Victoria Huggins, 16, is next on 'American Idol' and she totally reminds me of one of my favorite contestants of all time, Paris Bennett -- both were young, had the baby voice, bubbly personality, total self-assurance. Man, I hope she can sing.
She cracks me up, excited she "got to hug and touch Ryan Seacrest." Might be a bit too much, actually, Paris was self-possessed and a total pro.
Ha, she can sing! Just slaaaaayyyyys "Midnight Train to Georgia." Shivers. So compelling, you want to lean close and listen. Judges are just grinning afterward.
"Lord have mercy," says Steven Tyler. She's cracking everyone up, is so bubbly and funny in a kid way. Randy stretches it out. After she says "yo, yo dawg!" he tells her she's got "the most personality ever' on "Idol" and is through.
Yeah, I'm rooting for her.
Because "American Idol" is nuts, they go without any transition to the emotional story of Melinda Ademi, who with her family, fled the war in Kosovo.
Her parents sob telling the story; it's amazingly emotional, and compelling. Classic immigrants make good. I haven't even heard her sing, but I'm rooting for her already.
Belts out "If I Ain't Got You." She can sing! Judges just put her through, no fuss, no muss, just high praise.