American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: Auditions from San Antonio.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2007

February 6, 2007: Simon Says Season 6, Episode 7

There may have been some insanely good vino imbibed before I got a chance to view this ep. So I was hoping that it would be all fun and games. Unfortunately, no one really stood out tonight. It lacked the excitement of the last several episodes and also missed out on the delusional factor. Frankly, it felt like we were all just going through the motions. Simon arrived jet-lagged, and the day started on a sour note. But this was the show where we really saw that whatever Simon says, goes. Ashlyn Carter was beaten up in high school for singing. She sang "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone but clarified that it was the Michael Buble version (seriously, that was enough to get anyone beat up in my school). Paula and Randy said "no" because of her odd facial expressions, even though she had a good voice. In true Simon style, he trumped them. As she walked out the door, Simon told Ashlyn he would have said yes. On the one hand, the judges told her she needed a great vocal coach and was not quite ready. On the other, they said she was a very rare talent and felt that they had made a mistake by saying no. Obviously, whatever Simon says, goes. In an unprecedented move, the judges called Ashlyn back to sing again. She chose "Inseparable." Unfortunately, her facial expressions returned. But Simon told her that even though that happened, she's unique and old-school, like Dionne Warwick. He also said she was "too good to pass up." Ashlyn is going to Hollywood. She's awfully cute, and I think she has a nice stage presence. More of the good: Hailey Scarnato sings in a wedding band and was sexy as heck in a backless jumpsuit she got at a "hootchy" store. Hailey sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt - and pronounced her name correctly. I thought she had just an OK voice, but they liked her. Paula said she had nice control. Simon thought she could sing but wasn't very unique, but he decided she deserved a second chance. Off you go! Baylie Brown from Krum, Texas, is scared of horses because she thinks that they will eat her. She is into fashion, loves magazines. Baylie doesn't fit into small-town life. She sang Faith Hill's "Stronger." She has an interesting voice, I like it, and she picked a good song to showcase it. The judges liked her - Simon said she was "born to be a pop star." He did that thing he's good at where he insults and compliments at the same time. He said she looks fantastic, has a good personality, her voice isn't great, but she's "commercial with a capital 'C'". And according to him, that's a good thing. Akron Watson - the cousin of William Green, who shamelessly sang "Amazing Grace" probably more out of a sense of duty to support his cousin Akron than out of really wanting to be there - sang Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" and, thankfully, he can sing. Simon was bored and spewed that Akron had a "massive personality and charisma problem." He was given a second chance and sang "Let's Get It On." Simon said yes since he has a good voice. Akron's going to Hollywood. Jimmy McNeal came in last and sang "Cupid," although I thought it was "Another Saturday night and I ain't got no money." He sang pretty well, and Simon thought he was like a "Fun Ruben." When he told his daughter (or some small child that was with him) that he was going to Hollywood, in perfect timing she said, "So?" Probably the funniest part of the night. The bad and ugly: Bryan Kyrish sang "Rebel Yell" and what Billy Idol had made an anthem for angst-filled youth became worse than water torture. Jasmine Holland was shy, scared, utterly off-key, horrible and sang through her nose. Simon was laughing. Randy was hysterical. Jasmine said, "Y'all are being rude," which wasn't far from the truth. She said she'd never heard of Randy before American Idol. After she left, Simon said to his fellow judges, "So, yes or no?" Her friends said that Simon was not even American - they thought he was from France until Ryan cleared up that he's from England - so how could he judge who can sing? British people, they said, obviously have no understanding of what talent looks like outside of their country. Sorry, but isn't this the most popular show of all time? It can't be because Simon has no sense of what makes a good pop star. Sandie Chavez, who has sung for the mayor of Houston, sang "Black Velvet" by Alana Myles, and we're sorry for it. She had her hand in her ear for the entire audition, and it went on far too long. She was all over the place. Simon said it was "like some language I've never heard. Was that serious?" Of course, it's not American Idol until you make someone cry, and he did just that. Even "worse news is she's a music teacher." Honestly, what was she thinking? Jacob Tutor, aka Jake the Snake, looked like "Bush Baby." He liked Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose. Simon responded, "You need to be in a very dark bedroom when you sing that song." He ticked the fellow off, and Jacob swore so much we couldn't hear anything he said to Ryan. It was kind of like a dropped cell call. The fact that they spent what felt like 15 minutes on the doors was only further proof that San Antonio had nothing to remember but the Alamo. Just for the record, why can't they label the doors? Only 22 people made it to Hollywood. I'm hoping there was a shining star in the bunch, because I frankly wasn't impressed with a single lone star in Texas. More auditions tomorrow; Lord save us. They have saved the worst of the worst for last. Not sure I'm looking forward to it, but perhaps the entertainment factor will be higher than in San Antonio. show less
There may have been some insanely good vino imbibed before I got a chance to view this ep. So I was hoping that it would be all fun and games. Unfortunately, no one really stood out tonight. It lacked the excitement of the last several episodes and also missed out on the delusional factor. Frankly, it felt like we were all just going through the motions. Simon arrived jet-lagged, and the day started on a sour note. But this was the show where we really saw that whatever Simon says, goes. Ashlyn Carter was beaten up in high school for singing. She sang “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone but clarified that it was the Michael Buble version (seriously, that was enough to get anyone beat up in my school). Paula and Randy said "no" because of her odd facial expressions, even though she had a good voice. In true Simon style, he trumped them. As she walked out the door, Simon told Ashlyn he would have said yes. On the one hand, the judges told her she needed a great vocal coach and was... read more

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