Salt Lake City, Utah became the next hot hub of American Idol Season 8 hopefuls. This is also the same hometown of AI Season 7 runner-up David Archuleta.
Judges Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell and Kara DioGuardi trooped to the "friendliest place on earth" and were not at all disappointed. "A hot spring of fresh talents" greeted them and clichéd golden tickets for the coveted Hollywood audition.
First in the "firing line" was 28-year-old musician David Osmond did not readily impress the judges by his performance. General comment was for him to focus on being a "solo" artist. David is the son of Alan Osmond, oldest brother of "The Osmonds" singing group. Both father and son suffer from multiple sclerosis. Despite the illness and famous clan name, he was able to clinch the elusive ticket with his golden voice and charisma. Kara mentioned "he's genuine."
A 24-year-old waitress and mom Frankie Jordan, "who's been singing all her life" is one lucky gal loaded with sheer talent. She won over the judges with her spectacular performance. Kara readily said yes as did the other judges.
Font designer Meagan Corcrie and single mother to a two-year-old child, sang from her heart and blew the judges away with her incredible voice. Kara comments "Interesting voice you have there. You have an incredible face" while hard-to-please Simon admitted that she had "ne of my favorite auditions."
Hardworking class president Austin Sisneros of Riverton High School showed Randy, Paula, Kara and Simon he has what it takes to be the next American Idol. His first song choice "When I look to the sky" didn't impress any of the judges at all; but his fresh soul number, coupled with his pleasant demeanor and likable qualities nailed his winning chance to Hollywood. A keen observer of talent, Kara tells Austin that "There's something nice I like about you. You got something there."
Another talented teenager that swooned the judges is 16-year-old statuesque beauty Taylor Vailfanua who came like a fresh tropical breeze. Her "Joyful, Joyful" song warmed the judges' hearts. Randy said "one of the best vocals I heard since we are doing this in season 8".
Last to audition is 17 year old "crazy hippy girl" Rose Flack of Rathdrum, Idaho who currently lives with her best friend's family. Rose lost her parents earlier in life. She sang "I Feel the Earth Nove" earned her a chance to pursue her American Idol dream. "I'm going to Hollywood, baby!" beams an ecstatic Rose.
The next stop for the American Idol Season 8 auditions is New York City.
Catch American Idol Season 8 every Wednesday and Thursday at Q Channel 11. Show starts at 6 pm with replays scheduled at 8:30 pm.