“American Idol” aired Baton Rouge auditions on January 24, 2013. Over 5000 “Idol” hopefuls auditioned for judges Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj. Of those 5000 auditions 35 talented individuals earned the golden ticket which guaranteed them a second audition in Hollywood. Below is a sampling of those 35 selected for “American Idol” Hollywood week.
Megan Miller, currently crowned Miss Baton Rouge is more than just another pretty face. This girl has a gritty determination to be the next “American Idol”. Miller was in an accident just three days before her Baton Rouge audition. Doctors recommended hospitalization and surgery for her injuries but Miller wouldn’t let anything stand between her and her big chance. Hobbling in on crutches Miller sang her heart out for the judges, even using comedy to deflect from her obvious injuries. Miller was a hit. A beautiful voice, an enduring personality and a superstar stage presence earned Megan a golden ticket.
Miller was admitted into the hospital immediately after her “American Idol” audition. Her surgery was successful and she should be back on her feet just in time for Hollywood.
Charlie Askew is a 17-year-old from Little Rock, Arkansas who uses music to connect with the world. At an early age Charlie realized he was unable to connect with people either emotionally nor verbally but through music he could express himself. Askew’s initial audition number was Queen’s “Breakthrough” introduction. It wasn’t enough to convince the “American Idol” judges so they asked for another song. Charlie then performed “Nature Boy” and that song let his unique voice shine through. It was enough for a golden ticket from the judges.
Maddie Assel was nominated for “American Idol” Baton Rouge auditions by her grandmother. Randy Jackson delivered the exciting news just 24 hours before auditions. Even on short notice Maddie gave an exceptional rendition of The Beatles, “Oh! Darling”. The “Idol” judges found her “style” unique and her voice powerful. Maddie is on her way to Hollywood.
Paul Jolley a 22-year-old from Tennessee says that music is his true calling in life and he has to share it with the world. With a statement like that the singer is either really good or they “think” they are really good. In Jolley’s case, he’s really, really good. Paul’s voice is beautiful with a silky texture. It was an effortless audition well deserving of the “American Idol” golden ticket.
Dr. Calvin Peters from Fort Worth, Texas is a physician specializing in rehabilitation services. Peters gave up music for medical school but he never lost the passion for his first love. Peter’s chose to sing Maxwell’s “Whenever, Wherever, Whatever” for his “American Idol” audition and it was a success. Peters has a powerful voice, great technique and a unique style and yes, a golden ticket to boot.
Dustin Watts, a firefighter with the Baton Rouge fire department has opted to swap his fire hose for a microphone. “American Idol” holding auditions in Baton Rouge was the perfect opportunity for Watts to see if he was “Idol” material. Obviously he was. His rendition of Garth Brooks’ “She’s Every Woman” was sung beautifully with just enough country flair to make it believable. Dustin Watts is headed to Hollywood.
Burnell Taylor is a 19-year-old Baton Rouge native who has been singing since he was 3-years-old. Taylor’s song choice for his “American Idol” audition was “I Live” from “The Color Purple” and was quite possibly the best audition of the evening. It was so amazing that “Idol” judges, Randy Jackson, Mariah Carey and Keith Urban gave the young hopeful a standing ovation. Although Nicki Minaj chose to remain seated during the standing ovation she gave Taylor high praise for his performance, “This is what we come for.”
That’s it for “American Idol” Baton Rouge auditions. Who were your favorites?