Country Shines at American Idol Charlotte North Carolina Auditions – Recap [VIDEOS]
American Idol headed into former Idol winner Scotty McCreery's hometown of Charlotte North Carolina. A state full of country singers and sweet southern charm. Too bad some of that charm didn't rub off on some of the judges, who continued their childish fighting.
Thankfully, for most of the auditions, Idol focused on a number of good country singers and Keith Urban. Unfortunately, Keith had to leave the auditions early to attend an event honoring his wife, turning the focus on the divas.
Highlights from Charlotte auditions:
Jimmy Smith - Got a 'You're going to Hollywood' from Keith Urban after saying Keith was his inspiration. Luckily he got 3 more after singing 'Bless the Broken Road.' Jimmy earned his spot on Idol through his online audition. He's got the voice and the looks. The ladies will love this kid.
Janell Arther - Country girl who had enough guts to sing 'Where the Blacktop Ends' in front of Keith Urban. She starts singing at the :53 mark and gets an 'I loved it' from Keith at the 1:44 mark.
Seretha Guinn - Provided the cutest moment of the night, bringing her 3 year old daughter into the auditions. She blew everyone away with her version of the theme song from 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air'
Ashley Smith - Proves you can't judge a book by its cover. Looking at her, you never would have guessed 'Blondie,' as Nicki renamed her, would belt out Carrie Underwood's 'Cowboy Casanova.' Check her out in her audition video below. She starts singing at 2:00 mark.
Candice Glover - Returns after going home during Hollywood week last season. She sailed through with her church voice, getting a standing ovation from the judges. Candice starts singing at 1:07 mark
Summer Cunningham - May have had a good voice, but didn't gain a fan in Keith Urban when she said she 'did the country thing.' Summer will get to win him over in Hollywood, but the the audition caused yet another fight between divas, Mirah and Nicki, causing Nicki to leave the judges table.
To see who makes into the Top 40, check out the American Idol Spoiler Alert.
Janelle Arther 'Where the Blacktop Ends'
Jimmy Smith 'Bless the Broken Road'
Ashley Smith 'Cowboy Casanova'
Seretha Guinn 'Fresh Prince of Bel Air'
Summer Cunningham 'Lean on Me'
Idol heads to Louisiana, the hometown of Randy Jackson tongiht. Tune in to Fox at 8 to catch all the action. Maybe Nicki and Mariah can finally learn to get along. I feel sorry for Keith, who seems to always be caught in the middle. If it weren't for him, I don't think I could stand to watch anymore this year.