoring poorly performed flat acts that repeated themselves tonight. There is no excuse for the judges irresponsible, lazy and incompetent behavior. If there was a way to eliminate them, tonight would have been it. Alexis should be brought back, and Simon, Paula and Randy left to America’s votes to to see if they deserve to be sent home.

The weak statement consistently made by the judges is that the performer chose the wrong song. Rubbish. If the performer does the song right, it can be great no matter what song it is. A case in point can be seen with Megan below, and Adam later. It has nothing to do with the choice of song. It has to do with the performance of that song. Unless it is totally obscure, the artist can bring it. If the artist can’t bring every song, they shouldn’t be America’s choice. It really is that simple.

Now to the performances. [Listen to the audio performances at the bottom of this page and Full studio recording]

1. Matt Giraud – “Let’s Get It On” -Marvin Gaye — Matt did a nice job. He was not exceptional. He does not hit the notes like Marvin Gaye and he ditched his piano which differentiates him. He isn’t going home, and the judges have found a soft spot for him. He did well for a first position performer. We liked the performance, but we ain’t buying the CD. (7/10)

2. Kris Allen – “How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You” – Marvin Gaye (James Taylor) — Now, we think Kris nailed this tune. He played off both artists, bringing the acoustic style of James Taylor with his guitar and a bit of soulful Motown as well. It was a great job, a smooth vocal, on key and timely. If we had to vote the top performer of the night right here, Kris outscored Matt. The judges were positive but vague. There was no reason to be vague. Kris nailed it. (8/10)

3. Scott MacIntyre – “You Can’t Hurry Love” – Supremes (Diana Ross) (Phil Collins) — Scott is tone deaf. He has to honestly not be able to hear himself sing. He is so horribly off key, and this is a song requiring the singer be on top of every note. It hurt to listen to him. He was sharp and flat throughout. The piano was the only thing in tune. The judges were kind. The only points he get is for a creative piano. (5/10)

4. Megan Joy Corkrey- “For Once In My Life” – Stevie Wonder — For once in Megan’s life, she brought us no joy. Awful performance. She didn’t exploit her style well at all, and that is how she works around her weak vocals. When it came down to performing this song, she didn’t style it well like she has in past weeks and tried to just perform it straight up…and failed…miserably. If she hit on one more flat note, we likely would have had to retune our television. (3/10)

5. Anoop Desai – “Ooh Baby baby” — Smokey Robinson — Anoop can hit the notes. He hit them repeatedly in this tune. He has a deep lung vocal that is strong and on key. He is everything we would like to hear, and yet we don’t want to hear it. It was wrong. It was sad to watch. It wasn’t Motown. But he was still way better than Scott and Megan. (6/10)

top10_motown

6. Michael Server – “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” – The Temptations – Michael was on key and dressed like a slob in a sport jacket. His movements had no soul, which is what Motown is all about, and he tried to make this a down home fun country song, but that isn’t what Motown is about. He got the fun part right, but he brought no soul to the table. He missed the point of the style of music he was performing, but he was OK. (6/10)

7. Lil Rounds – “Heat Wave” – Diana Ross – Lil had a major opportunity this week to demonstrate that she was a possible winner in this competition or a fading memory. Motown should be her style. She should have shown us there are no others that can do this like her. She fell flat on her rounds. The entire song was shouted. It was entirely off key, and even the choruses were missed. If Megan wasn’t worse, we would send Lil home. (3/10)

8. Adam Lambert – “The Tracks Of My Tears” – Smokey Robinson – Adam performed this throughout as a falsetto heart throb song. He dressed like a young Elvis and looked like a man for a change, which was kind of a shock for us, and we expect it was a shock for many that have seen him in prior weeks. He almost looked macho. Looks aside, the judges loved this, but in reality, Adam was off key. He was pitchy throughout on his falsetto and it wasn’t there for us. That said, not one other person in the competition could sing an entire song like this in falsetto. Adam’s range is phenomenal. He just needed a pitch pipe tonight. (7/10)

9. Danny Gokey – “Get Ready” – The Temptations – Now here is an example of where the judges can hurt a performer. Danny could have done an average job on this song and survived. But once again he brought it. Danny was on key, had timely vocals, and was incredibly fun in his performance. He didn’t miss a beat, he got us tapping our feet, and anyone that heard this on the radio would stop tuning the dial and listen while singing along. That is what Motown was all about, fun AND soul. Danny was the first to get it. The judges completely missed the point and Simon and Randy criticized an excellent performance without giving a thought to how poorly they are doing their jobs. Danny isn’t going home, and maybe the judges are trying to bring the best out in him by criticizing the best performance of the night thus far, but that backfired on Alexis and sent her home. When you pay people millions to do their job, you expect results. The judges get a 1/10 on this performance. Danny? (8/10)

10. Allison Iraheta – “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” – The Temptations – If you listen to Motown, and you are into it as a fan, this is a classic that you already love. It has its own style and roll and draws you in like a truly excellent pop tune should. So, how can you perform this song when the original was so great and succeed? We are not sure, but Allison taught us. Even the self-indulgent rubbish judges had to agree. Allison took this tune and hit every note and took us down a path with the song that made us believe she was what Lil Rounds should have been. Allison won this night hands down. She keeps it up, she could just win this competition. (9/10)

Based on our scoring: Megan Joy Corkrey is the weakest link. She should go home.

Now for our rating of the judges…

Simon Cowell – Self Indulgent Rubbish That Thinks So Much Of Himself That He Forgets He Is Judging Talent Of Which He Has None. (1/10)
Paula Abdul– Acts like she is on drugs or drunk half the time and can’t dress. Patronizing 90% of the time. (2/10)
Randy Jackson – Incredibly inconsistent. One week, right on, and other weeks, missing horribly. Could be caused by ear wax. Needs to expand his vocabulary some more other than, “yo dawg, that was dope, listen man, dude that was amazing, check it out, I liked it, it was just awright for me, you know what I’m saying??”  (3/10)
Kara DioGuardi – Better than the other three, because she is fresh. She misses sometimes, but she knows how to judge talent. Time for a judging lesson (8/10)

Next…

[poll id=”72″] [poll id=”73″]
Full Studio Recording


Audio performances

2/3 American Idol Makes It To Hollywood!

The early rounds of eliminations in Hollywood don’t draw the audience of the latter shows.  Perhaps it is for the same reason some fast forward through a movie to the more exciting scenes.  This part just isn’t all that thrilling.

The show also, at this juncture, misses out on why some people are eliminated and others made it through.  We see that many names make it, but we don’t see them perform.  Similarly, many are cut, and we don’t know the reason because their audition was snuffed from the television airwaves.

Nonetheless, we do get a glimpse of the real stars at times, and this week there were several that stood out as being on the path to the finals.

Lil Rounds, who is indeed rather round, is from Memphis and wowed the judges.  We thought she was a bit harsh at times, but there is no question, if she smooths out her tonality, she could be in the top 10.

Dennis Brigham of Glen Carbon Illinois looked like a Halloween character while performing, and didn’t have the vocals to be here.  He was real rude to the judges on his way out the door and back to his job in floor maintenance.  But we do give Dennis one thing, he called Simon’s wardrobe right on the money.

Nathaniel Marshall of Malone, NY was fairly good on the vocals, but was boring.  His emotional outburst was over the top and embarrassing.  We don’t think he has the talent to make the top 10, Top 36 even but he survived round one of Hollywood.

anoop_desaiAnoop Desai from Chapel Hill, NC is incredibly talented and the voice that emerges when he sings is clearly finals material.  If he makes it in the industry, though, we think he may have to change his name.  We just can’t picture people talking about going to an Anoop concert or seeing Anoop live!

Jasmine Murray of Starkville, MS was a killer in dress, form and function.  She moves on and also looks like she could well be finals bound.

Rose Flack, well, what can we say.  Rose is from Rathdrum, ID and is as different an individual as we have seen make it on the show.  Her voice is unique, but it may not be powerful enough to get to the finals.  Whether her unique tones can carry her is difficult to call, but we will see her again, because she broke through tonight.  From her recent attire, though, we are thinking Rose could be performing for two if you get our drift. (She didn’t make it in Round 2 of Hollywood week!)

Stephen Fowler of Beachwood, OH sings almost like a pro.  He has range and power in his voice, but knows how to harness it so it isn’t painful when he makes his delivery.  He is in and we could easily see him in the finals.

Jorge Nunez from Carolina, Puerto Rico can wale.  He seems a bit odd in his attire, but he could sing anyway.  Finalist?  Not sure just yet, but certainly worth watching.

Next up is someone we have not liked.  Von Smith of Greenwood, MO.  We find him just the opposite of Stephen Fowler. While Fowler controls his voice, Smith seems unable to do so.  When challenged, it is more like he is yelling at the mike.  If he can’t tone it down and take control, he won’t make it much further.

nick_mitchellNick Mitchell was back as “Norman Gentle” from Stratton, VT, or Mars, we are not sure which.  He is comical and maybe should come back on Last Comic Standing, but he survived this week.  His voice isn’t top notch though, and the talent is broad this year, so we don’t see him getting past the next round.

Jackie Tohn of Silver Lake, CA has the name to be a rock star.  She has that raspy Janis Joplin style voice and pulls it off well with a Janis performance style as well.  We shall see if she can break out of that niche when challenged and push farther.  We do like her, but we are not sure if a niche style like hers can persevere on Idol for long.

Jamar Rogers of Milwaukee, WI sang the same song as at his original audition and made it through.  We don’t see him as a finalist or going to the Top 36, but he is unique.

Our favorite in this competition to take it all is the next performer and a friend of Jamar.  Danny Gokey, also from Milwaukee sounds like he is already making professional CDs.  He is a Church Music Teacher, and he is teaching everyone at Idol music.  While he doesn’t come across as arrogant, he does have a confidence about him.  He knows he is good.  We do too.  If we had to pick a winner today, he would be it.

katrina_darrellNow it was time for the ultimate performer.  Bikini Girl!!  Katrina Darrell was fairly good.  Not outstanding, but certainly worth a pass onto the next round.  Paula and Kara seem not to like her, but we think that is all a staged act to keep things interesting.  Katrina wore more clothing today and we think she may have to go back to the bikini to stay in the competition to the Top 36.

Jeremy Michael Sarver of Jasper, TX is a big lad, and he is also a great singer.  We haven’t gotten enough of a feel for him and have not liked his choice of songs, but think he has a shot at continuing for a bit.  He was good enough to push through this night.

Jesus Valenzuela of North Highlands, CA was not as fortunate.  We thought he did as well as some others that made it, so were a bit surprised.  He wasn’t the next American Idol, but he ain’t bad, so we feel he was shortchanged.

David Osmond, of Provo, UT could have made it using a different route than Idol, but he would have been medicre.  If he makes it on Idol, he will be more famous.  We may see more talents saving themselves for a run at Idol rather than the standard route because it is more cost effective.  He will likely be a finalist. (UPDATE: We were wrong!)

Emily Wynn-Hughes of Los Angeles, CA is of a similar vein.  She has sung and performed professionally.  But this route, if she can pull it off, can make her a much bigger star than she would otherwise be.  No surprises, the pros get through to the next round and will likely be finalists unless something really really goes wrong along Hollywood week. (Something did go wrong!)

There were others like Casey Carlson who made it that we didn’t hear.  We are sorry we cannot comment on them.  But we will as soon as we hear them.