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American Idol Episode: "American Idol"

Season 8, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: Early auditions continue in Kansas City, Mo., in Season 8's second installment.
Original Air Date: Jan 14, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, Kansas City Season 8, Episode 2

We're back for the latest round of auditions in David Cook's stomping grounds of Kansas City! Let me here you out there KC peeps! (I'll just pretend I heard you). We get so see a little rewind of David Cook's last visit, and then see the new batch of hopefuls (11K of them!) mug it up for the cameras. Whoa, there's Jason Castro, there to support his brother who is auditioning!

So, I devoured all your comments from last night's episode, and loved them! There's nothing quite like our Idol gang, right guys? Seems as though most of you didn't really care for the new judge (Kara DioGuardi, aka, LGA) on her first outing, and I can see why. The little show-down with Bikini Girl was, well, like high school all over again. Thanks but I was traumatized enough the first time through... I don't need a reminder of mean girl etiquette on my American Idol night!

LGA was all: "This is how you really sing it, ho!"
Bikini girl was all: "Don't get all up in my grill! Your version sucked ass!"
LGA was all: "Oh no you did-int, beyotch! I'll cut you!"

OK, that's not what happened, but seriously, can we get back to the basics here, peeps? People sing (awesomely or horribly), and the judges judge!

'Nuf said.

Best Auditions
-Ashely Anderson, who sang Footprints in the Sand by Leona Lewis (co-written by Simon) — she messed up the lyrics but still won the judges over.

-Casey Carlson, who sang Vanessa Carlton's "Thousand Miles", charmed the judges by having a sweet (country-sounding) voice and Paula thinks "there's a whole package there."

-Michael Castro, the brother o' Jason, who had a unique sound even though Simon's still not sure if he (or Jason for that matter) are really that into music.

-Matt Brietzke, the bear of a welder and family man, who won over 3 of the 4 judges with his version of "Ain't No Sunshine."

-Jessica Furney, the "small town girl" who lives with and takes cares of her 93-year-old Grandma. She rocked some Janis Joplin and snagged a golden ticket to Hollywood!

-Anoop Desai, the young man who Simon teased for studying "BBQ" in school, shocked the judges

-Lil Rounds, was "absolutely fantastic" and a "singer's singer", who sang a little Stevie Wonder and won the judges over big time.

Most Awesome Meldowns
-Unnamed contestant: As the dramatic operatic background swells (is that from Amadeus?) we see a very upset contest screaming "Nooooooo!" several times, as if her one true love just succumbed to tuberculosis or a treacherous duel... I think that music is affecting my judgment.

-Crazy cheerleaders: Maggie Gyllenhaal's evil twin red and white-haired (but both were very sweet friends) girl served as cheerleaders for a contestant. They started bawling for their friend before he even had a definite no from the judges.

-Mia Conley: Sang an ear-piercing version of "Loving You," and after the judges said no, she kept singing badly, and then mouthed off to the cameras several more times.

Most Ear Drum-Bursting Moment
Von Smith, who sang "Somewhere over the Rainbow" so loudly that my neighbor banged on my wall to turn the sound down — not really, but you get my drift. To be honest, I really wanted them to tell him to take it down a notch. But he's a cute kid, so bravo.

Tearjerker Moment
Danny Gokey, who revealed he lost his wife four weeks ago (tears!), wowed the judges, who said he was one of the best they'd heard in KC. His BFF got through to Hollywood as well!

Best Lines from the Judges:
Simon: "Chelsea, that sounded like a cat jumping off the Empire State Building, and the noise it would make before it hit the floor."

Simon: (Re: a terrible rendition of "Amazing Grace") "Change that last line from "blind" to deaf, and that song would make a lot of sense."

Anoop: Randy you can call me 'Noop Dog

Simon (re: Anoop): It's all a bit geeky, isn't it?

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We're back for the latest round of auditions in David Cook's stomping grounds of Kansas City! Let me here you out there KC peeps! (I'll just pretend I heard you). We get so see a little rewind of David Cook's last visit, and then see the new batch of hopefuls (11K of them!) mug it up for the cameras. Whoa, there's Jason Castro, there to support his brother who is auditioning! read more

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Premiered: June 11, 2002, on FOX
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Premise: The smash reality series showcases wannabe pop stars competing for a record deal by crooning for a panel of judges, including, most entertainingly, the acid-tongued Simon Cowell, who departed the show in 2010 after serving for nine seasons. The judges review a performer's talent (or lack thereof), and at-home viewers then vote for their favorite potential star. The show helped launch the careers of such artists as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert.

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