The second audition episode of American Idol Season 10 found the judges in New Orleans, where the show first visited in 2005. While the 2011 audition episode did not have the same level of diversity and crazy that the show's first trip unearthed, there were some notable performances. Here is a recap of the songs highlighted on the second audition episode of American Idol, which aired on January 20, 2011.
While some may recognize "Make You Feel My Love" as a Bob Dylan song recorded back in 1997, his version has been overshadowed by several covers that have charted in the United States and around the world. Sarah Sellers cited Bob Dylan when she performed it for the American Idol judges in New Orleans, but she could also have easily mentioned Adele, whose version from her debut CD 19 has charted several times in the UK due to its usage in talent competitions. In the US, both Billy Joel and Garth Brooks have covered the song to much success.
An interesting thing to note when watching songs being performed by different singers on American Idol is how they choose to interpret their song. For example, Katharine McPhee sat down on the stage and sang the intro to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" a capella to rave reviews, while Jason Castro performed the song accompanying himself on ukelele. Jordan Dorsey chose to sing a more straight-forward version with a bit of an R&B twist to much success.
When Jaquelyn Dupree performed "I'll Stand By You" for her audition, she brought the song back to American Idol in a competition capacity. However, the song's most famous inclusion in the show is credited Carrie Underwood, who performed the song in conjunction with the charity special Idol Gives Back. Carrie Underwood's version, which framed her visit to Africa, instantly became a top 10 hit, reaching #6 and surpassing the success it saw in its original version by the Pretenders.
There have been a couple of American Idol auditioners that have performed in Spanish, with Jorge Nunez from season eight being the most notable. After his performance of Luis Miguel's "Contigo en la Distancia," there is a good chance that Jovany Barreto's name will not only be added to that list, but also make it to the semi-finals. Jennifer Lopez in particular was impressed by his vocal ability from a whisper to the loudest parts of his performance. The song originally appeared on Luis Miguel's 1991 record Romance, which sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Out of all of the songs that can be chosen for a talent show, few would probably think "Bohemian Rhapsody" should be on that list, which Brett Loewenstern sang during his audition. At five minutes and 55 seconds, the song was an unlikely hit. But just like its unlikely hit status, "Bohemian Rhapsody" has become a go-to track for the likes of Kellie Pickler and Adam Lambert. However, the most memorable version of the song was given by Constantine Maroulis, who truly captured the song's essence in an abbreviated two-minute version. That rendition has gone down as one of the ten best American Idol performances in nine seasons of performances.
Some songs can be sung well without fitting the singer, and that was the case with 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux auditioning with "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay." While he sang it well, a song like this is much better suited for a more seasoned singer who can sell a life of struggling. "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" became a career-defining song for Otis Redding, but sadly he never lived to see that recognition. Otis Redding died in a plane crash three days after he recorded the vocals.
The second audition episode of American Idol came to a close with an emotional story and performance by Paris Tassin, whose daughter suffers from hydrocephalus. Paris has had a rough go of things, so she picked a song that hit close to home in "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood. Carrie's song of hope for the future not only showed Paris's talent, but it also touched judge Jennifer Lopez causing her to cry. "Temporary Home" was the second single from Carrie's CD Play On, and became her ninth country number one.