Idol Hopeful With Speech Impediment Blows Judges Away at Audtions – Recap [VIDEOS]
American Idol auditions continued in San Antonio, Texas and Long Beach California. Several hopefuls stood out, overcoming adversity to reach their dreams, but it was Micah Johnson who blew everyone away.
Micah Johnson – Routine tonsil surgery left Micah with a speech impediment after the doctor hit a nerve. His speech may have been affected, but his singing voice was not. What a surprise to hear a big, cuddly black man with a speech impediment singing a great version of Zac Brown’s ‘Chicken Fried.’ Keith Urban was even singing along.
Matheus Fernandes – Matheus is 21 years-old, but his stunted growth makes him look more like 12. His height didn’t affect his voice. His version of Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’ has Mariah in tears.
Adam Sanders – Adam received a standing ovation after shocking all 4 judges with his soulful voice. When asked if he should go through to Hollywood Keith said ‘abso-friggin-lutely.’
Cristabel Clack – Channeled her inner Alica Keys and sailed through to the next round. She gained a new fan in Mariah.
Shubha Vedula – She may have a name neither Randy or Keith could pronounced, but her voice blew both of them away. They’ll have plenty of time to get her name right as she’s off to Hollywood
Vincent Powell – Vincent is hoping the second time is the charm. He made it all the way to the end of Hollywood week last year before being sent home.
Papa Peachez – Peachez provided the light entertainment for the night. The quirky hopeful sang an original song and had Nicki Minaj fighting to send him through. In the end, Randy relented and gave him the golden ticket. Keith was the only one who had the sense to say no.
Watch each audition below, and to see who makes the Top 40, check out the American Idol Spoiler.
Micah Johnson ‘Chicken Fried’
Matheus Fernandes ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
Adam Sanders ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’
Cristabel Clack ‘If I Ain’t Got You’
Shubha Vegula ‘Something’s Got a Hold on Me’
Vincent Powell ‘Rock Me Baby’