American Idol headed to Charlotte, North Carolina tonight. It was truly a disappointment, since the talent there seriously out-shined Chicago! There were dozens of incredible singer’s, who definitely blew me away. They showcased so many gifted contestants it will be hard to mention them all.
After watching a lot of hopefuls during the last few shows, tonight was the first time many of the contestants actually gave me chills. It started early, with the 27-year-old bookkeeper, Brian Rittenberry. While his heart-wrenching story of his wife having a basketball sized tumor, then given only two years to live was sad, her surviving was not the reason. It was actually his raspy soulful voice that finally made the hair on my arms rise.
There were other singers who also sent chills up my spine. They included Seretha Guinn (boyfriend recently in critical accident), Rodney Barber (previously homeless), and Candice Glover (gospel sounding soulful singer) who received the only standing ovation by the judges.
Other amazing singers should sail through Hollywood; Ashley Smith (country singer), Jabria Barber (frog girl). Brandy Hamilton (begged Mariah & Nicki not to fight), Janelle Arthur (Dolly Pardon production) and Ashley Smith (blondy firecracker).
On another note, it was surprising how the Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey feud got blown out of proportion. Was this the “big fight”? Seriously, if the media calls this a brawl, they really need to tune into the Housewives series, or even The Sisterhood. Now those ladies really fight! Talk about crap…that was not a big deal at all. But they both had their points, Nicki just took it too far and seemed immature with her delivery.
Overall, I would be shocked if we did not see a few finalist or even the next American Idol in this group tonight. The judges really will have a tough road of slimming it down in Hollywood.
Do you think we just witnessed a star being born?
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