Fourteen seasons in, and “American Idol” still knows how to touch the hearts of its audience.
For the fourth episode of the talent show, they stopped by New York, looking for the best that the city has to offer in terms of singing talent and super stardom. The City That Never Sleeps did not disappoint, and a lot of talented New Yorkers came out and got the golden ticket from judges Harry Connick Jr, Jennifer Lopez, and “American Idol” alum Adam Lambert, who was filling in for resident judge Keith Urban.
But one person showed everyone how to audition for the show.
A subway busker and a former homeless, Hollywood Anderson showed up to the panel and impressed the three judges. Singing his original composition, “My Best Friend,” Anderson managed to get three votes from all of them during Thursday night’s broadcast.
Connick, who has been very critical with the contestants, was clearly impressed by Anderson’s vocal ability, calling his audition “the best today and of the last four cities.”
But it wasn’t just Anderson’s singing prowess that wowed the judges. His life story is also moving. He told the judges of how he has been homeless while trying to chase his dream of becoming a singer. He also expressed his gratitude to Norm Lotz, a worker at a charity organization that helps the homeless and kids who are in trouble. Lotz gave Anderson a guitar and learned to play it a year ago.
The singer’s reminiscent, rough tone and inflection showed how versatile his singing prowess could be and adaptable to the show’s weekly theme.
We’ll definitely see more of Anderson in “American Idol’s” Hollywood week.
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