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American Idol Sneak Peek: A Good Case for a Piano in the Audition Room

Every American Idol hopeful wishes he or she possessed magic keys to advance directly to Hollywood Week. And based on the following exclusive video from tonight’s Minneapolis auditions (8/7c on Fox), it looks as though Jacob Tolliver has 88 of ’em!

Indeed, while Jacob’s cover of “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” includes a solid vocal, it’s his work at the piano that makes this clip one of the more memorable auditions of Season 14.

While our preview ends midway through the judges’ comments, I’m wondering if Harry Connick Jr. will be able to resist the urge to leap out of his chair and join the kid in an impromptu jam session.

Press PLAY above to check it out for yourself, then scroll down and watch this week’s Reality Check in which Season 6 standout Melinda Doolittle and I dish the New York City and Kansas City tryouts!