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American Idol Episode: "Auditions #4"

Season 10, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Open auditions continue.
Original Air Date: Jan 27, 2011

American Idol Episode Recap: Nashville Auditions Season 10, Episode 4

The honeymoon may be over for American Idol's 10th season. Perhaps the talent in Nashville wasn't as strong as the previous cities, but Thursday's episode seemed to skew more toward the clueless/ridiculous auditions than the earlier hours. Even so, there were some fine auditions, including a 15-year-old the show is already labeling the one to watch this season. (Those kind of shenanigans usually don't start until the live shows!) So, did the judges, as Steven Tyler said, find "the one" in Music City? Check out my take on the night's best and worst and find out ...

Christine McCaffery, "I Hope You Dance"
We see a lot of oddballs on Idol but the only word that really describes Christine is, simply, weird. The judges aptly note that she sounds like a cartoon and she's pretty much out of touch with reality. Her audition was painfully bad, forcing Steven to cross his eyes. After Steven and J. Lo passed, Christine said she could read Randy's mind, and that he was going to say yes. She doesn't read minds any better than she sings. Interestingly, she tells her mom outside the audition room that Steven liked her voice. So maybe a better word is: liar.

Chelsee Oaks, "The Story" and Rob Bolin, "What's Going On"
This was a bit confusing: This duo used to be a couple, but they've since broken up and Rob says they aren't really even friendly at this point. But they auditioned together. Couple or not, their duet on "You Don't Know What It's Like," showed serious musical chemistry. And they each had the chops to make it through to Hollywood as individuals as well. Love doctor Steven says the deepest passion comes from friction and urged them to leave the audition  and fall in love all over again. Unlikely: When they exited the room, Chelsee's family (and her new beau) were all there to cheer her on, while Rob had to settle with a hug from Ryan.

Allen Lewis, "Simple Man"
He's a burly, hairy tattoo artist who should stick to ink. His version of the Lynyrd Skynyrd song was one long growl, and he was so into it that he was surprised to open his eyes and see the judges begging him to stop. However, he took the judges criticism in stride, explaining that their words would only inspire him to work harder. "We are all just who we are," he said, which J. Lo dubbed some fine "philosophizing." He's not going to Hollywood, but Randy was proud that they turned an "untamed tiger into a baby." Or, in other words, that he didn't beat them all up.

Stormi Henley, "Father Can You Hear Me"       
This former Miss Teen USA probably could have earned a golden ticket without ever opening her mouth. She sang in tune, but she definitely didn't own the room (which happened to be the famous Ryman Auditorium). Steven said she had a "beautiful, tight, little squeaky voice," but she told him she couldn't really belt it out. In any case, Steven and Randy send her to Hollywood while J. Lo passes, shaming the boys for putting through a girl with "the smallest voice we've heard in five cities."

Adrienne Beasley, "American Honey"
Adrienne is a young African-American woman who was adopted at age 2 by a white family. They have raised her on the farm like she's their own and she said the experience keeps her grounded. She has a powerful set of pipes, which really comes alive with the Ryman acoustics. Steven said he enjoyed how nothing about her performance was put on and that she almost made him cry. J. Lo said she really felt her emotion. She's a unanimous choice to go to Hollywood.

Kameela Merricks, "Sweet Baby"
Testing the acoustics in a different way, Kameela basically shouted her entire song. It was painful to listen to. Steven said she should "practice and get good" but Randy said it was horrible and she shouldn't bother trying. I appreciate Randy keeping it real, but Steven scolds him for being so mean.

Jackie Wilson, " Until You Come Back to Me"
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night, Jackie blew the roof off with her Aretha Franklin cover. She really nailed the big notes, which had all the judges basically speechless. Ryan was also left speechless, but because Jackie came out of the audition room and laid a big kiss on her much older boyfriend, who Ryan assumed was there with Jackie's mother.

Latoya "Younique" Moore, "When I Close My Eyes"
Well her prom-dress look for the audition was unique. She claims that she has a glow about her that allows people to know she's a star. She's even brough her self-recorded album. She technically hits a few notes here and there, but she sounds like an electric pencil sharpener. Randy tells her that her tone is annoying, which, you guessed it, she simply can't believe. No golden ticket for her.

Matt Dillard, "You Raise Me Up"
His family takes in foster children and special-needs kids, and he estimates that they have opened their home to 700 children over 23 years. He has an OK voice, but he looks like he just came off the farm: He's wearing denim overalls, a cutoff T-shirt and a cowboy hat. And yet, he sings Josh Groban? The entire panel is confused, but he assures them he can "pretty up." Good enough for Steven and Randy, and J. Lo is again baffled. We'll see if Matt can prove her wrong. My prediction: He won't.

Lauren Alaina, "Like We Never Loved At All"
Ryan tells us before commercial that we won't want to miss the first steps of her Idol journey. Shocker No. 1: She's 15, even though she doesn't look it. (And her age is far from unique -- I'm willing to bet that at least 30 percent of the singers we have seen have been 16 or younger.) Shocker No. 2: Her cousin had a brain tumor. Hype machine and sob story package aside, Lauren has a very nice voice, and I could see her going far. I just don't like the force-feeding, especially this early. Steven said she's going to make 40 million people cry. She gets her ticket, and since she's the last audition, her family gets to come in and meet the judges. Lauren and Steven then trade lines of "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing," which is Lauren's parents' song.

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The honeymoon may be over for American Idol's 10th season. Perhaps the talent in Nashville wasn't as strong as the previous cities, but Thursday's episode seemed to skew more toward the clueless/ridiculous auditions than the earlier hours. Even so, there were some fine auditions, including a 15-year-old the show is already labeling the one to watch this season. (Those kind of shenanigans usually don't start until the live shows!) So, did the judges, as Steven Tyler said, find "the one" in Music City? Check out my take on the night's best and worst and find out ... read more

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