‘American Idol’ Recap: Season 21 Auditions Continue After the Oscars
American Idol Season 21 returned Sunday night after the Oscars on ABC. The judges heard several more impressive auditions, including one from Cay Aliese, whose father was the late America’s Got Talent singer Nolan Neal.
Nolan Neal’s Daughter Auditions for American Idol
The final audition from Sunday’s new episode featured 24-year-old Cay Aliese, a singer and mom of two from Tennessee. She shared that her father Nolan Neal recently passed away of a drug overdose. Viewers might remember him from The Voice and America’s Got Talent.
When asked why she didn’t try out for the same talent shows as her dad, Cay said that “American Idol has my heart.” She went on to perform an original song she wrote about her father called “City of Nashville” while playing piano.
Katy Perry admitted that she was “on the fence” about Cay’s audition, encouraging her to “bring the emotions” next time. The other coaches were similarly ambivalent, but they ultimately voted to send Cay to Hollywood with a Golden Ticket.
SEE ALSO: WHY ARE ‘THE VOICE’ SINGERS CROSSING OVER TO ‘AMERICAN IDOL’?
Perry Predicts Country Singer Will Make the Top 10
Another memorable audition from Sunday’s episode came from Colt Glover, who sang “Rock Salt and Nails” by Utah Phillips. The judges were impressed, especially Perry. She called Colt “the best country singer we have seen so far,” predicting he’ll be in the Top 10.
Sunday’s episode also featured a standout audition from Hannah Nicolaisen, who previously played volleyball but recently started pursuing her dream of becoming a musician. She performed “Make You Feel My Love” by Bob Dylan, earning three “yes” votes for a Golden Ticket.
The judges were also impressed by 18-year-old singer Tripp Taylor. Perry joked that he looked like Lionel Richie’s son. His powerhouse performance of “I Believe to My Soul” by Ray Charles earned him a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.
American Idol Season 21 will return next Sunday for another round of auditions. Who was your favorite from this week’s show? Let us know in the comments below.