31 Jan 2015 02:18 PM EST
-by Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: American Idol logo (Image Source: Fox)
It's the last night for auditions on American Idol and the last chance for hopefuls to earn their golden ticket to Hollywood. They'll be in San Francisco, California, again and will be judged by Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban.
Adanna Duru, 17, Diamond Bar, CA, says singing has always been a big part of her life from singing in middle school talent competitions to singing in her room, even when told to stop. She sings "You and I." Jen says she is what they call the full package. Harry thinks she looks like one of those commercials where the beautiful woman comes up and splashes water on her face. She makes it to Hollywood.
Christopher Michael, 26, Los Angeles, performs an original anthem he wrote after feeling stressed out all month. He's being so hard with it that Harry is afraid he's going to punch a hole in the guitar. It makes him throw his chair. Keith loved the passion, but that's it. Harry says he was fired up, but the music wasn't there for him. He gets three noes.
Hunter Larsen, 20, hostess/nanny/florist, Malibu, has a tattoo of Willy Wonka's umbrella on her ribs. She sings "That's Life." Jen thinks she has a great voice with a very gritty tone to it that's memorable. Keith liked it immediately. She gets a golden ticket.
Tara Honda, 22, server/cook, Murrieta, CA, sings "I Feel the Earth Move." Harry says he would buy a new version of her singing that song. Jen thinks she has the soul of an artist. She gets the yeses to make it to Hollywood.
Daniel Seavey, 15, Portland, brings his dad with him who thinks his son's voice could beat them all. He plays a whole host of instruments. He sings "Hallelujah" and accompanies himself on the piano. The judges notice his voice breaking and ask for him to play something on the guitar. He does "Straight Up." He talks to Keith about adjusting his voice while it's changing. Harry votes no, but the others put him through.
Rocky Peter, 27, street musician, Dunbar, CA, admits life hasn't been easy for him. He was born in the USA, but his father sent the family back to Africa, then abandoned them out there. They would beg for food and drank from pot holes, but music has always been there for him. He sings an original tune. Harry really liked how he sang the word “keep”and kept the tone. Jen could hear the pain of what he was writing about. He gets three yeses.
As Jaq Mackenzie, 15, student/actress, Santa Monica, enters, Harry does his impression of a contestant singing "Chandelier." Jaq walks in and asks what the "noise" was. She's another singing an original. Jen thinks she could be a great artist someday, but her voice sounds really young. Harry ponders whether going to Hollywood would help or hurt her. She gets three yeses.
Tyanna Jones, 16, Jacksonville, FL, says she comes from a really big family as the middle child of eleven. They were homeless for a few years when she was younger and slept on the floor of the church. She sings "Wings." Keith asks if she's working on anything right now and she explains her pitch. Harry thinks she's extremely talented but with a long way to go. She makes it to Hollywood.
Tune in next Wednesday for the start of Hollywood week.
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