American Idol Episode Recap: Chicago Auditions Season 9 Episode 3

Next stop on the American Idol audition circuit: Chicago. Even though the Windy City provided this season's largest crowd of hopefuls (12,000) only a lucky 13 made it through to Hollywood. On hand to offer some advice (and some much-needed life to the rotating guest judge's chair) was country-pop diva Shania Twain. Her comments were thoughtful, but the fact that she spoke up at all was a vast improvement from the previous two installments. So who impressed the panel? Below, we offer our take on the evening's highs and lows:


Katelyn Epperly, "Syrup and Honey"

She came to audition for her mother, who's emotionally struggling since her father recently left them. After an impromptu therapy session from Simon, she delivers the Duffy tune in her own original way, which impresses the judges. Kara wishes her voice was perkier to match her prettiness and Simon says it's a little bit like the lights were off in her head. But all the judges agree she has potential and send her through to Hollywood.

Charity Vance, "Summertime"

She's refined her chops by singing for customers at her parents' beauty salon in Arkansas. Randy says she has a small voice, but Shania thinks Charity's control reflects her on personal style. Simon thinks she has good voice for making records, so all four judges put her through to the next round.

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