I finally found a favourite on American Idol! Meet Jen Hirsh from Agoura, California. Idol fans may remember her as the girl who auditioned with a jazzy rendition of "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" (complete with scatting!) during Season 9. Jen is back to compete in Season 11, and she has proven herself to be a serious contender! Her Hollywood Week performance of Patty Griffin's Up To The Mountain blew me away. She has such a clear, soulful voice and a wonderful sense of melody - signs of someone with true artistry in their bones! I'll definitely be keeping an eye out on Jen.
See Jen perform "The Better Half", a song from her pre-Idol album, Myself in Two, in the video above.
Fun fact: Jen is a member of the Beantown Swing Orchestra. See her serenade Idol Season 3 alum, John Stevens, in this music video for "The Trolley Song"!