Start spreading the news. The word of the day:
These two-hour shows are killers. Tonight's
American Idol brought us some of the best and worst of New York. Our guest judge for the evening was the lovely
Carol Bayer Sager, known for her fabulous songwriting with
Simon was in rare form, ushering the judges toward quick yeses and nos.
Paula and Simon got into another tiff, and Carol was surprisingly interactive. Again, I have little to say about
Randy, but he managed to not say "dawg" once on this ep, and for that I am truly grateful.
Let's take a look at the Hollywood-bound. Thirty-five people out of nearly 25,000 are among the lucky, and we saw a few fantastic winners.
Sarah Burgess, otherwise known as "Cry Baby," came to New York without her father's knowledge. She did a pretty good job and is cute, so off to Hollywood she goes. Carol said, "She touched me."
Amanda and Antonella are best friends and beautiful young girls from Jersey. If they can at least carry a tune, both will get sent to Hollywood if Simon has anything to say about it. They are just his type. From where I sat, Amanda had a nice voice but was off-key a few times. Antonella has a better voice, and Simon liked her better. When Amanda asked her what the judges said to her, Antonella - being a good BFF - carefully left out that they thought she had the better voice.
One of the best was Kia Thornton, who sang Aretha's "Ain't No Way." Kia can sing and was thrilled to make it through. Randy was impressed, and so were we.
Jenry Begarano, a gorgeous 16-year-old who was adopted into a Bolivian family, should be modeling. I wonder why he is not. Luckily for us, he was delicious eye candy and had a lovely voice, to boot. Paula and Carol were beside themselves. Jenry sang "I'd Give Anything to Fall in Love," and I don't care what he sang, I was happy just to look.
You could tell by looking at Jory Steinberg that she was going to be good - not to mention the fact that she had the best line of the entire two days in New York. On being Canadian and having been fortunate enough to meet prime ministers and royalty: "If I can hang with the queen of England, I can definitely kick it with Simon Cowell." Jory sang "Chains" by Tina Arena.
One of the more interesting singers to make it through to Hollywood was Porcelan Patino. She had spent the last year getting her body in shape along with her voice. She walked out wearing extremely low-slung jeans and things wrapped all the way up her arms. She had a little attitude and a unique rock-style voice. She sang Mary J. Blige's "Love Without a Limit," and asked for a group hug. Everyone but Simon participated.
They sent through Rachel Zevita, an opera singer who could really sing. She covered a Jeff Buckley song, "Eternal Life," and was very confident. Not sure how she'll do, but definitely worth finding out.
Chris Richardson had a Justin Timberlake thing going on, though I think he was cuter than JT. He chose a Leon Russell number, "Song For You," but sang it as "interpretated" by Donny Hathaway, the soul legend. Simon said Chris was going to surprise everyone in the next several rounds. I'd bet on it.
American Idol - and all the way to Hollywood - was Nicholas Pedro, with his smooth, silky voice. He sang "Fly Me to the Moon" quite nicely. Once again, Paula and Carol were cooing. When Nicholas last went to Hollywood, he quit during the group rounds when he mangled the words to "Buttercup." He's got more confidence now and his voice is even better, so I wish him luck.
Quick mention: Ashanti Johnson has been to Hollywood twice and tried for a third go. Choosing Minnie Riperton's "Loving You," which I remember singing in the shower when I was younger, was perhaps her first mistake. She had a decent voice, but the judges felt she was too old fashioned. She then tried to reason with them and performed a fantastic melodramatic monologue urging them to reconsider. It seriously felt rehearsed. She would be a good actress.
Let's play "Two Words":
New Yore - New Yore
A few noteable oddities were Ian Benardo, Sarah Goldberg and Isadora Furman. I think as strange as Izzy was, that was really her - whereas Ian was just a showman, and a bad one at that. Sarah was hysterical and obviously in need of help. She came to sing for what reason? We do not know. She was hysterical after the audition, with little understanding of the concept of this particular competition. Izzy was a complete train wreck, and I had to wonder why these kids neglect to take their meds before showing up.
We all saw Ian on
So You Think You Can Dance, and he was just as bizarre there. He believed he was fabulous and told the judges to just ask his family, friends or one of his therapists (he has two). He fought incessantly with Simon and demanded to see his work visa - which was, frankly, very funny. The second-best line of the show came when Ian walked out of the audition spouting, "I'm calling
National Geographic to let them know the Dodo bird is not extinct. it's in there, and his name is Simon Cowell." I about fell off my chair. He's got a shtick, and I hope to goodness he channels it for good and not evil.
Next week, Sweet Home Alabama.
Start spreading the news. The word of the day: Interpretated.These two-hour shows are killers. Tonights American Idol brought us some of the best and worst of New York. Our guest judge for the evening was the lovely Carol Bayer Sager, known for her fabulous songwriting with Burt Bacharach.Simon was in rare form, ushering the judges toward quick yeses and nos. Paula and Simon got into another tiff, and Carol was surprisingly interactive. Again, I have little to say about Randy, but he managed to not say dawg once on this ep, and for that I am truly grateful. Lets take a look at the Hollywood-bound. Thirty-five people out of nearly 25,000 are among the lucky, and we saw a few fantastic winners. Sarah Burgess, otherwise known as "Cry Baby," came to New York without her fathers knowledge. She did a pretty good job and is cute, so off to Hollywood she goes. Carol said, She touched me. Amanda and Antonella are best friends and beautiful young girl...