'American Idol' Season 17: 3 contestants who wowed judges in episode 2 of auditions, including 'one of the greatest auditions ever'
There were three auditions that stood out and made it as the highlights of the episode. Here are the top 3 performances of Wednesday night's auditions.
'American Idol' is back with its 17th season, and with just two audition episodes done and dusted, the series already has us reaching for tissues. After premiering Sunday with its first episode, the series really set the benchmark high. In a teaser, the series claimed Wednesday's episode would consist of amazing talent we haven't seen before, including one of the greatest auditions ever.
Though some fans were not buying their claim; after the episode aired, we did witness some really spectacular talent and that comes with no takebacks. This season, the series held auditions in Louisville, Kentucky; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York, and Denver, Colorado.
Throughout the second episode, we witnessed incredible talent. And the 12 contestants who won golden tickets delivered amazing performances. But there were three auditions that stood out and made it as the highlights of the episode. Here are the top 3 performances of Wednesday night's auditions, according to me.
This audition had drama written all over it and the judges said so themselves. 24-year-old Juan Pablo's audition was definitely a swooning one. Singing his version of 'Besame Mucho' he was in tears at the end. His audition was so good, it was over-the-top. His voice was intense and captivating. His performance was so extremely passionate it had Katy Perry swooning over him and fanning herself. But overall Pablo was among the three contestants whose performance stood out and will be remembered.
Saving the best for the last, Alejandro Aranda's performance was the "one of the greatest auditions ever" the series teased us about. Not sure about ever, but it was definitely the best audition in the two episodes aired to date. Performing an original he had written, Aranda the self-taught musician left the judges spellbound.
With the guitar and piano skills of a star and a voice to match it, Aranda had smooth sailing through his performance. His voice was mellow, smooth and something you'd want to listen to non-stop. After his performance, he left the entire room speechless. “I have nothing to tell you, other than I’m so glad that you’re here,” Luke Bryan revealed, as he added that he felt like he was “in the presence of greatness.”
Hailing from Midlothian, Virginia, Shayy's performances was the most emotional one we witnessed in the two episodes. This past year was an extreme struggle for this teenager because she had just lost her vision due to a tumor in her brain. In a montage, she revealed how she is bullied by her schoolmates every day.
Performing her rendition of Andra Day's 'Rise Up,' this contestant left everyone in tears, especially Lionel Richie. While singing, she just poured her entire heart and soul out, and you could see how much she was involved in the music. It was a really powerful performance that will serve as an inspiration to many. Her high notes were perfect and angelic. She has a long way to go from here and it's just beginning.