American Idol auditions were in Hotlanta,
Mr. Seacrest's hometown, so I guess it shouldn't have come as a surprise that we got to meet his mom and dad. Pretty cute, I'd say, though his dad did look a little like he was running for public office (then again, it's Super Tuesday, so maybe I just have politics on the brain).
We also now know how they stretched out the audition portion of this season - by creating montages of
Paula being wishy-washy. Oy. Tomorrow night is the best of the rest of the auditions... (yawn). But! You know what that means, don't you, kids? It means that
next week we're going to Hollywood!
Only a couple of good singers really stood out for me tonight: Alexandrea Lushinton, whose "My Funny Valentine" had a haunting sound that was way beyond her 16 years (and whose 93-year-old great grandmother stole my heart when she said, "Don't let me cry, because they're taking pictures"); and Amanda Overmyer, the rock & roll nurse who started singing "Mean Woman. " Remember my rule about how singing Janis Joplin is never a good idea in an audition? Well, I was right. Though when
Simon made her switch songs (to "Travelin' Band"), she showed some bona fide rockin' chops. We'll see how she fares next week.
Other Atlanta "yes"es:
Joshua Jones, who sang "Don't Stop Me Now" - the guy who works with glass freaked out Simon with his "demonic" eye rolling; when they made him sing with his back to them, Simon quipped, "That's something we should have done to
Clay Aiken years ago."
Asia'h Epperson, who sang "How Do I Live" - tonight's saddest story really was wrenching; her father passed away in a car accident while she was on her way to audition. I can see why the judges were moved, and I feel awful saying anything negative about her, but she has a serious breathing-support problem - her air was just hissing out as she sang. My prediction is that she won't get far.
Brooke Helvie, who sang "Who's Loving You" - Miss South Florida Fair was as perky as could be, but was also, as Simon put it, "Possibly the most annoying person I have ever seen in my life."
Josiah Leming, who sang "To Run" - his own composition didn't particularly impress, though I felt for the kid with the dream who was living in his car and listening to lots of British bands (thus the acquired accent). As far as I can tell, he sings the same three or four notes over and over, but my husband was with Paula on this one and thought Josiah sounded great.
And tonight's rejects included:
J.P. Tjelmeland, who sang "Me and My Gang" - when he auditioned three years ago, he and
Carrie Underwood were "audition buddies." He was pretty confident that he had come a long way, but
Randy was sort of in shock that this kid was majoring in singing. (Hall of shame quote, from J.P.: "I really, really want this; I don't want to do four years of school.")
Eva Miller, who sang "A Thousand Miles" - her performance consisted of turning in circles and falling on her bum. She got teary when Simon said, "This is a joke," but she still declared her love for him.
Chris Lars, who sang "Summertime" - he wore some kind of a kilt (or maybe it was just a skirt?) and had a full scruffy beard... an even more unlikely image for a pop star than the mini-Clay Aiken they showed audition clips of.
Jared Wiley, who sang "I'll Sail Upon the Dog-Star" - an eerie, high-pitched, toothy, hilarious mess that inspired Simon's best line of the night (see below).
Nathan Hite, who sang "Paralyzer" - he did say he was hungry and tired, which perhaps explains why he was clutching his tummy the whole time. Simon called it a "bedroom audition," which Nathan interpreted thus: "Maybe it's the fact that I refused to spoon with him, so he refused to let me through."
Best Simon line of the night, about Jared Wiley:
"OK, this is like something out of a science fiction movie." I don't appreciate the sci-fi dis, but I know what he meant.
What do you think? Did Simon have a point about making Clay Aiken sing standard backward, or was he just being a meanie? Did Alexandrea strike you as wise beyond her years? And are J.P.'s parents kicking themselves right now for paying for their kid to go to college?
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Tonights American Idol auditions were in Hotlanta Mr Seacrests hometown so I guess it shouldnt have come as a surprise that we got to meet his mom and dad Pretty cute Id say though his dad did look a little like he was running for public office then again its Super Tuesday so maybe I just have politics on the brain We also now know how they stretched out the audition portion of this season by creating montages of Paula being wishy-washy Oy Tomorrow night is the best of the rest of the auditions yawn But You know what that means dont you kids It means that next week were going to HollywoodOnly a couple of good singers really stood out for me tonight Alexandrea Lushinton whose My Funny Valentine had a haunting sound that was way beyond her 16 years and whose 93-year-old great grandmother stole my heart when she said Dont let me cry because theyre taking pictures and Amanda Overmyer the rock roll nurse who started singing Mean