American Idol: ‘Vikings’ Anthony Guzman is actually … good?

American IdolIs Anthony Guzman the biggest surprise through all of American Idol season 19? We’d say so, at least based on what we saw tonight.

When Anthony entered the audition room dressed like some combination of Thor and Jon Snow, we thought there was a 0% chance he’d be good. Usually these are the goof auditions, and we’re still not 100% sure as to why he arrived in that get-up. He was shouting “skol!” and trying his best to be a modern-day Viking.

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Once you get past all of that, though, you can realize pretty quickly that he’s a surprisingly good singer! Anthony is someone who brings a lot to the table vocally, as he is of that Michael Buble – crooner persuasion. His performance of “Cry Me a River” had passion, but was it separate from other vocals we’ve heard over the years?

Surprisingly, Luke wasn’t down for Anthony and gave him a no … but he got two yes votes elsewhere! This is enough to send him through to the next round, and we’re excited to see where things go from here. We do think he has to drop the gimmick and show that he’s serious about becoming an artist — otherwise, he’ll be nothing more than a novelty act that you see at weird Viking sing-alongs. He’s primed for a much better future than that after this audition!

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