Maybe it was the half-as-long episode (an hour a night of
American Idol auditions is plenty, if you ask me), but tonight's episode seemed to have a better overall talent-to-freakazoid level than the first two (though it was also a bit duller than them, go figure). I was glad to see Carly Smithson, the Irish woman with the face-tattooed husband who was disqualified in Season 5, get a second chance at Hollywood based on her "I'm Every Woman." Her performance was a little overwrought in my estimation, but it's clear she's got some definite vocal chops.
And then there was David Archuleta, the 16-year-old who sang "Waiting on the World to Change," after having overcome partial vocal paralysis (ouch!). I thought there was an odd breathy quality to his sound, though the judges didn't seem to pick up on that at all. One word of advice for David: He'd better watch out when
Ms. Abdul is around, because she had that certain look in her eye when he was auditioning, and we all know how she likes her sweet young things. She relished pointing out how "mature" he was for his age and also said she'd like to "squish" him. I'm sure!
My personal fave of the night was Michael Johns, the cute Australian blue-eyed soul singer whose "I've Been Loving You Too Long" had me flat-out charmed. He's one who seems to have the whole package: the voice, the looks, the nice personality - not to mention that adorable accent.
Don't get me wrong, San Diego did have its head-scratching moments. Explain to me, if you will, the poncho-and-sombrero-meets-mime-act of Joseph and Juanita Mejia. Or the terrible twosome of Monique Gibson and Christopher Baker, who both sang shrieky and tuneless Whitney Houston numbers. Frankly, they were sort of painful to listen to.
Other "it's a no"s went to:
Alberto Hurtado, who sang his autobiographical composition "Live" - what with all the hair-flipping and the long-long nails and the spinny paso doble doll on a stick, I can't really recall what he actually sounded like. He described himself as shy, and apparently he has a gloomy story, but I believe that he's actually quite talented - those fans he decorated were gorgeous, and his whole look was sort of bizarrely fabulous. He just shouldn't be singing.
Blake Boshnack, who sang "Stand by Me" - the former Statue of Liberty-costumed contestant (I
totally remember that from Season 5) was just fine, but the thing that was really freaky about him was his mom, Leslie. Was I the only one disturbed by the level of her
American Idol obsession? She was
psyched about being able to sleep on the sidewalk waiting for the auditions. The show seems to be her raison d' être. Not healthy, Leslie!
Unsolicited advice on what doesn't work at an audition:
Aaron Garrett - snapping and singing the same line over and over again in monotone.
Marat Hayrapetyan - opening your mouth wide enough to catch flies.
Alexandria Ruiz - acting like you might physically launch yourself at the judges.
Sarah Long - squawking incoherently (she
wishes she were the next William Hung!)
On the positive side, there were plenty of golden tickets recipients, including:
Tetiana Ostapowych, who sang "Someone to Watch Over Me" - the first audition of the night was a winner, although
Simon declared her "obnoxious."
Perrie Cataldo, who sang "I'll Make Love to You" - what a sweet guy, the single dad raising his little boy on his own after the boy's mother died. Father and son had matching slicked-back ponytails and blinged-out chains, and the kid was just adorable. (Oh, and Perrie could sing pretty well, too!)
Samantha Musa, who sang "Until You Come Back to Me" - she thinks Simon is really, really hot (no accounting for taste) and after sending in a hastily scribbled note via paper airplane, her sister even got to sit with him and be an honorary judge. (Simon was positively tickled to be mentioned along with Oprah and Barack Obama on the sister's list of people she'd like to meet.) Is it bad that I hope Samantha makes it far enough that she gets a little bit of a Hollywood makeover? She can clearly sing, but those highlights are just heinous.
Best "duh!" moment of the night:
The Mariah Carey-worshiping Valerie Reyes, who told Ryan that she enjoys the bad auditions, said, "Oh, my god, now I'm going to be on the rejects. Now that I think of it... this is so not cool," after singing that beyond ill-advised high-register stuff.
What do you think? Has Paula found her new pet for the season? Did you guys like Michael Johns as much as I did? And shouldn't
American Idol-obsessed moms not push their sons to live out their own dreams?
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Maybe it was the half-as-long episode an hour a night of American Idol auditions is plenty if you ask me but tonights episode seemed to have a better overall talent-to-freakazoid level than the first two though it was also a bit duller than them go figure I was glad to see Carly Smithson the Irish woman with the face-tattooed husband who was disqualified in Season 5 get a second chance at Hollywood based on her Im Every Woman Her performance was a little overwrought in my estimation but its clear shes got some definite vocal chops And then there was David Archuleta the 16-year-old who sang Waiting on the World to Change after having overcome partial vocal paralysis ouch I thought there was an odd breathy quality to his sound though the judges didnt seem to pick up on that at all One word of advice for David Hed better watch out when Ms Abdul is around because she had that certain look in her eye when he was auditioning and we all know how she likes