Jesse Barry’s golden ticket got her to the next set of American Idol try outs in Hollywood, but not much farther.
On Tuesday night’s show, Barry took the stage with a group of other performers and each performed again for the judges — Ellen DeGeneres, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson. Barry didn’t get much screen time and apparently didn’t impress the judges. When it came decision time, Barry didn’t make the cut and could be seen tearing up at the result.
Barry’s brief American Idol turn has done nothing to deter the fans of her big voice. Barry, who performs with the band Skinny Legs and All, has seen cheering crowds at recent performances in downtown Asheville and in Black Mountain for the Help for Haiti concert last weekend.
In a recent interview with Xpress, Barry couldn’t talk specifics about American Idol, but she did say that the whole experience had been an eye-opener, and she wanted to be sure people knew she remained grounded.
I just want everyone to know that Asheville is my hometown, and no matter how big or whatever you want to call it, I will always end up being here,” Barry said, “because I love the people here.
Click here to see a photo gallery of Barry and Skinny Legs and All.
— Jason Sandford, multimedia editor