The next new episode of American Idol is still two days away — damn that new Wednesday-Thursday schedule! — so to keep you Idoloonies sated, I went trolling the World Wide Web to find some past musical works from the 18 season 10 Golden Ticket recipients highlighted on the show last week. Ch-ch-check ’em out for yourself, then head to the comments and tell me which one impresses you the most! (I’m still on Team Sarah Sellers, for what it’s worth.)
Rachel Zevita: The first Golden Ticket recipient of season 10 — who also made it to Hollywood Week in season 6 — was one of the first musical guests ever to appear on my former EW Web series Idolatry (jump ahead to the 2:59 mark), where she sang an original track called “Trying to Survive.”
Caleb Hawley: This bluesy acoustic performer has his own Web site, where you can check out selected tracks from his two independently released CDs. Plus, dude is all over YouTube: Catch him performing the original track “My Own Two Feet” at something called “Folk Alliance” 2010.
Oh, and here he is in a blonde wig and faux fur coat covering Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face.” Niiice!
Kenzie Palmer: This 15-year-old who impressed J.Lo and Randy but left Steven Tyler wanting more “pizazz” has her own YouTube channel. Her rendition of “O Holy Night” at a local nursing home is undeniably pretty.
Robbie Rosen: Polite teenager who was wheelchair-bound as a young boy has his own MySpace page with four tracks, and his cover songs (including an America’s Got Talent audition) are all over YouTube. Check out his stripped-down, slowed-down cover of Alicia Keys’ “No One.”
Ashley Sullivan: I can’t be 100 percent certain from the video, but the audio in the clip below — featuring an “Ashley Sullivan” winning an Applebee’s Idol contest in Springfield, MA — certainly sounds like the Massachusetts mall worker who fell to her knees and begged for a Golden Ticket after a manic take on “Gimme Gimme.”
Victoria Huggins: Below, you’ll see the violently perky teenager as part of a choral group performing “Somewhere” at Triple Arts at Western Carolina University in 2009. While her official Web site, victoriahuggins.net, isn’t currently working, Victoria released a Christian album called Through It All in 2008. She’s also been on the cover of a Kraft Macaroni & Cheese box (hat tip to USA Today), and is the contestant of choice for season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
Melinda Ademi: Dark-haired teen whose family fled Kosovo when she was a toddler appears to have recently pulled together a Web site than includes several YouTube performances, including Cee-Lo’s “Forget You” (below).
Devyn Rush: The “singing waitress” has the kind of internet presence and résumé you’d expect from a struggling musician/actress living in New York City: She’s got a MySpace page with several jazzy, piano-based tracks, a Twitter feed, and a Web site from 2004 that notes she appeared as a contestant on PAX TV’s America’s Most Talented Kids. What’s more, she had a bit part as “Katherine” in a 2006 episode of Law & Order: SVU. Check out this clip of her singing an original acoustic ditty, “He’s Not You.”
Travis Orlando: According to one online posting, the Bronx-born singer — who gave a tour of his former shelter to Idol producers while accompanied by his twin brother and parents — used to be the lead singer of a Christian band called Before the Seventh. Check out his full acoustic version of “Eleanor Rigby.”
Sarah Sellers: Self-described music and food blogger does indeed have her own site, Sarah’s Musical Kitchen, and a number of performances on YouTube, including a cover of Christina Aguilera’s “You Lost Me” (below).
Brett Loewenstern: Redheaded teenager with a backstory about being bullied in school has several covers posted to his YouTube channel, including “…Baby One More Time.”
A few season 10 hopefuls — Tiffany Rios, Brielle von Hugel, Jordan Dorsey, Jovany Barreto, Jacquelyn Dupree, Jacee Badeaux, and Paris Tassin — didn’t seem to leave much of a discernible Internet footprint, but if you can find some of their past works, do share the deets below!