Casey Bishop moved to the next round of “American Idol” on Sunday after singing a fiery version of the American folk song “House of the Rising Sun.”
After her performance, the Estero teen’s voice cracked with emotion as she talked about how well her song had gone.
“That was awesome,” the smiling teenager said to the TV cameras. “That definitely went better than I expected.”
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Bishop was one of five singers competing in the rock genre for Sunday’s Genre Challenge, where singers selected their own song and genre. Four of the five rock singers, including Bishop, now go to Monday’s Hollywood Week Duets Challenge.
Bishop, 16, said Sunday’s show was an important moment for her — especially after last month when judge Luke Bryan predicted she’d be the winner this season.
“So for my first audition, the judge’s comments were so surprising,” said Bishop, a sophomore at Fort Myers’ Center for the Arts at Cypress Lake High School. “If I make it through (Sunday), it will definitely reassure me that my last audition was not an accident. This means everything.”
The judges didn’t make any televised comments about Bishop’s performance, but host Ryan Seacrest had this to say: “Casey may have proven that her first audition was no accident.”
Bishop dreams of becoming a professional rock ‘n’ roll singer, and she hopes the show helps make that come true.
“‘Idol’ is an awesome place to start,” she told The News-Press and the Naples Daily News last week. “I just got so much exposure. Millions of people just saw my audition.
“I think ‘Idol’ is definitely a really good jumpstart.”
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She discovered rock music after her mom showed her the Fleetwood Mac song “Dreams.” Now she adores Mötley Crüe, The Pretty Reckless, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Aerosmith and ’90s grunge bands such as Nirvana and Alice in Chains.
“I just became totally obsessed with rock music,” she said last week.
“American Idol” airs at 8 p.m. Sundays and Mondays on ABC. Learn more about the show at abc.com/shows/american-idol.
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