American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 1
Episode Synopsis: Auditions in Minneapolis are held.
Original Air Date: Jan 16, 2007

January 16, 2007: Season 6 Premiere Season 6, Episode 1

Here we go, again! American Idol, or American I Wanna Be? Filling two hours is going to be pretty hard considering there's only about 45 minutes worth of programming!!! When they showed a clip of Prince from last season, I thought, What a fantastic way to start the show, but they were just teasing me!!! Should we talk about Paula on the Seattle newscast? No - you can all just watch it on YouTube. The word of the day: overindulgence. Minneapolis is the starting city. Can you say "Fargo?" Jewel is invited to join the judges. Frankly, I'm not sure she's much of a singer, but with 20 million units sold, it's hard to ignore her appeal. The first girl, Jessica, sang a Jewel song, and then fell apart on the stage when they let her know she was a terrible singer. It was painful to watch, but I guess that's just the fun of the show. I am amazed at the fantasy world most people live in. This is bred from the culture of fame, where everyone just wants to be famous and talent is the last thing you actually need these days in order to get there. "Twice the talent or twice the torture?" I think we know the answer to this question long before the show ends. Troy Benham, the Urban Amish, having never seen the show had "no high hopes." Since when are the Amish allowed on TV. I mean if they can't watch TV, can they really be on it? I think he may have written the song he sang. And it was fantastically bad. What's wrong with the world when even the Amish are looking for their 15 minutes? Jesse Holloway said he has a "unique vocal range." Boy, does he ever. He sang the theme song from the Titanic; I think that's what it was. He came back and sang it in a different key - well, to start with. I believe the key kept changing. Not sure why they let him go on. Then they let him sing a Michael Jackson song. Why??? Just to torture us. However, mercy was granted, "It's an absolute categorical 'no'!" Love, Simon. Looks like we're just gonna see the dregs of American Idol society tonight. Apollo Creed - Charles Moody - sang an Italian aria, in boxing gloves and robe, with a top hat. But wait, there's more oh, no, my bad, he forgot to bring any sign of talent. Denise Jackson, Crack baby, Crack baby, give me a sign, give me something that I can hold on to! She sang And I Am Telling You. Don't pick a song like that until you can really bring it. But, thank God, she's the first one tonight to sing worth a darn. "Good on you," commends Simon. She's a good singer, with a good personality. Our first one to Hollywood! Yippee! She's really got some pipes! And she's only 16 years old. A contestant hit on Ryan. She's got a lot of personality. They like her. Perla Meneses has got a little Shakira thing going on, but she's hitting some unusual notes. She's cute. She's got a nice Hispanic flair. Perla is going to Hollywood! "Great fun!" says Simon. Why do these people want to go on national television to embarrass themselves? Matthew Volna in his little Toy Story cowboy outfit please, don't let him continue! Matthew gets back at them with, "Simon, geez, grow up." He told them. Jerrod Fowler is a sailor boy from the USS Reagan - bet they pick him for the fact that he's in the Navy. He's endearing and has a nice voice. But my thought is, he's got nothing besides Rascal Flatts. I knew it! Jerrod's going on leave! He's off to Hollywood. The girl who does the lion from the Wizard of Oz - loved her! She's not gonna make it, but then again, this is American Idol, not Joe's Local Talent Variety Show. The vocal teacher, Stephen Horst, sings Aerosmith, which would be bad enough, but what is he doing? Where's he going with it? Randy really gives it to him, but Simon can't take it when someone else is ruder than him. Michelle Steingas is good but only 19; she's "confident without being irritatingly precocious," says Simon. He's full of compliments that make you feel like you were just slapped across the face. Oh well, Michelle, welcome to Hollywood. Dana Dooley, whose boss paid for her and her sister to come, is looking good. She's beautiful. She took Simon's teasing well and sang Chaka Khan - that's a hard one! Yikes. Not the right one for her. Then she sang Fever, and boy, that didn't go any better. They fight over Dana being in love with her boss. Very funny! The boy in show choir, Matt Sato, sang California Dreaming. He's got a nice voice. But you can never tell from Simon's glare whether he likes someone or wishes he didn't still have a mortgage payment and could give it all up and retire. Jewel was scared. Matt's going through to Hollywood. He breaks down when he calls his mom, and she tells him that she is proud of him. Then there is the mechanic girl, Rachel Jenkins, whose husband is in Iraq. Now, she's joined the Reserves. If she doesn't suck, she'll make it through, too. She sings His Eye is on the Sparrow? Not sure I've ever heard of that one. Is it a hymn? Not bad. She's got good presence. Though if she's sent to Hollywood, what will the Reservists do? Sarah Krueger, wow!!!!! Gorgeous and a terrific voice, even though she's singing Over the Rainbow. Another one off to Hollywood! I'm actually having fun watching this! It's the ones who are excruciatingly embarrassing that are tough to watch. Juggling, dancing and singing - Jason Anderson sang while juggling fire sticks and did neither one very well. Paula is more exacerbated than Simon, who refers to the audition as "useless." Randy suggests America's Got Talent ouch. Poor Jason is a terrible dancer as well. We don't get to hear what he has to say when he leaves the audition (because he swears so much), except that he is "16 years old, and I want to start out famous." His mom tells him he will be famous. Denial breeds insanity. The biggest Idol fan, Brenna Kyner, is up next, and what have we done to deserve this? "Why?" She yelps. Help us all, please! Lord, lighting bolt, fast. She's fighting Simon about their decision and their on-the-nose advice. Brenna has a degree in vocal performance. If you ask me, she's been robbed. She asks, "Is there anything I can do to improve?" "Leave," is all Simon has to say. What I don't get is that she truly believes she is great. It's really unbelievable. It's rather inconceivable. I agree with Randy: Minneapolis? Minnehopeless!!! And the award for The Most Painful Part of the Show goes to the Prince medley! Congratulations, everyone, for completely destroying The Artist Formerly Known As and now known again as. Though, I must admit, I couldn't stop laughing. Our final entry for the night: Josh Flom, the rocker who said, "Chris (Daughtry) really opened some doors." He sang some sort of devil music with a gravelly devil voice. He really worked it, even coming back to sing ABBA and Barry Manilow. No go, however, but he was sweet and likable. My predictions? The girl with the hair, what's her name, oh yes, Sarah Krueger - she's got a real shot. Perla, she might go most of the way, but she's gonna have to be more versatile. This is American Idol, after all, not South American Idol. Though I'm pretty sure her hips don't lie. And I really liked Matt, who sang the Mamas and the Papas. I'm on the fence about how far he can go. He's very young and a little untrained. But likable. Seventeen singers made it through! For tomorrow, the Seattle round. The judges have called the Seattle round the weirdest auditions yet. See you tomorrow. Can't wait! show less
Here we go, again! American Idol, or American I Wanna Be? Filling two hours is going to be pretty hard considering there's only about 45 minutes worth of programming!!! When they showed a clip of Prince from last season, I thought, What a fantastic way to start the show, but they were just teasing me!!! Should we talk about Paula on the Seattle newscast? No — you can all just watch it on YouTube.The word of the day: overindulgence. Minneapolis is the starting city. Can you say “Fargo?” Jewel is invited to join the judges. Frankly, I’m not sure she’s much of a singer, but with 20 million units sold, it’s hard to ignore her appeal. The first girl, Jessica, sang a Jewel song, and then fell apart on the stage when they let her know she was a terrible singer. It was painful to watch, but I guess that’s just the fun of the show. I am amazed at the fantasy world most people live in. This is bred from the culture of fame, where everyone just wants to be fa... read more

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