WATCH: Ventriloquist Halie Hilburn Surprises With “Wild” Audition on “Idol”
By Shari Weiss | 8:50 pm, January 31st, 2013VIDEO
In what may be an “American Idol” first, Halie Hilburn auditioned with a puppet, and made it through to Hollywood. As seen on Thursday’s show, the ventriloquist, who said she’s had her pal Oscar the dog since she was 9, took the judges by surprise with their duet.
“This is wild. What is this?” said Randy Jackson. “I don’t understand how to vote. I’m a little confused.” But once Hilburn ditched the sidekick, her voice really shined. “I think Oscar’s holding you back,” Keith Urban told her afterward. “You can sing! I loved it!” Mariah Carey commended Hilburn’s “beautiful” vocal but warned her, “I think you guys are going to have to sever the ties a little bit to pursue your career.”
In other words, expect to see Hilburn in Hollywood sans her furry friend. Video is no longer available.