CADENCE Baker was American Idol’s second audition tonight and she made quite an impression.
She sang Whitney Houston’s “I’m Your Baby Tonight” and her father played guitar.
The judges unanimously voted to send her to Hollywood.
“I think it’s one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen,” said Luke Bryan.
Judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, along with host Ryan Seacrest, continue the third week of auditions for the Season 20 competition.
Tonight’s episode comes after episode two awarded a platinum ticket to 17-year-old Kenedi Anderson, who blew the judges away with a Lady Gaga cover.
The platinum ticket is new this season and it is a game changer for the competitors.
The platinum tickets allow a talented recipient in each audition city to immediately advance to the second Hollywood round, meaning Kenedi Anderson will skip the first round of cuts.
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Ryan Seacrest had some words of encouragement for Taniya.
“Sometimes all you need is time,” he wrote.
Judges vote no for the time being
“It was a very youthful performance,” Luke said. “I think you have a lot of promises.”
“I know there’s more,” Katy said. “You must go and discover the next passage.”
“If you start like that and work on your delivery, practice, practice and then come back to see us,” Lionel said. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
Lionel gave Taniya a yes and told her to come back.
Next up is Taniya Boatwright
Standing alongside auditioning for a ticket to Hollywood is Taniya Boatwright.
She said growing up she was bullied because of her weight.
She sings A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
Dakota gets a golden ticket
“You’re exactly what we want to find,” Luke said.
The judges said he could even make the top 10.
Dakota was then told that he was going to Hollywood.
“He’s really good,” Luke said after Katy called out to Dakota to tune his guitar.
Luke asked him to try singing without the guitar.
“We found someone here,” Lionel said. “You are pure land.”
Katy called him authentic and raw.
Next up is Dakota Hayden
Dakota hails from a small town in Kentucky and has a population of about 500.
He said he’s most looking forward to auditioning for Luke Bryan.
With the broom to the next round
Like a Disney star
“You’re just a great singer of this style of music,” Luke said.
“When you started I got chills,” Katy said.
The jury questioned whether Abigail’s style was appropriate for American Idol.
However, the judges voted to send her to the next round.
Sing into a broom
Abigail Brookes from Castle Rock, Colorado, is used to singing into a broom instead of a microphone.
She’s now singing for a shot at a golden ticket to Hollywood.
More auditions are in progress
More contestants sing it for a golden ticket.
A singer imitates a trump solo in a unique way with her voice.
Dontrell gets a golden ticket
Luke decided to send Dontrell to Hollywood after allowing him to sing one more song.
Lionel got up and hugged him. “I’m so proud,” he said.
“Some people can come in and just sing, and others can come in and let God come through them,” Lionel said.
“I felt every breath of that accomplishment.”
Luke said he needed to hear more gospel.
Lionel voted yes and Katy voted no. Dontrell offered to sing another song.
Next Dontrell Briggs
From North Carolina, Dontrell Briggs brings gospel to the auditorium.
He announced that his godmother had died a few months ago.
“She’s here in spirit,” he said.
He sings “For Your Glory” by Tasha Cobbs.
Fans love Cadence
Loinel: “I loved it”
The judge praised Cadence’s father’s guitar playing, and the father took a step back and joked, “I just won American Idol.”
“I think it’s one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen,” said Luke of Cadence’s audition.
The judges unanimously gave Cadence a golden ticket.
Cadence wants to go beyond that
“I want to go beyond what my grandfather and father did,” Cadence told the judges.
She sings Whitney Houston’s I’m Your Baby Tonight while her father plays the guitar.
Next, Cadence Baker
Cadence Baker stands next to the audition for a golden ticket.
She is from Alabama and is accompanied by her father.
Lionel: “I have two children”
“I have two kids,” Lionel said of working with Katy and Luke.
“I’m the adult in the room.”
First golden ticket of the night
American Idol shared a clip on Twitter of Tristen holding up his golden ticket.
Tristen gets a ticket
“You’ve got real substance, man,” Lionel said. “You have something where you can hold an audience for a whole night.”
“All you have to do is play and sing, do it with the music first,” Luke said.
The jury voted unanimously to send Tristen to Hollywood.
The judges are calling for it to be toned down
“What are you trying to do?” asked Luke.
“I want to bring back something that should never have gone,” Tristen replied.
Luke said he overuses every talent he has.
“We’re trying to turn you from a gimmick into an artist,” Lionel said.
Tristen is now singing a second song.
Wake up first
The first audition of the night is Tristen Gressett, a 17-year-old musician.
He sings Billy Joel’s Piano Man.
Idol visits Nashville
Auditions are now held in Nashville, Tennessee.
American Idol is now LIVE
The hit show is now live on ABC with host Ryan Seacrest and judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.
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