America’s Got Talent 12 Semifinal Predictions – Which 10 Acts Will Make The Finals?

America’s Got Talent is about to have two weeks of semifinals and then presumably one 10-act finals round. I say this because they sometimes suddenly have another week with about 5 or 6 contestants. So for this article, I am going to predict which 10 will make it past the semifinals, which start on September 5 and 6, 2017. The second week of the AGT 12 semifinals round is September 12 and 13.

I will be using the list of semifinal acts that has been published by Wikipedia. The lists for each week may not be 100% correct, and the lineups are subject to change. So this could affect my predictions. But this is all I can do for now. Word has it that 5 from each of the 2 rounds advance.

Week 1 Predictions

I believe that Darci Lynne Farmer and Chase Goehring are almost certain to make it. Beyond that, two guys that seem to have developed as strong favorites to make the finals are Johnny Manuel and Preacher Lawson. These are the 4 acts that I feel pretty strongly will advance in the first week of the semifinals. That leaves one more spot, and I don’t have particularly strong feelings about this last spot.

Of the remaining acts, the ones that did best in voting in the quarterfinals were Billy and Emily England, Mike Yung, and Sara & Hero. I say this because these three acts did not need to be saved by the Twitter Dunkin’ Save vote or the judges.

The acts that did need to be saved were DaNell Daymon & Greater Works, Evie Clair, Eric Jones, and Yoli Mayor.

It is certainly possible for an act to have to be saved but then easily sail through in the semifinals. So while it may be tempting to pick Billy and Emily, Mike, or Sara & Hero, it is not out of the question that the others could have a better round and make it. I’ll probably be in much better position to make this fifth pick after seeing the performances. But I will pick Eric Jones this time. He is due for a better trick and can hopefully pull one off.

Week 2 Predictions

Let me state that I do not know the wildcard yet that is reportedly supposed to compete in Week 2. It’s just about impossible to predict who it will be. But whoever it is, I am going to leave this act out. But it could mess up my predictions if this person or group does really well in the semifinals.

I feel that the Week 2 crowd is much weaker than the first week. Some of the acts in the first week should have been put in this round to even out the overall talent. Most of the acts with a good chance of winning are in Week 1, and I frankly think that only Angelica has a decent chance of winning among the Week 2 semifinal contestants.

I predict Angelica will advance, along with Mandy Harvey. This leaves 3 more acts, and it’s hard at this point because it’s not clear how well these acts will perform. A group like Diavolo must present something really unique, and it’s hard to know what’s going to happen. Before seeing the live performances, though, I am going to go ahead and predict that Diavolo will do something solid and advance.

This leaves two more acts to pick for the finals from Week 2. It gets harder at this point. Celine has not been very good in my opinion, but the voters seem to like her. Kechi, Light Balance, and Merrick also advanced without needing to be saved. Actually, In the Stairwell also did not have to be saved, and neither did Kechi. However, Christian Guardino and Colin Cloud had to be saved and were saved by the Twitter Dunkin’ Save vote.

I am going to predict that Merrick Hanna advances. Hopefully, he will have something unique and do at least a couple of new moves for his dance routine. Although his act has limitations, he is very good at what he does. And he showed artistry in the quarterfinals and will probably come up with another good story to tell with his dancing.

So that is Angelica, Mandy, Diavolo, and Merrick. This leaves one more. Now, it’s even harder to do this before seeming them all perform. But based on previous voting plus a prediction of who will seem the freshest, I think I am going to pick Light Balance. This leaves out Kechi, In The Stairwell, Colin, Christian, and Celine. But I would not be surprised if I am wrong here a couple of times. I am pretty good at predictions but far from perfect.

List of Week 1 Semifinal Predictions
Darci Lynne Farmer, Chase Goehring, Johnny Manuel, Preacher Lawson, and Eric Jones

List of Week 2 Semifinal Predictions

Angelica Hale, Mandy Harvey, Diavolo, Merrick Hanna, and Light Balance

America’s Got Talent Quarterfinals Predictions For August 29-30, 2017

These are my predictions for who will advance to the America’s Got Talent semifinals from this 3rd and final set of quarterfinalists. The predictions were made after the live performance show on August 29, 2017. The results show is on August 30, 2017.

Colin Cloud – definitely

Colin’s act was full of mentalism tricks. I’m not sure how he did all of them. It was an imporessive performance. At least one of the tricks looked ridiculously impossible. I don’t see how any human being could guess that a random person in the audience was going to figure out that a person was going to think about a time that a dog bit her on the butt. While I am not making any accusations here, that certainly appears to have either been staged unless the girl mentioned what she was thinking, and someone in the audience was able to hear it and get that message to Cloud. I did notice this time that he never showed whether he was wearing an ear piece, for example. That is one way he could have received the message.

On the other hand, it doesn’t seem like the girl on stage mentioned what was in her head about having Justin Bieber CDs stolen from her by Simon. And how Colin would have been able to get the plaque behind Simon Cowell (who was sitting on a bench) saying exactly what the girl thought is also a mystery to me. The knife trick probably was just a switcheroo type of thing. All in all, though, as a non-magician who understands some but far from all tricks, this was very impressive except for the knife trick, which seemed pretty standard. I predict that Colin will easily advance to the semifinals.

Kechi – probably

Kechi’s performance was the last of the night, which is usually good for voting. Although it was not really one of my favorite performances, it was better than many singers on AGT who advance to the semifinals. I know people complain about backstories, and Kechi’s is that she was the sole survivor in a plane crash. I predict that Kechi will probably at least make the top 7 and take one of the semifinal spots. It was a steady, emotional performance. The dynamics are probably not there for a finalist spot. But she has probably done enough to make it through this round.

Sara Carson And Hero And Loki – probably

Last week’s dog act didn’t make it through for some reason despite actually being very good. If that act didn’t make it, I am not sure why this one should. Is the dog good? Sure, the dog definitely has some decent training, and that should be commended. And Sara also added another dog named Loki, which she said is a puppy. But it was not a tiny puppy. I have never understood the pacing of this act. The dog is too fast, and it all looks messy to me. Simon at least acts like he loves this dog act. He even gave it a standing ovation. I am not excited about this act because I have seen better animal acts. But the judges’ comments may really help her. It seems that Sara is likely to knock off one of the singers here.

Chase Goehring – almost definitely

He will almost definitely advance after performing another original song about a past girlfriend that broke up with him to date a friend. The name is called “Illusion,” and it was up to 798 on the main iTunes chart shortly after the show. And this is without AGT actively promoting his song as far as I know. Mandy Harvey’s song also got to the top 200 or so last week. As long as a contestant has good original songs, that’s a big advantage. And Chase has a similar style each time, which is good for branding, and has a way of writing songs in a catchy way. My prediction is that he will have no problem advancing this week.

Diavolo – probably

This is the dancing act that uses large stage sets and dances around on them. This time, they used what looks like a wheel with spokes. It started out really bland, with people basically just climbing through the spokes. While I think what they showed is an ability to create a show, it doesn’t seem like they were doing something impressive as far as dancing. It seemed like mid-level stunt work instead of dancing. This kind of thing doesn’t seem to have gotten many votes in the past. While the performance probably improves their chances of getting their own show in Vegas or somewhere, I was thinking as watching it that I can’t predict that this is going to get a lot of votes. Frankly, I would have buzzed it early if I had been there. But it did get better as they started spinning the wheel faster and jumping off of it. Some of those drops (the others were catching them) were dangerous to some degree. So by the end of the act, I was a lot more impressed than in the first 30 to 45 seconds. By the end of it, I could see how they act might get enough votes to advance. It’s a little hard to predict how voters will react to such an unusual act, but I rate them as having a decent and probably better-than-average chance of advancing. Of course, they will have to knock off a singer or two to do that. But the judges’ comments were glowing, and this will likely push them to the semifinals.

Angelina Green (probably) and Mike Yung (possibly, but not highly likely)

About the surest thing you can use when making predictions on America’s Got Talent is to look at who got the Golden Buzzer. And Angelina got Heidi’s Golden Buzzer in the initial audition rounds. Unless an act implodes badly, that Golden Buzzer usually sends him or her to at least the second live round. So even before seeing her perform, it was likely that Angelina was going to advance just from a general odds perspective. Her performance was not stellar but was pretty solid throughout. She has some beautiful notes and a fair amount of dynamics. This is one of the easier predictions tonight. She will likely advance to the semifinals. However, tonight is really tough in terms of predicting because a lot of favorites (either talent wise or sentimentality wise) got put here for some reason.

Will America pick all singers? Probably not, so some of these singers have to fall down even though they all sang pretty well. Mike Yung is one of those singers that could easily make it on his backstory as a subway singer and for having a pretty good performance. Simon said he hopes America votes for him, which suggests that Simon is not so sure. Howie said he was the best singer of the night so far. However, he didn’t really seem super excited. Mel B had lukewarm comments. Mike is on the bubble for me. I will have to think about it. But since some singer has to go down here, I guess I have to predict that Mike will be the one. Predictions are hard this week. I wouldn’t even be shocked if Angelina did not make it and Mike did.

Oskar and Gaspar (possibly but not likely)

This act uses some kind of visual technology to make it look like an invisible hand is drawing on the people. Although this is certainly a kind of talent, it kind of irks me when almost an entire performance is based only on technology. This is a talent that is relevant to the entertainment business, such as in making movies and TV shows. But it doesn’t seem like the kind of performance art that does well on America’s Got Talent. And it’s likely that a lot of people have this kind of graphic arts training, but that it just hasn’t been presented as a stand-alone kind of act on a big stage. They are basically just standing there the whole time while someone offstage works the light magic. It’s so visually cool that some people are likely to throw some votes their way. But they would have to knock off a couple of early favorites to do this. That is an uphill battle. I would put this act in the “possibly but not likely” category when it comes to predictions.

Oscar Hernandez (unlikely to advance)

Even before watching the performance, I predict that Hernandez will not make it. He is what the reality TV competition world refers to as “cannon fodder.” The only thing Oscar has is that it’s somewhat surprising that he can dance as well as he can for being such a huge guy. But even that is overcome by the fact that the skill level of his routines is very low. This is a joke act to anyone who watches the other dancing acts. It’s so obvious that he’s just doing standard cheerleading routines. And after watching this live performance, my opinion did not change one bit. It was another standard cheerleading routine. If this makes it, I will be shocked, but only mildly since nothing on AGT shocks me anymore.

Junior & Emily (unlikely to advance)

Before watching this performance, I put this salsa duo (they are also brother and sister) in the “probably will not advance” prediction category. They basically do one major thing every routine – having the girl spin really fast. That is more like an exhibition of one decent trick than a unique dance routine.

They seriously did an airplane spin in this performance. What is this? Professional wrestling? This act does not deserve to advance with that kind of choreography. Then, a good part of the act (not most of it, though) consisted of boring arm movements. And of course, the spinning moves were on display again. Although I would not give them zero chance of advancing, my prediction is that their odds of making it to the semifinals are very low.

DaNell Daymon & Greater Works (will probably advance)

I am not a huge fan of choirs because so many of them sound the same. It seems that a choir needs a really good lead singer. Then, you at least have the opportunity to judge that lead singer. It obviously adds to what is usually an otherwise non-unique choir sound. I am not saying that no choir at all can be unique. But this one is not special without the lead singer. So she must bring it home.

Unfortunately, like these acts seem to do again and again, they switched out the lead singer this round (for the first part of the song) for someone who is not nearly as good as the lady who sang lead in the earlier rounds. That was a big mistake. The group sang the Grease song, “You’re The One That I Want.” This was fun but did not have the vocal impact of the previous rounds. Whoever made this strategic decision to change out the lead singer may have doomed this group to elimination. Nonetheless, I am predicting here, not ranking the acts for myself. And I believe that, based upon judges’ comments and the like, they have been set up as a favorite to advance out of this round. So while it’s not a total lock, DaNell Daymon & Greater Works will probably advance. Since I am predicting, there is a good chance they will take Mike Yung’s spot. I would pick Mike over them, but it seems this group is poised to advance.

Note that the lady who led before did come out and sing the second part of the song. Unfortunately, the song choice turned out not to be right for her. They changed the song up so she could take it to church. But the impact was not what it could have been with a different song. And you don’t want to save your bread and butter for the last half of a song, anyway.

Final Draft (not likely to advance)

It is strange that I initially thought this boy band was so good. Their first performance seemed excellent to me. But they have just gone downhill since then. Final Draft didn’t even get picked in the judge cuts, but they are back here as a wildcard. And tonight was not that good. The guy who started out singing the song has a really thin voice, so the performance got off to a bad start. There are a couple of soul singers in this quartet, but this song did not allow them to shine. This group has unfortunately fizzled in my eyes. They are not likely to advance.

7 acts from these 12 will be advancing to the semifinals. This week seems like the hardest to predict, and those predictions don’t seem to be much easier after watching the performances. Based on what I have written above, my predictions for the 7 advancing acts are as follows:

1. 3 acts that will almost certainly advance (no particular order here)

a. Colin Cloud
b. Chase Goehring
c. DaNell Daymon & Greater Works

2. 4 more acts likely to advance but with less confidence

d. Angelina Green
e. Kechi
f. Diavolo
g. Sara & Hero & Loki (dog act)

3. acts that have a decent chance but not likely to make it

h. Oskar & Gaspar
i. Mike Yung

4. acts that have a low chance of advancing

j. Oscar Hernandez
k. Final Draft
l. Junior and Emily

America’s Got Talent Predictions – Quarterfinals – August 22-23, 2017

On August 22, 2017, NBC’s America’s Got Talent held its second quarterfinals live round for Season 12. The results will be announced live on August 23, 2017. After watching all of the performances, I made some predictions on who would advance. Below, I will include the acts that performed and my thoughts on how they did, and some thoughts on their odds of getting through to the semifinals. In all, 7 of the 12 acts advance. Last week, I predicted 5 of them only, as I felt that Puddles Pity Party and especially Just Jerk would advance.

Mandy Harvey:

This is the deaf singer. Although a lot of people moan about sob stories on AGT, the truth is that Mandy proved tonight that she deserves her spot. She sang well, and we found out that she is also a pretty good songwriter. Mandy wrote a song for her cousin’s wedding called “Mara’s Song.” It was written perfectly for her voice, and she hit a lot of beautiful notes that reminded me of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.” I’m not saying it was that good. But Mandy earned her keep, and I believe she will easily advance to the next round.

Merrick Hanna:

The next act I believe will advance is Merrick Hanna. Although his robotic dancing moves are starting to get a little repetitive, Simon duly noted that he is a creative artist that keeps things fresh. His idea of playing a boy without a family worked great for a show like America’s Got Talent. Hanna is good, but he’s a few steps below Kenichi Ebina, who won the whole show a few seasons ago. Nonetheless, his storytelling and overall talent should be enough to at least get him to the semifinals. And when Simon says you deserve it, that usually means you are going to advance.

Johnny Manuel:

Johnny is very close to a surefire lock to advance from the quarterfinals to the semifinals and probably also to the finals. He sang “And I’m Telling You,” the song made famous by Jennifer Holliday and then more famous by Jennifer Hudson. This was a solid performance from a pure vocal perspective. I didn’t find it to have the kind of booming power as when a lot of others sing it. So from that perspective, I didn’t think it quite had the punch that the judges seemed to think it had. Nonetheless, this is a performance that is clearly deserving of a semifinal spot.

Pompeyo Family:

The Pompeyo Family has a dog act that is quite similar to Olate Dogs. Olate won the show and the million dollars a few seasons ago. I believe that it’s pretty objectively clear that Pompeyo’s dogs are not quite as good as the Olate bunch. Nonetheless, they are pretty close. And I think they have a great chance of advancing out of this round. My prediction is that they will advance. The dog tricks are some of the best I have seen. It just so happens that Olate is the best I have ever seen. So you can’t expect them to rise to that level. But a lot of voters probably won’t be comparing, anyway. Judged individually, which is probably what most voters do, I’d have to say that Pompeyo Family will probably advance to the semifinals.

The 4 that I strongly predict will make it are the acts mentioned above: Johnny Manuel, Mandy Harvey, Merrick Hanna, and Pompeyo Family.

I am going to put 5 in the Maybe category, so to speak. But when added to the 4 above, that adds up to 9 acts. Only 7 are going to make it. So I will have to predict which 2 of these won’t make it.

The acts in my Maybe category are Celine Tam, Evie Clair, Light Balance, Eric Jones, and The Masqueraders.

Celine Tam:

Celine sang “When You Believe.” It got good comments from all judges with a mix of negative from Mel B. She made the overused comment that the song was “too big” for Celine. I disagree with this. They always mindlessly say this with Whitney Houston songs. But the difficulty level on this song isn’t that high. The fact is that Celine is a soft singer, not a power singer. But she’s consistently good and gets the most she can out of the voice she has. That voice doesn’t appear to be as good as the other 9-year-old girl, Angelica Hale. Angelica advanced to the semifinal from last week’s live show.

From a voting perspective, not all kids make it just because they are kids. So Celine is not a lock based on the “cute kid” vote. This is a factor in voting, but it’s not always the deciding factor. Because Celine didn’t knock it out of the park, I am on the fence here. But because she got the Golden Buzzer in the second round, I am going to predict that she advances this week but may be in big trouble in the semifinals.

Eric Jones:

Jones had some good tricks that may have been good enough to get him to the semifinals. But his delivery was a bit choppy because his instructions to Howie were a bit confusing to Howie. This caused the performance to drag a little. What I didn’t like so much is the fact that the last two tricks were based largely on not being able to see what he was doing. It’s impressive to “walk through glass.” But it’s old-style magic. Once you put a curtain up there, it’s obvious that you are just using some kind of trick glass wall. And whatever he did to pull the card through the glass was hidden from camera view. This is not as impressive as it should be to win the whole show. But this season needs some magic at least in the semifinals. Based on the needs of the show, Jones will probably be picked if it comes down to a judge choice. So I predict he will advance this round.

Light Balance:

It’s hard to say what effect the technical problems will have on Light Balance. What happened was they got set to go live, and the equipment for the light show malfunctioned. Luckily, they had completely recorded the dress rehearsal. So AGT played the recorded dress rehearsal, and it was very good.

This kind of act (a dance-based light show in the dark) is visually impressive, and the dancing was pretty good. However, this kind of act has always come up short in the actual voting for America’s Got Talent. Some similar acts have made the top 3, but none has won.

Despite the technical problem, which may or may not have been the act’s fault, all 4 judges gave glowing comments. Based on that, my prediction is that they will advance to the semifinal. But they have an uphill battle to win it all since American TV voters don’t seem to prefer this kind of act.

So these are my other 3 picks to advance. To recap, they are Celine Tam, Eric Jones, and Light Balance.

I have 2 more in the Maybe category. They are Evie Clair and The Masqueraders.

Evie Clair:

Evie played the piano this time, showing a little bit more overall musician skills than before. But with a similar style of song as Mandy Harvey in this quarterfinal round, Evie’s voice just didn’t have the same level of clarity and emotion. she is competent but not brilliant at this time, pretty much putting her on a level that is very comparable to Celine Tam. I don’t know if her backstory, which is about her dad’s battle with cancer, will be a strong factor in voting. I would not be surprised if Evie makes it, but my prediction is she falls short this time.

The Masqueraders:

I would also not be surprised if The Masqueraders advance to the semifinals. However, I am predicting that they will fall a little short. The lead singer has flashes of being very soulful. But the other two seemed like random backup singers, at least this round. The group just didn’t really stand out, and their original song, “I’m Just an Average Man,” wasn’t very catchy in my opinion. I have nothing against them. But the lead singer just wasn’t quite exciting enough to push this trio to the top tonight. Again, though, I would not be surprised if they advance. But they would have to do something very different to have a chance of winning.

So my Maybe acts that I predict will not quite make it are Evie Clair and The Masqueraders. But both are worthy, and I would not mind seeing them in the semifinals.

My bottom 3 acts are Demian Aditya, Mirror Image, and Brobots & Mandroidz. I definitely don’t think that these acts will advance, although it would not be shocking if Brobots & Mandroidz somehow managed to squeak into the 5th, 6th, or 7th spot.

Demian’s act had a technical failure. He did escape from a box that was suspended over fire and some sharp objects that presumably would have stabbed him right through the box if it had fallen with him in it. But the box somehow got stuck on the metal scaffolding-type structure as it was falling. This caused Aditya to get a couple of Xs from the judges. Those who get Xs on a live show rarely ever advance to the next round. I don’t know if the glitch was intentional to create water-cooler talk or not. But it’s likely sealed Demian’s fate.

Mirror Image and Brobots & Mandroidz just didn’t stand out with their dancing or, in Mirror Image’s case, their singing, either. I have never liked these acts yet. It’s not like they have no talent. But both seem to be about something other than talent. Mirror Image is more about personality than pure talent. They could definitely succeed as actors, which is probably where they will end up. The Brobots group seems to be more about flash over substance. Their dancing moves really aren’t that hard. I was thinking I could do a lot of those moves, and that’s just not something I should be able to say when watching a dance crew in the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent. This group’s choreography is for the birds.

So my prediction is that the following 7 acts will advance: Mandy Harvey, Merrick Hanna, Pompeyo Family, Johnny Manuel, Light Balance, Eric Jones, and Celine Tam. I figure I’ll get at least 5 of these right.

YouTube Video For Munfarid Zaidi – “Crazy For You” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Munfarid Zaidi is now from Sugarland, Texas. But he was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He auditioned on the first episode of Season 13 of American Idol. That show aired on January 15, 2014.

Munfarid actually can sing and had a pretty good audition with Adele’s “Crazy For You.” But for whatever reason, there was little focus on his singing from the judges. It became more about Harry Connick, Jr. They had been making fun of Harry, showing clips of contestants who didn’t even know who he was. So in walks Munfarid, who says he is always reading Harry’s Wikipedia page. So Connick goes over and picks him up and hugs him.

The other judges dare Harry to hold Zaidi while he sings. But he tells Zaidi to sing first and blow him away. He will then cradle him like a baby. So Munfarid delivers his audition, and it’s a solid jazzy kind of style. So Harry then goes over and holds him like a baby while he sings another song.

After all that, we find out for sure that Munfarid has made it to Hollywood.

Every time a contestant’s audition turns into a silly (but funny) mess like this one, you have to fear for their chances in Hollywood. Just based on the way it was all edited, he could be in trouble in the next round.

YouTube Video For Munfarid Zaidi’s Audition On American Idol 13 – Adele’s “Crazy For You”

YouTube Video For Malcolm Allen – “Superstition” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Malcolm Allen acted kind of silly, playing an air guitar while singing. He said he still has to learn how to play acoustic guitar. But when he sang Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition,” it was different than your typical karaoke performance of that song. He put some jazzy scatting in there, and Jennifer remarked that he was a natural.

Jennifer gave Malcolm a triple YES. Harry thought he was the best singer of the day, and Keith agreed with the other two judges.

Despite the odd pre-audition package and air-guitar thing, Malcolm definitely earned his spot in the next round. But how long can he last with that kind of personality? I’d say it could be a problem if he makes the voting rounds. It’s probably better to have a boring personality than a wacky one on this show.

YouTube Video – “Superstition” – Malcolm Allen – Season 13 of American Idol – January 15, 2014

YouTube Video For Madelyn Patterson – “Up To The Mountain” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Madelyn Patterson is from Georgia. She auditioned on American Idol 13’s first episode, on January 15, 2014. Madelyn auditioned with “Up To The Mountain.” After finishing, Jennifer said not to say anything. But Harry asked Madelyn if she wanted to sing something else. And Keith asked her if she knew how to dance. Jennifer finally said they should just vote. She and Keith said YES, and that was enough to send Patterson to Hollywood.

Harry was trying to get a word in edge wise, but Jennifer already gave Patterson her golden ticket. Harry then said he just wanted to give her some advice. By that time, he just said she would hear his advice in Hollywood. Apparently, Connick thought that she may have focused a bit too much on doing runs.

After Patterson left the room, Harry said Jennifer and Keith go nuts after the slightest little run. They then showed them “ooh”ing over some of Madelyn’s runs. At any rate, Patterson has advanced to the next round of Season 13.

YouTube Video For Madelyn’s “Up To The Mountain” – American Idol 13

YouTube Video For Savion Wright – “Both Sides Of Me” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Savion Wright is from Jasper, Texas. His little backstory is that he has ADHD. That caused some problems in school, but music has helped him. His parents bought him a guitar.

Savion sang an original song that he said he wrote. I think it is called “Both Sides Of Me,” and he also played the guitar.

Harry said that the other contestants will be intimidated by Savion. So he will need to learn how to be nice to people. He was also impressed that Savion had waited to audition until he felt he was actually ready for the competition. He likes a mind that thinks like that.

Jennifer and Keith psyched out Wright by saying NO. But they then sent him to Hollywood with a unanimous vote.

YouTube Video – Savion Wright – “Both Sides Of Me” (Original Song) – American Idol 13 Initial Audition (this will be added after the show includes it in their official Idol channel)

YouTube Video For Shanon Wilson – “I Want You” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Before this singer’s audition, he pretended to play football with Ryan Seacrest. Shanon is a big guy who plays defensive tackle. They ran around the room, and Ryan fell when trying to hurdle a chair. He then claimed he scored a touchdown.

Shanon Wilson is 24 and from Houston, Texas. He is big on singing, church, and football. He sang Luke James’s “I Want You.” Shanon hit some really high notes. I am not huge fan of this kind of music usually. But that was a solid performance that deserved a trip to Hollywood. The guy has a huge range. The high notes didn’t really have much power, but he was good overall.

The part with judges’ commnents was brief in this audition segment. But Wilson definitely got 3 votes to move forward to Hollywood.

YouTube Video For Shanon Wilson’s “I Want You” Audition (American Idol 13 – January 15, 2014)

YouTube Video For Kaitlyn Jackson – “Another Angel” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Kaitlyn Jackson is 15. She sang her own song on the premiere audition episode of American Idol 13. She performed a pretty good original song that she said she wrote. It’s called “Another Angel.” Kaitlyn wrote the song about her grandfather, who had had a heart attack on the day that she opened for Mark Wills. He was saved that day, but Granddad died before getting to hear “Another Angel.”

I’m not sure what the judges thought of Jackson’s actual singing because we didn’t hear any comments about that. But they were raving about her song and seemed moved by her backstory. Harry said her grandfather is hearing the song now (from heaven).

Harry loved it 100%. He said she is smart, and it will be fun watching her from week to week. Jennifer said she has heart. Kaitlyn got 3 YES votes from the judges for Hollywood.

It is not clear yet whether Jackson will be able to sing covers well. This time, the song sold it for her. But she can’t do an original every time.

YouTube Video For Kaitlyn’s “Another Angel” – American Idol 13 Auditions

YouTube Video For Stephanie Hanvey – “Price Tag” – American Idol 13 Auditions

Stephanie Hanvey is 16 years old. She idolizes Jennifer Lopez and made that rather clear during her audition session. She was on the first episode of Season 13 (Jan. 15, 2014). Stephanie sang Jesse J’s “Price Tag.” It honestly lacked the power of the original and didn’t do much to replace that.

Harry said Hanvey has a great way of performing, but the voice needs some work. Harry said pretty much the same thing. Jennifer said she could use some work, and there was something missing emotionally.

There was a commercial break, and Jennifer said she’d like to see Stephanie at least one more time. Keith said YES, so that was enough to send Hanvey to Hollywood. Harry said that he would have said YES, too.

I’m not sure why this contestant was even given a chance. It appears that her voice simply isn’t strong enough to compete at the next audition stage.

YouTube Video – Stephanie Hanvey – Jesse J’s “Price Tag” (not sure when it will be uploaded)