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Topic: American Idol
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September 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM
Western Washington singers have had a generous share of airtime on television’s top vocal competitions in the past few years. With the new season of ”The Voice,” which starts Monday on NBC, the trend continues. Maybe.
In contention in the first round (and maybe beyond) is singer-songwriter Austin Jenckes, a young troubadour from rural Duvall. Part of the Seattle indie scene, Jenckes has put out several albums (including the recent “An American Story,” recorded in Nashville).
Will Jenckes’ unvarnished, heartfelt, country-folk twang wow the jaded judges? Here’s a sampling of his self-penned tunes: http://austinjenckes.bandcamp.com/
Meanwhile, after a rugged year of sinking ratings and judges’ warfare, “American Idol” is on the road auditioning singers for a 2014 season with, hopefully, better judge chemistry.
The unobjectionable country idol Keith Urban will return to the table, as will pop glamour puss Jennifer Lopez. The third, new arbiter is the wild card: Harry Connick Jr., a superior vocalist and piano whiz, a gifted actor, and a tell-it-like-it-is Idol coach in years past. And did I mention what a cut-up Harry is? Maybe he’ll bring new snap, sizzle and musical savvy to the show.
July 20, 2013 at 2:08 PM
It was a rough year for the American Idols franchise. In its 12th year, the show that launched such pop stars as Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson seemed frayed and stale, lost viewers to glitzier talent shows (e.g., “The Voice”) and looked rigged to produce a female winner (after years of triumphing boys-with-guitars including last year’s Phillip Phillips).
But that didn’t stop the eager young contestants from giving the vocal horserace their all. The top 11 finalists, including new Idol champ Candice Glover, were rewarded with a spot on the national Idols tour, which kicked off its 30-city run on Friday at Kent’s ShoWare Center. (more…)
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