It's Day Two of American Idol auditions, in one of the best cities in the world: New Orleans, Louisiana. You know just from the location we are in for a treat and N’awlins does not let us down. We see costumes, crying, weird gibberish singing, cross-eyed boy holding the longest out-of-tune note ever, and some pretty impressive talent.
Right out of the gate, we get Sarah Sellers. She’s got that “Sexy Librarian” thing going on, and it does not go unnoticed by Steven Tyler who compliments her from head to toe, starting with her big lips. That got a little weird but she handled it with grace and then belted out one of the very best covers of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” I have ever heard (and yes, I have heard the versions by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, and Adele). I loved every bit of it and she’s a front-runner for me at this early stage of the season.
The next notable contestant is Jovanny, who sang a Luis Miquel song completely in Spanish. I’ll spare you the details of him showing his abs to JLo, which inspired Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson to do the same. He got three yeses after Randy consulted with the bilingual JLo to make sure it was actually good in Spanish, too.
After more bad singing and a multitude of awkward moments, we meet 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux, who looks like a husky 11-year old. I was worried he would bomb and I would be forced to heckle him but my worry was not necessary because this little boy belted out a touching, innocent, heart-felt rendition of “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay." I love him. He is my new David Archuletta.
Our final AI contestant of the evening is Paris, who is the single mom of a special-needs child. And just as they had planned, American Idol sucks me in with her sad story. Her voice is not wonderful but she had more heart and passion when she sang than anyone we saw tonight. She sang Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home” and brought JLo to tears. Apparently, she’s a sucker for a sad story, too.
Next week we move on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and I personally cannot wait to watch Steven Tyler hit on some Cheeseheads. And see what talent they have to offer, of course.