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Jax impresses ‘American Idol’ judges with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ (VIDEO)

Jax auditioned with ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ on American Idol XIV Season 14 in New York City on Thursday, January 15, 2015.

She accompanied herself on the piano and the judges loved her.

From our live blog:

Jax is originally from New York, but grew up in East Brunswick, NJ. Her father was a NYC firefighter, but he was forced to retire due to injuries sustained during 9/11. He’s still dealing with the aftermath, since he tragically lost a lot of his fellow brothers that day. Jax believes her singing has been therapy for him, and she feels blessed that he’s even still here with her. It’s a really touching opening package.

Jax hops on the piano and does a mellow, balladeer’s version of “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. It’s absolutely stunning, and is right up there with Joey Cook as one of my favorite auditions of the entire season so far. Her vocal control is impeccable, and her tone is unlike anything we’ve heard yet this season. She has a great look too, although a bit too sparkly.

Watch the video here:

Her Lil’ Wayne face tattoo and backwards cap did not suggest a slowed-down performance of The Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, but that’s what you want out of this thing — surprise. We think Jax brought it in the best way.


As AMERICAN IDOL XIV enters a landmark season in January 2015, the search continues to find amazing talent from across the nation. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, and featuring judges Harry Connick, Jr., Jennifer Lopez, and Keith Urban, the series empowers contestants and viewers to share their voices in deciding who will be America’s next singing superstar.

Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. The show’s judges will travel across the country in search of the next AMERICAN IDOL. They narrow down the competitors to a select group of semifinalists who sing their hearts out each week in front of a studio audience and television viewers.

Eventually the competition is whittled down to two finalists who compete for a major recording contract and the AMERICAN IDOL title. Past winners Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover, and Caleb Johnson as well as fan-favorites Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and Katharine McPhee, have all become household names and made their marks on the recording industry.

Jax impresses 'American Idol' judges with 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' (VIDEO)

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