American Idol 2022 LIVE – Cadence Baker wows in audition as Sam Finelli brings Judge Luke Bryan to tears


CADENCE Baker shocked the American Idol judges with her audition, while Sam Finelli brought them to tears.

Baker sang I’m Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston and her father played guitar.

The judges voted unanimously to send him to Hollywood.

“I think this is one of the best auditions I’ve seen,” said Luke Bryan.

Finelli’s audition was the last of the night, and after revealing he had autism and was too scared to audition, he delivered a performance that earned a standing ovation from the judges.

“You are born enough,” said Lionel Richie. “Your disability is your gift.”

Finelli and the three judges became emotional, with Bryan covering his face to wipe away his tears.

The three judges then gave him a golden ticket and sent him to Hollywood.

Judges Luke Bryan, Lionel Richieand Katy Perry, along with host Ryan Seacrest continued the third week of auditions for the Season 20 contest.

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

  • How Covid-19 has affected recent seasons

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

    Using custom Zoom technology, contestants who sang for the producers were given the green light to move on to an audition from the judges.

  • Who won American Idol 2021?

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

  • Who won American Idol 2020?

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

    “Literally, I could have come away with nothing and been fine, but I came away with everything,” Just Sam told Parade after his win.

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

  • Where was American Idol 2022 filmed? continued

    New show runner Megan Michaels Wolflick said Deadline in an interview: “now we go to the biggest musical cities in America, we can go out again. We are able to go to places that make this show sing.

    However, due to the ongoing pandemic, the first round of auditions for the 2022 season were held virtually via Zoom.

    They resumed in person from October 2021 taking into account health and safety protocols.

  • Where was American Idol 2022 filmed?

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

    • Los Angeles, California
    • Nashville, TN
    • Austin, TX
    • Disney Aulani, Hawaii
  • The Audition Process, continued

    There are both open auditions and, according to this 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 or two other possible contestants for a few ’rounds’.

    Potential contestants happen to all sorts of people involved with the show during this process.

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

  • The audition process

    According to a singer-songwriter who auditioned for the show in 2017, Michael Barnum, there’s a long process for American Idol auditions before the “first” taped audition viewers experience.

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

    “It’s a process and there are many hurdles you have to go through before it happens, including a psychological assessment of 500 questionnaires.”

  • Audition Rules, continued

    Applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at the audition as they may need to sign legal forms.

    Those who want to appear on the show must pass several rounds of auditions through producers before they have the chance to meet the judges and acquire a golden ticket.

  • How much does an audition cost?

    It costs nothing to audition for American Idol, as long as contestants meet the show’s eligibility criteria and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

    You must be between the ages of 15 and 28 at the time of your audition and you must also be a legal resident of the United States and not have participated in the Top 10 from a previous season.

  • Who was the first candidate?

    Noah Thompson was the first contestant to audition for American Idol this season when the premiere aired last month.

    He is a construction worker from Kentucky and revealed that his friend signed him up for American Idol.

    Noah also got the first ticket to Hollywood.

  • Who is the most famous winner?

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

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

  • When did American Idol start?

    Created by Simon Fuller, the American Idol reality competition series premiered on Fox on June 11, 2002.

  • Who is Normandy from American Idol, sequel

    The American Idol judges were shocked by his deep singing voice which contrasted sharply with his cartoon speaking voice.

    She suddenly switched to a deep, rich tone as she performed Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, then returned to her lively voice as she spoke, which surprised the judges.

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

    One fan tweeted after Normandy’s performance: “I think Normandy is lovely. She will go far in life. If it’s not singing, she can certainly do dubbing. #American Idol.”

  • Who is Normandy from American Idol?

    Normandy is one of the people who auditioned for the American Idol Season 20 premiere.

    She has an unusual voice that gets fans talking.

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

    But she takes advantage of it by leaning on it, with rabbit shoes and a carrot handbag.

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

  • Lionel’s tribute to Aretha

    Lionel shared a tribute to Aretha Franklin, as her granddaughter Grace auditioned for the show during the season premiere.

  • Is American Idol back this week?

    American Idol is no longer playing this week.

    The 20th season of American Idol premiered on February 27, 2022 at 8 p.m. ET.

    After that, fans can watch the show every Sunday night on ABC.

    Viewers can also stream American Idol on the ABC app or on Hulu.

  • Final Golden Ticket

    The last golden ticket of the evening was given to Sam Finelli.

  • Rooting for Sam

    Fans cheer for Sam after he gives an emotional final audition of the night.

  • A standing ovation

    “I was too scared to audition,” Sam said.

    “You are born enough,” said Lionel. “Your disability is your gift.”

    Katy said Sam picked the perfect song.

    “I needed this song 20 years ago,” Sam said.

    The judges called Sam’s mother into the audition room and gave her a golden ticket to Hollywood.

  • ‘This is my dream’

    Sam sang Rainbow by Kacey Musgraves.

    He started crying after he finished. “These are tears of joy, I promise,” he said.

  • Last audition of the day

    The last to audition tonight is Sam Finelli.

    “I never thought I would be here in a million years,” he said. Sam’s mother revealed that he has autism.

    “I don’t connect very well with people.”

    “Music was my best friend.”

  • Judges vote yes

    Ryleigh Madison was kicked out with a golden ticket to Hollywood.

    The judges asked her to reduce her accent “25%” while singing, but were otherwise impressed with Ryleigh’s audition.

  • Until next time, Ryleigh Madison

    Ryleigh Madison is a 16-year-old high school student from North Carolina.

    She sings a Gabby Barrett single, The Good Ones.

  • Gabby Barrett inspires candidates

    Contestants and judges reflect on Gabby Barrett’s influence on the competition, following her appearance in 2018.

  • Mark’s mustache “brings the money”


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