‘American Idol’ 2016 Recap: Philadelphia Auditions-Do You Still Believe?

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Yesterday, American Idol started its second week of auditions. The first stop on this week’s road trip took host Ryan Seacrest, and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban, and Harry Connick Jr. to the city of brotherly love. The Idol hopefuls didn’t bring too much love to Philadelphia as it felt like a city with more people getting sent home than those getting sent to Hollywood.

This week’s American Idol 2016 did have a few standout auditions. We saw a quirky girl named Jenn Blosil blow away the competition, as well as one of the most tragic stories ever shared on Idol. Read our American Idol recap below.

Who were your favorite auditions from Philadelphia?

Philadelphia Auditions

Gianna Isabella

“House of the Rising Sun” by The Animals

Judges’ Comments: Jennifer said that her mom (who happened to be “I Still Believe” singer Brenda K. Starr) would be proud. The judges bring Brenda in to help them award Gianna the ticket. All the judges agree that Gianna sounds great.

Golden ticket: Yes

Derek Huffman

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“Angel” by Shaggy

Judges’ Comments: The judges comment that this is the first time they had karaoke at the auditions (he brought in a boombox). Jennifer said that Derek was really sweet but gets a no vote from her. Keith said it was a yes to the boombox. The judges agreed that it was smart to try to make it a performance, but not a good enough performance to continue on in the competition.

Golden Ticket: No

Isaac Cole

Isaac Cole

“Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice

Judges’ Comment: Jennifer said that Isaac touched her heart. She said he is really likable. Harry said that he liked Isaac but he needs to stop singing with a twang. Keith said he is a work in progress as an artist. He said he doesn’t think that Isaac is ready for American Idol.

Golden Ticket: Yes

Sarah Strum

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“Lips are Moving” by Meghan Trainor

Judges’ Comments: Jennifer said that Sarah’s performance was really good. Keith said that he likes her confidence and she is a really good singer.

Golden Ticket: Yes

Ellis Banks


“Born This Way” by Lady Gaga

Judges’ Comments: Harry said that Ellis is not what American Idol is looking for, but he enjoys his spirit and sense of humor. The other judges agreed.

Golden Ticket: No

Jenn Blosil

“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Judges’ Comments: Jennifer said that she found Jenn’s performance interesting and compelling. She liked her. Keith said there is a good story quality to Jenn’s voice. She is very present. Harry said he liked what he heard. He wasn’t expecting the voice because of Jenn’s quirky personality.

Golden Ticket: Yes

Harrison Cohen

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“No Time” by Harrison Cohen

Judges’ Comments: Jennifer and Keith said that they really liked Harrison’s song. She said she liked the sound of his voice. It was a good pop song. Harry said he liked Harrison but he doesn’t know if he is enough of a powerhouse singer.

Golden Ticket: Yes

John Arthur Greene

“Somebody Like You” by Keith Urban

Judges’ Comments: Harry said that John has a strong voice but he doesn’t know what else there is to him as an artist. Jennifer said that she doesn’t know if he can hang with the other singers but she said that John has something.

Golden Ticket: Yes

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