American Idol in Charlotte: Best of the Rest

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Because we can't hand Seretha Guinn the American Idol Season 12 title just yet, let's take a look at what other contestants stood out in Charlotte last night, shall we?

There was Brian Rittenberry, whose wife recently defeated Stage 4 cancer and whose "Let It Be" earned him a ticket to Hollywood.

There was also the VERY talkative and social Ashley Smith, whose love of sandwiches was only eclipsed by the judges' love of her take on "Cowboy Casanova."

And what about Ja’Bria Barber, only 16 years old, belting out Bonnie Raitt's version of "Pride and Joy?"

Who else stood out?

Nicki Minaj told Candice Glover that she's "obsessed" with her and wants to "skin" her and "wear" her; while Janelle Arthur tried out last year, but looks to be a serious competitor on Season 12.

Watch their auditions now:


My cousin Janelle is definatey a serious competitor! She's AMAZING! BRING IT JANELLE! "Where the back top ends" LOVED IT

Susan feinberg

I have to say, I am so disappointed with the choice of Nicki as a judge. I would rather watch a train wreck. It would be much easier to deal with. Her constant 'nick names" and total lack of talent is not good for anyone to view, nor is her constant apparent jealousy of Mariah. She needs to lose the seat and give it to someone who is qualified to be a judge. Someone that DOES have talent!!!!!


American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]