“American Idol” is no stranger to country music. Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and more have found their way to stardom through the hit T.V. show. That, coupled with Keith Urban taking a turn in the judge’s chair shows country music has made a heavy mark on “American Idol.”
With the show premiering last week we have already seen some country hopefuls laying their voices on the line for the judges AND all getting a golden ticket to Hollywood! Looks like country music will have some good representation in season 12!
We saw the 17 year-old New Jersey native Sarah Restuccio showing her country chops with Carrie Underwood’s “Mama’s Song.” She also threw in a little rap with Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” for good measure…hey why not right?
Tennessee’s own 17 year-old Mackenzie Wasner also wowed the judges with her skillful rendition of Vince Gill’s “Whenever You Come Around.” It seems talent runs in the family. Mackenzie’s father is Pete Wasner, who is a songwriter and longtime keyboard player for country music icon Vince Gill.
17 year-old Brandy Neelly from Louisville, KY showed that you simply can’t go wrong with a country classic. Her amazing take on Hank Williams Sr.’s “Your Cheatin’ Heart” had the judges captivated. Her strong voice and pure country sound will definitively be one to watch in this competition.
All that talent was just in the first week of auditions and I am sure there will be many more country hopefuls as the weeks go by. It seems this week was the week of the young female country contestant. We will keep you posted as we follow these 3 on their journey and we will be keeping an eye out for other young country crooners as the season continues!
Out of our first 3 “One’s To Watch” who is your favorite?
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