Jane Carrey’s ‘American Idol’ Audition Causes Stir Online
First Published: January 23, 2012 5:06 PM EST Credit: FOX
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- “American Idol” is still weeks away from putting its 2012 crop on stage for the public vote, but already one contender is generating a big reaction – Jane Carrey.
The singer, the daughter of former FOX “In Living Color” star, film actor Jim Carrey, was featured on Sunday night’s show, auditioning in San Diego for the “Idol” judges – Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.
The 24-year-old mom and singer performed Bonnie Raitt’s classic, “Something To Talk About,” and all three judges put her through to Hollywood week.
“I like the sound of your voice,” Jennifer, who said she remembered Jane as a toddler on the “In Living Color” set when she herself was a Fly Girl, told the singer, following her audition. “I think you’re good. I think you need to think more about performing, you close your eyes a lot and that’s all good for the feeling of it, but you still gotta connect with your audience, you gotta make us feel something when you’re singing… It’s not just about having a pretty voice, which you do have.”
Almost immediately after the episode aired, Jane’s audition prompted a lot of raised eyebrows in online posts.
KTLA’s Sam Rubin wrote on his Facebook page, “Do we have our very first 2012 ‘American Idol’ controversy; and does it beg the question about nepotism in showbusiness. Jane Carrey, perfectly serviceable singer, but not at all a stand-out, auditions for the Idol judges,” he wrote, adding, “maybe I have a tin ear; but it was not a stand-out at all.”
The Los Angeles Times’ Amy Reither wrote that Jane “proceeded to milk that connection [with her dad] for a ticket to Hollywood on ‘Idol.’ Sure, she could sing well enough, but unless she’d stood on that aircraft carrier deck and croaked like a frog, the three judges would clearly have put her through.”
And RollingStone.com also cited Jane’s patriarchal connection.
“You see, even though she is the daughter of an A-list celebrity, she just doesn’t have enough opportunities to make it as a singer. The judges all vote yes, because they really like her ‘potential,’ which in this context means ‘dad.’”
But not every outlet took aim at the 20-something or the show for putting her through.
Britain’s Daily Mail ran a recap of her audition under the headline, “She’s talented too!”
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