American Idol hit the windy city during the Chicago auditions, which aired tonight. While they showcased numerous extremely talented singers, two really stood out.
The back stories are my favorite part of this stage of the competition. It shows the struggles of so many young adults, which is touching and inspiring. Well, the clear misfit Kez Ban was the first to completely blow me away. His unusual style was washed away as he belted out a perfect pitch with true feeling. It was great to see him heading to Hollywood and leading the charge for so many others in his/her same position. He will clearly inspire young teens to accept who they are and not worry what others think.
However, the shocker was Lazaro Arbos who stuttered so badly it was hard to understand him. But when he sang it disappeared and his voice was crystal clear and incredible. He was a true inspiration for anyone with a speech impediment and it just goes to show…miracles can happen. Good for him and he also walked away with a golden ticket.
There were other stand-outs tonight who may have a chance as the next American Idol. The first singer, Kiara Lanier, who recently sang for President Obama at his Birthday fundraiser, was on of them. But she may have fierce competition from Isabelle Parell, Griffin Peterson, and Curtis Finch, Jr. Although chills have not yet arrived from anyone just yet and I was hoping for it to happen in Chicago…at least we had a few good singers.
Overall, Idol still has some work to do and the ratings last night make this apparent. The show was down about 18% from last season during its debut, although it ranked #1 in the Neilsen ratings. Over 17 million still tuned in, so it is still better than some of the competitors.
On another note; not sure if I can take Nicki Minaj the whole season, but Mariah Carey and Keith Urban are growing on me. However, did they really need to be so MEAN to the girl in the flashy “costume”? That really seemed like cruel and unnecessary abuse. Only Simon Cowell can get away with that type of humiliation.
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