‘American Idol XIV’ review: Kohlton Pascal, Ellen Petersen, Anton Bushner, Joey Cook impress in ‘bus episode’

Judges -Tonight, “American Idol XIV” announced that it was “taking it to the streets.” Specifically, we are referring to it rounding up contestants from smaller towns all across America. Personally, we love that the show is referring to cities like Columbus, who have a major sports team, as a “small town.”

Anyway, the best artists from the competition were sent to Kansas City, which means that you are most likely going to be waiting until tomorrow in order to see what Adam Lambert brings to the table as a judge. There were some decent singers, but also some moments of pure ridiculousness. What else did you expect?

“Big Ron” Wilson – This guy’s ego is bigger than he is. His obsession with Jennifer Lopez borders on a little bit crazy. He’s an okay singer; nothing that special, but we get why the show put him through. He’s a big personality.

Ashley Lusk, Josh Sanders, Casey Thrasher – They were montaged, but Casey and Josh have been a big part of the show in the past.

Joey Cook – we really dig Joey and her accordion. Such a strange, fun, and unique audition that really invigorated us after so many same-old auditions.

Alexis Gomez – Really good. One of the best country artists we’ve seen so far this season, and she’s almost un-country with her style and personality. She’s a nice change-up in a somewhat predictable genre.

Anton Bushner – This guy is about as country as humanly possible. He still looks like one, acts like one, and sings like an old-school performer from decades ago. He’s not the best we’ve heard, but his tone is extremely emotional.

Stephanie Gummelt – Another interesting contestant. She’s a little awkward, but that is a part of her charm. With the last three or four singers, the best is that they are all extremely likable. We’ll remember them!

Ellen Petersen – Bluegrass! Anytime we get something new on this show, we’re happy. She continues what may be our favorite streak of talent in quite a while on an audition show. Also, who would’ve predicted a “Beverly Hillbillies” theme song playing?

Kohlton Pascal – An original in his own right. He’s a little bit of a nomad. His voice is very deep, dark, and full of growl. We’re not entirely sure that he is a tremendous singer, but he could be very interesting to watch if he makes it far enough.

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