On Tuesday night, the most popular show on television returned for its ninth season. And unless you live in a cave, you know that I can only be talking about American Idol. For this devoted “Idol” fan, the first show of season nine did not disappoint. It had its comical moments as well as its touching moments – which is what we have come to expect from the most-watched show on television. So without further adieu, here is my American Idol Season 9, Boston auditions recap:
For American Idol’s Boston auditions, the celebrity guest judge was “fashion icon” Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. I’ve always had the impression that Victoria Beckham was rather pretentious and unapproachable, but clearly it was a false impression, for I found her to be kind and supportive to the contestants. That she also happens to be very easy on the eyes did not hurt either – but I digress.
As expected, the auditions featured a motley crew of quirky, not- ready- for- prime- time contestants. These included Janet McNamara (the first Boston contestant), the irrepressibly goofy Pat Ford (who just knew that Kara DioGuardi was going to be “sweet to him”) and the creepy, angry and arrogant Andrew Fenlon, who looked as though he was about to fly into a murderous rage at any moment.
And then there were those contestants who were truly talented, and have a shot at being the next American Idol. One of the standouts for me was 16-year-old Maddy Curtis, whose backstory tugs at your heartstrings (she has four brothers with Down syndrome) and who has the distinction of being the first American Idol season 9 contestant to get a “Golden Ticket.” Maddy performed an impressive version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”
Another first-rate talent was the lovely Ashley Rodriguez, who essayed a soulful version of Alicia Keys’ “If I Had You.” Simon told her that she “may have it.” That she may, that she may.
Katie Stevens, another 16-year-old, possesses a vocal instrument that is tremendously expressive and way beyond her years. She performed a truly awesome version of “At Last.” In addition, the close relationship she has with her ailing grandmother (who has Alzheimer’s) definitely jerked some tears.
Leah Laurenti, who performed “Blue Skies,” has a strong, pure voice that can only get better as she develops more confidence. She could be a real contender.
And then there was my personal favorite – Tyler Grady. Tyler has a soulful voice and an engaging personality that exudes an old-school rock-star vibe. Tyler sang Marvin Gaye’s classic “Let’s Get it On,” and did an excellent job with it. I will not be at all surprised if Tyler Grady makes it to the top 12.
American Idol season 9 continues Wednesday night in Atlanta.