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1/17/13: AMERICAN IDOL CHICAGO AUDITIONS RECAP; KEZ BAN & LAZARO ARBOS INSPIRE FANS

17 Jan

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. 

Preliminary National Ratings
Show (Network)

Rating(18-49) / Share

Viewers(Millions)

1 American Idol(FOX)

6.0/16

17.8

2 Modern Family(ABC)

4.3/11

11

3 Criminal Minds(CBS)

2.8/7

12.5

3 Suburgatory(ABC)

2.4/6

6.3

3 The Middle(ABC)

2.3/7

8.2

6 CSI(CBS)

2.3/6

11

6 Nashville(ABC)

2.2/6

6.5

8 The Neighbors(ABC)

1.9/5

6.1

9 Amores Verdaderos(UNI)

1.8/4

4.2

9 Por Ella Soy Eva(UNI)

1.7/5

3.8

Data provided by Nielsen

 
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6 responses to “1/17/13: AMERICAN IDOL CHICAGO AUDITIONS RECAP; KEZ BAN & LAZARO ARBOS INSPIRE FANS

  1. Tom Nefeldt

    January 18, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I thought Part 2 of AI was better than Part 1. I also think the second hour last night (Thursday) probably contained the final winner. I felt Lazaro and Griffin were outstanding, and (can’t remember the name) the girl from Tennessee is the most likely. Lazaro’s voice (and presentation) was the best, but America seems to have an aversion to people with disabilites, Griffin (teenage girls dream guy) also had a great voice, but thought his presentation was a little stiff.

    BTW Reuters reported this morning that the Wed premier had a 46% larger audience than the Sept premier of The Voice.

     
    • brittaj

      January 18, 2013 at 10:10 am

      Tom, I agree! Day 2 at least showed more talent and one of them should at least make it to the live show. The ratings may be lower than before, but for a show on for 12 seasons still not bad at all!

       
  2. Tom Nefeldt

    January 18, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    You’re right on, for a 12 years old program, it’s amazing that it is still #1, even with lower viewership. I’m a Nicki Minaj fan, so I am entertainingly disturbed by her actions. Miriah had been (even before the show aired) described as the Britney of A.I. but I find her a breath of fresh air (though she used “amazing” 3 times), Keith Urban is great, and Randy is well Randy. Also impressed with Seacrest’s performance back stage, as I usually find him as a person and “performer” unimpressive.

     
    • brittaj

      January 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Tom, I like Nicki’s music but her personality still needs to grow on my. Mariah actually is doing a pretty good job so far, and Keith just needs to be a bit more animated. Randy IS just Randy!:) Ryan looks tired to me…probably all those jobs are catching up with him! LOL!

       
  3. Tom Nefeldt

    January 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Funniest moment of the show was when Keith Urban was sitting between Nicki and Mariah, as they were battling. Keith said “I feel like a scratching post.”

     
    • brittaj

      January 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Tom, he better get used to it…going to be a LONG season! LOL! 🙂

       

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