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AI18 Auditions Episode #1 Featured Contestants

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Include (But Not Limited To):

Alisa Ermolaev
Dibesh Pokharel (A.K.A. Arthur Gunn)
Camryn Leigh Smith
Doug Kiker
Francisco Martin
Hunter Gibson (A.K.A. The Comeback)
Louis "Louie" Knight

Meghan Fitton
Nick Merico [AI17 Hollywood Week - Withdrew]
Samantha "Sam" Diaz (A.K.A. Just Sam)
Saveria

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I think Nick is too Hollywood pretty boy to connect with voters. Dillon James is someone we should keep an eye on. 

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They were southern guitar players with “aw shucks” personalities. Nick is a California pretty boy who got his start on Nickelodeon. I just don’t see people connecting with him. 

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They don't need another Laine Hardy whose post Idol career has been a  big disappointment.  After all this time, he has yet to release any new music.  Little happening in as far as promotion.  Even his own fans have said the music they have heard is not hit material and he doesn't tell a story or emote very well.

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Laine Hardy won almost a year ago.  He is a dime a dozen in Nashville - another country singer from a TV singing show.

 

And Kelly Clarkson did become successful right after she got off the show.  So did all the successful winners like Carrie, Fantasia, Jordin, Scotty, Phillip.

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6 hours ago, mytake1 said:

Laine Hardy won almost a year ago.  He is a dime a dozen in Nashville - another country singer from a TV singing show.

 

And Kelly Clarkson did become successful right after she got off the show.  So did all the successful winners like Carrie, Fantasia, Jordin, Scotty, Phillip.


TBH, early success was more a reflection of the show’s success than anything about the artists. In its glory years, winning Idol literally guaranteed a big-selling album. Record stores (remember those?) even had dedicated American Idol sections!

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Phillip and Trent were southern guitar players too. Lee and Nick F. were more rock/alternative singers. Nick Merico would be fine for a boy band but I don’t see him as a solo artist. I could be wrong. 

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