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2002, TV Show

American Idol Episode: "Auditions #6: Dallas"

Season 9, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The judges search for lone stars in the Lone Star State when open auditions are held in Dallas. Neil Patrick Harris and Joe Jonas are the guest judges.
Original Air Date: Jan 27, 2010

American Idol Episode Recap: Dallas Auditions Season 9, Episode 6

On the road to Hollywood, American Idol made its next stop Wednesday night in Dallas — another city that delivered some of the same problems that have been plaguing Season 9's audition tour. Too much emphasis was again dedicated to fluffy packages about the judges, and while the number of good auditions far outweighed the bad, I've still seen few contestants I look forward to hearing again. The show scored a half victory on the guest-judging front, as Neil Patrick Harris added one more thing to the list of items he does well. Joe Jonas could have stayed home. All in all, 31 contestants got golden tickets. Below, some thoughts on the featured contestants:

THE GOOD

Lloyd Thomas, "Overjoyed"
This dock worker and father of two is looking to make a better life for his children, and his smooth voice might just help him do that. His bubbly personality wins the judges over, although Harris says Lloyd needs to exhibit those traits during his performance. Kara DioGuardi then rambled about how great it is that a dock worker can come on a show to chase his dream, and I silently wished Katy Perry was back to put her in her place.

Kimberly Carver
After a ridiculous package suggesting NPH and Simon Cowell were in a Texas-style stand-off (complete with the theme from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly) the two continued to disagree about Kimberly's jazzy original song. Simon says she wasn't current or interesting, but NPH and the other judges overrule him.

Erica Rhodes, "Free Your Mind"
A former cast member on Barney and Friends, Erica shows just how much she's grown up by wearing a black patent leather outfit and dominatrix whip. The judges all agree that she can sing, but I found her song (and her refrain from the Barney theme song) to stay in one part of her upper register that became increasingly tough to listen to. Maybe she'll adjust that.

Dave Pittman, "Bring it On Home to Me"
He suffers from Tourette's syndrome, but his facial twitches and throat clearing don't affect him while he's singing. He soulfully nails a tough Sam Cooke song. NPH says he's crazy brave, and all the judges agree he deserves a spot in the next round.

Todrick Hall
He, too, sings an original song, and again Simon is less than impressed, mostly because his lyrics are a "cutesy" nod to the audition process. Joe Jonas says he has star power (he has performed alongside former Idol winner Fantasia Barrino in a production of The Color Purple) and Randy says he's the best he's heard all season. Simon says he's not jumping out of his chair, but Todrick does end up with four affirmative votes.

Maegan Wright, "To Make You Feel My Love"
She has a pretty voice, which Kara says caught her completely off-guard based on Maegan's outfit. (Does Kara think about anything besides "package" artists?) Simon, however, says he likes her element of surprise and the fact that she's being who she is without trying too hard. She gets an easy ticket.

Christian Spear, "All I Can Do Is Cry"
She was diagnosed with leukemia at 4, but has been in remission for eight years. She has incredible confidence and it comes through in her strong voice. Randy is impressed with her ability at age 16, and Kara likes that she has no fear. Hollywood, here she comes. (Also, other Season 9 buzzwords I wish would die: Simon referring to the judges giving a singer four yeses as a "full house" and the judges showing their level of their approval by grading their "yes" in varying percentages.)

THE BAD
Dexter Ward, "If I Ever Fall In Love Again"

He's sure ("very, very, very, very, very, very sure," in fact) that he is going to get a golden ticket and become the "next America's Idol." After his singing, the judges are very sure that he will not. But he remained upbeat ... at least until his emotions got the better of him outside.

Vanessa Johnston, "At Last"
She is also quite optimistic, lighting up the room with her bright pink outfit and her beaming personality. Her performance has plenty of attitude but not many good notes. Simon says she is what his nightmares look and sound like. He must not sleep very well.

THE RIDICULOUS                          
Julie Kevelighan, "Black Velvet"

Julie has history with Idol: She auditioned in Dallas during Season 1, where Kelly Clarkson was discovered. NPH makes fun of her sparkly dress and her homemade sign. When her first song fails to impress, she tries "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and "Something to Talk About," both of which are equally bad. She finally takes no for an answer, but decides on the way out that her breathing technique was to blame for her failure.

What did you think of the Dallas auditions?

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On the road to Hollywood, American Idol made its next stop Wednesday night in Dallas — another city that delivered some of the same problems that have been plaguing Season 9's audition tour. Too much emphasis was again dedicated to fluffy packages about the judges, and while the number of good auditions far outweighed the bad, I've still seen few contestants I look forward to hearing again. The show scored a half victory on the guest-judging front, as Neil Patrick Harris added one more thing to the list of items he does well. Joe Jonas could have stayed home. All in all, 31 contestants got golden tickets. Below, some thoughts on the featured contestants: read more

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