American Idol is back for their 16th season, so naturally we went scouring Youtube to compile the most memorable singing auditions we could find from our favorite singing competitions– American Idol, X-Factor, & America’s Got Talent. If you ever need to be reminded of why you should jump on the bandwagon of a show like American Idol, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few auditions that rocked our world:
Carrie Underwood (American Idol)
Did you know Carrie had a ‘third’ nipple and clucked her way into being American Idol’s most successful winner ever? We didn’t, but we let Jesus take the wheel and he drove us straight to Carrie Underwood’s iconic audition.
Josh Daniel (X-Factor)
One Word. Legendary. Josh brought Simon-Freaking-Cowell to tears with this emotional performance. Translation: He’s already won in our eyes.
Kelly Clarkson (American Idol)
Part time fashion designer, part time American Idol contestant, part time Grey’s Anatomy intern. She’s what we at Curtsy call a legit #GIRLBOSS. No seriously, Kelly, if we win American Idol do we get to be on Grey’s too? We’re just saying that’s something we can definitely get behind.
Paul Thomas Mitchell (Britain’s Got Talent)
When Tommy walked out the last thing we were expecting was for our jaws to drop, but hey, he sure showed us. Mitchell sang an original song for his Dad named ‘My Life’ and we’re positive the grass is greener after watching his performance.
Calum Scott (Britain’s Got Talent)
Did we mention we’re moving across the pond? Holy cow, the talented Calum Scott shook us to our core and had us screaming please for the love of God, let us dance with you.
Kimberley Locke (American Idol)
Somewhere over the rainbow you’ll find Kimberley singing her heart out to an in-awe judges panel. While season two of American Idol feels a lifetime ago, Locke still rocked our world and deserves hype for nailing this audition. Seriously, we’ve got a #girlcrush.
Grace Vanderwaal (America’s Got Talent)
If you don’t prime a ukulele after watching Grace’s performance how can you ever be sure you really know your name? This 12-year-old performing her original tune, “I don’t know my name” is all the proof we need to believe in miracles.
Noah ‘WIG’ Davis (American Idol)
You can take a boy out of the farm, but you can’t take a boy’s dream of owning an alpaca from him. This Arkansas farm boy kicked off American Idol’s 16th season with a cover of ‘Stay’ by Rihanna and we’ve got one word for him: WIG.
David Francisco (American Idol)
Three weeks after moving to Nashville to chase his music dreams, David was hit by a distracted driver and paralyzed from the waist down. One day, he saw his foot wiggle while he was in bed, and since then he’s been in recovery and re-learning how to walk! Try not to cry hearing him sing “Isn’t She Lovely?” to his fiance. Katy cried.
Garrett Jacobs (American Idol)
Louisiana-native and his sweet grandma “Honey” are the cutest duo, and not to mention the voice of this 17-YEAR-OLD is one of the sweetest things we’ve ever heard. Lucky Garrett gets to Facetime his grandma with the American Idol crew to announce his trip to Hollywood.