The "friendliest city" in the country provided an
interesting collection of auditions for tonight's
American Idol. It all started with Oliver Highman, who came on his anniversary ready to sing for the judges in a suit and tie - when his very-pregnant wife's water broke. He rushed off to take her to the hospital but was still hoping to make it back in time to audition. He got lost on the way to the hospital, but it all (well, most of it) had a happy ending: Oliver didn't end up with a golden ticket, but he did leave with a beautiful little girl, Emma Grace ("We'll be seeing her in 15 years," quipped
Simon). That makes the second
Idol audition baby this year, but who's counting?
A couple of pairs provided high and low points of the night. One of my definite favorites of all the auditions thus far was Jeffrey Lampkin, who sang "I'm Your Angel" with his sister Michelle. The two of them pulled out some gorgeous harmonies, and you just can't underestimate that "oww!" factor that Jeffrey talked about. And let's not forget about the tie he had wrapped around his head! And the sunglasses! And her bright yellow necklace! And his "hallelujah!" after getting the golden tickets! Priceless. He's definitely the star between the two of them (his sound had a nice, rich quality to it), but I enjoyed them both a lot. And together, they were just pure joy.
On the other end of the spectrum were Randy Stark and Crystal Ortiz, who sang "She's More" together; they had a sweet story but a seriously scary sound. They were the
Idol message-board lovebirds, you'll remember, the ones whose first meeting by a trash can was reenacted in a passionate black-and-white dramatization. But I have to take exception with Simon's comment to Crystal that "If I was in your family, I'd ask you not to [sing]." I'm sorry, but I've heard a
lot worse at family functions. And really, if you can't join in and enjoy sounding awful among your people, what's the point of Christmas carols?
Other "not a chance"s:
Ray "Raysharde" Henderson, aka Mr. Shiny Shirt, who sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" - maybe not, but you've gotta love that 'fro, and the shimmery shiny thing he was sporting, and his great big smile when he talked about being unemployed. What was shocking was that "the black Clay Aiken" could actually carry a tune, and that first phrase sounded pretty good - until he got into the weird pronunciation and the over-the-top antics.
DeAnna Prevatte, who sang "Fancy" - pretty much the only thing this Albermarle, NC, native shared with Season 5's charming, dimwitted firecracker
Kellie Pickler was a hometown. Simon's assessment that her audition "was a bit angry, wasn't it?" seemed an understatement: She was positively
pissed. To all Albermarle residents: Do not visit this woman's station on an all-you-can-eat Sunday! And if you do, you'd
better leave more than a dollar tip, or else I fear for your safety.
Lyndsey Goodman, who sang "Black Velvet" - this one surprised me; I thought they were going to put through the pretty Air Force pilot. In fact, I thought she was a mite bit better than one of the gals the judges did put through (more on that later).
Aretha Codner, who sang "I Have Nothing" - she just didn't want to believe that she wasn't going to live up to her namesake, but the queen of soul she was not.
Joshua Boson, who sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" - his bombastic rendition of the
Dreamgirls song literally stunned the judges into silence. His accusation that the show was "fake and rigged" led Simon to call him "rude and deluded." I'll buy that there may be a few "plants" of real good contestants in the mix, but fake and rigged? Nuh-uh.
There were at least a few Charleston auditioners who got to go to Hollywood (whether they deserved to or not), like:
London Weidberg, who sang "Good Morning Heartache" - I kind of agreed with Simon's take on her, namely that she's pretty and could sing but is basically a dime a dozen, as her audition didn't really stand out.
Amy Flynn, who sang "Reflection" - I don't want it to sound like I'm blasting this nice girl, but come
on. I can see where her STAR (students teaching and respecting sexuality) status and being the captain of the dance squad could make her popular within a certain set of youngsters, but did she really sing well enough to be put through? Her voice was
teeny. Though her encounter with Simon was classic. After she gave him her STAR speech, he said, "I think you're absolutely right. Yep, I'm gonna try to live by that code."
Riiight. His pouty little "sorry" after he criticized her performance, and her poopy-face response, were just too classic. Simon may have met his match - in the form of a confident, abstinent 16-year-old!
Apparently Simon's motto of the year is:
"I don't think you're as good as you think you are." Have you noticed that he's said this to someone at nearly every audition? Guess there are a lot of overconfident singers out there.
What do you think? Did you agree with the judges' decision to put Amy through? Did Lyndsey deserve her spot instead? And were you guys as impressed as I was with Jeffrey Lampkin?
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The friendliest city in the country provided an interesting collection of auditions for tonights American Idol It all started with Oliver Highman who came on his anniversary ready to sing for the judges in a suit and tie when his very-pregnant wifes water broke He rushed off to take her to the hospital but was still hoping to make it back in time to audition He got lost on the way to the hospital but it all well most of it had a happy ending Oliver didnt end up with a golden ticket but he did leave with a beautiful little girl Emma Grace Well be seeing her in 15 years quipped Simon That makes the second Idol audition baby this year but whos countingA couple of pairs provided high and low points of the night One of my definite favorites of all the auditions thus far was Jeffrey Lampkin who sang Im Your Angel with his sister Michelle The two of them pulled out some gorgeous harmonies and you just cant underestimate that oww factor that Jeffr