Meeting Lionel Richie proved to be a religious experience for men and women of all ages on Sundays American Idolelevates him to “Bell-Bottom Jesus” status.
The first person to cry at the sight of Richie’s iconic ‘pain was Tristen Gressett, an Alabama teenager with James Brown’s peace necklace, feather earrings and love screams old soul. So it’s no surprise that the 17-year-old said, “I wanted to bring back something I could never leave – my soul.” The performer naturally went hot with Billy Joel’s superb performance of “Piano Man,” playing well in front of the camera and showing off every trick in his book. Unfortunately, that was the correct criticism of the judges, which was to “overuse” all of his talents. Their efforts to turn Gressett “from a gimmick to an artist” paid off with his second performance, a weight loss rendition of Black Pumas’ “Colors” that still quiet and soulful with only the big moments.
Richie-related tears shed by 18-year-old father Cadence Baker, a girl with music in her name and in her blood. Her grandfather apparently wrote “I Swear,” (I’m surprised!) which was a country song a year before it became a hit for All-4-One. Anyway, with her dad backing her up on the guitar, Baker completely re-enacted Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” delivering a catchy, casual performance received a standing ovation from the judges. Luke Bryan sees Top 10 potential in Baker, while Richie is full of praise for her dad’s pocket guitar work. It’s hard to tell which father-son duo is more excited to receive that golden ticket. Watch:
Then it was Richie’s turn to cry. Still reeling from the loss of his godmother, 26 years old Dontrell Briggs beat the judges with a powerful performance of “Lord if I find favor in your sight.” His emotions are clearly running high, but that only adds strength to his vocals. With tears in his eyes, Richie told Briggs that God had come in his voice… but the feeling wasn’t entirely unanimous. With an assent from Richie and a no from Katy Perry, Briggs’ fate rests in Bryan’s “totally torn” hands, but all those doubts dissipate midway through the next performance. by Briggs “Tennessee Whiskey.” Click here to watch.
Read on for a breakdown of more successful auditions from Week 3:
INTRODUCTION INTRODUCTION, 21 | This Manhattan barista was raised on Barbra Streisand, a major influence and evident in her stunning theatrical performance of Don McLean’s “Vincent.” Clutching a broom in lieu of a microphone, Brooks sang from her heart, giving Perry goosebumps and making Bryan predict that she would win Disney Night this season. Watch:
DAKOTA HAYDEN, 17 years old | There’s no denying the talent this Tennessee native possesses, but I was just as excited by Luke Combs’ performance of “When It Rains It Pours” as I was when I heard Hayden and Bryan’s conversation about hunting Turkey. His talent, looks and charm will likely keep Hayden in the competition for a while, so I hope to see him step out of his comfort zone and move forward. Click here to watch.
EMILY FAITH, 18 | The judges clearly didn’t watch Six Feet Under, because they acted like Faith doing the beautification of her family’s funeral home was the most extravagant thing they’d ever heard of. Either way, their inexplicable terror quickly dissipated when they heard Faith’s “sweet” confident vocals over “Good Hearted Woman” by Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. Click here to watch.
OSBORNE REVIEW, 26 years old | Best birthday present ever? Having previously given up on a music career, Osborne had promised his mother that he would audition as a gift – an audition that turned out to be a gift for him as well. The judges foamed at the mouth as Osborne performed Osborne’s “Stone,” revealing Bush-style rock vocals hidden beneath Ned Flanders’ young mustache. They love his hard-working looks, calling him “the type of person we look for American Idol. ” Watch:
RYLEIGH MADISON, 16 years old | I’ve never felt older when Madison revealed she’d be singing a song by Gabby Barrett, who finished third in the show. Idolseason 16. That said, Madison broke through the country’s jam, presenting a particularly impressive upper profile. In other news: Ouch, my bones! Click here to watch.
SAM FINELLI, 28 years old | Idol ended her third week of auditions with the attention of Finelli, a passionate singer diagnosed with high functioning autism. “You picked the perfect song, because there’s always a rainbow hanging over you,” Perry told Finelli after a performance of Kacey Musgraves’ dreamy ballad.
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