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American Idol Episode: "Auditions #7"

Season 10, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: San Francisco is the destination when auditions resume.
Original Air Date: Feb 9, 2011

American Idol Episode Recap: San Francisco Season 10, Episode 7

And so, American Idol's cross-country search for the next superstar comes to a close in San Francisco. The San Francisco auditions certainly brought a level of talent that was sorely missing in last week's stinky Los Angeles tryouts. (Though, the episode did start with a crying reject who lamented the fact that the judges kicked her out of the audition room because she farted while singing. Didn't she know there is a rule against that in the Idol bylaws?)

Wednesday's episode also saw the return of some major sob stories. One heartstring-tugger, in particular, instantly made me think of Adam Lambert, who, as Ryan Seacrest conveniently pointed out in tonight's opening, also was discovered in the Bay City. And just like Adam, the show is already putting this guy on people's radar in a big way. But was he the one that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler said could be this season's winner? Let's take a look at the night's best and worst.

Inessa Lee, "All Out of Love"
Dressed in pink with huge glassy eyes, this 22-year-old Ukrainian could have easily been a porcelain doll. She came to the states to get famous, which to this point has meant making YouTube videos of herself in shower scenes. Also, she looks 14 years old, which is just...ew. Her singing voice is similarly childlike, and while her energy wins the judges over, her belly dancing and Betty Boop impressions can't make up for the fact that she's not a singer. The judges pass, and Inessa tells us how beautiful her eyes are, even when they're crying. Beautiful? Creepy? It's all the same, right?

Stefano Langone, "Heard It Through the Grapevine"
Stefano was in a very serious car accident (he shows us the grisly scars to prove it), and even though doctors told him he would never walk and function the way he had, he was back on his feet in four months. He sings a solid version of the Marvin Gaye classic, but nothing that I will likely remember a few days from now. The judges agree that he has a strong voice, and J. Lo notes his "movie-star good looks." Steven says he survived the accident for a reason: to go to Hollywood.

Clint Jun Gamboa, "Billionaire"
Clint works as a karaoke DJ, so why wouldn't he make a great contestant on the nation's biggest karaoke contest? His voice has a susprising soulful quality that Clint later tells Randy comes from his upbringing singing in gospel choirs. He's a unanimous choice for a golden ticket.

Drew Beaumier, "Born to Be Wild"
This guy turned a Power Wheels toy into his own Transformers costume. There's only one way this audition ends. But the judges let him sing anyway, and he actually isn't just plain awful. But, you know, he's dressed like Optimus Prime's nephew. So, pass.

Julie Zorrilla, "Summertime"
Julie's family built their dream home in Colombia  but fled the country when violence broke out in the '90s. It's Julie's 20th birthday, so she's really hoping for a birthday gift of the golden ticket variety. She creeps her way through the song, really singing it to death. It's clear she has vocal chops, but I think she oversang this song big time. The judges, however, are blown away, with Steven praising her star quality. (Read: She's gorgeous.) J. Lo likes her confidence, and she's given a trip to Hollywood, the "best birthday gift ever." J. Lo and Steven even mumble to each other that she could be "the best ever" and "the winner."

Dave Combs. "Oh! Darling"
Dave and Steven bond because they both have long hair, which Dave says is a sign of a real man. Dave and Steven bond further when Dave announces he is singing a Beatles tune. (Steven happens to be wearing a Beatles shirt.) Dave sings badly. Dave and Steven's bond is broken.

Emily Anne Reed, "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me"
She spread her wings and moved to California, but her apartment recently burned down. She's vowed to rebuild a better life, and she hopes that Idol can help her do that. As Steven points out, she has a very old-timey voice, which to me was somewhat appealing, but there was also something kind of wonky going on. Steven perhaps feels that too, and tells her she's not ready. J. Lo and Randy, however, think her sound is so unique that she deserves another shot in Hollywood. And once she plays a little bit for the judges on her guitar and sings a different song, I am inclined to give her a second chance as well.

James Durbin, "You Shook Me," "Dream On"
Sad story No. 1: His musician father died form a drug overdose when James was 9. Sad story No. 2: James was later diagnosed with Tourette's and Asperger's Syndromes. Happy story: He met a girl who makes him happy and they have a baby. James no doubt has a powerhouse voice, which he displays in full in his bluesy renditions of both songs. (Luckily for him, he was much better on the Aerosmith tune, in my opinion.) He hits some crazy high notes, just like Glambert, but we'll see if he has the versatility to go the distance. J. Lo thinks he will, because he sings from his heart and soul — a place that makes the Tourette's Syndrome go away.

That's a wrap for auditions. Thursday brings the first round of Hollywood week. Who did you like in San Francisco? And who are you most looking forward to seeing again in Hollywood?

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And so, American Idol's cross-country search for the next superstar comes to a close in San Francisco. The San Francisco auditions certainly brought a level of talent that was sorely missing in last week's stinky Los Angeles tryouts. (Though, the episode did start with a crying reject who lamented the fact that the judges kicked her out of the audition room because she farted while singing. Didn't she know there is a rule against that in the Idol bylaws?)

Wednesday's episode also saw the return of some major sob stories. One heartstring-tugger, in particular, instantly made me think of Adam Lambert, who, as Ryan Seacrest conveniently pointed out in tonight's opening, also was discovered in the Bay City. And just like Adam, the show is already putting this guy on people's radar in a big way. But was he the one that Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler said could be this season's winner? Let's take a look at the night's best and worst... 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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