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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Auditions are held in Seattle.
Original Air Date: Jan 17, 2007

January 17, 2007: "It Was Almost Non-Human" Season 6, Episode 2

Word of the day: Hotness - oh, you know what I'm talking about. Tuesday night's premiere show garnered over 40 million viewers! The biggest American Idol premiere ever! How apropos that the second night of the No. 1 TV show in America starts with Uncle Sam. He may want us, but we don't want him. And so the bizarreness resumes. I quite enjoyed the mother/daughter team. Darwin Reedy, aka Misha, was a train wreck, but in seeing her mother, one could see the resemblance. Misha sang Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls. All I could think of was Grey Gardens. Am I right? I would like to ask just one simple question: In what world does Darwin believe she is the next American Idol? The first worthwhile moment of the show came when the former gas attendant, Thomas Daniels sang Arms of a Woman by Amos Lee. It was a beautiful song and for my money, Thomas did it justice. This boy is going to Hollywood. I want to hear him sing again and again! Shaymali Malakar, half of a sibling rivalry, sang Summertime and did so nicely showcasing her sweet voice. She needs some work, but I'd say let's take her on through. Simon??? Paula and Randy love her, but Simon is not impressed. Still, Shaymali gets a golden ticket. Her brother, Sanjaya Malakar, surprisingly has got a nice voice, too!! Paula asks him to sing some Stevie Wonder, and he starts in with Signed, Sealed, Delivered. We're all happy he did. The ornery judges think he's a better singer than his sister. He's going to Hollywood!!! When Ryan asks which one the judges thought had a better voice, Sanjaya reserves his right to plead the fifth, and the look on his sister's face says she knows what the answer was. A little familial competition is a good thing. Nick Zittzman - oh, dear Lord. This guy has missed his calling; he should be on Beauty and the Geek. He chose Unchained Melody which, unfortunately for Simon, used to be Simon's favorite song. I prayed out loud, "Stop, please." I still can't understand why they let him go on so long. Simon queries, "What the bloody hell was that?" No one has a good answer. I want a serious answer now: What are these people thinking? Nick hears his voice and swoons? I mean because no one, but maybe a baboon, would swoon. He says he would have to hear the playback to see where it went wrong and he's dead serious. There's nothing left to say but comic relief, baby. As Ryan notes, Seattle has proven to have a "frightening lack of anything close to talent." Last audition for Seattle - Day One was a handsome ruffian named Rudy Cardenas who sang Open Arms by Journey! Bring it on, please. Because we need you. And finally for another rare moment in the show, we get to hear something normal. He has a nice voice, and he's cute. He also came equipped with a good personality and a nice smile. Please send Rudolpho to Hollywood. Yes, he gets to go as well, though Simon wasn't happy about it. "It's ridiculous," says Simon, and he is right. Only seven people made it through Day One. Day Two may be worse what's up with Paula's vest? Anyone? So now we're just going through the motions and being put to some sort of test to see if we have the honest-to-God metal it will take to get us through this season. We are subjected several times to terrifying montages of badness, humiliation and lack of self-awareness. Simon is just really awful. I'm not saying he's wrong - just that his patience level has taken a nosedive. When contestant Kenneth, as delusional as the next guy, stands before the judges, Simon says he "looks like a bush baby." (It's hard to deny it, actually, but it is just mean.) But to prove the point, when Kenneth's new friend Jonathan sang - and he was worse than Kenneth - Kenneth thinks he sounds really good.... You see the dilemma. I thought I would die when the Taylor Hicks wannabe wanted to fix Simon's hair and was escorted out by the burly security men. I'd keep my eye on him; he's definitely stalker material. Paula adds, "Troubled people here." A willowy, amazon waitress, Anna Kearns, stood 6-foot-3 in heels. I think she's probably great at local karaoke. But Simon likes her. I'm a little shocked. He says she is "old fashioned." But when he tries to give her some constructive criticism, Randy and Paula begin growling at Simon. He apologizes to Anna, calling them "very unprofessional." But Randy and Paula tell her it's time to go crazy and give her a golden ticket. Perhaps the best line in the show is when Simon says, "You just put through a giraffe." So, by this point, we're miserable and just want it to be over. But then Jordan Sparks appears and she looks good. She chose Because You Love Me by Celine Dion, and we're happy she did because she has an incredible voice. And like Crack Baby from Tuesday night's show, she is only 16 years old! I was thinking: "Send her to Hollywood, please, or I will lose all respect for you." Simon refers to her as "11 lumps of sugar" in his coffee and calls it a compliment. Randy tells Jordan, "You are a natural. You're going to do well." Jordan, the daughter of an NFL star, is through to the next round. The Don't Cha medley was added just to make us squirm. Steven Thone. He does "karoke." I know I spelled it wrong, but this is how he said it: karoke. He said he's way cooler than Carrot Top and thinks he is as good as Freddie Mercury, which unfortunately means he's going to sing Bohemian Rhapsody. I can't stop laughing, nor can the judges - they are hysterical. After fighting with Simon, he butchers his motto, "Don't sing it, just bring it." And the final audition in Seattle sealed the deal - that was truly painful. Tune in next week for Memphis with 16,000 hopefuls. That's nearly twice as many chances to find some real talent. I am praying now that we can erase the bad memories from Seattle and move on to the land of Elvis! show less
Word of the day: Hotness - oh, you know what I'm talking about.Tuesday night’s premiere show garnered over 40 million viewers! The biggest American Idol premiere ever! How apropos that the second night of the No. 1 TV show in America starts with Uncle Sam. He may want us, but we don’t want him. And so the bizarreness resumes.I quite enjoyed the mother/daughter team. Darwin Reedy, aka Misha, was a train wreck, but in seeing her mother, one could see the resemblance. Misha sang Don't Cha by the Pussycat Dolls. All I could think of was Grey Gardens. Am I right? I would like to ask just one simple question: In what world does Darwin believe she is the next American Idol?The first worthwhile moment of the show came when the former gas attendant, Thomas Daniels sang Arms of a Woman by Amos Lee. It was a beautiful song and for my money, Thomas did it justice. This boy is going to Hollywood. I want to hear him sing again and again!Shaymali Malakar, half of a sibling rivalry, sang ... read more

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