American Idol 10 Nashville Auditions Recap Roundup

American Idol Recap: Nashville Stars?

Meet Steven Tyler, longtime Aerosmith frontman and surprisingly effective American Idol judge. He would like you to toast the conclusion of the show’s season 10 Nashville audition episode with a refreshing glass of Kool-Aid. “I think we found The One today,” he says with a cryptic wink.

Read more at TV Line

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‘American Idol’ Takes Nashville, Finds Potential Winner In Lauren Alaina

No pressure, Nashville, but the biggest “American Idol” winner in the show’s history, Carrie Underwood, just happens to live in Music City. That was the not-so-subtle message “Idol” producers opened the show with on Thursday night (January 27) when our new favorite judging trio sat behind their desk in the legendary Ryman Auditorium to see what they could find in the home of country music.

Read more at MTV

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More Recaps after the JUMP…

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Awkward! ‘Idol’ makes exes perform a duet

As anyone who’s ever been to Nashville, Tenn., can tell you, there’s no shortage of talent to be found there. People singing on the streets in this country music center would be (and often were) the stars of their small towns, so finding folks worthy of sending to Hollywood was as easy as opening the audition doors for the “American Idol” folks.

But they did find some acts that were unique in this 10th season, starting with a pair of exes that inspired the judges to turn their podium into a cross between “Loveline” and “The Dating Game.”

Read more at MSNBC

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American Idol Wants You To Love Lauren Alaina

It’s an established fact that American Idol wants to cast off its pallor of age this season, and the Nashville episode showcased the one contestant who the show’s powers that be are betting will bring the show back to a relevant place for teenagers. Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, in the run-up to this season, said that they found “the next Kelly Clarkson” in Nashville, and last night’s episode was a series of afterthoughts and bad auditions designed to bide time until Lauren Alaina took the stage.

Read more at Pop Dust

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‘American Idol’ recap: Music City Blues

Screeching creeps and delusional dolts dominated the telecast, and of the 10 featured contenders, only a few truly inspired. The episode’s overarching theme — “Huh?” — was perhaps most evident very early on, when Randy Jackson asked a dental assistant who may or may not have a meth lab in her bathtub if she’d ever done cartoon voiceover work, and her answer was “I don’t know!”

Oh, lord. Would it get any better?

Kind of. Meet a few of your Golden Ticket Winners from the Nashville auditions….

Read more at Entertainment Weekly

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‘American Idol’ Nashville Auditions: Miss Teen USA Splits the Judges

No matter: Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were in exceptionally good spirits as they took their seats at the famed Ryman Auditorium, former home of the Grand Ole Opry. First to be sent through to Hollywood: a pair of exes, Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks, who, despite the fact that they’re no longer together, look longingly into each other’s eyes as they duet the Bee Gees’ classic “To Love Somebody.” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova they’re not, but there is a sweet vulnerability to their style of singing, even more evident during their solo turns.

Read more at Hollywood Reporter

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‘American Idol’ recap with Nashville auditions: hype and reality do not match

Nashville – at least what they presented us – was a major disappointment tonight.

Even the most hyped gal of the competition (see Nigel’s Tweet to the right), Lauren Alaina, hardly convinced me she was “the one,” as the judges were cooing. It’s too early to tell.

Read more at AJC

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“Auditions #4″

I found a lot to like in this Nashville audition episode but a lot to complain about, too, which kind of makes it an extra juicy episode.

My beef is that a lot more of the “moments” of the show seem extra-scripted this season. If that’s the case, I suppose it makes sense, as the show took a big leap, and I’m sure the producers are doing this to try to pull us in, but I prefer a boring person. I liked Adam Lambert and Kris Allen because they seemed like nice, real guys, and you weren’t cheering for them because your calls would let them save the orphanage or whatever.

Read more at AV Club

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American Idol': Season 10, episode 4

New American Idol judge Steven Tyler may not have completely gotten the hang of how the show works. The judges aren’t supposed to pronounce one of the wannabe Idolettes the winner of the competition during the second week of auditions.

“We found her, oh yeah, we did!” Tyler raves to the camera as the Nashville auditions wrap.

The producers lead us to believe he was speaking about 15-year-old Lauren Alaina, who was the very last singer in Nashville and who wowed the judges.

Read more at the Washington Post

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American Idol: How To Shape A Star

Alaina, 15, first auditioned in Nashville last summer; by the time she made it in front of the judges, some indeterminate number of weeks hence – the auditions you see on the show are followups, not first looks – she’d already been given a narrative. She sang because of her cousin, who recently fought cancer, and who joined her in the room for her audition in front of the judges, a pro forma “Idol” manipulation. After her audition, Alaina asked if she could bring her family in to meet the judges: sure, why not?

Read more at the New York Times

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‘American Idol’: Nashville Auditions

The streets of Nashville were lined, 17,000 deep, with American Idol hopefuls. But the first audition we saw was no Carrie Underwood. Christine McCaffrey walked into the room singing…err, rather screeching. Not hiding his laughter Randy Jackson asked, “Do you do voiceover for cartoons?” So outrageous was her squeaky voice, he was convinced her audition was a joke – even long after she left.

Read more at the Wall Street Journal

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Nashville Auditions: Well Golly Gee, Kiss Your 60 Year Old Boyfriend and Adopt 300 Kids

At the Nashville auditions, even the bad auditions were actually kind of fun even if I couldn’t understand a word half of these people were saying. Nashville brought a lot of drama, a lot of delusion, and a crazy family who collects children like they’re keychains. That’s not to say the episode was all that good. But after Milwaukee, I’ll take it.

Read more at Vote for the Worst

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‘American Idol’ Recap: Lauren Alaina Sets The Season Standard In Nashville

OK, “American Idol.” Time to pack it up. No need to bother going through the rest of season 10. As far as “Idol” producers are concerned, we have met our next champion and her name is Lauren Alaina.

The first 52 minutes of Thursday night’s (January 27) Nashville audition episode — filled with quarreling ex-lovers, former Donald Trump trophy teens and far too many “delusional” people who were obviously in on the joke — was like that one time in ’97 when I went to see Blur and they had their friend’s terrible band open for them so that they looked amazing by comparison.

Read more at MTV

  • windmills

    My take on Nigel hyping Lauren. I think he wants to get people talking about the talent. He doesn’t mind backlash because he wants to create a debate that’s pro or anti-Lauren. I see the elements of why the Kelly comparison – the versatility, the lack of filter, the outgoing personality. Lauren can’t compare vocally to Kelly obvs. I thought for sure he was setting Lauren up for a fall and maybe that’ll happen. But right now IMHO it’s not so much about pimping or setting up for a fall, it’s about getting the watercooler conversations going about whether AI’s already found their winner.

  • springboard

    I agree, windmills. I think that ratings are at the forefront of the preoccupations now, they have no reason to pimp a winner already.
    They want to get the watercooler conversations going with some controversial statements.

  • Hazehel

    Nigel isn’t doing anything more significant than trying to hype the show. That’s his job, and that’s about it, just a pity that last season the producers didn’t seem to feel the need to do it.

    A rather disappointing night I think, no one really grabbed me. I like Rob Bolin’s voice, and Paul McDonald’s although he was a bit wobbly in his delivery. Wasn’t wowed by Lauren, she’s OK, really not as good as hyped, although she is too young to tell.

    I’m really really disliking Randy. The point about Simon being mean is that he can do it with wit (and sometimes with a certain degree of charm) and is therefore entertaining, coming from Randy it just sounds unpleasant. The way he laughed at contestants is simply offensive (he’s been doing that for years and I never liked it). Please get rid of him next season (if there is to be a next season), he is serving no useful purpose now. There may be a point of him being there in the past as a middle ground guy between Simon and Paula, but Simon and Paula have gone, and JLo can more than take his place.

  • googletot

    did like Lauren, but now that I know Nigel is pushing her for a win, it turns me off.

  • Nina1

    Lauren Alaina, the next American Idol? Well….

    Cuteness factor: Check.
    Blondeness factor: Check.
    Fixable body factor: Check.
    Clothing factor: Check.
    Youth factor: Check.
    Bubbly factor: check

    Backstory Factor: FAIL….FAIL…FAIL.
    Who has not had a relative with
    Cancer? Did they even know each other?
    Were those tears real?

    Trouble with 15-year-olds is there just isn’t enough history, so it looks like the producers invent it. She needs a job to help support her family ASAP.

    And no matter what happens with this show, she has a career, even anointed in the NYT. So why vote for her? Beats me.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Sob stories like:
    – dead wife (Danny Gokey)
    – dead friend (Didi Benami)
    – brain damaged girlfriend (Chris Medina)
    – cousin with brain tumor (Lauren Alaina)

    make me cringe. The way these stories were presented just turns me off. I mean, I’m not saying that Danny should never mention his wife or anything, but damn, this is a talent show, not a pity party.

  • ri

    ITA with HAZEHEL regarding Randy. it’s like he’s trying to be someone he’s not. (Simon?) he was boring before, now he’s boring AND obnoxious.

  • sma11ie

    Were those tears real?

    Hee. I liked her, but I was questioning those tears a little. Slezak called them “actorly” and I can’t disagree. I ranted about this on the live blog thread, so I’ll refrain from going on here, but bottom line, people need to keep their personal lives out of those application forms. Stop feeding the producers this stuff already, it’s no one’s business and has nothing to do with the competition!

  • Mark

    What a weird way for Shirley to bury the lead in her recap headline. Seriously, the pageant girl was the episode highlight?

    Loved how upfront Slezak was about his position with Lauren. Still thinking that Jim should be the only person at MTV allowed to write about Idol. (Or maybe at all?)

    I’m really really disliking Randy. The point about Simon being mean is that he can do it with wit (and sometimes with a certain degree of charm) and is therefore entertaining, coming from Randy it just sounds unpleasant. The way he laughed at contestants is simply offensive (he’s been doing that for years and I never liked it). Please get rid of him next season (if there is to be a next season), he is serving no useful purpose now. There may be a point of him being there in the past as a middle ground guy between Simon and Paula, but Simon and Paula have gone, and JLo can more than take his place.

    ITA… though anyone who might have paid half a second of attention to anything I’ve written in the past few months might have caught that, LOL.

  • Kirsten

    Slezak always has at least one line that always cracks me up:

    “the dental assistant whose yodel/ullullation sounded like something you’d possibly hear fleeing the jungle in 1987?s Predator. “

  • Mark

    Slezak always has at least one line that always cracks me up:

    “the dental assistant whose yodel/ullullation sounded like something you’d possibly hear fleeing the jungle in 1987?s Predator. “

    Always amazing. It’s funny, because before I was watching this show I’d probably have a natural bias against anyone who worked at Entertainment Weekly. But the EW crowd turns out to be a stronger set of recappers than their counterpoints at major newspapers. (Like Jon Caramanica (sp?), who again I don’t get)

  • BootStar

    (Like Jon Caramanica (sp?), who again I don’t get)

    Yeah, he’s pretty terrible. (And he called David Cook a MOOK in that recap!) Dude. That’s low!

  • sma11ie

    Always amazing. It’s funny, because before I was watching this show I’d probably have a natural bias against anyone who worked at Entertainment Weekly. But the EW crowd turns out to be a stronger set of recappers than their counterpoints at major newspapers.

    LOL, my confession is that I started watching American Idol because of EW recaps– well, largely anyways. I remember being obsessed with season 1 of The OC in college (don’t judge, season 1 was good stuff), and one of my friends pointed me to the EW recaps, which cracked my shit up. So I started reading popwatch and looked for recaps of all the shows I watched, and eventually, after a couple years, started reading recaps of shows I didn’t watch by EW writers I enjoyed, including Season 6 of Idol. Eventually I got curious about this heinous Sanjaya character, show-her-legs Haley, beat-boxing Blake, and the wonderful Melinda, and started tuning in to random episodes of that season. I only ended up watching like, 5 episodes of that season, but I was intrigued enough to tune into all of S7 when that started, and would look forward to reading the recaps the next morning– I had also discovered TWOP by now as well, and those were awesome too. So yeah, my Idol obsession is directly a result of my enjoyment of recaps. End tangent =P.

    Bootstar, what’s the context?

  • Mark

    Yeah, he’s pretty terrible. (And he called David Cook a MOOK in that recap!) Dude. That’s low!

    *sigh* I saw that on the first go around, but I’ve been more and more trying to avoid the random fire sent the way of one winner or another. Still, further proof that Jon should not be recapping the show. Or much of anything; I don’t think all that highly of his music reviews, either. They’re usually in the kind of academic-appearing prose needed for the medium, but the substance is usually pretty banal.

    LOL, my confession is that I started watching American Idol because of EW recaps– well, largely anyways.

    Hah! How interesting! (I’m here by way of the iTunes recordings in S7; everything else I’ve watched has been retrospective)

    what’s the context?

    Basically, Lauren Alaina’s voice, which he says can sing through many genres and like other Idol singers (as he’s affirming the Kelly comparison), including like “rock mook David Cook”.

  • gangreen29

    Hee. I liked her, but I was questioning those tears a little.

    I like her too, and those tears were FAKE FAKE FAKE. Maybe I like her more because of that though lol?

  • sma11ie

    Thanks for the context, Mark. Speaking of EW, Annie’s recaps are pretty funny so far.

    I like her too, and those tears were FAKE FAKE FAKE. Maybe I like her more because of that though lol?

    Is it something about teen girls crying on TV that always looks fake? I remember Ramiele’s tears when her friends were voted off in the semi’s (wasn’t Rami 19 then?) looked fake, and I recall thinking Katie Stevens’ tears looked fake… and from the little I watched, I have the impression that Jordin’s tears on her season always looked fake too. Maybe teen girls are just melodramatic and thus always look like they’re fake crying even if they are real crying. I remember thinking both Jordin and Carrie’s winning moment tears looked kinda fake. I mean, Carrie wasn’t a teen, but still. Were Fantasia and Kelly 19 or 20 when they won? Their winning tears looked real. Who knows. Maybe I’m making excuses for Lauren.

  • BootStar

    Here’s the paragraph from the Caramanica review (linked to above). He’s referring to Lauren Alaina:

    She’s most reminiscent of Kelly Clarkson, the first “Idol” winner, an unshaped talent who in her post-victory career has moved easily, if not effortlessly, between big-production-value pop, white soul, country and, at least notionally, rock. Clarkson has been one of the few true “Idol” success stories, though her fame has always appeared tenuous. She’s the least slottable of all “Idol” winners: not an obvious country star like Carrie Underwood, an R&B singer like Ruben Studdard or a rock mook like David Cook. Clarkson is all of these things, and Alaina probably could be too.

    And Mark’s description sums up my thoughts on him exactly! He’s a bit of a pretentious ass (aka “music snob”) whose tastes strike me as no more sophisticated than any other casual music listener’s. I much prefer Jon Pareles.

    Still, further proof that Jon should not be recapping the show. Or much of anything; I don’t think all that highly of his music reviews, either. They’re usually in the kind of academic-appearing prose needed for the medium, but the substance is usually pretty banal.

    I mean even using a term like “rock mook” in a review of American Frakkin Idol. What an asshat.