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Jenn Blosil Wows American Idol Judges

Blosil’s unique voice and quirky personality won over Idol judges on the show’s farewell season.

By Zach Collier

Since the show premiered in 2002, American Idol has helped propel artists like Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Phillip Phillips, and David Archuleta to stardom. In its 14 years on television, it has undergone many changes, from the notable disappearance of the three original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson; to the often forgotten disappearance of Ryan Seacrest’s season 1 co-host Brian Dunkleman. While the show’s viewership has been steadily declining since Season 7, with sharp declines especially during the last 3 years leading to a loss of their long-time sponsorship with Coca-Cola [1], people still show up in the tens of thousands to audition.

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Orem native Jenn Blosil is one of the few talented enough to make it through the much maligned American Idol screening process to perform in front of the judges, [2] and is making waves with her American Idol audition. The clip below aired last night. Fox producers may have played up Blosil’s quirkiness perhaps a little too much, but that editorial choice made for a very rewarding payoff when Jenn finally got to sit down at the piano and unleash her talent on three unsuspecting judges. She repped her Utah Valley roots hard, performing a stripped down piano cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” that built an incredible amount of drama in the 58 seconds she was allowed to perform.

Jennifer Lopez was the first to speak. “I found you very interesting,” she said. “Compelling almost. Wow. I liked it a lot. I liked you… I felt like I was watching an artist.” All three judges gave Blosil a resounding yes, sending her on to Hollywood.

Known for her unique brand of squeaky blue-eyed soul, Jenn Blosil has left her mark on the Provo music scene. She headlined her first show at Velour Live Music Gallery 6 years ago, provided the gorgeous “Take it Home” to 2011’s “EFY” soundtrack for that year’s Mormon youth camps (which, for the record, is almost too good to appear on that album), saw massive success with her on-the-spot BearWall Collection cover of “Hanging Tree” from Mockingjay Part 1, and released a beautiful self titled EP in 2013. Her brother, Nic Blosil, has also contributed significantly to Provo music as the drummer for local rock group Red Yeti.

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We’re absolutely ecstatic that Jenn has made it to Hollywood. Here’s to hoping she makes it to the top.

Watch her audition in its entirety below. Also, make sure to check out her self titled EP and follow her on Twitter here. Watch her perform at Velour Live Music Gallery tonight at 8 PM. Tickets are $8. You can get them here.

[1] Steinberg, Brian, and Cynthia Littleton. “Fox Faces Challenge to Make ‘American Idol’ Sing.” Variety. Variety, 17 Dec. 2014. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.
[2] Henry, Whitney. “I Want to Be an ‘Idol’: Truth behind Auditions.” TODAY.com. NBC News, 16 Jan. 2007. Web. 14 Jan. 2016.

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