Matt Lawrence American Idol

January 21, 2010 by USA Post 

Matt Lawrence American Idol:10,000 hopefuls, 4 judges, plenty of sad stories, and 31 golden tickets. That’s the quick recap of what went down at American Idol’s Orlando auditions, which aired Wednesday night on Fox. The contestants who got their hands on those golden tickets to Hollywood included Seth Rollins, Jermaine Purifoy, Shelby Dressel, Jay Stone, Cornelius Edwards, Bernadette Desimone, Amanda Desimone, and Matt Lawrence. Here’s a quick look at these impressive contestants:

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins, a 28–year-old insurance adjuster from Lakeland, Fl, won over the judges with his performance of “Someone to Watch Over Me.”  Kara remarked, “I wanna keep hearing you and that’s the best compliment I could pay somebody.”  Seth may have also won over viewers when he spoke lovingly and honestly about his adorable five-year-old son, who was diagnosed with autism.

Jermaine Purifory

Jermaine Purifory, a 24–year-old telecommunications student from Cleveland, TN, was back in front of the judges for the second time after auditioning for season seven. He admits that he didn’t deserve to be put through after his first audition because he wasn’t ready. This time, his performance of the song “Smile” earned compliments including Randy’s declaration that his was the best audition he had heard all season.

Shelby Dressel

Shelby Dressel, an 18–year-old waitress from Avon Park, FL, had a unique story to share. She was born with a face disorder that doesn’t allow her to smile correctly or use the right side of her face. Shelby delivered a ticket-worthy performance of “Turn Me On,” by Nora Jones — even though forgot the words at the end of the song and reacted with a couple of bleeped out words. Simon said he liked Shelby, but he wasn’t blown away with her voice. Randy did like Shelby’s voice and guest judge Kristen Chenoweth agreed that she had potential.

Jay Stone

Jay Stone, a 25–year-old music business grad student from Miami, Fl,  put a unique, beatboxing spin on the song “Come Together” by The Beatles.  “That was like a crazy roller coaster ride,” Kara said before giving Jay a yes.  Simon said no,  but Randy also said yes to Jay, who was off to Hollywood.

Cornelius Edwards

Cornelius Edwards, a 24–year-old security guard from Boynton Beach, Fl, ripped his pants when he ended his “Proud Mary” performance by doing a seemingly painful split to the floor. Cornelious said he had learned some of his moves from some of his friends who are “adult entertainers.” After his memorable audition (which also included some pretty good singing), the judges decided to send Cornelius to Hollywood.

Bernadette and Amanda Desimone

Bernadette Desimone, a 27–year-old waitress Cherry Hill, NJ came to the auditions with her sister Amanda Desimone, a 23–year-old sales associate. Before their audition, the fun-loving sisters were shown at thier family’s hair salon being their bubbly selves. Bernadette sang  “Hit the Road Jack” and Amanda sang “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Both were given tickets to Hollywood, even though Simon admitted he would have only sent Amanda if it was up to him.

Matt Lawrence

Matt Lawrence, a 25–year-old from Starke, Fl, was introduced to America as a reformed ex-con who finally wanted to make his family proud. Matt, who is now a trucking company manager, robbed a bank with a bb gun when he was 15. He spent four years behind bars. Appropriately, he sang the song “Trouble” for his impressive audition. Simon called the performance “brilliant” and said “it felt authentic.” Kara and Randy agreed that Matt was Hollywood material.

THOUGHTS: So, which of the Orlando contestants do you think has the most potential? Seth Rollins, Jermaine Purifoy, Shelby Dressel, Jay Stone, Cornelius Edwards, Bernadette Desimone, Amanda Desimone, or Matt Lawrence? Let me know in the comments!

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