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Friday
Jan172014

"American Idol" Recap: Second-Generation Contestant Advances

FOXThe first week of American Idol's 13th season continued Thursday night with auditions in Austin, Texas, and San Francisco. Back behind the judges' table were Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick, Jr.

The most newsworthy segment featured the first-ever second-generation American Idol contestant: Tristen Langley. He's the 15-year-old son of Nikki McKibbin, who finished third on the first season of American Idol. Tristen earned a golden ticket.

Here are the highlights of Thursday's two-hour episode:

Self-described "powerhouse singer" Megan Miller, 23, belted out Carrie Underwood's "Last Name." She told the judges she performs live several times per week. Keith showed a little concern that her booming voice could take its toll on her and the audience. Harry liked her work ethic. Megan advanced to the next round.

Rick Rowling showed up wearing sunglasses and suspenders, with no shirt underneath. After telling a couple of awful jokes -- and doing what sounded like a Simon Cowell impression -- he delivered a warbled rendition of Rick Astley's 1980s hit "Never Gonna Give You Up." Harry told Rick he'd disrespected the show with his audition. Rick was sent home.

T.K. Hash showed a better sense of humor with his above-average imitation of President Obama. He then sang Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" a cappella. He's headed to Hollywood.

Tristen Langley, a.k.a. Nikki McKibbin's son, brought along his acoustic guitar for his cover of Sublime's reggae-tinged 1990s single "Santeria." J-Lo said it was history in the making, since Tristen is a second-generation Idol contestant. While Harry said no, both Jennifer and Keith said yes.

Cowboy LJ Hernandez hit some really high notes on Edwin McCain's "I'll Be." Unfortunately for him, it didn't sound very good, and he was bounced. He kept a positive attitude about the outcome, though.

The panel couldn't believe that the mature-looking Caitlin Johnson was only 15. She performed what she described as Christina Aguilera's version of Etta James' "Something's Got a Hold on Me." J-Lo and Harry thought she wasn't ready for the big stage yet. After Keith gave Caitlin a yes, Jennifer relented and followed suit.

Ronald Reed, a cook, cried after he was rejected following his acoustic performance. After leaving the audition room, he slowly dropped down to the floor and shed more tears. Ronald vowed he'll be back.

Twins Selena Moreno and Sierra Moreno auditioned back-to-back. First up was Selena, with Janis Joplin's "Try." Then Sierra tackled Beyonce's "1+1." Jennifer felt Sierra had a more natural presence, but she had reservations about both. Keith preferred Selena's voice, but thought Sierra was the better performer. Harry told the sisters it was a mistake for them to audition together, because they would not be accepted on the show as a set. After deciding that one sister had to go, the judges said goodbye to Sierra and gave Selena a golden ticket.

Teen Briana Oakley, who made it to the Hollywood round last year, easily passed through after singing Sara Bareilles' "Stay." J-Lo compared her to former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.

The buff Gaddy Basil Foster, wearing a beret and a tank top, had a booming voice, but not much singing talent. He was quickly dismissed.

Adam Roth, a "sound healer," was dressed in all white as he played "Hallelujah" on his guitar. Keith said it was strange because Adam's voice was fine but his usage of it was "schizophrenic." Adam made it to the next round anyway.

To date, 79 contestants have received a golden ticket. American Idol will be back with more auditions next Wednesday night on Fox.

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