American Idol 12 – Charlotte Auditions – Recap and Videos

Team Mariah or Team Nicki? Although I think Nicki should have kept her cool, in the end I have to side with her in the argument.  Basically, Nicki felt that Mariah and Randy were bullying Summer into singing country music, when she had clearly expressed a preference for a more soulful vibe. Shouldn’t a singer’s own opinions on her artistry be respected? That was the main question Nicki posed, and I have to say, she was making a valid point. Although contestants who have a strong sense of who they are as artists do best on the show, Nicki is bullish on the importance of NOT pigeonholing contestants.  I like the way Nicki thinks outside of the box.

Nigel obviously LOVES Nicki, because she’s getting a fantastic edit. And I have to say I find her to be totally entertaining. Thank God for her, I say.  If it were Mariah, Keith and Randy on that panel it would be a snooze-fest. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Keith Urban, but his low key charm and intelligence would not be enough to counteract Randy’s snoozy cliches and Mariah and her regal banality.

I hope the arguing eventually morphs into high spirited sparing, because so far, this is a VERY talented group of contestants.  The standouts for me were rock singer Taisha Bethea and Ashley Smith for their unique charm, and Candice Glover for returning with her impressive R&B voice to make us question all over again why she was eliminated last year in Las Vegas.

The quote of the night was from Nicki Minaj said to Candice after her performance of Duffy’s “Syrup and Wine”: “I want to skin you and wear you…I’m not even worthy to critique you.”

Janelle Arthur is another impressive returnee. We’ll see if she can take her country vibe further than Las Vegas this year.  Once again, the girls out-shown the boys. But will it matter once the voting rounds begin? Nigel is definitely trying his very very best to stack the deck.  But a contestant like Jimmy Smith and his clear pure country voice? He could spoil the plan.


I’ll be live blogging the American Idol Charlotte auditions right here! Stay tuned for fireworks as Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have a blow out.

The Charlotte auditions open at what else…the NASCAR race track! Ryan Seacrest is behind the wheel listening to some yacht rock! Alrighty then.

Here we go…the TMZ click of the big FIGHT. Oh boy. We are SOOOOOO GOING THERE.  But 6 hours before? The judges “arrive” at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

And back during the cattle call, Scotty McCreery pumped up the crowd.

Naomi Morris – 28 – Charlotte NC – “Respect” by Aretha Franklin – She loves fashion. She makes her own clothes. Actually, her designs aren’t bad. “You’re popping out” Nicki says about her revealing bra. Nicki calls her “Ome”.  A take on “Owe Me”? Or something.  Nicki likes the outfit, but advises her to put on lashes.  That’s the fashion. On to the singing and WHOA. Ome better stick to fashion design. She’s horrible. Off key.  Loud. Nicki suggests she stop to take a breath breath.   After taking a few seconds, Naomi launches into the  “Ain’t too Proud to Beg.”  Can someone beg her to stop now?  Randy is shaking his head.  Mariah tells her not let a no get her down. Her clothes are beautiful. “Continue to shine as a fashion designer,” says Nicki, who says no to the singing, but wants the bra. “That bra is too small for you,” snarks Mariah. Oof.

Naomi Morris, Auditions Charlotte ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Joel Nemoyer – 20 – Carlisle, PA – “Feeling Good” – Somehow, the young singer believes singing while laying down is a great gimmick. He recalls David Foster using the technique with the Season 5 contestants. Joe says Nicki’s hair looks like cotton candy. “My hair is edible,” she says. MAJOR MARIAH EYE ROLL. Nicki asks Joe to dance. He does…dorkily.  “I think you are so cute Jo Jo. Can I call you Jomanji?” He lies down on the ground to sing. It’s terrible and ridiculous. The judges crack up. When they stop laughing, they agree that singing is not his thing. “No” is not enough for Randy. “Never,” he says. “Have you ever lived in Tokyo? Asks Nicki as he leaves the room bowing.

Joel Nemoyer – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Brian Rittenberry – 27 – Jasper, GA – “Let it Be” by the Beatles – His son is his biggest supporter. Oh. His wife had stage 4 cancer. She was supposed to die. But she went into remission. She loves Keith Urban! Of course she’ll get to meet him. Brian has a big, husky baritone. The judges like it. Mariah was taken by surprise. I’m not sure why. There really is nothing remarkable about his voice. Keith likes his “light and soul.” Nicki loves his tone and raspiness, and his commitment to country. Just as the judges are saying yes, Ryan brings the family into the room to meet Keith.  The wife is so very excited. Who wouldn’t be, right?

Brian Rittenberry – Charlotte Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Jimmy Smith – 25 – Waynesboro – TN – “God Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts – Jimmy auditioned online after he saw it advertised on twitter. He’s got a pure, clear, huge voice. Nicki thinks he’s poppin and MAD FLY.  She says, “It’s got the sweetness I need to hear from my country singers.” Keith says, “I can tell who you are from your tone.”  Mariah calls him incredible and unique. It’s 4 yeses, of course. “Yep,” says Mariah in her best hillbilly voice.” Jimmy was surprised by Nicki’s support of a country boy such as himself. Ha.  Jimmy is cute and has a decent voice. If he makes it to the voting rounds, he could be that male spoiler Idol fans who long for a female winner dread.

Sarina-Joi Crowe – 17- Columbia, TN, Haley Davis – 26 – Charleston, SC,  (cute little Lady Bug, says Nicki!), Na-Chelle Fullins-Lovell – 19 – Charlotte, NC – a singer with a very Mariah-like whistle register are next. It’s a montage of golden tickets!

Jimmy Smith & Others Get Golden Ticket… by IdolxMuzic

And it’s TIME FOR LUNCH. As they go, Mariah suggests Keith check out Billie Holiday…

Scotty is back! Hi Scotty

Matthew Muse – 23 – Florence, South Carolina – “When I Get Where I am Going” – He’s a karaoke veteran. That’s a bad sign.  He swears he’s been compared to Brad Paisley. His singing is barely passable. and he moves around the floor, using some sort of kabuki hand movements. Clearly a joke contestant. But poor Matthew isn’t in on it.  When Nicki tells him he could be a model, Matthew goes full Vogue, showing her how he would work a runway. Brad Paisley would be proud. Snark.  And it’s 4 big noes from the judges.

Matthew Muse – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Isabel Gonzalez – 16 – Alphareta Ga – “Nothing Could Ever Change This Love by Sam Cook – She was nominated by her aunt. Randy shows up at her high school to surprise her.  Despite her aunt and half the town showing up, Isabel swears she had no idea what was going on.  Oh listen to her sing! She’s  good! Very blusey and soulful.  A mature sound with a beautiful tone. And she’s very bubbly.  “I’m head over hills in love with you,” says Nicki. “You’re a natural” says Keith. “You are so adorable,” says Mariah, “You are a star.”  It’s 4 yeses and the first “surprise” contestant is sent to Hollywood. Her family covers her in silly string as she walks out of the door.

Isabel Gonzalez – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Uh oh. The fight is coming.

Mariah tells Keith she’s been writing songs since she was 6.

Taisha Bethea – 21 – Concord, NC –  Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash – She’s in a band! The guys are very supportive. She’s an African American girl who sings alternative rock. Randy isn’t really impressed, he wants to hear something else. She sings “You Oughta Know”. Mariah thinks she’s “interesting.” Keith may think she’s better suited to be in a band. Mariah can’t pin down her style. Nicki likes her and doesn’t think it’s important for her to pick a style. She appreciates that Taisha is not the typical R&B singer. I wonder if that irks Mariah. Hm. Nicki says yes. Mariah says no. Nicki makes a face. Keith says yes. Randy says no. Since Keith is the tie breaker in Charlotte, she heads to Hollywood. I think it was a good decision.

Taisha Bethea & Others – Charlotte Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Next, a montage of singers the judges just can’t disagree on. And here it comes…

Summer Cunningham – 20 – Warner Robins, GA –  “Lean on Me” – She’s got a big ole voice. Nicki loves her tone and control. But Keith is insulted when Summer says she started out doing “the country thing,” as if she were denigrating it somehow. She He’s a little insulted that she said she did “the country thing.” She calls what she does now, “soulful country” but Randy, Keith and Mariah aren’t buying it.  Randy thinks “the country thing” is good for her. Summer is grilled further on her country roots. She finally admits that she grew up with country and that it “feels like home.” Randy, Mariah and Keith say yes, with reservations. Nicki, who had been throwing side eye the whole time finally says, “Why are we picking her apart over a country comment.” She accuses Mariah and Randy of picking contestants apart all day long. The argument begins. “Is that what I do? We’re trying to help her, rather than just talk about her outfit,” snarks Mariah. “You are scaring her into lying” says Nicki.  She feels that the judges should respect the contestants’ feelings about who they believe they are as artists.  “We’re trying to help her,” says Randy. At this point, Randy sends Summer out of the room. Randy and Mariah are clearly on one side. When Randy mentions “30 years of experience…a little insight…” Nicki takes it personally and walks out of the room. Mariah is pissed.  The worst of the argument is left on the cutting room floor.

Summer Cunningham – Charlotte Audition… by IdolxMuzic

And we have to wait until after the break for the aftermath.

The next day the sh*t hits the fan when TMZ airs the video of the fight.  We see the media fall out.  But regardless, the show must go on.

Brandy Hamilton – 25 – Charlotte, NC –  “All I Could Do Is Cry” by Etta James – She’s a Navy reservist. She got into trouble for singing around the base.  She’s a solid singer and performs with heartfelt emotion. “I love you man. You lit up the room. That’s what stars do,” says Randy. Keith thinks it’s “all in there.” “You really made me feel,” says Nicki. “It was pow…A+” says Mariah. It’s 4 yeses from a VERY subdued Day 2 panel. As she leaves the room she says, “Please don’t fight, it makes me sad.”  The remark sobers the panel even more.

Brandy Hamilton – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

We see Mariah TRYING not to ruffle Nicki’s feathers. No she was NOT making fun of people who wear funny hats right there, she assures Nicki.

Ashley Smith – 22 – Charlotte, NC – “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood – It’s THE ASHLEY SHOW. OMG. This chick’s outfit and hair is CRAZY and hilarious. What a character. I LIKE HER. Nicki calls her “Blondie”. Mariah is still rolling her eyes. She’s an African American girl, with a crazy wig and weird outfit and she sings country…absolutely beautifully. “That sounded really really pretty. I LIKE BLONDIE.” Mariah says, “I enjoyed you. I really did.” Keith says, “I couldn’t look away.” She feels the same way about Keith. Ha. “Thoroughly entertaining.” Randy says, “You can sing anything. Blondie you went on and killed it.”

Ashley Smith – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Next, a montage of Nicki handing out nicknames. OMG the guy she called Gumby. Too funny. “Booby Trap” might be my favorite. “Collard Greens.”

Janelle Arthur –  22 – Oliver Springs, TN – “Where the Blacktop Ends” – She’s been singing since she was casted as Dolly at a theme park. She has a huge huge voice with GREAT control. Janelle is a season 10 and 11 returnee, and already a fan favorite, by the way. Keith LOVED IT. Nicki says, “I think you are really really special. You already seem like a star.” Randy calls her a “Young Leann.” Mariah says she has a “pretty demeanor.” It’s 4 yeses.

Janelle Arthur – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Keith HAS to leave at 2:30

Time for a montage of terrible, terrible auditions. “You are not good for the singing portion of the show,” says Nicki. “Something about that was scary.” Ha.

Rodney Barber – 27 – Charlotte, NC –  “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain. He’s the voice of Charlotte. Oh. He sings out on the street. He was homeless 4 years ago, and now he helps the homeless. Nice guy, too bad his voice is akin to BELLOWING LOUD. Mariah thinks he’s fantastic. Really? “You’ve got a big voice,” says Keith. That’s one way of putting it. Nicki is captivated. It’s 4 yeses. Hm. If he didn’t have the sentimental backstory, I wonder if he would have advanced. Aw. Keith is leaving to be with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman,  at an awards show.

Rodney Barber – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Candice Glover. 22 – St. Helena Island, SC – “Syrup and Honey” by Duffy – She was the girl who was cut in Las Vegas after a fantastic performance as part of the “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” performance with Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick. She’s got a very vocal fan base that has stuck with her ever since. She rips the roof off the joint, and gets a standing o after her performance. She’s a powerful singer, with great range and personality. I wonder why she was cut in Vegas last year? “I’m obsessed with you,” says Nicki, “I want to skin you and wear you…I’m not even worthy to critique you.” Mariah says, “This was the best singing we’ve heard so far.” Of course, it’s 4 yeses. Joshua Ledet singing “I Believe” as she happily leaves with her golden ticket in hand.

Candice Glover – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Ja’Bria Barber – 16 – Clover, South Carolina – “Pride and Joy” by Bonnie Raitt – She loves to hunt, particularly “frog digging” which consists of spearing frogs in the muck. Yuck. The judges are kind of freaked out. She loves frying up the legs. TASTES LIKE CHICKIN. Nicki hates that the rest of the frogs are wasted. “Frog killer” is her nick name. LULZ. This girl has something special. She’s got an upbeat personality and charisma. I like her.  Mariah liked her song choice and voice. “You got a little spunk in you,” says Randy. “You’re not scared.” Nicki thinks she’s got a strong voice and is a cutie pie. It’s 4 yeses.

Ja’Bria Barber – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Brad Harris – 28 —  Maiden, North Carolina – “A Whole New World”  – After Brad reveals that he used to rap under the name “Ba-kon”, a discussion of the fried breakfast food ensues. And then, when he begins his terrible singing, we see Mariah dreaming of fried bacon. That’s the entire joke. Ooookay.

Brad Harris – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Seretha Guinn – 26 – Charlotte, NC  – “Fresh Prince of Bel Air’- Her boyfriend was nearly killed in a car accident. He was in a coma for two days. His hands got messed up. He’s had 8 surgeries. Boyfriend has no idea that she’s here today. She brings her daughter, 3 year old London, into the auditions. London calls Nicki Dun Dun. A nick name! Aw. The little girl is so shy. She doesn’t seem to have made the connection between the woman sitting on the judges’ panel and that singer she likes. What a weird song choice, but oddly, she makes it work through sheer personality. She’s got great style as a singer. “Incredible” says Nicki, “I’m so proud of you.” Nicki is really moved. “You’ve got a little Whitney thing there,” says Randy. Mariah loved the first song.

Seretha Guinn – Charlotte Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

37 hopefuls advanced to Hollywood.

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  • hillstreetblooz

    Yasss – ready for the next round o’contestants!!

  • HermeticallySealed

    Nohohohohooooooo!  WE. DON’T. CARE!!!!!!
    Enough with the stupid fight. ; ;

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Never enough Scotty!!

  • hillstreetblooz

    nonononononon – pew!

  • justmefornow

    LOL. Not even her sparkly bra is distracting enough for that horrible voice.

  • MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Who cares abou the fight…it has been so over-leaked and manipualted that it is now just ho-hum. 

  • elliegrll

    Mariah and Nicki’s bra exchange was funny.  Their barbs should be like that, and not stray into ugly territory.  

  • Leandro

    This girl can’t sing but she isn’t even a hilariously bad singer. Why they showed her?

  • quickjessie

    Ten minutes in and I”ve changed the channel already.  To open with a BS audition is the worst thing they can do.  And the fight?  Who gives a rat’s ass about these two overpaid spoiled brats.  

  • justmefornow

    Two reasons.

  • dabney c

    Ladies and gentlemen, I am dog-sitting tonight and tomorrow night at a home withn NO CABLE!!! Please be detailed in your descriptions of tonight’s show because I never miss an episode of Idol if I can help it … and tonight I can’t help it. GAHHH! I feel SO LOST! :-(

  • teekee

    Yes, ho hum and stupid.

  • Leandro

    “feeling good by Michael Bublé”? are you f… kidding?

    ETA: anyway, funny weirdo

  • Leandro


  • elliegrll

    Two reasons.

    LOL.  It was three.  The two that you are referring to, and the exchange between Nicki and Mariah.

  • Larry Greenwalt

    the BAD or FAKE auditions take away from the show, I understand Modern Family is new tonight

  • sandrajane

    Nicki livens up the audition process.  For this guy (country singer with wife who was told she should be dead by now and how am I going to tell my 5 year old son she went to heaven) Nicke was completely silent.  And we get an undeserving tongue bath from a barely average singer with a sob story from the other three.  They were too kind to this singer and he was no better than the first girl.

  • blackberryharvest

    The bad auditions have been there since day 1 lol.

  • justmefornow

    Give this guy a guitar, lol.

  • Larry Greenwalt

    true they have been here since day 1, but to lead with 3 in row is not entertainment 

  • steph6449

    Not really getting most of the ones who are getting through. They seem just ok. Or weird as with the squeaking girl ha.

  • raya

    Nigel is live tweeting and answering questions on twitter.  That might be more entertaining than the Mariah/Nicki drama.  Btw, Uncle Nigel claims that his favorite idol seasons are S4 and S11. 

    That Sarina Joi they just showed a clip of I remember from S10.  She was in that Hollywood week group “The Minors” with Deandre and they were pitted against Durbin’s group. 

    I don’t know if it’s the editing or what tonight, but Nicki seems a little checked out.

  • tucker davis

    Would like to hear more of these golden tickets and less of the others….

  • steph6449

    Lol at Keith with the sarcasm on faux Brad Paisley.

  • dabney c

    Mine too! Although I would add season 7 as well. 

    Seasons 4, 7, & 11 were truly Idol’s best!

  • sandrajane

    A bit of both.  She was munching on trail mix for the fist audition.  And then three auditions later, there is Keith offering her the trail mix.  She was clearly annoyed at something and at least kept silent in front of the contestants.

  • Leandro

    Randy: “Do you know what this is?’

    person : “This is The Voooice” 

    LMAO. Randy is a better Carson Daly impersonator than a judge. Maybe he should only do it in the show.

  • steph6449

    This girl with the blue print dress is the best one so far for me. And cute non-creepy looking family is a plus :)

  • tucker davis

    Hope Isabel (?) holds up in Hollywood week; she’s just too cute for words!

  • dabney c

    MJ, thank you so much for providing timely videos! You are totally saving me tonight, gurl. I am telling you! #idoladdict

  • Leandro

    Randy doing the Carson Daly surprise invitations and being a judge at the same time is kinda strange. He already knows the person he’ll be judging. But, anyway, it’s just Randy I doesn’t matter too much. lol

  • blackberryharvest

    This could be interesting…

     Nigel Lythgoe ?@dizzyfeetRT @fortmannt: is there ever going to be a reunion show? #askidol We are doing a “Where Are They Now” with ex-contestants on the result show

  • raya

    Nigel just said they are going to be doing a “Where Are They Now” type feature on results shows with ex-contestants.   I’m down for that.

    ETA: Was beaten to it already. But still, should be fun long as fans don’t get their noses out of joint if their special snowflakes aren’t featured.

  • blackberryharvest

    Here we go….

  • Anny_nanny
  • Leandro

    Nicki is being utterly annoying. 

  • Ronny Dias

     And here we go!
    Poor girl standing there throughout this mess!

  • Joystickenvy

    Actually, I thought she was pretty much right and Mariah and Randy are acting like giant douche bags.  

  • blackberryharvest

    At least its an argument about a contestant and not something stupid.

  • Ronnie D

    I don’t blame for Minaj walking off, what Randy said was out of line. Randy…dawg…with your “30 years of experience” I would expect a hell of a lot more than the half ass critiques you repeat over and over year after year.  Remind me again why you are still on Idol? lol

  • Chris

    It would be nice if we got back to the contestants instead of this Mariah, Nicki drama.

  • sandrajane

    Nicki’s right.  And Randy is an idiot.

  • steph6449

    I kind of agreed with all of them in part on that.

    — The girl’s comment came across as pretty dismissive of country music (Keith)
    — Her actual sound may fit best in country (Randy, Mariah)
    — By putting her on the spot about it, the judges pushed her to possibly fib and claim that she loved country when she really may not (Nicky)

  • Leandro

    The three are d-bags, but Nicki behaviour is very annoying and disrespectful.

    They were telling what they think about the girl and how she fits in the style she wants to sing, which’s important. When finally a judge makes a criticism, people complain? lol

  • justmefornow

    LOL. From that edit it seemed liked Keith’s comment about “doing the country thing” started the whole thing.
    Regardless they need to all cut the crap.

  • quickjessie

    Well, I’ve flipped past the show about 5 times this first hour while channel surfing.  Ummm…yeah.  Every snippet I heard was bad, two of my visits were “promos” of the “fight”. 

    Yeah, this is the way to get more viewers of your “singing” show, AI.  Or not.  And I say this as someone who has watched you from the very first episode of Season 1.  You’ve lost me.

  • hellomusicgirl

    Ughhhhhhh Idol.

    No damn star you prop up on that panel will run me off from watching but this ridiculous grandstanding and montaging of the “drama” is so so so freaking off putting. The judges are gonna disagree, fine. They’re supposed to have opinions. But the way Idol has played it like some crime scene recap complete with gossip show reactions is completely eyeroll-inducing. I can handle the cheese. I rather not endure the trash.

  • blackberryharvest

    The auditions have always been about drama and bad singing.

  • Le Viet Anh Nghi

    the fight was pretty much cut, very short and sweet. And from now on they are going to show more talents (or what seemed to be happening based on the sneak peek) So we still have chance to see lots of talent. 

    i found a stream here (because i’m not from the states)

  • steph6449

    That girl singing Cowboy Casanova had some nice qualities to her voice but she was obviously out of breath several times trying to get through it. 

  • fantoo1

    The fight actually wasn’t that bad…now that THAT’S over, please focus on the contestants!

  • steph6449

    The girl singing the KU song was pretty good. But I’m getting nervous at all the “you are a star” business that is starting to creep in. 

    Nice to hear Mariah talking more in this segment. Nicky can have some interesting comments but all the antics could get old fast for me.

  • dabney c

    Thank you! So far it’s just commercials, but we’ll see in a minute …

  • Sassycatz

    Well, I’ve flipped past the show about 5 times this first hour while
    channel surfing.  Ummm…yeah.  Every snippet I heard was bad, two of my
    visits were “promos” of the “fight”.

    LOL! Is that how you watch a show?

  • Leandro

    This street singer seems to be really good. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Has Nigel called anyone a moron yet on twitter? lol 

  • Lexie O’Neill

    Love how the girl did two Keith Urban songs…the second of which is the one Keith sent to Scotty and Scotty included on CAD…so a lot of fans think she sang a Scotty song!  And are now fans:)

  • steph6449

    “I want to skin you and wear you”?  Omg lol, that has to be an AI first.

  • raya

    I love Candace so I’m super happy for her, but something tells me she is going to be majorly pimped this season.

  • blackberryharvest

    Yay Candice! I think she will be a fan favorite!

  • jcabby

    Candace! She was great last season in Vegas. Still as good!

  • dabney c

    YAY CANDICE GLOVER!! I was outraged last year when they dumped her in Vegas for no reason. This year I predict Top 5.

  • forwarddad

    I don’t think Niki was that much out of line. I as well am not too excited by Summer.

  • KelseyW

    That was the “fight”??? Okay….Can we be done with this now? :/ lol

    I can understand why Nicki was annoyed though. The whole “If you don’t stick to a certain genre then America won’t get you and you’ll basically fail at a music career.” is an argument I’ve continuously seen on Idol and elsewhere that drives me nuts. Some people like a variety of genres, and are good at singing a variety of genres. Some people like and are good at singing just one. No big deal. END OF STORY. Let’s move on people…

  • dabney c

    I know! It’s so “silence of the lambs”!

  • hillstreetblooz

    Candace IMO the best of the night so far… I had forgotten how good she was

  • Ronny Dias

    Just imagine being sitting there and listening to someone say ‘They gave me a standing ovation’ and etc.
    Talk about adding extra pressure! lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Just started watching about 15 minutes ago and it sounds like I haven’t missed much. lol

  • Joystickenvy

    definitely not.  i hope the next one is better than this yawn fest.

  • elliegrll

    I’ve listened to Candace’s Vegas group performance an alarming number of times, but she sounds even better this year.  The girl who likes to eat frog legs was also amazing.

  • blackberryharvest

    It gets better later on.

  • justmefornow

    Not one of these singers they’ve shown tonight is even remotely close to the music I like and listen to. Uggh!  This could be one long boring season to me.
    And the non stop snippy barbs back in forth with the judges, and the talking over each other is really getting on my nerves.

    Hope tomorrow night is better.

  • Ronny Dias

     You just forgot to say after some heavy drinking.

  • justmefornow

    You got that right.

  • genius13

    I’m a little behind but Nikki was totally right..Why were they trying to get her to sign a blood oath to country music..she sang good so send her to Hollywood and let’s see how things progress..I would’ve been annoyed too at the way they were interrogating her

  • blackberryharvest

    After the fights, there was some good singing.

  • steph6449

    The last girl was good and interesting. 

    But we’ve escalated from you’re a star to “superstar” :O  Let’s at least see these folks do a few more songs, eesh.

  • tomr

    Loved Isabelle!  Nikki’s voice is really starting to annoy me…it’s so nasal.  Her pet names are also very condescending.

  • Ronnie D

    So far it does look like the women are the better singers. The last singer was really good, and her daughter was adorable! 

  • dabney c

    Le Viet, thank you again for finding a live stream of the show! I tried, but couldn’t find anything that wasn’t some sign-up-for-pay thing.  Thank you, thank you!!

  • elliegrll

    the last contestant was incredibly good, but she’s probably going to be one of those people who has trouble picking out good songs for her voice.

  • fantoo1

    Aww, Nicki crying…see guys, she does have a heart!

    I thought it was a good episode overall. Even the fight wasn’t that bad.

  • teacup

    I liked Taisha!  Good episode.

  • tucker davis

    Boy, there were a lot of girls in this episode. The problem with so many is that it’s hard to stand out in the crowd of female voices… Bet everyone remembers that one country guy than all the girls together.

  • ellen8

    Will Nicki continue to dominate the panel all season?
    I do enjoy her but would love to hear more from Mariah and Keith.

  • JudyOhio

    I’m glad the little dust up part with nicki/mariah/and even randy didn’t last long.  She walks out, show comes back from commercials, all ok, good, on with the show…and I hope that’s the last we’ll see of that petty (drummed up) stuff.  Some good talent tonight, enjoyed the show as a whole (well, as audition rounds go that is, lol ).  Afterthought:  Something is starting to annoy me and that is mariah’s constant pulling on and stroking of the sides of her hair. Quit messin’ with your hair mariah.

  • John S

    I actually enjoyed this episode, a lot of great talent and the feud wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The Tmz video that was leaked was way worse. 

  • jpfan2

    All the Nicki drama is taking time away from the back stories! I could actually use a few more. I like Nicki but if it turns into the Nicki Minaj Show it’s going to turn me off.

    I can only remember the country dude with the sick wife, the high school girl who sang Sam Cooke and the blonde with the nose ring. Everybody else is a blur. They have to be careful and make sure they have all kinds of genres represented. Otherwise it could really be a dull season.

    After two strong male winners, I don’t think a generic female is the answer.

  • anonoymous

    I don’t mind the judges fighting(Paula and Simon did it all the time), it’s only when they do it in front of the contestants, that  it bothers me. 

  • KelseyW

    I loved a lot of the talent tonight! Was nice seeing Scotty on my T.V. again as well. He looked like he had a blast representing his home area. It would be great if we got to see all of the AI10 folks who showed up at the AI12 auditions last year on T.V again too.

    Hopefully we will see more variety(genre-wise)in the coming weeks. So far I’ve seen a tad too many R&B and country singers go to Hollywood. I don’t have a  big problem with either, but genre overkill is never fun.

  • elliegrll

    Boy, there were a lot of girls in this episode. The problem with so many is that it’s hard to stand out in the crowd of female voices… Bet everyone remembers that one country guy than all the girls together.

    I can’t totally agree with that.  I think that the biggest issue is that over the past few years they’ve spent a lot of time showcasing the personalities of the male contestants, and very little on letting us get to know the females.  There are some voters who just will not vote for a girl/woman, but the ones who will want to feel like they know they the contestants, and AI has just done a horrible job of making the girls look relatable.  

  • merkureye

     “Please don’t fight, it makes me sad.”   That remark kinda tugged at the ol’ heart strings for me.

    I personally find Nikki very interesting as a person.  Didn’t know anything about her before AI and was predisposed to not like her but she has won me over.  All I saw about Nikki before AI was headlines about her falling out of her top.  Watched her on AI 11 perform Starships and my predjudice against her wouldn’t let me enjoy it.  However, I did think it was funny that she told JLo to move over and let her sit on the judges panel.  Turned out to be prophetic. 

    By the way, I now like Minaj’s Starships.  I appreciate her now both as a person and an artist. She commands the panel with ease and her personality is compelling, fascinating, and entertaining as hell.  Mariah on the other hand . . .two words – bore and ring.

  • No Thanks

    Candice Glover was singing “Syrup and Honey” by Duffy


  • sjames08

    Someone might’ve mentioned this already, but seriously, why are they deciding what contestants sound best in at this early on in the competition? YOU HAVE DIFFERENT THEMES EVERY WEEK! If someone can sing different genres, it’ll only BENEFIT THEM! 


  • James M.

    “Please don’t fight. That makes us sad.”
    Strangely the most poignant thing I can recall in recent memory from Idol. It seemed to hit the judges (Aside from Mariah, but she doesn’t seem emotionally hittable…. Who knows, she might’ve been touched, but she doesn’t show it…. at all).

  • Taylor

    why are they deciding what contestants sound best in at this early on in the competition

    Because the contestants that go on to do well on the show and afterwards usually come in knowing who they are as an artist. They already know the general direction they would like to take after the show. Of course, there is always room for growth and to learn something new about yourself, but the show isn’t usually a time for exploration and trying to figure out what type of artist you want to be.

    Thousands of people have good voices. They are looking for people with good voices who take their singing and career seriously enough to at least be able to answer a simple question. The question “what type of artist do you see yourself as” shouldn’t be a difficult one for those who are trying to make it to Hollywood.

  • elliegrll

    I think the problem with AI is that too often the judges and producers want to tell the contestants who they are.  That happened a lot during season 9, and was incredibly annoying.  The contestants have to decide who they are, since if they don’t believe in their label, no one else will.  Remember Katie Stevens?  Nothing that that girl sang sounded authentic.  She was so confused about which judge she should listen to.

  • Taylor

    I do remember Katie, she was a pretty girl and a very good singer. If she had come into the final 12 with a more defined musical identity, she might have done better both during and after the show. She may be one of the ones who could have benefitted from a couple more years of working it out in the real world, instead of on the Idol stage.

  • sjames08

    The question “what kind of artist do you want to be?” is different from “you sound better in…” 

    Like the girl who said she wants to do soulful country, but the judges kept saying she sounds more like a country singer. Keith seemed to be offended when that girl said she did the country thing. Randy said she yodelled every word. 

    I’m just saying, they have themes every week. This competition does not do well with supporting their contestants to do their own thing every single week. Yes, the successful ones have already established their genre early on, but it’s not like Carrie did country every week, or Adam Lambert doing pop, or Kelly doing pop rock.

  • Reflects On Life

    the frogslegs girl looks like she could be Melinda Doolittle’s offspring!

  • Taylor

    Carrie didn’t do country every week and neither did Scotty, but there was no doubt that they were both country artists. P2 turned almost every song into some Dave Matthews-like song last season. If they would have had Broadway Week last year, PP would have found a way to strip the melody out of the song and sing it his way.

  • fantoo1

    Ja’Bria Barber looks like she could be related to Melinda Doolittle. Anybody else notice that?

  • fantoo1

    Lol you beat me to it.

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  • Niall

    I am floored by how much I like this judging panel. I’m hoping the chemistry and straight shooting continues with the live shows.

    I still don’t buy the supposed hatred between Nicki and Mariah. Best friends? No, but I think they are two big personalities who like to jab at each other, but also have great mutual respect. Most of the time they are barely hiding their giggles or smiles when they bicker.

  • blackberryharvest

    For me, this panel is actually pretty fun. For the first time, I saw Mariah and Keith’s personalities really come out.

  • quickjessie

     Since I posted after the first two joke auditions that I wasn’t going to watch anymore, I felt the folks who actually read the comments here deserved an explanation of my following post.

  • blackberryharvest

    Too bad-there was some great talent tonight. What’s an idol audition episode without a joke audition? Its been like that for 12 seasons now.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “But a contestant like Jimmy Smith and his clear pure country voice? He could spoil the plan.”

    Oh yeah. The minute I saw Jimmy and heard him sing I thought “oh oh”. I’ll bet that he plays guitar too. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Actually, I do enjoy Idol more after a couple of vodka and tonics. ;)

  • HKfan

    I’m still enjoying this panel far more than the last 2 years, but I do find myself getting a bit annoyed with Nicki, she seems to be taking over, talks over the others and hates it when they don;t agree with her. Still at least its lively, better than everything being beautiful..

    My 18yo watched 5 minutes of tonights episode, then said, i’m going she’s (Nicki) already getting on my nerves…… 

  • Al Kahn

    Hey MJ…right on target with your comments about Nicki & the maybe made up feud:)) Of course it should be up to the aspiring artist what direction she would want to take her music in! I was screaming at the tv that very thing while this was going!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “Team Mariah or Team Nicki? Although I think Nicki should have kept her cool, in the end I have to side with her in the argument.  Basically, Nicki felt that Mariah and Randy were bullying Summer into singing country music, when she had clearly expressed a preference for a more soulful vibe. Shouldn’t a singer’s own opinions on her artistry be respected? That was the main question Nicki posed, and I have to say, she was making a valid point. Although contestants who have a strong sense of who they are as artists do best on the show, Nicki is bullish on the importance of NOT pigeonholing contestants.  I like the way Nicki thinks outside of the box.”

    I completely agree with every part of this comment.

  • Em

    The fight wasn’t even worth it. The girl was good, but she’s not that great. I don’t see star quality in her.

    That said, I was a bit annoyed too with her “country thing” comment. I’m not sure why… maybe because I felt like she looked so reluctant about singing that genre.

    I get where Nicki is coming from (about the judges pressuring her into saying she loves country), but at the same time, it’s very true though that the girl’s voice really fits country music well. I’m not a fan of Nicki’s attitude throughout the audition as well. All the eye-rolling and stuff is really childish.

    I really can’t stomach all these silly judges’ nonsense anymore. Gonna skip the auditions episodes, unless there are standouts, which I will come to this site to check them out.

  • SaSa8

    Keith got offended by Summer’s comment because it made she made it sound like country music has no soul.  As a fan of country music, I can see why he took it that way and was a little mad.  He still voted her through and he is the one who tried to stop the argument and tell the contestant she was through.  Nicki did not know how to leave it. IMO she talks way too much, and a lot of it is about the outfit, how they look or her nickname. They need to limit Nicki to fewer comments and keep them on point IMO.  She is already getting on my nerves too.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m wondering how much Nicki and Mariah’s edits are representing the “reality”. I’m going to reserve my opinion about all of the judges until the live shows, because I know how editing can convey an impression that is very different from “reality”. lol

  • quickjessie

     I”ve never cared for the joke auditions but I can tolerate them without changing the channel if they are scattered, one here, one there.  Yesterday the first half hour of the show was intros, bad non-singers, and fight promos.  Just wasn’t worth sticking around.

    But luckily, we have this blog, lol.  MJ’s videos make sure we don’t miss anyone good and her recap fills us in on the rest.

  • Kirsten

    Loved last night’s show. Lot’s of very talented auditions and even some that were outside the usual “idol box”.  I really liked Taisha – You Oughtta Know is a very tough song to sing. Candace was fantastic. Blondie seemed like a set up for a bad audition, but I really liked her voice. Loved frog-killer girl. What a delight.
    I’m glad that they finally had a “nominate the auditioner” that worked because it was beginning to seem like a cruel joke. Maybe some of those people aren’t auditioning because they aren’t ready, relatives. Anyway, Isabel was ready and she is great (I hear a lot of early Nelly Furtado in her).
    The judges had a lot of interesting things to say and Mariah seems to be chilling a little.
    I’m glad they are focusing on the girls this year. In year’s past, the guys got tonnes of coverage, so of course, they nabbed the early fan bases. Tonnes of personality from the girls last night. For the boys, I only remember the guy whose wife had cancer and the some generic country guy getting through – neither of whom made much of an impression.

  • Incipit

    I’m wondering how much Nicki and Mariah’s edits are representing the “reality”.

    You have a point, fuzzywuzzy, even though it’s all for ‘Good TV’, and precious little is actually real, IMO…it would be different if it even could “represent”. But it never has. I’m also waiting for the live segments, to see what we really have been handed by way of judges.

    Seems we have Exaggeration, Hyperbole, Misdirection, and out and out disingenuous finger pointing in all the manufactured buzz leading up to showing this tantrum in a teacup. Sorry I bothered to look at it – and all I did was watch the video here.

    Keith took exception (not offense, that would also be hyperbole, IMO), to a remark made about country music, which started it – and Randy, who actually IS a bully, tried to use “30 years of experience” to over-ride any dissenting opinions and end it, as if that 30 years means he is always right? No, just a bully.

    But the whole thing was framed as two strong women disagreeing, as if neither of the males on the panel had anything much to do with it – as if they just sat there and endured, poor things. The segment was much fuss about little substance, the edit was offensive, and the TMZ slant was disgusting. But that’s just my opinion. Of Course.

  • Jordana33

    I can’t tell if it’s an issue of Nicki talking a lot, or the editors focussing more on what she says, because she’s so entertaining.  I actually love the way she greets the contestants, so I’m not complaining…..she’s probably the only reason I’ve been tuning into the auditions.  I’ve also noticed that Nicki rarely interrupts the other judges once they start speaking. She lets them talk. Most of the times, they interrupt her. 

  • GinaBallerina

    “By the way, I now like Minaj’s Starships. I appreciate her now both as a person and an artist. She commands the panel with ease and her personality is compelling, fascinating, and entertaining as hell. Mariah on the other hand . . .two words – bore and ring.”

    Perhaps we could see how entertaining Mariah could be if Nicki wasn’t constantly talking over her.  I feel like there is room for both of them to entertain us…we don’t have to pick sides.

  • Tommyo2000

    I wasnt expecting it, but I really like Nicki a lot … she is funny and sweet to the contestents, and is interesting to watch … Mariah is a bit boring and Keith is good, but too subdued??  … Randy is just the crazy old uncle at this point … kind of fun to have around for nostalgia …

    Gotta say I really like Isabel, Candice and Seretha …. Candice was shafted last year and will likely get to the top 24 … not sure if she goes far, as she will have to break out of the church singer role … Seretha has the story and I loved the twist up on Fresh Prince … Isabel, reminded me of Selina Gomez in looks, and I could totally see them trying to push her far as she could really connect with the younger audience, which Idol needs … However, she didnt even try  out on her own, and her being so young with the pressure that goes up each week could get the best of her …  

  • guinness 416

    It’s a bit annoying for the viewers but to me it’s clear that the contestants seem to enjoy Nicki’s nicknaming thing.  You can see the big genuine smiles when she does it, and maybe it calms them down a bit.  I think some of them are kind of intimidated by her before they come in there – the curly haired country guy being the most obvious, he looked totally amazed that she responded positively – so it may help them relate to her more.

    The first half of this week’s show was awful, I wonder how many people tuned out, but it really picked up in the latter half in my opinion.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    I’m TOTALLY with Nicki on this one, particularly on that 30 years of experience moment, that was so unnecessary, Randy was being a total jerk and Mariah is annoying the hell outta me, her movements, facial expressions, everything for me is so fake and staged to portray her as someone serious and classy.

  • Alexandre Oliveira

    The sad part for me is that most of the people don’t analyse Nicki based on what  she’s doing on the show, they tend to associate her exaggerated songs to her ability to judge.

  • Ronny Dias

     Thanks for the recipe! I’ll make sure to try it next time, lol.