Another week, another Massachusetts singer impressing the judges of “American Idol” and winning a golden ticket to Hollywood.
Colin Jamieson, a 22-year-old Boxford resident, sang “Six Feet Under” by Billie Eilish for celebrity judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, who at first seemed skeptical as the singer gasped through the verses.
“I’d say my falsetto — I can tell I wasn’t where I wanted to be with it,” Jamieson said after his performance. “Usually it just glides right out when I’m in my own studio, my own basement.”
Bryan and Perry criticized Jamieson’s breathiness, but they encouraged him to adjust his breath control and apparently saw a lot of potential in him.
“When you got into the chorus, you were singing some pretty good stuff,” Bryan said.
He soon got a “yes” from all three judges, securing a place in the reality competition show’s week in Hollywood.
“I think you’ve got something in your voice, and you’ve got some qualities to present to us, and I want to discover all the rest of those qualities,” Richie said.
“My feeling was, ‘I’ve put in so much work by myself at this house in Boxford in my basement studio and to be there in front of the judges, I had nothing but a big smile on my face,” Jamieson told The Lynn Journal. (His family has roots in Lynn.)
There’s a chance you’ve seen the singer before. He was once part of a local boy band called Kik-it which performed in local venues like the Middle East and opened for major pop acts like Kesha and Mike Posner.
— Colin Jamieson (@colinjamieson_) March 15, 2021
Danny Falco of Taunton, Jamieson’s best friend, and another Kik-it alum, also auditioned for the judges. However, they were much less impressed with his rendition of “You Found Me” by The Fray and ended up giving the 28-year-old three “no”s.
It’s actually Falco’s second attempt at auditioning for the show, according to The Taunton Gazette. He was set to audition over a decade ago when he was 16, but he ended up having to drop it because he swallowed bristles from his father’s grill brush that were accidentally cooked into a burger.
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