Welcome back, Idol fans! After a lackluster showing of talent in San Francisco last night (save of course for "singing from the wrong rectum" girl), we're hoping for a much better batch of wannabes in Louisville. After a cheesy visit to Churchill Downs, we finally get to meet the hopefuls. But did Louisville deliver?
Joanna Pacitti: Kara recognizes her from having been signed to a label, but Joanna tells them that the deal just didn't work out — we can tell she's still fragile from being dropped. This girl is smokin' hot and sings an awesome version of Pat Benatar's "We Belong." If she can get over her confidence issue, I think she'll go far. Too bad they ruin her sweet moment of victory by playing Avril Lavigne's "Keep Holding On." Gag.
Matt Giraud: The 23-year-old dueling piano player sings the heck out of his audition song and gets his golden ticket to Hollywood!
Alexis Grace: I kinda want to reach through the screen and strangle Randy when he tells this little soul-tastic spitfire that she has a "pretty good voice." I swear I don't understand their thinking most of the time. Paula likes her but wants her to work on her stage presence (um, do you remember Carrie Underwood's audition?). But, she's fantastic, and much better than anything else they've seen in Louisville.
Leneshe Young: As they often do on Idol, they save the best for last. Leneshe has a smoky and playful voice that reminds me of Rihanna a little bit. Plus, with her backstory filled with poverty and overcoming adversity, how can you not love this diamond in the rough!
Most Awesome Meltdown
Tiffany Shedd: The very first audition of the night, no less, is this train-wreck blonde with an equally horrific voice... and roots... and robot makeup. She butchers Mariah Carey's "Hero," and when the judges tell her no, she storms into the hallway with the cameras and declares she is a much better singer than so many other people. (What an argument!) She then busts out with a defiant and tearful version of Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You" in an octave that I'm sure made dogs in a three-mile radius begin to howl.
Holy Crap, Kara Just Channeled Simon Moment
The usually fair and rational judge (save for the bikini girl debacle) Kara channels Simon during Rebecca Garcia's rendition of Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." She says that since the girl was voted "most humorous" in school, the audition is supposed to be funny. Right? Right? (Insert crickets chirping and poor Rebecca's lip quivering). Way to be a high school mean girl, Kara.
Most Inappropriate Behavior in front of an Excellent Singer
Simon badgers Paula and Kara about the yummy/scruffy and talented Brent Keith Smith. They are so annoyed with Simon, Kara and Paula literally crawl under the table to hide. Unfortunately, Kara's choice of words: "Wait, let's go down together! 1-2-3!" They then proceed to head under the table (can't even touch that one). Later, when Simon asks if Kara is a "yes or no," she orgasmic-ly screamed "Yeeeeeeesss!"
Ryan Benningfield: I'm not sure if he's supposed to look like someone from the band KISS? A mime that was run over by a tractor? Maybe like someone who stepped out of an early '80s drug-induced music video? I'm not even sure what he's singing because I've been hypnotized by his zigzaggy fur vest.
Grossest Advice to Contestant
Kara (to Alexis Grace): "Don't wear pink." Paula: "Dirty it up a bit." Kara: (in a deep voice) "Make love to your fiancé." (What?!)
What do you think of Louisville? Who was your favorite of the bunch? What was up with Kara tonight?
Welcome back, Idol
fans! After a lackluster showing of talent in San Francisco last night (save of course for "singing from the wrong rectum" girl), we're hoping for a much better batch of wannabes in Louisville. After a cheesy visit to Churchill Downs, we get to finally meet the hopefuls. But did Louisville deliver?