The second city in the audition round, New Orleans, brought a bunch of talents ranging from a single mom with disabled child to a 15-year-old singing an Otis Redding.
New Orleans brought more emotion to "American Idol" season 10 to the point that Jennifer Lopez shed a tear. Twenty three years old Paris Tassin auditioned for the first time, trying to prove to her young daughter that anyone can achieve their dream. Tassin is mother to a 5-year-old who has hearing loss since she became pregnant with her at the age of 18.
She sang a rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home". The judges were so moved by her performance that Lopez teared up in the middle of it. "When you sang, I felt it. I really felt it. It brought tears to my eyes," Lopez said, followed by nods from Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler. "I do that for my daughter, cos I want to teach her 'go for you dreams. Do everything you want to do in life and be happy'. I love to sing. It's my dream," Tassin said. She received three yeses.
Lopez was also amazed by 21-year-old piano teacher Jordan Dorsey, who performed a jazz version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". Lopez said after his performance, "I have goose bumps all over my body." The judges then made fun of themselves when Jovany Barreto, a shipbuilder from Harvey, Louisiana, opened his shirt as a promise to his mates that he would do it. Jackson and Tyler joined him and the beer-bellied judge joked, "We all look the same."
They were also impressed by 15-year-old Jacee Badeaux who sang Otis Redding's "Sitting On the Dock of the Bay". Lopez said, "You are so sweet and so cute." Tyler added, "Closing my eyes, it was a work of art, a thing of beauty." Then there was Brett Loewenstern who went to Hollywood for his cover of "Bohemian Rhapsody."
- Paris Tassin
- Jordan Dorsey
- Jovany Barreto
- Jaycee Badeaux
- Brett Loewenstern