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American Idol Season 9 Boston audition standouts – Leah Laurenti, Tyler Grady, Ashley Rodrieguez, Katie Stevens, Justin Williams & more

I blogged live during tonight’s premiere of Season 9 of American Idol, but if you don’t want to read the play-by-play, here’s a quick recap of some of the Boston auditions standouts and some extra info I dug up on a few of the contestants who made it through the Boston auditions (I’ll add more as I get information):

Maddy Curtis – a 16 year old with a great voice; 9th of 12 kids; has on brother with Downs Syndrome and her family adopted three more.
Ashley Makailah Rodrieguez – 21 year old student from Boston, MA; full scholarship to Berklee College of Music; toured with the gospel group Overjoyed; Ashley Rodriguez’s MySpace page
Tyler Grady – 19 year old college student and drummer for the Nazareth, PA based pop/synth rock band Wailing Waters; Grady shattered both wrists when he fell from a tree. . Become a fan at Facebook or listen to some of their music on the band’s MySpace page.
Jess Wolfe Brooklyn, NY singer who auditioned with “People Get Ready”; in the band Lucius; link to Jess Wolfe’s MySpace page or the site for her band, Lucius.
Katie Stevens – 16 year old from Middlebury CT singing for her grandmother, who has Alzheimers. Katie, who is 16, says, “I want her to see me succeed before she forgets who I am.”; Katie was named the Westbury CT’s 2009 Outstanding Teen
Justin Williams – 27 year old singer from Sandy, UT; diagnosed with cancer seven years ago while on mission in Spain; won the John Lennon Songwriting Competition; performed at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the winner of the national talent competition; Justin Williams at
Bosa Mora – 22 year old from Columbus, OH; his parents are natives of Nigeria who met while attending school in the US; on Bosa Mora’s MySpace page is this quote: “I was once told that emotion is the currency of music, and if I cannot make music that can inspire you to smile, sympathize with you when your hurting, or calm you when you worried; my work is of no value.”
Leah Laurenti – 24 year old from Medford, NY; says she grew up in church and didn’t listen to mainstream music; you can follow Leah Laurenti on Twitter or join her “Leah Laurenti for American Idol” fan page on Facebook.

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posted January 13, 2010 at 9:40 am

I know Katie Stevens personally, I have gone to highschool in Southbury Ct at Pomperaug High School for 4 years, and i have to warn everyone, she is a witch! She acts like she’s a princess (at school, i have no knowledge of her family life) and when in the theatre company she treats the stage crew as if they are her personally servants, just because she is an actress and believes she’s better than them. I want to warn you because behind that pretty face and innocent smile, she’s a cobra waiting to bite your head off.

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Joanne Brokaw

posted January 13, 2010 at 10:22 am

L* – that’s not a very nice thing to write. I’m sure that we viewers will get to see what she’s really like as the show progresses.
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Bigger than L*

posted January 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

I happen to know Katie very well, she’s a close friend. I also went to Pomperaug High School, and have performed with Katie in numerous productions and can tell you that Katie is honestly one of the most genuine people I know. If you ask anyone at Pomperaug and they will agree with me. L, you have some real jealousy issues and I suggest you work those out before you get to the real world. If you don’t I can guarantee you’re going to have some real problems, because in reality all you’re trying to do is hurt a sweet girl’s reputation, but instead of doing that you’re just making yourself look like a jackass… I hope you enjoy watching the rest of Katie, L, because you will never make it as far as her.
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posted January 13, 2010 at 4:15 pm

I am also a close friend of Katie’s and L’s envious opinion of her cannot be farther from the truth. Katie is one of the kindest, most considerate people that I know and anyone who does not have this impression of Katie either doesn’t know her very well or has some problems of their own. I am guessing L, that you fall under both of these categories and it is clear that you have nothing going for you and were always in the background when people like Katie were showcasing their talent. By trying to bring down this special girl you have only embarrassed yourself and I suggest just that you worry less about trying to insult a wonderful girl and more time on getting your head examined because clearly you have some serious issues that need to be checked out immediately.
-PHS Alum 2

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posted January 13, 2010 at 9:59 pm

first off, i do not know who you think are but clearly you do not know anything about katie…and obviously are jealous. katie has been a third daughter in my home since preschool and she is an absolute sweetheart. she has a heart of gold and is one of the most genuine people i have met. she sings like an angel and deserves all the credit she has gotten so for whoever of you who are reading this blog, pay no mind to the airhead who wrote the comment below mine, they have no clue what they are talking about and its clear some people can’t handle others in the spotlight, especially those who deserve it.
and who ever you are…you may want to get your facts straight and try talking to her real friends before you say stuff like this. thanks.

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