As you know (or will come to know) from reading my blog, I absolutely adore American Idol. My love for the biggest singing competition on Earth began in Season 7, when I was introduced to seven amazing people who changed my life. There is something special about listening to these aspiring musicians’ touching stories, hearing their unique voices, and seeing their dreams of performing under the spotlight come true. I’ll forever be grateful to this show for introducing me to some of America’s most promising talents.
Season 10 ranks up high beside Season 8 (with all due respect to Season 9 – we just didn’t get along well) as my third favourite season. 2012 is going to be a big year for the most recent Idol graduates, with Interscope beauties Pia Toscano and Haley Reinhart set to release their debut albums in the Spring. January has already been blossoming with these new videos from my other three favourites from Season 10:
Lauren Alaina – Georgia Peaches
The Country princess kicks the new year off by revealing her fun, flirty side in this music video for her second single, the catchy and sassy “Georgia Peaches”. Alaina and her posse (who just so happen to be her real-life best friends!) crash a Southern retro diner for a spontaneous dance party. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?
Tim Halperin – You Da One (Rihanna Cover)
One of my favourite semi-finalists (he shares that honour with Season 9’s Katelyn Epperly) has a penchant for taking songs from popular pop stars (see his cover for Miley’s Party in the USA) and giving them his own singer-songwriter spin. This time around, he turns Rihanna’s “You Da One” into a smooth, romantic jam.
Casey Abrams – Signed
The ever-so-quirky Casey Abrams has a tendency of doing things differently and dramatically, from his selection of songs on Idol (who else would dare to cover ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit‘ and ‘Nature Boy‘?) to his shocking elimination and subsequent save during Top 11. After a whirlwind of a journey on Idol, Casey fans can rest easy knowing that their jazzman has signed by Concord Records, as he sings about in this cute and clever announcement video!
Additional Note: This blog entry’s title is a lyric from the song “America” by Ryan Star. Star, who was a contestant on Rock Star and has ties to American Idol Season 7 winner, David Cook (he opened for Cook on his Declaration Tour in 2009), recently released The America EP, which can be downloaded for free HERE.