Joe Jonas and Neil Patrick Harris served as guest judges this week, as 31 golden tickets were handed out in all. No contestant especially stood out, however.
Below, we summarize the ones that were the most impressive (of a weak crops) in our eyes...
Lloyd Thomas: 29-year old from the area. He sang “Overjoyed” by Stevie Wonder and works as an airport dockworker. Has two daughters; grew up in the projects. Seems like a sweet guy and Harris like his vocals. Not flashy, but still enough for Hollywood.
Erica Rhodes: 23-year old Irving, Texas. Sang “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. She used to be on Barney and Friends as a child. Shouldn't she be punished for that? Instead, she tries to shed that image and performs in a black leather outfit with a whip. Her singing is average, but the judges are impressed with her personality. Off to Hollywood!
Dave Pittman: 27-year old from Mountain Home, Arkansas. Goes with “Bring it Home to Me” by Sam Cooke for his audition. Dave has Tourette's syndrome, as his face twitches and he clears his throat all the time. But he sings well and Neil calls him “crazy brave”. He's earned a spot in Hollywood.
Todrick Hall: The best of the night. A 24-year old from Arlington, Texas. Actually worked with Fantasia on the Color Purple. He penned his own song for the audition, which Simon called "cutesy." Solid performance, Hollywood bound.
Christian Spears: Only 16, she sung "All I Can Do is Cry” by Etta James. She had Leukemia when she was four, but has been cancer-free for eight years. The judges love her, especially Simon, who calls her “incredibly brave. “Billion percent yes,” adds Randy.