Asiah Epperson, Josiah Leming: Sad Stories, Happy American Idol Results

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The two American Idol contestants that stood out the most for us during last night's auditions in Atlanta each had a sad story to tell. But at least the evening ended well for Asiah Epperson and Josiah Leming...

Asiah Epperson: This novice of a singer belted out the Leann Rimes tune, "How Do I Live," in honor of her father. In one of the more sincere, tragic  back stories to ever accompany a contestant, Epperson's dad passed away in a car accident mere days before she tried out.

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As you can see below, though, Asiah's voice carried her through to Hollywood. This was no pity vote. Once she exited with her golden ticket, Paula Abdul broke down in tears and had to leave briefly. Probably to mourn. Possibly to get more liquored up.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTWl4AFecAc&eurl=http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/asiah-epperson/[/youtube]

Josiah Leming: This 18-year free spirit lives out of his car. But don't call him homeless, Josiah insisted to the judges. He proceeded to impress them with his vocals, despite the fact that Leming appeared to sing with a British accent. Not what you'd expect from a Tennessee native.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68ayuane2AA[/youtube]

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Asia'h was an inspiration to all of us on how to get through the face of tragedy with dignity and courage. Josiah is also a great inspiration! If the news had more good news stories like this, it would be a better world.

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I like Asia'h but she was eliminated a bit too early.

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asiah keep doing what you do your'e an excellent singer, personally i think you should have won it

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The singing with a British accent business was just Josiah emulating his favorite music artists... Well don't feel too bad about him, I think he is well on the road to super stardom despite being booted off AI, as this other article on Josiah Leming shows jviz.blogspot.com/2008/03/josi...

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Asiah.... You are still a beautiful singer and sweet girl. Joplin is behind you. I was sorry to hear about your father. Remember to keep Christ in the middle of everything.

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Too bad Josiah couldnt go further, he's really talented. I hope he can make it out with his music.

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asiah you did very good...keep it up i love you

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aku sedih kalo josiah terdelete

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Hes got an awesome voice, too bad he didnt make it.

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Asiah,
We are all "Pullin'" for ya' back here at home in Joplin, Missouri! Keeping you in our PRAYERS.
Keep up the GREAT work!