It’s the first time American Idol auditions took place in Pittsburg, there’s should go to every state to find talent, but it’s progress and new talent from new people can really impress us in their singing abilities.
Hee Jun or Hi Jun, 22, from New York, original from Korea. There are some Korean people who can really sing and so did he, he belted out a Michael Bolton’s song, “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You?” and he was good. Could American Idol go with an international singer?
Next was Reed Grimm, instead of singing the typical contemporary songs, he sang the TV classic theme song from “Family Matters” in which that was good and very soulful. He’s going to Urkle’s house. I meant Hollywood.
Creighton Fraker, 28, is a starving artist from Queens. He sang an original composition that he wrote on the bus fromNew York to Pittsburgh about American Idol, which is good, but they want to hear him if he could really sing and he did. He sang good, if he can stop making to much of the facial movements. He could much better. The second song is much better. Hurrah for Hollywood. Remember to follow the rules and listen to the vocal instructor.
Samantha Novacek, who sang Faith Hill’s “Like We Never Loved at All.” She did a wonderful job, while her sister did the yoga planking on the floor. Weird. Got three yeses.
Eben,Ohio, he sang “Ain’t No Sunshine,” he was good. Great voice and great looks, but he should have picked a better song. We hear this all the time when contestants start to audition. They start out great and get three yeses from the judges. Creativity counts. He’s going to Hollywood.
Travis Orlando, he dropped out of school, he’s living in a shelter with his father, he wants to become a star to prove to his estranged mother that his life has value — to put him over the edge with the judges. And he did good.
Shane Bruce, a coal miner, had a great voice when he sang Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. His nerves got him and he messed it up by one minor pitch.
Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson were entertaining the contestants in the lobby. They were good, I think.
Erika Van Pelt is a mobile DJ and wedding singer. She sings “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Erika has a deep, smoky kind of voice, and she has good control and phrasing, too. She made it to Hollywood.
Steven Tyler was playing with his comedy red box. I need to get one of those things. Maybe later.
Sometime rejections are hard to say no, some have it and some don’t have it. But a little more practice, and a lesson could benefit for the long road.
Hallie Day was the final contestant at the Pittsburgh auditions for ‘American Idol‘ — talk about going out on a high note. Day sang Gloria Gaynor’s ‘I Will Survive,’ and it was somewhat autobiographical for her.
Day, 24 and a newlywed, is now working as a waitress in Baltimore,Md. She dropped out of high school at 15 and headed to New York to perform in a girl group. She was lonely, in debt and became an addict during her N.Y.C. stint. With her tail between her legs, Day moved home, ate a bottle of pills and attempted suicide. She’s a typical underdog that these types of reality shows absolutely love to spotlight, so thankfully her performance was top-notch and she didn’t need to play the sympathy card in order to get through.
Day’s blond-and-blue-eyed soul version of the disco classic with the empowering lyrics was pretty terrific. She nailed it. Steven Tyler even asked her to sing something else, not because she was lacking in any department or because he was unimpressed, but because he loved to watch her sing and share her gift with others.