American Idol 2016: End of the Auditions and Golden Ticket Recap

American Idol 2016: End of the Auditions and Golden Ticket Recap

And just like that, the final American Idol auditions were over after the Jan. 21 episode. Well, not exactly “just like that”—we’ve been watching auditions twice a week for three weeks now.

Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez and country music’s very own Keith Urban were in San Francisco to hand out the last golden ticket to Hollywood, but they weren’t shy about sending people on to Tinsel Town. At one point, they even ran out of tickets.

I didn’t even know that was possible.

Here are my favorite moments from the Jan. 21 episode. Jump to the bottom of the post for a complete list of Season 15 golden ticket recipients.

Country Music Favorite

Rachel Karryn from Columbus, Ohio, performing Reba’s “Why Haven’t I Heard From You.”

She was hard not to love, I mean, she sang Reba and her grandpa accompanied her on guitar.

I know, so sweet. More importantly, her voice is easy to listen to. It’s kind of like a Carrie/Kacey Musgraves hybrid.

P.S. Keith, I see you doing those backup vocals and I like it.   

Non-Country Music Favorite

The proud ginger, Colette Lush.

Let’s be real—her personality was slightly annoying, but her voice made up for it. If she can just pump the brakes a bit on overselling the vocal, she’ll get my vote. 

Most Adorable Moment

So this final guy Manny Torres goes on and he’s in love with J.Lo, but totally adorable about it. He’s shaking his hips, sings a great version of Maroon 5’s “This Love.”

Everything about him really seems like a guy you’d hear on pop radio.

Season 15 Expectations

So, this show is actually pretty cool this year. Maybe I won’t have to pretend like I only watch it for work.

Then they go and cross-promote Grease Live by forcing a crowd of hopefuls to sing “You’re the One That I Want” while waving their hand in the air . . . like they just don’t care.


OK, who are we kidding? We love the cheese that is American Idol. Until next time!

American Idol Season 15 Golden Ticket Recipients

Episode 1 

  1. Michelle Marie, 15, Daytona Beach, Fla.
  2. Josiah Siska, 18, Dacula, Ga.
  3. Lindita, 26, Viti, Kosovo
  4. Lee Jean, 15, Bluffton, S.C.
  5. Jeneve Rose Mitchell, 15, Crawford, Colo.
  6. Sonika Vaid, 20, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
  7. Kerry Courtney, 24, St. Petersburg, Fla.
  8. Shelbie Z, 23, Sumiton, Ala.
  9. Jordan Sasser, 27, Raleigh, N.C.
  10. Reanna Molinaro, 24, Hobbs , N.M.
  11. Jocelyn Faro, Baltimore

Episode 2

  1. Cameron Richard, 15, Raceland, La. 
  2. Dalton Rapattoni, 19, Dallas
  3. La’Porsha Renae, 22, McComb, Miss.
  4. Trent Harmon, 24, Amory, Miss.
  5. Brook Sample, 28, Tucson, Ariz. 
  6. Olivia Rox, 16, Agoura Hills, Calif. 
  7. Melanie Tierce, 21, Murrieta, Calif.
  8. Brandyn Burnette, 25, St. Louis
  9. Kyrsti Jewel, 15, Arcadia, Calif.
  10. Tristan McIntosh, 15, Nashville
  11. Mary Desmond, 17, Calif.

Episode 3

  1. Gianna Isabella, 15, Jackson, N.J.
  2. Isaac Cole, 15, Emlenton, Pa.
  3. Sara Sturm, 17, Centreville, Va.
  4. Jenn Blosil, 23, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  5. Harrison Cohen, 17, New City, N.Y.
  6. John Arthur Greene, 27, Raleigh, N.C. 

Episode 4

  1. Amber Lynn, 28, Provo, Utah
  2. James Gray Dawson VIII, 28, Provo, Utah
  3. Chris “CJ” Johnson, 28, Memphis
  4. Ethan Kuntz, 15, Nashville, Ark.
  5. Mary Williams, 23, Belfast, Tenn.
  6. Terrian Bass, 18, Memphis
  7. Tommy Stringfellow, 17, Bentonville, Ark.
  8. Kassy Levels, 19, Dallas
  9. Rhea Raj, 15, Princeton, N.J.
  10. Tywan “Tank” Jackson, 29, Ashtabula, Ohio
  11. John Wayne Shulz, 27, Salt Lake City 
  12. Jordyn Simone, 15, Los Angeles
  13. Jake Dillon, 22, Sand Springs, Okla.
  14. Ashley Lilinoe, 20, Kaneohe, Hawaii
  15. Andrew Nazarbekian, 20, Moscow, Russia
  16. Elvie Shane, 23, Caneyville, Ken.

Episode 5

  1. Miranda “Poh” Scott, 17, Baltimore
  2. Amelia Eisenhauer, 15, Nashville
  3. Joy Dove, 21, Natchitoches, La.
  4. Mackenzie Bourg, 23, Lafayette, La.
  5. Jenna Renae, 23, Williamson, N.Y.
  6. Adam Lasher, 28, Danville, Calif.
  7. Emily Brooke, 16, Wellington, Fla.

Episode 6

  1. Jessica Cabral, 21, Worcester, Mass.
  2. Brian Dale Brown, 27, Bakersfield, Calif.
  3. Melany Huber, 17, Livonia, Mich.
  4. Rachel Karryn, Columbus, Ohio
  5. Caroline Byrne, 25, Waldwick, N.J.
  6. Chynna Sherrod, 16, Bridgeport, Conn.
  7. Zach Person, 20, Houston
  8. Usen Isong, Queens, N.Y.
  9. Stephany Negrete, 21, San Diego
  10. Lillian Glanton, 15, Athens, Ala.
  11. Kacye Haynes, 23, Talladega, Ala.
  12. Colette Lush, 19, Orange County, Calif.
  13. Avalon Young, 21, San Diego
  14. Jaci Butler, 19, Rowlett, Texas
  15. Manny Torres, 20, Flushing, Mich.
  16. Daniel Farmer, 25, Memphis, Tenn. 
  17. Bianca Espinal, 22, The Bronx, N.Y.C.
  18. Vinnie Hines, Auburn, Ill. 

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