Video: Watch Ethan Jones' American Idol audition in St. Louis
The frontman of a lewdly named rock band – the Well Hungarians – Ethan Jones took his chances on solo success at tonight’s St. Louis auditions for American Idol. The singer dropped out of school to become a full-time musician – oddly in a band with his own father.
After a bizarre pep talk from Steven Tyler, Ethan goes in to audition for the judges. They’re quick to notice a cut on his face which he opened when anxiously rubbing his face before the audition.
As we said, 22 year old Ethan (from Pontoon Beach, IL) was in a band with his dad. His dad quit after becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs after working on the circuit for years. With his father in rehab, Ethan is hoping that his stint on American Idol will bring them closer together again. This actually encourages Steven to talk about his own struggles:
I can relate to that. It’s so good that he can be a power of example to you and everybody else around him. I know I work hard to do that as well.
Ethan goes on to sing a rocky version of I’ll Be by Edwin McCain. If truth be told, I’m not all that keen on the song choice, but there’s a lot of potential in Ethan’s voice. It’s a classic crossover rock/country vocal with plenty of grit in it.
Steven Tyler praises his voice: “I love the way you sing, man. I just really love the way you sing.” Randy Jackson says that his appearance is deceiving: “I like the kinda whole unassuming thing. I mean, you walk in, you look nothing like the way you sound. Jennifer Lopez says she can almost see him in a country video. Ethan himself says “I play country music because that’s what I was born and raised on, but my heart’s in soul.”
All three judges vote Ethan through to the Hollywood round (next week, folks!), and Steven Tyler’s parting shot is to set up a meeting between him and Ethan’s father. As the segment ends, we see Ethan chatting to his father on the phone, and he claims to be clean and sober on the phone. Ethan’s definitely one to look forward to at Hollywood, don’t you think?