This was the second week of regional auditions on American Idol, with one episode in Philadelphia and the other in Denver and Little Rock. Each episode had that blend of elation and sadness you expect from American Idol auditions. Here are our favorite performances.
John Wayne Schulz auditioned for American Idol in Season 10, but he passed over in favor of eventual winner Scotty McCreery as the country contestant. His mother died of breast cancer shortly after he appeared then. Now he's back, five years more experienced, and doing his mother's memory proud. He auditioned with Garth Brooks' "The Dance."
Memphis session musician CJ Johnson did a unique, soulful take on Hall & Oates' "You Make My Dreams."
Gianna Isabella has a bubbly personality, a powerful voice, and music in her blood: her mother is Brenda K. Starr, who had a charting single in 1988. Brenda and J.Lo knew each other in New York back in the day - what happens after their reunion is one of the best tearjerking moments in either episode.
Jenn Blosil is very quirky. She has a peculiar energy, and by auditioning she's fulfilling a dream she's had since she was in the fifth grade. Her version of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" is better than the original.
Best buddies Amber Lynn & James VIII auditioned together and each earned a ticket to Hollywood.