Two days of American Idol audition callbacks, at the historic Ryman auditorium, ended on Tuesday.
Can I reiterate how happy I am that Nigel Lythgoe is back? If you aren’t following @Dizzyfeet, yet, you absolutely must. Here’s Nigel’s running twitter commentary from the callbacks:
After day 1 in Nashville, Nigel Lythgoe tweeted excitedly, “We have just seen a really gifted 15 year old that may well win #AmericanIdol this Season. Brilliant talent in Nashville today.”
Nigel announcing that a 15 year old could win Idol didn’t go down well with the Idol fan base, to say the least. The twitter bombing must have been fierce, because Nigel tweeted, “Wow people talking about pimping and rigging because I liked a 15 year old. I didn’t mention male or female or name them. You’re really SICK.”
And then, “There was an incredible 16 year old in Milwaukee too. Don’t knock the young guns ’till you’ve heard them. I bet you’ll be shocked.”
After day two, Nigel attempted to make nice with the fans he pissed off, “A 28 year-old stole the honors in today’s auditions. Absolutely stunning with a real Aretha Franklin feel to her voice.”
Nigel’s tweets are a hell of a lot more entertaining than anything you’ll find in the videos after the jump. Brian Mansfield of Idol Chatter was at Tuesday afternoon’s press conference and posted some video.
The most interesting bit was the revelation that Joe Diffie’s son and Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter auditioned. I wonder if they made it to Hollywood?
Oh, and I’m really digging Steven Tyler’s doddering old guy routine. He had to ask a reporter to repeat her question. That his answers to questions are a little off-kilter are an indication that he’s going to bring the wack back to the American Idol judges’ panel. And not a moment too soon.
Videos after the JUMP…
Nashville Press Conference Day 2
Watch a few on the contestants HERE.
Fox Memphis: The judges arrive yesterday