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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The rest of the best auditions from around the country.
Original Air Date: Feb 7, 2007

February 7, 2007: Do It, Do It to Ya Season 6, Episode 8

Word of the day: "Bocalize." So it's not all sunshine and roses over at American Idol headquarters. Seems like not only does Thomas Daniels, one of my faves for the golden ticket, have an arrest under his belt (a DUI, though, admittedly, it has been struck from his record), but two other hopefuls do as well. Akron Watson was arrested for possession of a little thing called marijuana, and Facial Girl, Ashlyn Carter, poured some sugar on it when she filled her ex-boyfriend's gas tank with the sweet stuff last year. The producers have reneged Hollywood access to Akron, but, surprisingly, Thomas and Ashlyn are still in the running, as far as I can tell. We'll know next week for sure when we arrive in Hollywood and start narrowing down the field. Ryan tells us this is a little taste of "the best of the rest." What he neglected to say was that they were also the worst of the worst. Let's start with the losers and work our way up to the winners tonight. I am happy to see more Idolites since I don't think they showed enough of the good singers on the past six shows. But now we've gotten to see a handful more, and we're going to have some very tough competition once we're in Hollywood. According to Simon, Christa Fazzino looked like the "inside of a dustbin." Meanwhile, Jack Odanovich proved he was just another of the many misguided souls who will "never ever give up," which is why Simon's comment that he was "delusional" is so right-on. Edward Sanchez was really only there to meet Paula. He sang "Donna" in a way that was nothing close to what we have come to understand as singing. "Singing's not your bag, man," said Randy, stating the obvious. But he left like a champ, feeling good about having met Paula. The rock-solid performances were: Tami Gosnell, dressed down, sang "Whipping Post" after Simon asked if in her day job anyone pulled out a whip to make her go faster. (She's a jitney driver.) Bring it on.... Oh, I like her. (Although she has got to get rid of that piercing - it's way too distracting.) Different. Terrific voice. Beautiful tone. Golden ticket. 1,000 percent yes. Paul Kim was inspired by William Hung, but not in the way you might think. He thinks there are not enough Asians in the industry. I say, "Bring it, Paul." Wow! He gave a great audition overall. His voice was "soft and smoky, but with power." Gina Glockson admitted her love for Simon and sang "Black Velvet." There's no doubt this girl has got soul, and she wanted to hug Simon. I loved her - she reminds me of my cousins with her accent. Plus she was wearing an Ed Hardy T-shirt and sporting some mean tattoos. I like mixing up the poplettes with some rock chicks. Go, Gina! Ebony Jointer, of the roller-skating threesome, sang "I Believe in You and Me" from Whitney Houston and proved instantly that she is so much better than the others, and gorgeous. Simon found her to be in a "different league to these girls." They said yes to her pal, Ashley, too. But as far as I'm concerned, there was really no reason to send her... except maybe just for the drama of losing Ashley in the next round. Finally, Lakisha Jones. She said her voice wasn't a talent but a gift, and she wants to share it with the world. This audition for her was about new beginnings. I like her already! She sang "Think" by Aretha, and the first note out of her mouth was - hello!!! Fantastic audition. Simon called her a "good old-fashioned belter." I felt she had a little Jennifer Hudson quality to her voice. And with Jennifer's performance in Dreamgirls, even if this girl doesn't make it to the finals, she will find a career. Not astonishingly, the dance montage was pretty frightening. I am not even going to comment on the rest of the crap we were subjected to. However, I gotta say, and don't hate me for this, but we did get to see a few moments when the judges were being nice to a terrible singer because that person was sweet. Feels like they are only totally rude when the person is not only completely talent-challenged, but also thinks they are fantastic and cannot take anyone telling them otherwise. For all you songwriters out there, keep an eye on the American Idol website for news of the upcoming songwriting contest. I think I feel worse for the people who will have to listen to all the songs than I do for the judges in the auditions. A field of 172 people will be whittled down to just 12 finalists.... Oh, the drama! I can't wait. See you next week for the rest of the best. Editor's Note: If you've got questions for Idol judge Paula Abdul, please post them below and you could see the answer in an upcoming issue of the magazine. show less
Word of the day: "Bocalize."So it’s not all sunshine and roses over at American Idol headquarters. Seems like not only does Thomas Daniels, one of my faves for the golden ticket, have an arrest under his belt (a DUI, though, admittedly, it has been struck from his record), but two other hopefuls do as well. Akron Watson was arrested for possession of a little thing called marijuana, and Facial Girl, Ashlyn Carter, poured some sugar on it when she filled her ex-boyfriend’s gas tank with the sweet stuff last year. The producers have reneged Hollywood access to Akron, but, surprisingly, Thomas and Ashlyn are still in the running, as far as I can tell. We’ll know next week for sure when we arrive in Hollywood and start narrowing down the field. Ryan tells us this is a little taste of “the best of the rest.” What he neglected to say was that they were also the worst of the worst. Let’s start with the losers and work our way up to the winners tonight. I am ha... read more

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