ScarletDevilCCX Posted February 22, 2021 Share Posted February 22, 2021 We’re back for another season! Fireball is the drink of choice for night one. “Just in case you didn’t know it’s me; it’s me.” Lionel with the mask with the name of one of his best-known songs. We see a bunch of discombobulated previews, and Luke says someone is like “the Kelly Clarkson audition, the Jennifer Hudson audition.” Didn’t Kelly’s audition not even get aired? And J-Hud was unpolished enough at the beginning that she was actually a VFTW pick in the early going. Benson Boone of Monroe, WA, is our first contestant. Seacrest has a beard! COVID does strange things to people. Benson’s fairly new to singing. He’s singing “Punchline” by Aiden Martin, and he’ll be playing piano. He’s very nervous, checking the mic, checking the piano. Luke says “the best way to test the volcano is to jump in it.” Katy is every bit as mystified by this as I am. Benson is…a powerful raw talent, but emphasis on the “raw”. It’s certainly possible that he can make the turnaround quickly, but I like him much better for Season 20 than for Season 19. Katy says “They’re gonna swoon over Benson Boone.” She says she could see him winning American Idol. Again, maybe in Season 20. They show his Twitter handle on the screen so I’m assuming he makes it all the way to the Top 24…20…whatever. We see a bunch of weird people as we go to break. 17-year-old Alex Miller of Lancaster, KY is up next. “Whenever I was young, my parents divorced.” He introduces himself as being from “Garrett County”, rather than from Lancaster. He’s singing “I’m Over You”, which is a song he wrote about an ex-girlfriend. I love the song and I like him. Luke says “Thank you Jesus”. My God, this kid is so country. If you don’t like country, you won’t like him. Katy asks if Lancaster is a big city and he responds with “oh no, we have to count the cows and chickens to get a census report.” He’s witty! The grammatical mistake in the recorded piece made me underestimate him. We get the rest of the family on video call, because COVID restrictions. Maybe they’re showing all the Twitter handles? We then get a montage of people with the immersive video experience, some people getting tickets, or not. Jason Warrior of Chicago, IL, says he used to think he was “all that and a bag of chips, dip and hot sauce.” He was on The Four and reacted emotionally to getting a no. We go to break before we see his audition. Jason’s doing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On”. It’s…very safe? I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it, but he’s not drawing me in. Even when he starts getting into it, I still feel very removed from it. The judges were all on their feet before he even finished, though, so it’s an obvious yes. We get someone who brought their own wind machine to do their rock song…this is the overtheatrical montage. And now we get Ryan Romano, age 16, from Romeo, MI. He’s wearing a sequined checkered jacket and shiny shoes. He says that people who know him know that he’s “subtle and modest, but also has that extravagant side to him.” He’s got an electronic keyboard with him, and he’s doing…”Rocket Man” by Elton John. Of course he is. He’s wearing glasses, too—he really could be a baby Elton. But he’s not talented enough. The judges agree, and Luke says “even if your voice never gets to where you want, you’ll be entertaining somewhere on the piano.” Very good advice. Katy wants to buy his coat to give to her dad. And she does! Well, he got it personally tailored anyway; he can get another. This has been an entertaining show so far, but we haven’t seen any ladies highlighted! Ask and ye shall receive. Anilee List, 20, is from Los Angeles. She also has Tourette’s…oh, right, I forgot about James Durbin having Tourette’s! She was diagnosed right around the time he was on the show, and he was her inspiration. Loved James; good inspiration. She’s singing “Blue” by Aaron Taylor, and she brought a guitarist with her. I like her. They love her; say they have nothing to critique her on. And James is there on the video screen to congratulate her! She met him when she was younger, through the Tourette’s Foundation. There’s a big long break, starting with a sponsored commercial that Ryan throws us into. I’m intrigued by the ad for a reality show called “Pooch Perfect”, which seems to be some dating show where people pick who they want to date by their dogs, or something? Danica Steakley is 17, from Gulfport, MS. She’s here with her dad, who is 73 and retired Navy. He’s playing the guitar for her. He seems like a stage dad, which could be problematic because she’s really good. The judges don’t look impressed, though? Ah, no, they applaud afterwards. Oh, wait, Katy starts with the “You’re 17 and you can hear it in your voice.” They think she’s too inexperienced. Lionel likes her high end, but says she’s not holding the lows. He likes her father’s enthusiasm, though, and says he’s her PR agent no matter what. Luke brings it to a conclusion. They all say she should go out, gig around a bit…Wait, Luke said no, but Katy said yes! …And Lionel agrees with Luke. He thinks she should take the time and come back here, because he wants to see her go all the way. And yeah, Lt. Dan is putting on a vintage Simon Cowell era “rejected contestant” tantrum. Danica seems embarrassed by her father’s reaction. We’ve got a worship leader’s daughter here…her mother walked out on the family, and it sounds like she was emotionally abusive. DJ Johnson from Longview, TX, age 18. She’s singing an original song called “Scars”. She’s doing beautifully, but she gets emotional midway through. It’s too personal. We go to commercial. She does it again and it’s beautiful. And that’s all that happens before the next commercial break. There wasn’t much to say and I was doing something else so I didn’t really “tune back in”, mentally, until it was already a commercial again. There’s another commercial, for a new show called Home Economics, that basically just shows the ABC execs trying to make it look like their other, successful shows. Nia Renée is 17, and she’s amazing. Luke calls upon the “barbecue sauce” for the first time of the year. She’s been singing since she was 18 months. And…yeah, again I’m kind of mentally tuned out. Montage of…Luke disagreeing with the other two. And then there’s Keith Trump from Mariposa, CA, and yes, they react to the last name. He’s a no, and now we get one of the people we’ve seen in the commercials a lot, 16-year-old Claudia Conway…oh. That Claudia Conway. Kellyanne’s daughter. Mercifully, she’s more in line with her father’s politics than her mother’s. Still…regardless of how good she is, would America be able to get past the relationship to the Trump administration. She’s singing Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain”, and yes, it’s good, but Katy thinks she kind of lost the song and asks her to do something else. She’s doing “When We Were Young” by Adele…or rather, she will be, after the break. I’m not as impressed with this song, honestly. Lionel disagrees. Luke says she was selling emotion, but was limited by her range. Katy thinks that she needs to be better at pushing past the comments (Claudia’s already a TikTok influencer) or she’ll never get past “her dad” and “her mom”. Luke says she’s not ready yet, but the other two overrule him. Claudia’s going to Hollywood. We get a brief preview of Hollywood Week, still with Bobby Bones. Next up, we’ve got someone whose appearance is kind of…oh. This is the guy they were showing who’s singing in a speedo. He’s a model from Germany and he’s singing a song about himself and auditioning. He’s silly if nothing else. But he’s not a bad singer! Katy wants to do a walk-off with him. Okay, now I see the baby weight after she takes her jacket off. They concede that he won the walk-off. He’s not going through…oh, Luke just stop. “Plum Smuggling”, really? Grace Kinstler, originally from Chicago but going to school in Boston, is 20. Her father passed away unexpectedly last February…I can relate; mine passed away unexpectedly in June 2019. Oh, right, we’re at the end of the episode, aren’t we? She’s singing “Midnight Train to Georgia”. She definitely deserves the pimp spot, though. Those pipes! Katy wants her to sing another song, “like the legend she wants to be”. She does “A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin and it’s even more powerful. This is singing! Katy says she thinks her milk came in. Luke’s in tears from the singing alone. Katy again says there’s not much critiquing she could do, and this is where Luke’s comparison to Kelly and J-Hud came from. Luke does an air hug, saying he needs a tape measure for six feet with her, and personally comes out to tell Grace’s family how impressed he was with her. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Create an account or sign in to comment
You need to be a member in order to leave a comment
Create an account
Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!Register a new account
Already have an account? Sign in here.Sign In Now