American Idol Season 12 Premiere started last night in New York and tonight the audition will continue in Chicago. Join us for the live recap of the show.
Mackenzie Wasner. She sings country Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around.” Nicki says someone walks into AI room room once every few years. “You are a star.” Keith loves her blend of strength and vulnerability.”
Kiara Lanier sings “The Prayer” by Celine Dion. “You are a cute little lady bug, you are cute” says Nicki. “That was pretty freaking pretty, you have so much control” Mariah feels she has great potential. Keith says, “You come ready to be a star.”
Stephanie Schimel, 20 from Milwaukee sings “Dream A Little Dream of Me” by Mama Cass. Mariah, Keith and Randy like Stephanie but Nicki? “I think you’re pretty, I thought your voice was pretty, but nothing jumped at me,” says Nicki “I don’t think you feel like a star.” Stephanie replies, “I don’t like you any less. I take critique as a good thing.”
“We are wearing the same color eye shadow today. We are having a rivalry today, that’s why I said no.” WHAT?!?! says Randy. “But now that your’e through to Hollywood,” Randy cuts Nicki off, ”What kind of Junior high are we in now?” “Exactly,” eye rolls Mariah. Nicki shoots back, “You shouldn’t have a comment on that.”
Gabe Brown sings “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones. Keith loves the screaming sound! Mariah asks him to sing something a bit softer. He sings “We All Die Young.” “I like you curly!” says Nicki.
Isabelle Parell, 15, sings “Baby It’s Cold Outside“. Very young and honestly she’s got great tone. The duet with Keith is adorable. Isabelle says she’s a country singer but as we hear it, she’s more of the jazz and a little blues type.
“You have a very sweet quality about you, ” says Mariah. Nicki loved that she was poised and her tone. She found her star-like. “She reminds me of Taylor, says Nicki.
Griffin Peterson, 22, sings “Wash by the Water” by Need to Breathe.
Johnny Keyser sings “Try A Little Tenderness”
Kez Ban, 27, sing “No Strings”
Lazaro Arbos, 21, from Arbos, FL sings “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel.
46 contestants from Chicago auditions made it to Hollywood. Join us again next week!