‘American Idol’ Season 10 auditions continued last night in New Orleans, Louisiana, home state of veteran ‘Idol’ judge Randy Jackson. Once again, thousands turned out for their shot at fame. Flint area viewers have been happy with the new show and new judges, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Several people have said they think they like the show better. One person said, ‘I like Steven—the faces he makes and the things he says. If anyone is qualified to determine who should have a shot, it’s him. After all, he’s front man for the biggest selling rock band of all time. Plus, the show needed something different.’
Overall, networks are concerned about ratings when deciding the fate of any show. ‘American Idol’ is changing a lot this year—the judges, and the day of the week the show airs. Will viewers support the changes and give the network high enough ratings?
TV by the Numbers reported that according to Nielsen Ratings, Fox did top the adults 18-49 ratings last night with 7.7, but that figure is down 24% from last season’s second night opening of a 10.1, which was on a Wednesday. Last season’s Wednesday start captured 26.416 million viewers, compared to this season’s 22.6 million viewers. While the numbers are down, it’s hardly a drastic 50% drop, like some people have predicted.
Once again there were standout auditions, featuring some really talented people, like 21-year-old Jordan Dorsey, a piano teacher from LaPlace, Louisiana. His ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ gave Jennifer Lopez ‘goosebumps’ all over her body.
Lopez also really liked 28-year-old Sarah Sellers from Richardson, Texas. Following her audition Lopez said, ‘One of the best we’ve heard, I think.’
Jovany Barrett, a 23-year-old ship builder from Harvey, Louisiana, impressed all 3 judges with his voice. After getting 3 ‘big’ yeses, he wanted to impress Lopez some more by taking off his shirt, which prompted Jackson and Tyler to stand on either side of him to lift theirs and reveal their ‘abs’.
Another surprise was red-headed Brett Loewenstern who said he never fit in and was picked on in high school constantly. The 16-year-old from Boca Raton, Florida, ripped out a stunning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Jackson said, ‘In New Orleans, that’s the way to nail an audition.’ Loewenstern held up his golden ticket for the camera and said, ‘This ticket is a representation of believing in yourself.’
Finally, 23-year-old Paris Tassin from New Orleans has a daughter who wears hearing aids. Tassin’s doctors had advised her to not carry out her pregnancy, because the baby was probably hydrocephalic and could have terrible complications. Tassin didn’t listen to the doctors, and her daughter is otherwise healthy. She sang Carrie Underwood’s ‘Temporary Home’ and brought Lopez to tears. Lopez said, ‘When you sang, I felt it. I really felt it.’ Tassin earned her golden ticket and Lopez stopped to see Tassin’s daughter and say hi, following the audition.
In all, 37 people were picked to go to Hollywood. Next week’s auditions continue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Click here to watch some of the auditions.
‘American Idol’ airs in Flint on WSMH FOX66 next Wednesday and Thursday at 8 PM EST.