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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Auditions are held in Memphis.
Original Air Date: Jan 23, 2007

January 23, 2007: Memphis Season 6, Episode 3

The word of the day: Confidentiality. Highlights Castro goes to Hollywood! Paula tweaks Simon's right one. Ryan is stumped for a comeback when the "Burning Love" singer says, "No, I'm not gonna dance with the song, I'm just gonna do a little movement." And who can forget the girl with the tri-colored hair who said, "I forgot my medication." Last week: four hours. Grueling. This week: only three. So easy. Tonight: one hour. Heaven. OK, so, we've got some winners. Sundance Head was remarkable. His father is Roy Head, who was a one-hit wonder in the '60s. Looks like Sundance could far surpass him. His voice was ridiculous. Ridiculously good, that is. He had a fantastic personality and picked a great song to showcase his talent: "Stormy Monday." It was so good, as soon as he was done I had to listen to it again! Simon said, "I'm gonna be amazed if you don't make it to the finals." The great thing about Simon - when he's bad, he's very bad, but when he sees talent, he's even better. I still have a soft spot for Thomas Daniels, who crooned Amos Lee last week, but Sundance is playing a close second. OK, so when Castro came on, I wrote, "Why is this guy auditioning for American Idol?" To me, he looked like a book-smart, revolutionary, left, left, left-thinking guy who hates everything about the establishment. But then he opened his mouth, and I was awestruck. Sean Michael sang a Johnny Cash tune, "God's Gonna Cut You Down." And he really blew me away. Send Che Guevara to Hollywood! Does he realize that someone is going to have to give him a haircut and a shave before he will be seriously considered? I'm all for individuality, but this is American Idol, after all, not Cuba's Got Talent. (That's Cuba the country, not Gooding Jr.) The next amazing performer was the confidence-lacking Melinda Doolittle, who had at least conjured up enough self assurance to throw down with Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life." Melinda is a background singer and admitted feeling very comfortable behind a lead singer. But she must realize her talent should not be hidden from the public! Simon called her a "brilliant singer" and said she was in the "top 2 percent of good singers" on this tour. Once again, Simon is right on. Phil Stacy's wife had a baby while he was waiting in line to sing for the judges. Luckily for both of them, he was good enough to go to Hollywood, though I found him nasally and singing through a pinched throat. It was a nice (or manipulating) addition to see his new baby and family. I should mention Danielle McCulloch, who sang Aretha Franklin. I wasn't terribly impressed, but she had the look that Simon likes. He simply referred to it as the "blues part of her voice," but we know what he meant. She was OK. She could be better. We'll see what happens. Simon's best comments of the evening were directed at Sundance and began when he didn't know what to say about his name: "nowhere to go after that." When he asked Sundance why this year was particularly lucky for him and Sundance replied that he'd married his wife, Simon groaned, "how lucky." When Sundance said he and his wife were due to have their first baby (Christmas Day 2006), Simon sarcastically moaned, "Oh, great news." Then when Sundance also said he was getting to audition for AI, Simon replied, "Well, one out of three." He doesn't seem to like the idea of marriage or children. For those of you keeping score at home, The Losers: Cat Eyes, The Gums, Paula's New Lover who was "stoked," The Flashing Boob, and how on god's green earth did we miss the audition of the guy who took off his underwear through the fly in his pants, all while singing "Burning Love" and wearing a bonnet? These are the moments that make the show what it is. See you tomorrow! show less
The word of the day: Confidentiality. Highlights – Castro goes to Hollywood! Paula tweaks Simon’s right one. Ryan is stumped for a comeback when the "Burning Love" singer says, “No, I’m not gonna dance with the song, I’m just gonna do a little movement.” And who can forget the girl with the tri-colored hair who said, “I forgot my medication.”Last week: four hours. Grueling. This week: only three. So easy. Tonight: one hour. Heaven. OK, so, we’ve got some winners. Sundance Head was remarkable. His father is Roy Head, who was a one-hit wonder in the ‘60s. Looks like Sundance could far surpass him. His voice was ridiculous. Ridiculously good, that is. He had a fantastic personality and picked a great song to showcase his talent: "Stormy Monday." It was so good, as soon as he was done I had to listen to it again! Simon said, “I’m gonna be amazed if you don’t make it to the finals.” The great thing about Simon — w... read more

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