On July 17, 2010, somewhere around 16,000 people showed up in Nashville for the first audition for American Idol’s new season – which will premier in January, 2011. From there, auditions will continue on July 21 in Milwaukee; July 26 in New Orleans; Aug. 3 in East Rutherford, N.J.; Aug. 11 in Austin, Texas; and the last stop for this year’s hopefuls will be Aug. 19 in San Francisco.
Saturday’s Nashville auditions were held at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. I’m a big idol fan. I have been since season 1. I always like seeing the auditions – the good ones, and the bad ones. The ones who make it, and the ones who don’t. And in many cases – some who made it and I can’t figure out why they did; and some didn’t make it through, and I can’t figure out why that happened either.
But, I’m not a judge, I’m just an audience member anxious for the show to start again. And this year’s Nashville auditions had a little surprise, at least for me.
Two of the people taking part in this year’s auditions were Parker Diffie, son of one of my favorite country artists, Joe Diffie; and Kara Diffie, Joe’s daughter. The only reason that surprises me, is because the last time I saw Joe do a show – his son was in his band. Parker sang a solo that night too, and he was good. I hope you will head on over to his MySpace and check out some of Parker’s music.
I really didn’t know anything about Kara, or her music. So I visited her MySpace page and listened. She sings what I would call contemporary Christian music, and she has a beautiful voice. “Be With Me” is a great song, and I really liked “24/7”. You have to go listen to “Come to Me”. I really like her. I would love to hear her do a duet with her Dad – but it would have to be my all-time-favorite Joe Diffie song, “Ships That Don’t Come In.”
Our friends over at The Boot talked to Joe about his kids’ auditioning. And here’s what Joe had to say about it. “They both are really good singers and good people,” Joe tells The Boot. “It’s pretty gratifying to see their interest in music. I’ve recorded both of them here at the house, and people rave about how good they sound.”
However, the ‘Pickup Man’ and ‘Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox’ singer is a bit apprehensive about the whole ‘American Idol’ procedure. “The A.I. process seems pretty daunting, and I would have to think that it isn’t purely music-based,” Joe says. “I don’t know much about it really, [but] I just don’t know how in the world you can glean talent from the thousands of folks who try out, not to mention the one’s who are just there to get their mugs on TV
By now, Joe and the kids know if they made it through to the next round – but the rest of us will have to wait until the show comes back on the air in January (I believe it is).
Have a great Monday everyone! Talk to you later!