American Idol Episodes

2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "Road to Hollywood"

Season 8, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: New York City and San Juan are the destinations for the final audition round, as judged by Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson.
Original Air Date: Jan 29, 2009

American Idol Episode Recap: Auditions, San Juan and New York City Season 8, Episode 7

As Ryan says, "fasten your seatbelts," because you're in for a wild ride, courtesy of New York City and San Juan. That's right, tonight we get a two-for-one deal on Idol hopefuls! Which city will produce the most talent?

Since there are two cities this evening, I'll make sure to note which city the contestants are from if I mention them below.

Best Auditions
Jorge Nunez (San Juan): He sounds a little like Marc Anthony (don't tell Marc, but I like Jorge better), and the judges enjoyed him while singing in both English ("What a Wonderful World") and Spanish ("My Way").
Melinda Camille (NYC): Besides her awesome energy (and the fact that she likes to dance around naked), she sounds fantastic singing "Feelin' Good." Though Randy said she "fell off the melody a little," he and the other judges like her enough to send her to Hollywood.
Jackie Tohn (NYC): She chose a terrible first song with Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours," but her second song (no idea what it was called) proved that she has a funky, bluesy voice. Who knows how far she'll get, but it's fun to see different types of artists get through to Hollywood.

Simon Proves He Has a Soul Moment
Adeola Adegoke (NYC): She is so confident she's going to Hollywood that she quit her job prior to the audition. But, upon hearing the first note of Jennifer Hudson's "I'm Telling You," we sure hope they haven't read her letter of resignation yet (and Simon said the same thing). I think small kittens might be dying somewhere. When Simon rejects her she blurts more painful singing, and Simon tells her he's even willing to phone her boss to get her job back. And, shockingly, he does call her boss and gets her job back. Yay, Simon.

It's Karma, Baby
The large plastic screen behind the judges came tumbling toward them during Jackie's audition. The crew catches it before it can smack any of them, but, still... maybe it's a sign, guys?

The Search for the Most Annoying Human Being on the Planet Is Now Over
Joel Contreras (San Juan): He calls himself the "Crazy Rocker," but really, he's just the most annoying person I've ever heard on this show. That's saying a lot. A lot. At first, I thought the giant iPod was creative, but his shrill voice (singing something I don't know) and massive "crazy in his eyes" routine made me fumble for the "fast forward" button on my DVR. I haven't even gotten to the lion hand puppet and the superhero suit... I'll just leave that to your imagination.

Stealing the Show
Monique Garcia Torres (San Juan):
Monique brings her adorable 9-year-old brother Christopher into the audition for good luck, and he totally steals the show... at first. He brings the judges a broken shell and tells them they'll "love" Monique's audition. Screw that, get this kid his own show! But once Monique sings "Can't Hurry Love," her sweet voice puts a smile on the judges' faces. However, the judges don't think she's quite ready yet vocally, but Paula and Simon (!) let her through to Hollywood.

Redux Gone Wrong (or Right)
Alexis Cohen (NYC): How can we forget her crazed audition last year: the swearing, flipping the bird, her massive facial glitter, etc. She's back and all cleaned up. Too bad she sang "Like a Prayer" like it was a joke. When Simon tells her she's horrendous, the real Alexis emerges: She flips him a double bird and calls him a naughty name on her way out.

Best Lines from the Evening
Randy: "Adeola, we have mad love for you, but singing just isn't your skeeze."
Kara: "I like you, you're kind of like a vitamin boost."
(Contestant) Nick Mitchell: "You hurt me like where I get kicked sometimes." Simon: I would have thought you'd have quite liked that." Nick: "You mean, the way you like it when Seacrest does it?" (Oh, snap!)
(Contestant) Alexis Cohen: "There's nothing left to do but give you the finger!"

Are you relieved the auditions are done? Who did you like best from tonight?

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As Ryan says, "fasten your seatbelts," because you're in for a wild ride, courtesy of New York City and San Juan. That's right, tonight we get a two-for-one deal on Idol hopefuls! Which city will produce the most talent? 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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