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, tragicÂ back stories to ever accompany a contestant, Epperson’s dad passed away in a car accident mere days before she tried out.
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.
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.