American Idol 2022 LIVE – Cadence Baker wows at audition as Sam Finelli makes judge Luke Bryan cry


CADENCE Baker shocked the American Idol judges with her audition while Sam Finelli made her cry.

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

The judges unanimously voted to send her to Hollywood.

“I think it’s one of the best auditions I’ve ever seen,” said Luke Bryan.

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

“You were born enough,” said Lionel Richie. “Your handicap is your gift.”

Finelli and all three judges got emotional, and Bryan covered his face to wipe away tears.

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

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

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  • How much does the audition cost?

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

    You must be between the ages of 15 and 28 at the time of your audition, a legal resident of the United States, and not have competed in the top 10 of 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’s a construction worker from Kentucky and announced that his friend signed him up for American Idol.

    Noah also got the first ticket to Hollywood.

  • Who is the most famous winner?

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

    Underwood won Season 4 and Clarkson won Season 1, making them the most well-known American Idol musicians today.

  • When did American Idol start?

    American Idol, a reality competition series created by Simon Fuller, first premiered on Fox on June 11, 2002.

  • Who is Normandy from American Idol, sequel

    American Idol judges were shocked by her deep singing voice, which contrasted starkly with her cartoon-like speaking voice.

    She suddenly switched to a deep, rich tone while performing Tina Turner’s Proud Mary, then returned to her lively voice while she spoke, surprising the jury.

    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. When it’s not singing, she can definitely be a voice actor. #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 gamer from Baltimore, and she revealed on American Idol that she has a very high-pitched, cartoonish speaking voice.

    But she takes advantage of that by leaning in with bunny shoes and a carrot bag.

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

  • Lionel’s tribute to Aretha

    Lionel paid tribute to Aretha Franklin when her granddaughter Grace auditioned for the show in the season premiere.

  • Is American Idol back this week?

    American Idol is no longer running this week.

    American Idol season 20 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 through the ABC app or on Hulu.

  • Last golden ticket

    The last golden ticket of the evening went to Sam Finelli.

  • Cheering for Sam

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

  • standing applause

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

    “You were born enough,” said Lionel. “Your handicap 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 him 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 one auditioning tonight is Sam Finelli.

    “I never thought I’d be here in a million years,” he said. Sam’s mother revealed that he is autistic.

    “I don’t have a good connection with people.”

    “Music was my best friend.”

  • Judges vote yes

    Ryleigh Madison was sent to Hollywood on a golden ticket.

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

  • Next Ryleigh Madison

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

    She sings a Gabby Barrett single, The Good Ones.

  • Gabby Barrett inspires candidates

    Contestants and judges reflect on Gabby Barrett’s impact on the competition following her performance in 2018.

  • Mark’s mustache ‘brings the money’

  • judges agree

    “You know this is nerve wracking, right?” Mark asked the judges immediately after he finished singing.

    “I like what you’re doing,” Lionel said.

    The judges voted to send Mark to Hollywood.

  • Next, Mark Osborne

    Mark Osborne is a 26-year-old country singer and said he was trying out for American Idol for his mother’s birthday.

  • Next, Donavan Diaz sings

    The other funeral home employee is now singing for his chance at a gold ticket.

    “I don’t like this whole DTA,” Katy said. “Death Talk Fear.”

    The platinum ticket fell off the wall, startling the judges.

    The judges said they couldn’t relate to his performance and didn’t give him a ticket to Hollywood.

  • Emily Faith sings first

    Emily Faith is a country singer and first sang for the judges.

    “You have an authentic country voice,” Luke said.

    The judges gave her a golden ticket to Hollywood.

  • Next, funeral directors

    Two contestants who happen to work in funeral homes crossed paths and stand next to the audition.

  • ‘Heads up’

    Ryan Seacrest had some words of encouragement for Taniya.

    “Sometimes all you need is time,” he wrote.

  • Judges vote no for the time being

    “It was a very youthful performance,” Luke said. “I think you have a lot of promises.”

    “I know there’s more,” Katy said. “You must go and discover the next passage.”

    “If you start like that and work on your delivery, practice, practice and then come back to see us,” Lionel said. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

    Lionel gave Taniya a yes and told her to come back.

  • Next up is Taniya Boatwright

    Standing alongside auditioning for a ticket to Hollywood is Taniya Boatwright.

    She said growing up she was bullied because of her weight.

    She sings A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke


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