Papa Peachez Leads American Idol Auditions in Texas, Los Angeles

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American Idol stopped by two cities over two hours last night, as hopefuls auditioned in San Antonio and Los Angeles.

The most buzzed-about name to come out of the latest Season 12 episode? Papa Peachez, 19-year Mississippi native who sang an original track and described himself as "a big black woman trapped in a little boy's body."

Intrigued? Listen to his audition now and decide if he deserved a ticket to Hollywood:

Also making strong impressions on the judges and the views:

  • Adam Sanders, who left the panel speechless with his take on Etta James' "At Last."
  • Briana Oakley, a 16-year old who was forced to change schools due to bullying and who won the judges over with Patty Griffin's "Up to the Mountain."
  • Matheus Fernandes, a really short 21-year old who broke down in tears after getting praise for his version of "A Change Is Gonna Come.

Listen/watch to all three auditions now:


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]