American Idol Episodes

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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 6, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The Hollywood round begins.
Original Air Date: Feb 13, 2007

February 13, 2007: "Real World: Peoria" Season 6, Episode 9

Let's just start out with the best line: I'm not comfortable going to bed. I've got a secret. I worked on the very first American Idol auditions in New York. I remember Justin, I remember the horror of the initial auditions, but most of all I remember the yes/no rooms and the waiting. It felt like your skin slinking off your body, a hole being left where your heart used to be. Talk about trauma. There's nothing like it, (and I was just a production assistant). On that note, welcome to Hollywood! Finally. We're here at the Orpheum Theatre - where is that? I mean, I live in L.A., and I don't know. Let me look it up. Wait, please. Oh, right. Downtown. Plus, Ryan says it after I find it on the Internet. The website says that Judy Garland performed there in 1933, and now the Idol hopefuls do. We haven't found a Judy Garland in five years. Maybe this year we'll be lucky, maybe this year. Now, you all know how I feel about Sundance, but I've got to say, I thought he should have been sent home - both during his 30-second audition and in the group - but somehow he made it through. Simon admonished, "You sang through your nose. And you looked positively boiled." I was with Simon when he told Paula she was being "generous" by allowing him through to the next round. The only group worth watching was the N'Sync boys - Blake Lewis, our beat boxer; Rudy Cardenas, who was here last year; Thomas Lowe, with the hat; and Chris Sligh, who won our hearts with his humor and his rendition of "Kiss From A Rose." The boys sang "How Deep Is Your Love." Not only were they fantastic vocally, but they also made it entertaining. They had great choreography, good attitudes and when Blake began beat boxing, I thought I would die. It was fantastic and the absolute highlight of the show. This is the kind of thing that makes me tune in to this show. (Well, yes, that and the fact that I write this blog.) Chris says that American Idol fans are writing Sligh-ku. Here's mine. Your voice is smooth, aah.Like to hear kiss from a roseBut, please cut your hair. Nicole Turner did not choose the right song, as her mother and aunt were stressing her out. I thought she was pretty good, but they sent her home. Her mother managed to hobble onto the stage and start an argument between her daughter and Simon. Nicole then told Simon, "Hey, don't you shout at me," when he told her for the 100th time that it wasn't the song choice. Paula advised her to "punch him eight million times," and said to Simon, "You're obnoxious." Which, of course, he was. Matt Sato - who is all of 16 years old - tells us, "Before this, my parents weren't really proud of me." On his mother hugging him after getting through to Hollywood: "It was awkward because I don't hug my mom on a regular basis." Matt calls her after he's made it through to the next round. She says she loves him and he tells us, "She never says she loves me, either." Now, I'm so depressed. In the end, his talent and eyebrows get him sent home and that final phone call is just dreadful. The love is gone, and it sounds like his mother hung up on him. The group rounds felt an awful lot like a canceled reality series. There was drama and frazzled nerves and people yelling at each other. The girl groups and their drama were actually entertaining, though not in the same way as the Supergroup boys. We had Bailey, Antonella and Amanda on the one hand and Gina, Perla, and the two other girls on the other. Laughing all the way, Gina said funny things like, "We're not going to be friends tomorrow," because Perla could not learn the harmonies. Bailey's age started to show when she said, "But we're gonna do good tomorrow, I'm positive," even as the group could not learn the words. Bailey assured her group that she's "gonna make it through." But we know it's never gonna happen, and it's too bad because she has a great voice. Hopefully, she'll come back next year after she's learned how to milk the cows and shoe to horses back home. Amanda proved to be a complete beee-aaaatch. I am not sure what Antonella saw in her. After she makes it through during group rounds, I wondered, how did this happen? She forgot her words, too. All I could think was that it would be more fun to kick her out in the yes/no rooms. Needless to say, before she got sent home, I was thinking that I didn't like her much anymore. When she alluded to the fact that she got through "because God likes good people," she insinuated that 16-year-old Bailey Brown was not a good girl. I could have strangled her with my bare hands. Amanda is the type of person for whom the word "privilege" was coined. She's stuck-up and selfish. I was even more perturbed that she denied she was flirting, when she was called on it. With a little distance, I hope that Antonella sees her "friend" for what she really is. Why does everyone hold up to their mouth either an upside-down wine glass, a cell phone or just their hand? I was waiting for someone to whip out a nasty hairbrush with hairs flinging out of it. "Oh, baby!" Just wanted to point out some fashion challenges: What's with the vests in this show? Paula, Ryan and Jory proudly sport these. Please don't bring this look back! And Paula wins the award, because she later comes out with the mid-waist belt. Paula, haven't you heard that the patent-leather waist belt went out of style around the time of your last popular album? So, disappointments for me include Jeramisha Lemar - I felt she should have gone through. And I'm really on the fence about Sundance. He blew me away when he first sang "Stormy Monday." But I'm really torn because I was rooting for him, and frankly, I think he blew it. So, though we didn't get to see everyone, some of the folks who made it through include: the two fabulous backup singers, Brandon Rogers and Melinda Doolittle; Nick Pedro; Phil Stacey; Tami Gosnell, who seems to have removed her lip-piercing in favor of a labret; Paul Kim, the sexy anti-William Hung; Gina Glocksen; Tatiana McConnico and Sanjaya, who cried more than his sister after he realized he was in and she was out. These folks (that we might care about) are going home: our army brats, Rachel - she was trying to go as far as she could for her husband still in Iraq - and Jarred "Wasn't as good as the first time around. You know." Simon seemed genuinely disappointed. Jarred took it rather like a man: "I'm glad I made it this far; it's been an amazing experience". And the rest: " Bailey - I'm actually bummed about that. " Jory - What a difference a day makes. " Jamie Lynn - Sorry, I don't actually care about her. " Shakira, I mean Perla, who brought "personality over talent" and was asked to bring it back home. " Ashlyn Carr - Hopefully Simon's car is nowhere nearby. (Oh, you know what I'm talking about.) " Porcelana - Simon called her audition "below average." " Sarah Burgess - "Made my parents proud, so I've already won," though the tears tell a different story. " Che Guevera/Sean Michel - You say you want a revolution, where is it? And where were Ebony and Lakeisha in this show? I looked for them and did not see them in the room or anywhere - nor Jordin Sparks. Anyone? The fact that we didn't get to hear from our two backup singers, Melinda Doolittle and Brandon Rogers (as well as the fantastic Thomas Daniels), makes me think they were just so good, the judges are saving them for a later debut. OK, peeps, show me some love! I need to hear your comments. Tell me what you thought. Who is your favorite? Who do you think has the furthest to go? Who should go who's still there? Who do you wish was still around? I want to know. {NOTE: Hunky Jenry Bejarano was ousted during the early part of Hollywood week. And a rumor or two: Thomas Daniels, was disqualified for leaking info to the press; Sanjaya replaced him. And there's talk that Phil Stacey has also been disqualified, though no one is saying why. If anyone has any info, please, share it here!} show less
Let's just start out with the best line: I’m not comfortable going to bed.I’ve got a secret. I worked on the very first American Idol auditions in New York. I remember Justin, I remember the horror of the initial auditions, but most of all I remember the yes/no rooms and the waiting. It felt like your skin slinking off your body, a hole being left where your heart used to be. Talk about trauma. There’s nothing like it, (and I was just a production assistant).On that note, welcome to Hollywood! Finally. We’re here at the Orpheum Theatre — where is that? I mean, I live in L.A., and I don’t know. Let me look it up. Wait, please. Oh, right. Downtown. Plus, Ryan says it after I find it on the Internet. The website says that Judy Garland performed there in 1933, and now the Idol hopefuls do. We haven’t found a Judy Garland in five years. Maybe this year we’ll be lucky, maybe this year.Now, you all know how I feel about Sundance, but I’ve got to... read more

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