Maria-Nicki Feud Boils Up Again Over ‘Country Music’ With Randy Being Its Stronger Part In American Idol’s Charlotte Auditions (RECAP)
What’s wrong with the American Idol episodes! They don’t seem to disappoint us! R u kiddin me! The most hyped “Mariah-Nicki” feud gained some more points during the auditions of the talent hunt show at Charlotte, North Carolina. It was immediately dubbed the season’s best audition so far.
The auditions started with the 10th season winner McCreery. Back with a new face of a star, Scott was here to encourage the contestants through the stress-filled process these new hopefuls are up against.
The very first person we meet tonight on the road to stardom is Naomi Morris, or “Omi” as Nicki Minaj renamed her. Omi enters and proclaims “I am the next American Idol”
Candice Glover, a 22-year-old administrative assistant from South Carolina, set the bar pretty high for herself when she said people regularly compared her to Season 11 “Idol” stunner Joshua Ledet. But she raised it even higher when she belted out a knock-down,
drag-out version of Duffy’s “Syrup & Honey” that brought the judges to their feet.”Best audition I’ve heard so far this season. What the what!” exclaimed Randy Jackson, while Mariah said Glover’s voice was “the absolute best singing we have heard thus far.” Nicki Minaj took things a step further, saying she was so obsessed with her that she wanted to skin her and wear her, then followed by saying, “if you don’t go to the last round of this competition, something’s wrong.”
Now coming to the “feud” that boiled again for no reasons. When Summer Cunningham, a 20 year old student from Georgia sang her twangy version of Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” was really well sung. The trouble started when Urban asked her where she saw herself as a singer and she answered, “Well, I did the country thing.” Urban replied, “I always get thrown when people say I did the country thing. That’s like saying I did the brain surgeon thing.” Summer explained that she was trying to add soul to her country, but then Jackson and Carey piled on, telling her that she should be singing country. That got under Minaj’s skin.
“For a minute I thought it was like a country music debate. I mean, like, why are we picking her apart? Like, you guys make comments about everybody in popular music all day, non- stop,” Minaj said of Jackson and Carey. “Really, is that what I do?” retorted Carey. She added, “I’m trying to help her as opposed to just talk about her outfit,” a clear dig at the fashion-conscious Minaj. A three-way debate continued as to whether Jackson and Carey were helping Summer or “scaring her into lying,” as Minaj said. “Watch the tape back and you’ll understand,” added Minaj. “Really? Is that what you do? You watch the tape back every night?” replied Carey. Urban jumped in and sent Summer off to collect her golden ticket. But on her way out, Jackson added, “No matter what Nicki thinks, your voice still fits better in country. I’m just trying to help you a little bit, 30 years, a little help, insight.” “Oh you’re right, I’m sorry, I can’t help her,” snapped Minaj. “Maybe I should just get off the F****G panel.” And she left the room. “That was my move, I was gonna do that the next time she ragged on me,” sniped Carey. Minaj could be heard off-camera saying, “Finish the show, I’m done.”
Another winner was 16-year-old Ja’Bria Barber, who was mocked for her snacking preferences (she has a thing for bullfrog legs) but praised for her warm vocals, which she laid out on a version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Pride and Joy.” Jackson gave her props for her conviction and “crazy swag,” while Minaj deemed her a “big piece of cutie pie.” Barber sailed through the auditions and earned a unanimous “yes” vote from the judges.
Isabel Gonzalez, a 16-year-old from Alpharetta, Ga., took on Sam Cooke’s “Nothing Could Ever Change This Love” and was called “natural” and “effortless” by the judges. “People are going to fall in love with you, because you are a star,” Mimi told her, and sent her on her way to Hollywood.
The ladies led the Charlotte auditions; other standouts included 22-year-old Ashley Smith of Charlotte, who was dubbed “Blondie” by Nicki because of her blond wig and who wowed the judges with her version of Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova.” Brandy Hamilton of Charlotte, a 25-year-old whose rich take on Etta James’ “All I Can Do Is Cry” caused Carey to say “pippity pow” in approval. 22-year-old fitness instructor Janelle Arthur of Tennessee, who sang Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends” and was praised as “a young LeeAnn” by Randy Jackson.
A few guys made the cut as well, including Rodney Barber, a 27-year-old singer and bouncer from Charlotte whose “crazy big” voice was complemented by Urban after he tackled Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be,” and Jimmy Smith, a 25-year-old social worker who was told he has “something incredibly special and unique” by Mariah after doing Rascal
Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.” Lastly, 27-year-old Brian Rittenberry of Georgia won the room with his husky take on the Beatles’ “Let It Be,” as well as with his tale of his wife living through a bout with cancer in her appendix.
What’s interesting to wait-and-watch on thursday is if the girls behave themselves or they defy their usual “scratch post” Jackson.