American Idol Season 9 – The 9th season of American Idol premiered on January 12, 2010, on Fox. Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Kara DioGuardi will all return as judges, Paula Abdul did not return as the fourth judge on the panel, having announced that she was leaving the show.
So moving on, American Idol Season 9 Edition Recap : Los Angeles Auditions. Only 22 contestants made it through, and only five were featured in this marathon of mediocre talent. Avril Lavigne and Katy Perry are the guest judges in this episode. Here are the list of the evening singers.
Andrew Garcia, “Sunday Morning”
Andrew got the full “let’s meet your parents and make your dad cry!” treatment for his introductory package. Andrew grew up in a rough neighborhood and, now a father himself, he knows what his parents went through to give him a better life. His voice doesn’t really match his look, but he was easily the night’s best singer. Randy says he has mad vocals and his performance gives Perry chills. Hello, Hollywood.
Jim Ranger, “Drive”
This pastor and family man sang an original song and struck the judges with his authentic voice. (For those sleeping in class, “authentic” has become this season’s buzzword.) Lavigne plays buzzkill, suggesting being a pop star requires much travel and time away from his family and church. Although she says no and gives Kara pause, he ultimately is given a ticket.
Tasha Layton, “Baby Baby Baby”
The judges generally liked her take on the Joss Stone song. I found nothing to hate about her voice, but nothing all that remarkable, either. But she will get a chance to prove me wrong in the next round.
Chris Golightly, “Stand By Me”
A foster child since he was 18 months old, Chris has used music as a security blanket while bouncing among 25 different families. Kara calls him her favorite singer of the day, and she thinks his story will connect with people. Perry rightly argues that the show is about talent, not about the pre-fab packages. (Hear that, Idol producers?) Simon agrees that his voice was good, but didn’t make him jump out of his seat. Randy sides more with Kara, but all the judges agree that his voice is good enough to continue.
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