DSDS 2022: tears of joy and top 10 performances

LOS ANGELES — In the third week of auditions, there were candidates in Nashville hoping to be the next Idol. At least one pair appeared to have top 10 potential, according to the jury.

Music runs in Cadence Baker’s family. Her grandfather is a songwriter and had a recording studio in her hometown of Alabama. Her father Shane is also a musician and came to audition.

She plays notes on the piano and sings since she was 4 years old. Cadence wrote in an August Facebook post that while she’d always been a fan of American Idol, she “always had a fear of auditioning. NOT TODAY”.

Cadence sang Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” with a distinctive style and dynamic range.

Her performance drew a standing ovation from the judges and a top 10 prediction from Luke Bryan

Tristen Gressett, also from Alabama, brought his mother, his biggest fan and supporter, to his audition. He is 17 now and has been making music for about 3 years. He auditioned when he covered Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” but played guitar and harmonica instead of piano.

He had a lot of energy and showed a lot of talent, but maybe too much for the judges… so he tried a second song.

Before his audition, North Carolina native Dontrell Briggs paid an emotional tribute to his godmother, Miss Betty, who passed away in April. He sang a powerful rendition of “For Your Glory” that brought tears to Lionel Richie’s eyes.

“I felt every breath of that performance,” Lionel said, but Dontrell needed one more song to convince the other judges.

Abigail Brooks is from Castle Rock, Colorado but now lives in New York City and sings while cleaning up at a cafe in TriBeCa. So the idol crew found a broom for the 21-year-old singer for her audition, but could she find her way to Hollywood?

She performed Don Mclean’s “Vincent” with a voice like Barbra Streisand. Luke Bryan predicted she could win Disney Night.

Dakota Hayden is a 17-year-old country singer from a small town in Kentucky. He’s also a huge Luke Bryan fan.

After his performance of Luke Combs’ “When It Rains, It Pours”, he was the second singer of the evening to be awarded a “Top 10” by the jury.

“I think you’re really going to sniff the top 10,” Luke said.

Taniya Boatwright is also from a small town. She opened up about her struggles with being bullied because of her weight. The South Carolina native says she was inspired by last year’s finalist Willie Spence. He gave Tanya some inspirational words before she took the stage to sing Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come”.

Donavan Diaz of Hereford, Texas, and Emily Faith of Kingfisher, Oklahoma have something in common — they both work at funeral homes. Only one would survive with a ticket to Hollywood.

Mark Osbourne grew up loving music in Roanoke, Virginia. He’s 26 now and works in a warehouse but still has big dreams.

He impressed the judges with his voice, style and moustache.

“The mustache makes the money,” Lionel told him.

Ryleigh Madison, from Whiteville, North Carolina, is a 16-year-old high school student who says she was inspired by former Idol contestant Gabby Barrett. Ryleigh performed Barrett’s “The Good Ones” for her audition with such an authentic accent, she even got Katy Perry to speak country!

The evening’s final contestant was Sam Finelli, a young man diagnosed with high-functioning autism who learned to connect with people through music.

The 28-year-old from Georgia now works in a bakery but dreams of performing.

Sam’s performance of Kacey Musgraves’ “Rainbow” has the judges and him in tears.

“Those are tears of joy, I promise,” Sam said.

The idol journey continues next week with episodes on Sunday and Monday as the auditions wrap up.

Check out the next one american idol on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/PT | 7pm CT on your local ABC station and the next day on Hulu.

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