The talent sneaking through under the wire included …
--Quaid Edwards, 21, whose mom, Jolie Edwards, apparently performed with Urban back when she fronted a country music band called Jolie and the Wanted. The judges weren't terribly wowed by his take on
--Madisen Walker, 15, who flowed in to sing what Urban called a "perfect karaoke version" of
--Alyssa Siebken, 20, who failed to impress Connick with her acoustic version of Waka Flocka Flame's "No Hands." "I just don't think your voice is strong enough," he said. But thanks to the other two judges, she was handed a ticket anyway. "I'd like to see where you go," Urban said.
--Tyler Gurwicz, 25, who sang
--Omaha club promoter Tyler Marshall, 23, made it through easily with his rolling take on "Rolling on the River." "You look like a happy guy," Connick suggested, the sort that "even if your world is crashing around you, you have that happy face." Then he made Marshall happier by handing him his ticket to Hollywood – without even waiting for the other judges to vote. They didn't seem too bothered, though.
--CJ Jones, 20, who sang "Stand by Me" solidly even though Connick got up and actually stood by him, dancing. "I like the sound of your voice …. It's a pleasing voice to hear," Urban told Jones before the judges put him through.
--Dajontae Lenear, 16, and Dylan Becker, 17, who each delivered the goods vocally, charmed the judges thoroughly and collected their golden tickets.
--Paula Hunt, 20, a Nebraska resident who sings for our troops as part of the
--Andrina Brogden, 18, a North Dakota native who also made her mom proud. Though her rendition of
--Casey McQuillen, 21, whose "Skyscraper" the judges found to be "angelic," restrained and "smart."
--And Tessa Kate, a 25-year-old Arkansas native who plays and performs in Branson, Mo., and has a way with a descriptive phrase. "I was feeling really calm and now I feel like I grabbed an electric fence -- the kind that holds the cows back, not just the little animals," she said before taking her turn before the judges. Kate electrified the judges -- and the rest of us -- with her high-pitched take on Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Connick was reminded of his childhood crush, Barbara Mandrell, and the Mandrell Sisters' TV show, which he said he could see Kate on. "You just have a classic sort of timeless sound to you," he told her. The other judges were somewhat less effusive -- Lopez said something about Kate nearly veering into Chipmunks territory -- but they both gave her yeses. "I loved it. I think you're great. I can't wait to see more of you. It's a yes," Connick said, as Kate nabbed the season's last ticket to Hollywood.
Hooray! Which singers do you think will go furthest in this year?