Britney Spears, Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, and LA Reid are back tonight to judge even more auditions in their quest to discover the next superstar vocalist.
Start reading below for our live coverage on tonight’s contestants and judges’ comments!
The first stop on the audition tour tonight was in Greensboro, North Carolina, where Willie Jones, 17, was up first. His charismatic personality and surprising country song choice of “Your Man” by Josh Turner won the judges over. LA called him an “absolute original,” Britney agreed, Demi thought he was “likable,” and Simon said he went far beyond his expectations and was hoping to find someone like him in Greensboro. He easily sailed through to the next round unanimously.
Forty-seven-year-old Kalvin McManigle was barely intelligible in his introductory interview with the judges, and he didn’t get any easier to understand when he sang. He obviously wasn’t recording artist material, but he gave the judges and audience a laugh.
Julia Bullock, 18, hoped to have better luck with her rendition of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks.” Simon deemed she was “really really really good” and called her one of his favorites. Britney called her “a star,” and LA said she was “exactly” what he was looking for. Demi agreed, giving her a unanimous “yes.” It was a happy day for Julia but bittersweet for the band she left behind back home.
Keep reading on Page 2 for more recaps from the Greenesboro auditions!