1 of 9 View 9 Items Nicole Rivelli, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Ashley Hess auditions for "American Idol" on The ABC Television Network, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Related Links Utah 'American Idol' contestant Ashley Hess advances to top 20 'American Idol' contestants Ashley Hess (from Utah) and Johanna Jones (BYU student) advance to top 40 SALT LAKE CITY — Former Utah resident and current "American Idol" contestant Ashley Hess wowed the judges again in Monday night's episode. Originally from California, Hess moved to Utah to study dental hygiene at Utah Valley University, but after a risky career shift she is one of the top 20 contestants on the hit show. Hess loved singing her whole life, but always talked herself out of pursuing it as a career. "There's two parts of me. I'm 50 percent free spirit dreamer, creative, spontaneous. And I'm 50 percent responsible, realistic … needing that security and stability in my life," … [Read more...] about For former Utahn Ashley Hess, being an ‘American Idol’ frontrunner is surreal and inspiring
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Two South Carolina singers are the latest to appear on nationally televised singing competitions.Kalifa Wilson ("Kai the Singer"), a 19-year-old from Kingstree, and Charleston native Grayson Little, 27, are among those who have received a golden ticket to skip ahead to the live competition in Hollywood on "American Idol" this season. The show began airing on March 3. Wilson's audition had judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan tearing up; Little's audition has not yet aired but he's been seen in preview clips jumping for joy with his golden ticket and hugging host Ryan Seacrest.Both singers are among tens of thousands who turn out to audition for the music-themed reality TV show, now in its 17th season, with dreams of making it big in the music business. As singers compete once again on national television in front of millions of viewers, a question arises: How much clout do these reality shows really have? Do they actually help singers launch and maintain a music … [Read more...] about 2 SC singers made it on ‘American Idol.’ What does that really mean for their careers?
Culture Movies & TV American Idol returns Sunday night for another round of cross-country auditions. From Los Angeles to Louisville, find out who gets magical, golden tickets to Hollywood when the second round of auditions premieres on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. How can episode 3 of American Idol followup Alejandro Aranda's jaw-dropping audition? Though judge Luke Bryan said he didn't "want to see anyone else" after the Pomona street performer's audition, the third round of auditions does not disappoint in unbelievable talent. For a full recap of last week's episode, click here. One of the contestants vying for the golden ticket to Hollywood is Phoenix-native Wade Cota. Sharing his story of growing up with "nothing," the 27-year-old is hoping to take care of her through his musical ability. "My mom still works full-time," Cota said to the camera. "She takes care of everybody and everything all the time, and all I want to do is take care of … [Read more...] about ‘American Idol’ Episode 3 Spoilers & Recap: Nate Walker, Wade Cota, Drake Taylor & More
Some have had more success than others -- in certain cases, much more -- but they all share one thing: the title "American Idol." As the singing competition starts its second ABC season (and 17th season overall, encompassing its initial Fox run) Sunday, March 3, more hopefuls will pursue the sort of career launch others have gotten from the show ... even if they didn't win. Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie will return as judges, with Ryan Seacrest back in his traditional role as host.And what of past "American Idol" winners? Here's a look at where they are now. Kelly Clarkson gained fame as the first "American Idol" winner, but now the singer is a coach on NBC's "The Voice." - Courtesy of NBC Kelly Clarkson (2002): Now in her third season as a mentor on NBC's "The Voice," Grammy winner Clarkson also is readying a syndicated talk show for this fall.Ruben Studdard (2003): Teamed with "Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken, Studdard made his Broadway debut over the past holiday … [Read more...] about Where past ‘American Idol’ winners are now as new season kicks off
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Tyler Starritt of El Paso was first in line at 2 a.m. Friday in Old Town and the first to be selected to move on to the next round of auditions for “American Idol.” (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — As the sun rose Friday, there was a wave of positive energy in Old Town.Hundreds of hopefuls patiently waited in line for the opportunity to audition for the ABC reality singing competition series, “American Idol.”ADVERTISEMENTThe line wrapped around the Old Town Plaza and remained steady throughout the day. Jordan Olguin, center, starts a jam session with Jonathan Dixon and Kristen Horning as they wait for their turn to audition for “American Idol” in Old Town Plaza. (Jim Thompson/Albuquerque Journal)Albuquerque was one of 20 stops … [Read more...] about ‘American Idol’ hopefuls head to Old Town