"American Idol" auditions in Nashville offered more proof that the show's producers are looking for the next teen sensation.
Fifteen-year-old Lauren Suddeth, identified as Lauren Alaina on screen, was likely the night's most memorable singer. She impressed the judges with a stellar rendition of Faith Hill's "Like We Never Loved at All." She got the coveted last-singer spot and sailed through to Hollywood. She hails from Rossville, Ga.
Her back story? Her cousin was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago.
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Also among the Nashville singers on the one-hour episode: a former Miss Teen USA and exes who sing together. I wasn't too impressed with the level of talent. Agree?
Here's a full recap of the show.
Welcome to Nashville! The show kicks off with a bad audition. The usual "girl with a high-pitched voice" drill. Move along.
Meet Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks. They're exes who sing together. They still lived together after they broke up. Right now they're not exactly friends. Nonetheless, they start their audition with a duet. Gimmick. After they sing "To Love Somebody," the judges want to hear them individually.
Rob sings "What's Going On," while Chelsee sings "The Story" by Brandi Carlile. I think Chelsee is a stronger singer, but they both unanimously get tickets to Hollywood.
Allen Lewis is a tattoo artist who sings a pretty aggro version of "Simple Man." Randy calls him more of a band guy. Allen promises the advice will only make him work harder. "There's a reason for everything in this life," he says. That's a "no" for Hollywood.
Stormi Henley is a former Miss Teen USA. She sings "Father Can You Hear Me" and it's a little flat. Steven says yes, Jennifer says no, Randy says yes. "Seriously, you two?" Jennifer says. "That might be the smallest voice we've ever heard." Still, she's going to Hollywood.
Adrienne Beasley lives on a farm in Kentucky. She's a black girl adopted by white parents. She sings a really nice rendition of "American Honey." Steven Tyler gets really emotional. All the judges are impressed. She sails through to Hollywood.
Day two of Nashville auditions.
Kameela Merricks has been singing a long time and says she's won an award. She still botches a Chaka Khan song. "Baby, that was horrible," Randy says. She gets a big "no," initiating a bad singer montage. Did you guys like the guy in the bodysuit?
Jackie Wilson sings a decent version of "Until You Come Back to Me." The judges love it. She unanimously advances to Hollywood. Seacrest initially thinks Jackie's boyfriend is her mom's boyfriend.
Latoya "Younique" Moore shows up in an evening gown and defines herself as a recording artist. She says people see a glow about her. She brings a copy of her CD. She sings an awful version of "When I Close My Eyes" and gets a unanimous "no" for Hollywood.
Then, we get a string of Hollywood-bound men: Paul McDonald, Jimmie Allen and Danny Pate.
Matt Dillard's parents took in a lot of foster children, including special needs kids. They've had 700 foster children. YIKES. He shows up in country overalls and sings Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up." It's somewhat shaky. Randy gives a "small" yes, Jennifer says no, Steven says yes. He's going to Hollywood! I agree with Jennifer...he's going to get swallowed up in Hollywood.
Time for the last singer of the night.
Lauren Suddeth is 15 and hails from Georgia. Her cousin Holly was diagnosed with a brain tumor three years ago. Of course, the judges have her bring Holly into the audition. Back story aside, she performs an awesome version of "Like We Never Loved at All." The judges go crazy and she easily advances to Hollywood. Lauren brings her family in and sings "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." Steven even joins in.
With that, we wrap up another week of "Idol."