Feb 5, 2014 17:45 Hammond native tries out on ‘American Idol’ Hammond native tries out on ‘American Idol’ JUDY BERGERON| email@example.com Feb. 05, 2014 Comments Failure led Samantha Calmes to “American Idol.” After being sent home after the first round of the NBC reality singing competition series “The Voice” in 2012, the Hammond singer spent the next year honing her performance skills in front of an audience. So when “American Idol” tryouts came around last year, Calmes said she felt more prepared. Calmes, who’s living in Salt Lake City, auditioned for the Fox singing competition series in Salt Lake City in October. The 25-year-old, who works in recreation therapy at a mental health facility, described her singing style as “blues-influenced.” “I have yet to pinpoint an exact genre for the kind of music that I play but I’ve heard that’s a good thing,” Calmes said from Salt Lake City on Monday. “It was pretty intense,” she said of the “Idol” audition process. After learning she needed to have five songs prepared for the auditions, Calmes, who writes most of her own music, scrambled. Viewers can see how Calmes fared at the auditions singing one of her originals and, thought to be an “Idol” audition first, the theme song from the 1970s comedy series “The Jeffersons.” Calmes’ audition airs during Wednesday night’s show.