American Idol Auditions: Fire Wilmore Returns Season 21 Recap

[Extreme Celine Dion voice] What are your thoughts on second chances?

In addition to marking the final week of season 21 auditions, Sunday’s episode of american idol also welcomed Fire Wilmore backthe exotic dancer whose 4-year-old daughter Katy Perry moved in strong enough to get her mother a second audience with the judges.

Fire appeared “brighter and brighter” than when her singing began, giving the judges more of what they were looking for with a “pretty” rendition of Adele’s “Love in the Dark.” Channeling the emotions she experienced during her first audition through her nerves, the 22-year-old single mom wowed the judges with her growth.

“Are you the best singer we’ve ever seen? Not at all,” Luke Bryan told her. “But there are things about you that I would really like to recommend to you. With all this there is still a lot to discover. I think you have to go through to learn.” And just like that, three Jas Fire sent to Hollywood.

We will see other faces again…

KAEYRA, 21 | This restaurant singer from Illinois was the first contestant in the episode to be sent through, earning a standing ovation with an impressive rendition of Chris Stapleton’s “Cold.” Bryan loves that she “doesn’t sound like anyone else,” and Lionel Richie sees her as the moody artist just waiting to show herself. Watch her audition below:

ELISE KRISTIN, 18 | This Washington college student’s sweet exterior belied a powerful voice that was both incredible and unexpected. The judges couldn’t stop smiling during her confident, playful rendition of Aretha Franklin’s (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Click here to see her audition.

Sarah MAC, 24 | Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold” isn’t an easy song, but this Georgia bartender hardly put up a fight and particularly shone in the song’s higher moments with her powerful vibrato and authentic showmanship.

JAYNA ELISE, 22 | One of my personal favorite auditions of the night, this Washington, DC digital marketing specialist gave Queen’s “Who Wants to Live Forever” a beautiful, soulful spin, nailing the song’s high notes while delivering low notes, that would give Toni Braxton goosebumps. The range is strong with this one.

NATE PECK, 21 | Despite concerns that he might be a bit gimmicky, the judges followed their collective gut instinct and sent this ’80s rocker through. His powerful performance of Dokken’s “Lightning Strikes Again” convinced the judges that Peck may have the best recording of any “Rock” contestant they’ve seen in their six years of judging idol. It was certainly a bold statement, but only time will prove its accuracy.

MIKENLEY BROWN, 17 | This Indiana teen found her voice after surviving a battle with anorexia, a voice that wowed the judges with a gnarly cover of Rihanna’s “Love on the Brain.” Aside from her stunning vocals, this girl has an attitude for days and seems to know herself better than most adults. Click here to see her audition.

ISAAC BROWN, 21 | A refreshing change from anyone we’d seen before, this California busker immediately charmed the judges with his smooth vocals and infectious energy. A stunning falsetto and some bombastic belts made his rendition of JVKE’s “Golden Hour” a hit. Perry recognized the “entertainer” in him and requested a second, more groovy song. And he actually got everyone grooving with “Essence” by Wizkid and Tems. This ball of light is not only extremely talented but also just having a good time. I’m a fan.

CAM AMEN, 27 | The tears were already falling before this Nebraska server sang a single note of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” an appropriate song choice for someone finally pursuing their dreams after essentially raising their two younger siblings. The result was essentially that Amen broke his heart open and released all of its glorious contents… which is a crude way of saying he was amazing. How could he not sob at the end? how could anyone He earned himself hell – er, heaven – with this platinum ticket. Watch his audition below:

SIERRA HARRIS, 20 | Armed with rock goddess vocals and a spoon for a mic, this Massachusetts personal trainer sang the shit out of Heart’s “Barracuda.” I’m sorry, there’s just no other way to say it. That was a hit. The judges recognized her “powerful” voice, but they weren’t thrilled with the karaoke-friendly song, so they called for a follow-up performance. Perry ditched “fireworks” as an option, which she regretted after Harris made the song’s singer a run for her money. Click here to see her audition.

Phil Kane, 18 | This thoughtful singer-songwriter endeared himself to the judges with a rendition of the original song “Osage County.” The song itself was beautiful, with lyrics filled with wisdom that stretched well beyond the Oklahoma college student’s years. Click here to see his audition.

KAYA STEWART, 22 | Accompanied by her father on guitar (no big deal, just half the Eurythmics!), this Hollywood-born singer tried her luck with ‘This Tattoo’, an original song she co-wrote with her famous father. Perry was already singing along as Stewart finished her song, the first of many compliments from the judges. Click here to see her audition.

OLIVER STEELE, 25 | Great name first. Second, Wow. Even without the backstory of his father – a former professional guitarist who recently suffered a stroke that affected his entire body – Steele’s voice would still have reached me. And “In My Life” by the Beatles? Just rip my heart out, why don’t you! Watch his audition below:

Your thoughts on the conclusion of idol‘s nail-biting fire bow? And which of this week’s singers are you most looking forward to seeing again next week? Comment below with your thoughts on the last week of auditions. American Idol Auditions: Fire Wilmore Returns Season 21 Recap

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