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Adam Lasher (born March 14, 1987)[1] was a contestant on Season 14 and Season 15 of American Idol.

Season 14 Audition[]

Adam auditioned in New Orleans. He sang an original song called "These Shoes". All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.[2]

Season 14 Hollywood Round[]

Adam was one of thirty-eight contestants called up by the judges immediately, before Hollywood Round could officially begin.[3] He sang "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak.[4] Nobody was eliminated from this preliminary level; rather simply asked to perform after being deemed "among the most memorable auditions".[3] After his untelevised Group Round performance, Adam was later shown in the fourth part of Hollywood Week, singing "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty for the Solo Round.[5] He was eliminated in the subsequent cut, along with 'Big Ron' Wilson.[5]

Season 15 Audition[]

Adam auditioned in San Francisco. He sang "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan. All three judges voted "yes", sending him to the next round.[6]

Season 15 Hollywood Round[]

Adam was invisible throughout the extent of Hollywood Week this season.[7] Neither his first round a cappella, second round group, nor third round solo performances were televised.[7] (Although during a 'bad choreography' montage, his group was visible—also containing Andrew Bloom, Emily Brooke, and Chandler Leighton. Their song was "You're the One That I Want" from Grease—by Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta.[8] Adam and Emily advanced, while Chandler and Andrew were eliminated.)[9] Afterwards, he was subsequently placed into a room, where everyone within made it through to the Showcase Round. For his final solo performance, Adam sang "Stay" by Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko.[10] (This was also untelevised, but viewable online via Vevo.)[11] At the Final Judgment, the judges told him that he did enough to become a Top 24 semifinalist.[7]

Top 24[]

Adam performed during the Group 2 semifinals. He sang "Black & Gold" by Sam Sparro for his solo performance.[12][13] For his Idol alumni duet,[13] he and Season 10 finalist Haley Reinhart sang "Can't Help Falling in Love" by Elvis Presley,[14] which she had a hit with, covering it for an Extra Gum commercial ad. Due to the absence of a public vote, the judges alone deliberated and opted not to select Adam as one of the seven contestants to advance to the next round,[15] thereby eliminating him from the competition.[13][15]

List of Performances[]

SEASON 14 PERFORMANCES
Stage Song Artist Result
Audition "These Shoes" Adam Lasher Advanced
"Stay" (N/A)* Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko)
Hollywood "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak Immune
Not Shown On Television Advanced
"Free Fallin'" Tom Petty Eliminated
SEASON 15 PERFORMANCES
Stage Song Artist Result
Audition "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan Advanced
Hollywood Not Shown On Television Advanced
"You're the One That I Want" [N/A]*
(w/ Emily Brooke, Chandler Leighton, & Andrew Bloom)
Olivia Newton-John
& John Travolta
Advanced
Not Shown On Television Advanced
Showcase "Stay" (Vevo)* Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko) Top 24
Top 24 "Black & Gold" Sam Sparro Eliminated
"Can't Help Falling in Love"
(w/ Haley Reinhart)
Elvis Presley

Trivia[]

  • Adam is the nephew of Grammy Award-winning musician Carlos Santana, and credited his uncle for teaching him valuable guitaring techniques.[2]
  • Adam auditioned for season 2 of The Voice (US), singing Nickelback's "How You Remind Me".[16] However, he failed to turn any chairs.[17]
  • During his Season 14 audition, Adam had a broken thumb bandaged in a splint, courtesy of a prior skateboarding accident. Regardless, it did not impede his guitar-playing abilities.[2]
  • Adam is diabetic, and had an electronic glucose monitor clipped to his guitar strap, which he dubbed his "robotic pancreas".[2]
  • Jennifer Lopez remarked that Adam bore a resemblance to talk show host Jimmy Fallon, who subsequently impersonated Lasher (complete with a teal headband) the following evening.[18]
  • Adam had a second, unaired audition in Season 14,[19] where he sang "Stay" by Rihanna (ft. Mikky Ekko)—which he later sang, albeit with a different arrangement, for the Season 15 Showcase Round as entry into the Top 24.[11]

Quick Links[]

  1. Adam Lasher's Website
  2. Adam Lasher on YouTube
  3. Adam Lasher on Instagram
  4. Adam Lasher on SoundCloud
  5. Adam Lasher on Apple Music
  6. Adam Lasher on Facebook
  7. Adam Lasher on Spotify
  8. Adam Lasher on Twitter (X)
  9. Adam Lasher on TikTok

References[]

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