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American Idol XIV: Auditions #3 – Kansas City, MO

Our writer and Idol expert, Andrew Rogers is back this season covering the popular FOX reality show, “American Idol“. The pressure is on and the stakes are high as the musical competition searches for a real superstar in its fourteenth year. With weekly recaps discussing the contestants’ performances and choices, Rogers looks ahead at what’s in-store each week in his exclusive Idol recap series.

After the American Idol bus rounded up some of the best talent in several other states across America, we got to see the end result, the best of the best. There were, arguably, some diamonds in the rough during tonight’s broadcast, and let’s talk about them beginning with my personal favorite:

Joey Cook, 23. [Credit: FOX Entertainment]

Joey Cook (23) singing “The King of Spain” by The Tallest Man On Earth – I had to admit that I’d never heard this song before Joey sang it, but that bodes well for her in my books because I love being introduced to new music and I think, if done well, it can lead to some of the best performances on Idol. Combine that with her “squeezebox” (aka accordion) and unique voice (think more husky version of Zooey Deschanel’s) and you have, by far, the most interesting contestant so far this season. I can’t wait to hear her take on other songs.

Alexis Gomez (22) singing “Little White Church” by Little Big Town – This self-proclaimed “Mexican Hippie Not-Quite-Country-Singer” sure did a heck of a good job selling us on her country roots. I was kind of in the opposite camp to the judges on her, who seemed to have some reservations, but I was sold as soon as I heard the licks in her voice and felt the passion she put into the song. She’s cool. We need a cool, female country singer who can maybe step outside of that genre more than once during the season.

Ellen Peterson (22) singing “I Wanna Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart” by Patsy Montana – Ellen, compared to Alexis, was a more traditional country singer, but that didn’t stop me from liking her. She chose a great song to showcase her voice and like Harry said, she didn’t like her banjo (which could have been seen as a gimmick) overpower her. Instead, in complimented her traditional, straight forward style and made me like her even more. I did, however notice that she rushed out of the room the second she got her ticket and the judges seemed to pull her back to up her likeability factor with another song. Interesting.

Kohlton Pascal, 21. [Credit: FOX Entertainment]

Kohlton Pascal (21) singing an original entitled “Sitting Here Beside Me” – Kohlton was one of a few sob stories this evening, but he didn’t seem to want the sympathy as a travelling musician. He just came in and sang in what JLo rightfully called a “dark” and almost haunting style. His voice has a very old-world quality to it and Keith hit it on the head for me when he said that visually, Kohlton wasn’t really a performer, but put his voice on a record and he’d by it instantly. It’s that disparity and “likability factor” that JLo emphasized he’d have to overcome to succeed in the competition.

There were a few other standouts, particularly returnee Casey Thrasher (23) from last season, as well as Josh Saunders (26) who was shown in the same group as Casey and had a very distinct voice. We also got full auditions from good ol’ country boy Anton Bushner (19) who sang Keith’s hit “Tonight I Want to Cry” and high-pitched girl Stephanie Gummelt (18) who toned it down when she delivered an interesting take on an original. Overall, it was a good, solid hour with some good talent. I actually prefer these hour-long shows, they feel less burdensome and more focused on what needs to be shown. Anyway, tomorrow night there will be another 2-hour show as the judges take on JLo’s hometown, New York, with Season 8 alum Adam Lambert in Keith’s place. Should be a great show since I expect Adam to be an honest, articulate judge.

Let me know who your favorites were from tonight’s show in the comments below.

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One Comment on “American Idol XIV: Auditions #3 – Kansas City, MO”

  1. Elizabeth Rosalyn The January 15, 2015 at 2:07 pm #

    Joey Cook is so refreshing! I love her unique talents and quirky personality. My favourite of the night by far.

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