Idol fans praise Saylor’s voice cracking from ‘pain & emotion’ in audition

ON Monday night’s episode of American Idol, contestant Saylor Woodmansee’s voice cracked during her audition, and Jay Copeland earned the final platinum ticket.

Lionel Richie told Saylor he can relate to her losing her voice, and that it has happened to him during shows.

“I really love your voice, I really do,” said Luke.

The judges gave her a golden ticket to Hollywood.

Then, Jay impressed the judges with a Stevie Wonder cover.

“You owned it,” said Lionel. “Your talent is off the chain.”

Meanwhile, Morgan Gruber’s audition also aired Monday night, and both Katy and Luke revealed that they had written down “top 20” on their papers during her audition.

“That was amazing,” said Katy. “I really don’t have that many critiques for you.”

Monday night’s episode wrapped up the season’s auditions, and the show will move forward to Hollywood week next week.

Read our American Idol live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • How can I watch American Idol? 

    The 20th season of American Idol kicks off on February 27, 2022, at 8pm ET and fans will be able to watch the show every Sunday on ABC.

    American Idol can also be streamed on the ABC app or the next day on Hulu.

  • Who are the judges? 

    Judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry, and Luke Bryan have returned as American Idol judges this season, and executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick said they are thrilled to welcome them back.

    “The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel, and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn’t be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer.”

  • Are the auditions scripted?

    Over the years, people have shared their experiences auditioning for the American Idol judges, who currently include Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.

    Even past judges have said parts of the show aren’t “real.”

    Former judge Mariah Carey once told Australia’s Kyle and Jackie O radio show that her “non-existent feud” with fellow judge Nicki Minaj was manipulated for ratings.

    She went as far as calling the show “so boring and so fake.”

    “You have to make up things to say about people,” she said. “Half the time the performances are good.”

  • The audition process, continued

    There are both open auditions and, according to that performer, invite-only auditions.

    According to Cinema Blend, open audition contestants are asked to prepare a few songs, and when they arrive, they sing either alone or with one to two other possible contestants for a few “rounds.”

    Potential contestants perform for all sorts of people involved with the show during this process.

    Barnum said his first audition was with a casting team member.

  • The audition process

    According to a singer/songwriter who auditioned for the show in 2017, Michael Barnum, there is a long process to the American Idol auditions before the taped “first” audition that viewers are familiar with.

    “They didn’t just show up that day and immediately sang for the judges,” the performer wrote in a Medium blog post.

    “It’s a process and there are many hoops you have to go through before any of that happens, including a 500 questionnaire psych evaluation.”

  • Audition rules, continued

    Contestants under the age of 18 have to bring a parent or legal guardian with them to the audition as they may need to sign legal forms.

    Those who want to get on the show must go through multiple rounds of auditions via producers before they get the chance to meet the judges and acquire a golden ticket.

  • How much does it cost to audition?

    It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, provided hopefuls meet the show’s eligibility requirements, and cover their own costs of travel and accommodation.

    You must be between 15 and 28 years old at your audition time and you must also be a legal US resident and not have competed in the Top 10 of a previous season.

  • Protocols for this season

    This season, American Idol will air live again, but with necessary safety protocols in place.

    To ensure the protection of the cast, crew and participants, the number of cities where the auditions were held were reduced, and the judges will be socially distanced.

  • How Covid-19 affected recent seasons 

    Season 18 of American Idol shut down due to Covid-19 protocols, but it was the first reality competition series to return to screens and air remotely.

    Using custom-built Zoom technology, contestants that sang for producers got a green light to move onto a judges audition.

  • Who won American Idol 2020? 

    The winner of American Idol 2020 was Just Sam, née Samantha Diaz, who is a 23-year-old singer-songwriter from Harlem, New York.

    “Literally, I could have walked away with nothing and been OK, but I walked away with everything,” Just Sam told Parade after her win.

    “Wow! This is more than a dream come true. I am so grateful to have given this gift to my grandmother.”

  • Who won American Idol 2021? 

    The winner of American Idol 2021 was Chayce Beckham, 26, a singer-songwriter from Apple Valley, California.

  • Who is the most famous winner?

    With numerous talented winners from American Idol, the two most successful are Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson.

    Underwood won season 4, and Clarkson won the first season, making the two today’s most iconic American Idol musicians.

  • Who is American Idol’s Normandy, continued

    The American Idol judges were shocked by her deep singing voice which was in stark contrast to her cartoon-like talking voice.

    She suddenly switched to a deep, rich tone while she was performing Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, then returned to her animated voice while she talked, which the judges were surprised by.

    They all said yes to Normandy and gave her a golden ticket to Hollywood.

    One fan tweeted after Normandy’s performance, “I think Normandy is adorable. She will go far in life. If it isn’t singing she can definitely do voice acting. #AmericanIdol.”

  • Who is American Idol’s Normandy?

    Normandy is one of the people who auditioned on the season 20 premiere of American Idol.

    She has an unusual voice that has fans talking.

    Normandy is a 29-year-old gamer from Baltimore and on American Idol, she revealed that she has a very high, cartoon-like speaking voice.

    But she capitalizes on that by leaning into it, with bunny shoes and a carrot purse.

    She explained during her audition that she has struggled with being taken seriously due to her high-pitched voice.

  • Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? continued 

    The new show runner, Megan Michaels Wolflick, told Deadline in an interview: “now we’re going to the biggest music cities in America, we’re able to go out again. We’re able to go to the places that make this show sing.” 

    However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of auditions for the 2022 season took place virtually through Zoom.

    They resumed in-person from October 2021 with health and safety protocols in mind.

  • Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? 

    Unlike season 18, which was virtual and season 19, which was filmed in California, American Idol’s season 20 took its time to visit some of the trending capitals in America:

    • Los Angeles, California
    • Nashville, Tennessee
    • Austin, Texas
    • Disney Aulani, Hawaii
  • Celebrating 20 years

    The famed singing competition returned for its 20th season this year, with a few changes.

    American Idol first premiered in 2002, and host Ryan Seacrest was celebrated during this season’s premiere for being involved with the show for its 20 years.

  • ‘Beautiful’

    Katy jumped into Luke’s arms as they attempted a dance.

  • Final golden ticket

    Skyler got the final golden ticket of the season, after dancing with all three of the judges.

  • Another standing ovation

    Skyler performed For All We know, by Donny Hathaway.

    “Where was this voice when you were dancing?” asked Katy.

    “You have brought us an element we have never experienced,” said Lionel.

    Katy asked if he would ever do both, and Skyler said “that’s the goal.”

  • Final audition underway

    The final contestant to audition for American Idol is Skyler Maxey-Wert, and he is from Lancaster Pennsylvania but is currently living in Germany.

    He is a ballet dancer who now wants to pursue singing.

  • Final platinum ticket

    The final platinum ticket went to Jay Copeland.

    “I think you are worth all of the platinum.”

    Jay will not only be going to Hollywood, but he will automatically make it through the first round.

  • A standing ovation

    The judges all stood up and clapped after Jay finished singing.

    “You don’t need them, they need you,” said Katy.

    “You owned it,” said Lionel. “And on top of that, you were having so much fun.”

    “Your talent is off the chain.”

    Luke agreed.

    “You’re gonna be able to electrify a crowd,” he said.

  • Up next, Jay

    Jay Copeland is from Maryland, and is 23 years old.

    He is singing Signed Sealed and Delivered, by Stevie Wonder.



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