American Idol season nine auditions in Orlando, Florida, on January 20, 2010, was nothing to get excited about, except for a guy named Matt Lawrence. The show’s guest host, Kristin Chenoweth, became Kara DioGuardi’s bff while Georgia boy, Jarrod Norrell, became the Orlando police’s bff.
American Idol wannabes who auditioned at the Amway Arena in Orlando way back in July finally hit the Fox channel on January 20. Guest host Kristin Chenoweth (“RV and “The Pink Panther”) seemed to be enjoying herself and cutting up with judge DioGuardi, but strangely disappeared just before the show ended. There were a few heartwrenching stories paired with good singers, but in the eyes and ears of this writer, none stood out more than Matt Lawrence. Here are some of the Orlando American Idol contestants who received a golden ticket to Hollywood and my opinion of their performance.
Seth Rollins is the father of an autistic child who, like most parents, wants to provide the best of care. The 28-year-old sang “Someone to Watch Over Me” with a soothing tone and honest emotion. Will he be in American Idol’s top 24? It’s possible.
Jermaine Purifoy sang “Smile” with a nice falsetto and has a good vocal range. Because Jermaine has auditioned for American Idol before, I doubt he will make it to the top 24. Talented singer, though.
Shelby Dressel was the lovely girl with the facial flaw. This American Idol contestant was clearly nervous while singing “Turn Me On.” She didn’t choose a song that showed her vocal range, and, because she forgot the lyrics, I’m afraid she won’t get far at all.
What about beat-boxing Jay Stone? His performance was not taken seriously and that fact alone will send him back home to Miami. Rollin Cornelius Edwards was another American Idol wannabe who made us chuckle with his crotch-blasting split.
Bernadette and Amanda Desimone, the sisters from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, sang “Hit the Road Jack” and “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”, respectively. If these girls make the top 24, it will probably be for eye candy purposes only.
Last, but certainly not least, is Matt Lawrence. This 25-year-old decided, at the age of 15, to rob a bank with a BB gun. He clearly hurt his parents and now wants to make them proud. This handsome guy’s performance of “Trouble” was dripping with soul and innocence. Make note of this redneck, people. You will be seeing more of him. If not on American Idol, some country music producer will surely snatch him up. What a great country song his story would make.