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2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "Week 4B"

Season 7, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Auditions continue.
Original Air Date: Feb 6, 2008

The Best of the Rest Auditions Season 7, Episode 8

Behold, the real competition is finally in sight: Next week, American Idol will cease its endless auditions and instead focus on the 164 singers who actually earned golden tickets. Hollywood week is (finally) nearly upon us! But first, we had to endure one more night of audition footage - albeit the "best" of the rest. Some were amusing, in an awful way (remember Luke Reeder, of the ear-flap hat, the cartoon-character outfit and the flailing arms?). Others struck a sweeter note, like Chikezie Eze, who sang "All the Woman I Need." Chikezie auditioned last year, too, but Randy wasn't feeling him. This time around, he impressed everyone with his passion, power and clear tone. Other bests: Amy Davis, who sang "Blue Bayou" - when this stunner walked in, Randy said, "Nice shoes," but somehow I don't think it was her shoes he was looking at. Her voice was pretty enough but not particularly memorable. JoAnne Borgella, who sang "I Love You" - you had to like this Jersey girl and plus-size model. For the first time this season, though, I can honestly say that song choice came into play; she better pick some tunes that suit her better in Hollywood! Alesha Stelzl, who sang "Surrender" - when she first came in, I'll admit I was just kind of mesmerized in a scary sort of way: the teeth, the hair, the mother... it was all just too much. Then Randy and Paula decided that she sounded like Dolly Parton and should sing one of her songs... only problem being that Alesha didn't know any. So she left the room, learned "Islands in the Stream," came back, and boom! Next thing you know, Simon is saying, "Welcome to Dollywood." Cardin Lee McKinney, who sang "One Night Only" - this was one of those mystery yes'es to me; I kind of couldn't stand her. It seemed like Paula was on the same page... but Randy said yes and Simon said no, so of course Ms. Abdul couldn't be the one to dash Cardin's dreams - that's just not her style. Danny Noriega, who sang "Proud Mary" - likely the most impressive of tonight's auditions. He's this tiny, young kid, and yet the sound that came out of him... was impressive, and actually really exciting. I have high expectations for him. Other rests: Tiffany McCambell, who sang "Hallelujah" - unlike Simon, I'm not going to comment on this young lady's faith, but wow was her voice painful to listen to. After she told Simon that her voice was a gift from God, he said, "Does he have a return policy? I'm sorry, but if I was given that, I'd give it back." Ouch! Cory and Chris Lane, who did an original number - The twins involved in the pseudo-love triangle were sort of charming but got completely frazzled when one of them (they're twins! Cut me some slack) forgot the lyrics. Ashley Lawing, who sang "Red High Heels" - she was memorable not only for being the girl in the twin triangle, but for her adorable puppy, Panda. I kind of liked the Lane boys until I heard them talking about how they'd encouraged Ashley, even though they knew she couldn't sing worth a lick. Joshua Moreland, aka Jay Smoove, who sang "Beautiful Lady" - with his gummy smile, his bedazzled sunglasses and his upper-register singing, Smoove was anything but. "Can I be honest with you?" Simon asked him. "It was a horribly over-the-top, corny, revolting audition." Smoove's handful of confetti and rose petals did, however, lead to a pretty amusing scene of Simon attempting to sweep up the audition floor in an effort to embarrass Ryan. What do you think? Are you guys as psyched for Hollywood week as I am? Or are you just glad that the auditions are over? For American Idol clips, visit our Online Video Guide. show less
Behold the real competition is finally in sight Next week American Idol will cease its endless auditions and instead focus on the 164 singers who actually earned golden tickets Hollywood week is finally nearly upon usBut first we had to endure one more night of audition footage albeit the best of the rest Some were amusing in an awful way remember Luke Reeder of the ear-flap hat the cartoon-character outfit and the flailing arms Others struck a sweeter note like Chikezie Eze who sang All the Woman I Need Chikezie auditioned last year too but Randy wasnt feeling him This time around he impressed everyone with his passion power and clear toneOther bestsAmy Davis who sang Blue Bayou when this stunner walked in Randy said Nice shoes but somehow I dont think it was her shoes he was looking at Her voice was pretty enough but not particularly memorable JoAnne Borgella who sang I Love You you had to like this Jersey girl a read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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