American Idol 12 Chicago Auditions – Recap and Videos

Tonight’s jam-packed Chicago auditions were really entertaining! Tonight, while there were talented girls, the boys finally stepped forward. After last night’s chick-fest, I wondered if Nigel was on a mission to cast the worst boys he could find to ensure a female winner.

Fan favorite, Johnny Keyser is back.  And if he makes it to the voting rounds. Look out. Ditto, the sweet Lazaro Arbos who’s only stutter-free moments are when he’s performing a song.  But again, there was a slew of talented females, including Mackenzie Wasner, Isabelle Parell, Brandy Neelley and Kez Ban.  All worth, based on their auditions, of making the voting rounds. Good stuff.

The Mariah/Nicki feud was on full display tonight. And can I say, if the edit is to be believed, that I am squarely on Team NICKI.  You would think having every other hopeful kiss her ass would make Mariah feels secure. But the woman seems to take offense by Nicki’s mere presence on the panel. Carping and taking insult where there was none.  Sure, Nicki is sort of a nut, and she tends to pull focus. But Mariah honey, you’re are star aren’t you? It’s not as if you have to try so hard.

There were many hilarious Nicki moments tonight. I appreciate the fact that she’s getting paid the big bucks to ENTERTAIN. Meanwhile, Mariah behaves like the queen bee–as if gracing us with her presence is enough. Meh.  Keith continues to be low key, yet quietly articulate. He’s pulling his weight in his own way. And Randy? He’s the cynical long-timer, bluntly telling the hopefuls the way that it is.  This is as good as it will get for DAWG, who will switch to 100 percent auto pilot when the live shows begin.

Next week–Charlotte NC.  Will Nigel milk the big Mariah/Nicki meltdown for ratings? What do you think?

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Here we go again kids! Live blogging the American Idol 12 Chicago auditions…

The show opens with a girl waiting for her sister to come out of auditions. She screams and yells on cue as she walks out but…whoops. She didn’t make it. That looked really really staged by the way.

The Lumineers play as the judges “arrive” in Chicago at the Adler Planetarium.

Mackenzie Wasner – 17 – Leiper’s Fork, TN -  “Face of an Angel” – Her dad plays piano for Vince Gill. PLANT! She a country singer with a sweet, pure tone. She’s not a powerful singer, but her voice has a lovely lilt. Mariah thinks she’s awesome and beautiful and has star power. Nicki thinks someone like her walks into a room once every few years. “You are a star.” Keith loves her blend of strength and vulnerability. It’s 4 YESES.


Mackennzie Wasner, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Comimg up MORE FUN BITCHERY BETWEEN NICKI AND MARIAH HOORAY.

Austin Earles – 19 – Lakeview, MI – Nicki was really enjoying it. Mariah laughed in his face. That wasn’t nice.


Austin Earles, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Kiara Lanier – 21- Chicago, IL – The Prayer by Celine Dion – She a local girl who sang for Obama at one point. “You are a cute little lady bug…you are cute” says Nicki in her British accent. But for Kiara, it’s is all about Mariah Carey. She thanks her for paving the way. “That was pretty freaking pretty…you have so much control,” says Nicki.  Mariah feels she has great potential. Keith says, “You come ready to be a star.” Four yeses.


Kiara Lanier, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

Stephanie Schimel – 20 – Milwaukee, WI – “Dream a Little Dream” by Mama Cass -  Mariah, Keith and Randy like Stephanie, who has a sweet voice with very nice phrasing.  But, Nicki? Not so much. “I think you’re pretty, I thought your voice was pretty, but nothing jumped at me,” she says.  “I don’t think you feel like a star.” After Nicki delivers a NO verdict, Stephanie assures her that she isn’t hurt, “I don’t like you any less. I take critique as a good thing.” Nicki proceeds to make absolutely no sense, “We are wearing the same color eye shadow today. We are having a rivalry today, that’s why I said no.” WHAT?!?! says Randy. “But now that you’re through to Hollywood…” Randy cuts Nicki off, ”What kind of Junior high are we in now?” “Exactly,” eye rolls Mariah. EVERYBODY IS TALKING OVER EACH OTHER. Shoots back to Mariah, Nicki says, “You shouldn’t have a comment on that.” Stephanie puts her hands over her face. Randy shoos her out of the room before things get even crazier.


Stephanie Schimel, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Next, it’s a montage of Nicki and Mariah cat fights, with poor Keith in the middle. The montage music? “Stuck in the Middle with You.” Heh.

“I wasn’t talking to you,” Nicki says at one point. “It was the way that you said it!” Mariah shoots back.

“I have a thought, Nicki excuse me!” says Mariah.

“I don’t want to make anyone upset here,” says Mariah. “SURE YOU DO,” says Keith. Nicki, who is going to be ENDLESSLY GIFABLE makes faces at the other end of the table.

Keith smacks his head, over and over on the table, “I swear I feel like a scratching post.”

Melissa Bush -  27 – Grandville, Mi – “Downtown” by Petula Clark – She brought a T Shirt for Randy “Get Dawn Dawg” . Whoa. This chick is  FLAT FLAT FLAT. So painful. The panel is stunned. “Check please,”  snarks Keith. “Bush,  you’ll always be my Bush,” says  Mariah says, “You guys are all really vulgar, and I’m not going to tolerate it much longer.”  I hate Mariah’s passive aggressive ways, but she’s got a point here. They kinda humiliated that girl, making fun of her name, repeating it over and over again like a group of 13 year old boys.  Still, not impressed with Mariah. She annoys me.


Melissa Bush, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

Shot of a guy caterwauling in the hallway, painfully, while his parents cheer him on. Yikes.  Haley Reinhart stopped by the cattle call to say high and encourage the hopefuls.

Gabe Brown -  21 – Marion, IA – “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones -  He kinda looks like season 6 contestant, Chris Sligh, and brings cookies from his baker family for the panel. He’s a product of the small town auditions.   Whoa. This guy is a screamer, and it is NOT PLEASANT. Keith loved it.  Loud is not necessarily good, people. Mariah wants to hear something a little softer.  He sings “We All Die Young.” Ok. This is much better. At least he’s got some tone here. He really relies on the tuneless screaming unfortunately. The great singers have control. Steven Tyler he is not.  “I like you curly!” says Nicki.  She says she believe him when he does his rock thing. Keith digs it.  Mariah’s body language says “not convinced” but she says yes, as does the rest of the panel.


Gabe Brown, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

Kevin Nabity – 25 – Polk City, IA – “One Week” by Bare Naked Ladies – He loves Ninja Turtles and martial arts. I smell a joke contestant! His dancing consists of awkward jumping and somersaults. He’s confident, but doesn’t want to come off as cocky! He says this while we watch him klutzily drop ninja sticks in the water. His singing is captioned, including gibberish. and finally just question marks. The captioners use what looks like other languages and numbers. I laughed out loud. “SOLD” says Randy, imitating an auctioneer. “You aren’t seriously insinuating that you don’t like Kevin, are you?” says Nicki, sounding serious. “Kevin just tried to sell me an old moterbike, which I don’t want,” says Randy.  ”Kev, maybe you can wow them with something else!” chirps Nicki. He suggests“Come Sail Away.” BINGO! “Oh yeah,” says Keith. Nicki slips into a British accent “Aw do you want woh-tah” she asks when, after Kev slaughters the song, he says his voice is dry. It’s a very big no for Kev.


Kevin Nabity, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

Next, it’s a montage of the judges saying no. Tears and hugs all around.

Isabelle Parell – 15 – Centerton, IN – “Baby It’s Cold Outside” -  This is a duet, of course, and her fav, Keith agrees to sing with her.  Aw. The two of them together are absolutely adorable. She’s so young, but she’s got GREAT tone. She calls her self a country singer, but I’m hearing some jazz and a little blues. Very unique. She might be a little young, at this point. I also really love her quirk.  She must get it from her mom, who notes outside with Ryan that camera guys are considered kind of hot.  WHAT?  The judges, however, are not wowed, although they like her enough to say yes. Well, not Randy, who does not explain his decision on camera. “You have a very sweet quality about you, ” says Mariah.  Nicki liked her tone and that she was poised. “star-like,” Nicki called her. “She reminds me of Taylor, says Nicki. Uh. Not really.


Isabelle Parell, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Keith had to leave early to make a concert in Las Vegas. Randy is planted between Mariah and Nicki. He’s in charge of keeping the girls in line. “Listen,” he says, “Nobody gets hurt. Let’s come out and have fun.”

“AYE AYE CAPTAIN!” says Nicki.

A montage of hot boys are next, and Nicki LIKES.

“We waited all day for you.”

“I see you licking your lips, playboy, what’s really good?”

“Do you have a girlfriend?”

“Is that a hole in your pants?” Says the boy, “Why you looking?” Nicki was just getting warmed up for…

Griffin Peterson – 22 –  Oconomowoc, WI – “Wash by the Water” by Need to Breathe – A very good looking white guy. “Do you have a nickname?” asks Nicki, “Because I don’t really think Griffin when I see you. What about ‘Grrrrr” she suggests. Then she asks him if he has a girlfriend. He doesn’t. “I don’t discriminate! We’re all equal!” I’m not sure what Nicki means there.  Randy is laughing. “The single life,” side-eyes Mariah. Nicki thinks he looks and feels like a star, but Randy didn’t get it. He thought the voice was just barely below average. “Are you freaking kidding me!” exclaims Nicki. There’s Mariah, laughing and eye-rolling. “Those girls…They’re coming to his concert!” says Nicki. “I do HAVE to say yes to that,” says Mariah.  She sees Nicki’s point of view, because the dude has a handsome face. She thinks he has potential. Randy says he could be like a new Bieber. “Bieber doesn’t do that to me!” says Nicki. “RAND THE MAN.” Randy continues to laugh. He says no.  I’m with Randy on this one. The girls say yes. His mom wants to kiss Ryan Seacrest. It’s on her bucket list.  She does, with Dad’s permission.


Griffin Peterson, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Curtis Finch Jr. -  24 – St. Louis, MO -  “God is Able” – Nicki wants to call him “Finchy.”  OMG. She is so random and so funny.  Curtis is a gospel boy who sings with a ton of soul.  He’s got chops, this boy and knows his way around a run. He could be a contender . The judges are in a state of nirvana as they listen. After 4 enthusiastic yeses, Curtis asks if his best friend can meet  Mariah.  She comes out from behind the desk to give his friend  a big hug. Nicki turns to Randy to say. “Do you know what it’s like the first time you meet Mariah?’ “You did not LIKE ME WHEN YOU MET ME IN NEW YORK,” snarks Mariah. Wow. What a bitch.


Curtis Finch Jr., Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Mariah Pulice -  19 – Darien, IL – “Let it Be” by the Beatles – Mariah is all excited to meet another Mariah! But her namesake has had a rough couple of years–she’s recovering from anorexia. We hear her story, it started in Junior High. By high school, she was only eating a slice of cheese a day. Maybe not the best voice ever, but her performance is very heartfelt. Mariah the judge is crying. “I really really felt that song coming from you,” says Nicki, “Your spirit is coming out of your music.”  Mariah says, ‘You touched me. I can’t even imagine how many people share the same story.” The entire family is brought into the room as she given the good news. 4 yeses.  EVERYBODY PARTY!


Mariah Pulice, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Brandy Neelley – 17 – Louisville, KY  – “Your Cheating Heart” by Hank Williams – She was placed in foster care as a kid. Her father’s sister adopted her. She’s wanted to be the next American Idol since she was 9 years old.  Wow. She’s got a big ole country voice. Reminiscent of Carrie Underwood-she can really hit those high notes.  She’s got remarkable control. Keith loved the song choice.  Nicki thinks she’s “Super super special” and loves her control. Mariah LOVED it. Randy loved it from note one. Of course, it’s 4 yeses.


Brandy Neelly, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Josh Holiday – 24 – Celeste, TX – “Back at One” -  The judges loved his tone and talent. He was a little unwieldy on the high notes, but he’s got charm, and definitely has talent.

Courtney Williams – 18 – Greenville, MS – “Who’s Loving You” – Whoa. This girl has something special. “Very Nice”

Andrew Jones – 28 – Chicago, IL -  “Knock on Wood” – Also really good!

Clifton  Duffin – 22 – Country Club Hills, IL -  “Superstar” His parents have never heard him sing. Until today. Hm. Nicki calls him “secret squirrel.”  I was prepared for this guy to suck, but he doesn’t.  Mom and dad can’t believe their ears. Nicki believes he’s an inspiration for people who are too afraid to sing. Mariah said she sang alone when she was little too. Nicki confesses that she never sang for her mother, either. Keith thinks he has raw talent. It’s 4 yeses.


Josh Holiday, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

So many of the kids are excited to meet Mariah!

Ieisha Cotton - 19 – Chicago, IL – “Thank You” by Ashanti – She calls herself a “professional” dancer. Her moves are suspiciously stripper-like. Her singing is pretty awful. Mariah “delicately” suggests that she stick to dancing. Randy flat out tells her that she’s tone deaf.  Mariah says…yes? Oophs that was a mistake. She meant no. She blames Nicki. Oy.


Ieishna Cotton, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Johnny Keyser – 23 – Pompano Beach, FL -  “Try A Little Tenderness” – Nicki asks right off the bat if he has a girlfriend. No he does not.  “Johnny’s back,” says Randy. Randy likes when determined folk come back. He characterizes Johnny’s outing last year as “crashing and burning.” Hm. “We got to make sure you don’t do that,” says Randy. Keith loves him. “You’re not going to be girlfriend-less for long.”  Nicki and Mariah begin bickering again. Sigh. Mariah did not like the way Nicki introduced her…or something. “You are star,” says Mariah. Nicki jokingly calls her “Carey” and Mariah snots back, “You’re welcome, a name I won’t say unless there are little kids watching the show.”  Nicki responds with a wave of her hand,  “Oh sit down. DISMISSED.” As Nicki gives her positive critique, Mariah groans and rolls her eyes. Are we going to make it through the season without these two killing each other?  It’s 4 yeses. Wonder how far fan fav Johnny will go this year? If he makes it to the top 10, he’ll probably win.


Johnny Keyser, Auditions Chicago ~ American… by HumanSlinky

Kez Ban – 27 – Durham, NC -  “No Strings” – We’ve got a fire performer! And she does balloon animals. She’s a street performer. She does not expect to win. The talk is that she’s trangendered? Before her segment began, she wanted assurances that her segment would not embarrass her family. She comes out with a guitar over her shoulder. She’s a singer songwriter. And also kind of annoying.  Keith wonders if she has, “Any old flames.”  Ha! She wants to sing an original. But, first she sings “No Strings” from Pinocchio. She engaging!   She’s got personality and quirk. A coffeehouse type though–not really suited for Idol.  Her original song reveals some real songwriting ability. This is probably all she wants–a chance to sing on national TV. Mariah loved the song and her. “I can feel the realness in you.” “Your very captivating,” says Nicki. Keith loves her voice. They yell YES in unison.  She has an awkward discussion with Ryan about filling out paperwork. I hope we at least see lots of her in Hollywood.


Kez Ban, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol 2013 by HumanSlinky

A montage of really really horrible auditions, set to the Les Miserables soundtrack. The end of a dream!

Ashley Curry – 19 – Flossmoor, IL – “Mama Knows Best” by Jesse J. – She’s studying musical theater. She can sing, her twin sister can’t.  Or, so she says, because WHERE THE HECK IS SHE GOING TO SCHOO?  She’s dreadful! “Do you sing in the theater?” asks Randy, “Was the sound off?” She claims she started in the wrong key and begins to sing again. It’s still really horrible. Mariah gets up to leave the room. “Shocking vocals,” says Randy. “You’re so pretty,” says Nicki. She wants to see a monologue.  Instead, Ashley begins singing again. You know, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.  Eventually, security escorts her out. Ashley could not believe they said no. Delusional.


Ashley Curry, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

OK.  Last audition! Oh, it’s the stutter kid! from the promo.

Lazaro Arbos – 21 – Arbos, FL – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon and Garfunkel – His Cuban parents, in Spanish, explain that his extreme stuttering began when he was 6 years old and never improved. I’m talking EXTREME stutter. It takes him several seconds to get one word out. When the family moved to the US when Lazzaro was 10, his stutter got much worse. He’s a very solitary fellow as a result.  Lazaro sings beautifully, in a clear sweet tone without a trace of stutter (which is not unusual)  ’Just sing all the time!” says Keith. “Your story is very inspiring,” says Nicki. “I think you brought a really great vibe into the room.” Keith says, “I love your tone, I love the way you sing, I love that you did that song, It’s one of my favorites. It just elicits so much emotion.” Lazaro is crying through his critique. “I love you so much,” he says to Mariah after she compliments his voice. All together, they say YES.


Lazaro Arbos, Auditions Chicago ~ American Idol… by HumanSlinky

46 Idols breezed through the windy city!

Next week…Charlotte, NC, where the big Mariah/Nicki blowup occurred…

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    The intro was so scripted.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    round 2

  • girlygirltoo

    Did they do the same open as last night, with Phillip playing “Home”?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    nope

  • steph6449

    This first girl is the only one so far who to me is pretty good.

    Something seems weird with Mariah’s makeup or lighting. Her face looks a bit poufy for some reason.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    sick of country. Go away blonde girl.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she sounded pretty good

  • HermeticallySealed

    Hah!  Overheard comment from my roommate; “Pow?  That’s what I want to do to your face.” I don’t think he’s a fan.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Nope back to the standard opening

  • jcabby

    Nice voice from MacKenzie. Nothing out of the ordinary. 

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Let the cat fighting commence! hehe oh, and the singing, too! :)

  • justmefornow

    Douche alert! 
    Just saw a shot Johnny Keyser before the break, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    This aint Country Idol for Scratching post’s Sake!

  • http://twitter.com/PicChick1 Cherie Simpson

    Welcome to the Nikki FREAK SHOW..I am so disgusted with IDOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    vanilla ice!!!

  • justmefornow

    He stole Colton’s hair!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Oh, God.. they’re exploring to the maximum the feud between Mariah and Nicki. And that’s because they want us to believe Niegel didn’t leak the tape to TMZ. LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Nicki’s wackiness reminds me of Paula. I’ll never forget when Paula said to David Archuleta back in Season 7 “I want to hang your head from my rear view mirror” after he sang Imagine.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    she’s getting a ticket

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Kiara is pretty bad.

  • steph6449

    Maybe this second girl sounds great in person. On the higher parts coming off the tv screen she sounds pretty scratchy, woke up my dog lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kathleen-Moore/100001271239732 Kathleen Moore

    Ugh.  That was pitchy, dawg. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i like the really constructive feedback they’re giving people…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t agree with the judges on Kiara. I don’t think that she’s very good.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    something bout her i like… reminds me of megan joy a little

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I do like this blonde girl in the black outfit.

  • justmefornow

    LOL. My daughter, at the time called him “purse boy” because she thought he was cute like those little dogs people carried in their purses.

  • steph6449

    Megan came to mind for me too. Though I liked Megan better

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    cannon fodder for sure.  or she’ll win the whole thing. who knows.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I actually agree with Nicki.  Pretty voice, but no star quality.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i think she has a great look for the show

  • teekee

    Me too.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    So far, the girls have outshone the guys. Though it’s still early.

  • teekee

    I liked the blonde.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Cat fightttttt! 

  • girlygirltoo

    thanks

  • girlygirltoo

    thanks

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Keith is trying to handle things the best he can.

  • HermeticallySealed

    Did anyone report the theft from the Buck Rogers costume storage?

  • justmefornow

    Here comes the crazy. LOL at the pink jumpsuit.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Nicki is a incredible judge. She’s thinks a lot like the audience. Mariah is JLO/Kara 2.0 and I still need to see more of Keith. I do like Keith so far. Randy can disappear. Sick of him.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    It’s like a pink nightmare

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    She can be a Sunday School Idol. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Wow. Petula Clark? A blast from the past. Odd song to choose.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Dude Randy, say “YO”. Why are you holding out?

  • Sara M

    Nicki <3 <3 <3 <3

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Bush butchered a classic! lol. I love Petula Clark! If she doesn’t get a contract singing, she could always be an Adam Lambert back up dancer with all the jewels. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKCnHWas3HQ

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     when mariah speaks i think her feedback is very constructive… she knows what she’s talking about, she and Keith are the most musically knowledgable folk on the panel

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I agree…. so far. I’d say Mariah’s a little worse than the other two, though. I don’t see her standing out the way this is going. She’s just there to be Mariah so far. I hope I’m wrong and she has some poignant moments, but so far, of all the judges Nicki’s stealing the show (admittedly in part due to low expectations initially). 

    Nicki’s surprisingly good so far, but I see her fizzling and Mariah not even stepping up to the job while Keith becomes the only judge worth giving a damn about in the live shows. Dunno why I feel that. 

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    I’m actually liking Nicki Minaj as a judge, but the cat fight with Mariah Carey throws me off (a lil bit).

  • justmefornow

    Hi Haley!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    giving nicki props too – her critiques are on point

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lawd… he’s not good, not bad… i’m on the fence, lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/pedro.fville Pedro Fville

    I hope Nicky only has a 1-year contract…   What a skank.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Dammmnnn. He’s good!! but not an “Idol” material. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i wanna hear more, lol… give him a ticket!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I like this guy. Shame about his look, because it would never work in the real world.

  • justmefornow

    He reminds me of Jack Black, lol.
    LOL at the Steel Dragon song from Rock Star!

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    other than the stupid accents, I am too, but I’d like her better without the manufactured Mariah drama

  • jcabby

    I like Gabe!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    napoleon dyn-o-mite!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    When the Rocker Chris Sligh was singing with his belt voice he was actually in tune. But the head voice was a mess lol

    This guy is OTT, but he can sing (I mean, for one or 2 years before he explodes his vocal folds singing like this). lol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    definitely has a jack black quality.  i think there’s a good tone buried under the screaming.  if he doesn’t try to scream every song, he could be a contender 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    IS he auditioning for Idol or Auctioneer school?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahaha

  • HermeticallySealed

    ::Insert mad cat meme pic::  No!

  • Chris

    Ha!  This Mutant Ninja Turtle guy is old school bad Idol audition.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    lol he should be a rapper. He speaks fast enough.

  • jumpstart4u

    Chris Sligh Part 2 – Thanks, but no thanks.  Next.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    LOL. Good comparison. But Jack Black is actually a terrific singer, despite the comedy.

  • justmefornow

    I actually liked him the best so far. 

  • Chris

    And is Nicki married to Thurston Howell III from Gilligan’s Island?  What’s with the hat?

  • Sara M

    Nicki really is bringing such a spark in auditions that this show hasn’t had since Paula and Simon left. 

  • jcabby

    While the contestant Kevin danced and Nicki called him “Justin Timberlake,” I LOL. Nicki has a great and funny way of interacting with contestants. 

  • justmefornow

    Poor James, check out his twitter right now. lol

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    One thing I noticed about Minaj is that she is actually very nice to the contestants. She is honest in a blunt way, but doesn’t come across mean. I love her humor lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Mariah is already looking better than she did yesterday. Not by much, but she seemed more eased into the job than she was yesterday (Minus the whole Nicki/Mariah feud that can just go to hell). I still don’t get much of a sense of sincerity from her.

    Just had to make sure, but yesterday showed the first two audition cities when they were settling in, so it makes sense.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Lyndsey Parker & Rickey are saying on twitter that tonight’s episode is a different edit than the one they previewed last week.  

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    I hate fake crying and insincere displays of empathy. That’s all.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    What is this girl wearing? Ok….I really like her voice though. She is my favorite so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Keith doesn’t sound great. don’t think he’d get ut through to Hollywood.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    o/ keith ftw!!

    she’s not bad either

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    lol was just thinking, is this what he sounds like on his records and if so who buys them?

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    outfit is definitely a hot mess, but I liked her tone

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I didn’t see any new tweet. (?)

  • jcabby

    Isabella is really good. I agree with Nicki.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Guys, he doesn’t sound like that. People should go listen to his records. 

  • jumpstart4u

    This girl is okay … not great … but okay.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Randy must be high. Saying no that voice…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    lolololol

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    oh please Randy is such a Douche !!!!!

  • jumpstart4u

    Nooooooooooo …. Keith – COME BACK!

  • Last Laugh Lane

    These auditions are a little ehh. Nicki’s bringing a spark and Keith is funny. The best part so far was seeing Haley.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he’s as wooden as a spoon

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Mariah looks bored and like she probably has better things to do.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I guess the WGWG fans can settle for him.

  • Karen C

    I like that last girl, the one that did the duet with Keith.

    I’m really not liking Nicki Manaj, can’t stand the bickering with Mariah, and her accents. 

  • Chris

    Nicki’s like a young, female Steven Tyler!  Hitting on all the hotties, except it doesn’t seem as creepy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    He’s definitely going far, but he needs to work on his showmanship. He’s boring to watch.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    If this guy makes it into the voting rounds, he’ll win. lol

  • iluvai

    I’m loving Nicki. She’s so fun and funny.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    The talent seems better tonight so far than last night.

  • Karen C

    I kind of like Griffin

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Nicki wants to put through this guy? She is totally clueless about the bubble behaviour. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I really don’t think that matters. If he makes it to the voting rounds, he’ll win. lol

  • mouse999

    White guy without guitar, but really handsome. America, look at your next Idol.

  • justmefornow

     Lots of comparisons and “James 2.0″ comments. Also some digs at Randy’s comments about not having a rocker on the show, lol.

    This one I  LOL at….

    Jay Bo ?@JayBoToGo
    The Cookie Monster has eaten James Durbin while Turtle Power and handstands bring sexy back ! #Idol #WIN @AmericanIdol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    You’ve let worse people than Griffin Peterson through, Randy. And jeez, I will not stop thinking of Family Guy when I see this guy. He does kinda sound like an on-tune love-child of Lee DeWyze and Chris Richardson. Which sounds extremely unattractive but wasn’t bad for him. 

    Nicki Minaj’s reaction to him…. I don’t think Nicki is my type but I was strangely jealous of the guy. 

    As for him winning? I know there’s the “cute white guy” thing, but he isn’t really much like the other winners.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I noticed that yesterday. I’m not noticing it as much today, which I like. Somewhat. I’d rather not notice it at ALL. 

  • justmefornow

    He’s probably learning guitar as we speak.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    hopefully not from that girl who auditioned last night

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Even if he just holds the guitar and pretends to strum, it will be deadly. lol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    The fraus would love him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    oh snapppppppppppppp – sanggggggggggggg it

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Something about Griffin… 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    He’s alright. I don’t see star quality though.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Curtis Finch gave me a sense of the goose pimples. Did not like his falsetto part though. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    mariah o

  • jumpstart4u

    Hate the vocal acrobatics.  Curtis, you can leave now.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    We laughed so hard…”Bieber does not do that to me.”  Nicki is funny.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    yeah, Nicki is basically creating the sixth frau bait winner. She doesn’t know too much about Idol, I think.

  • Sara M

    Joshua >Curtis > Jacob Lusk

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    church singers aren’t my thing, but he seems like a nice guy and he’s got a decent voice

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Curtis needs to watch the falsetto. Use it, don’t abuse it. But other than that, he’s got talent. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    This girl kind of looks like Selena Gomez. Ugh sob story.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Mariah should definitely be Princess Peach from Mario for Halloween. Something about her reminds me of the Princess. Minus Bowser kidnapping her. 

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Oh no…here come the sob stories….the sobbing….yaaaawn…anorexia, again.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I was wondering when the sob story was going to make an appearance. Please be talented. Please be talented.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I DON’T MEAN TO SOUND HEARTLESS BUT… Save your whack anorexia story for Oprah. I thought this was a competition about being a singer???

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    i can’t bust on this girl…. I hope she’s got some talent

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Wow, this girls voice is very weak.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    just mediocre, but at least she got to cry on television

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Sob story + okay voice = zzzzzz

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    UGH. Semi-average voice, but because she said she was anorexic and went through hard ships, its gonna sound like an “amazing” voice filled with “emotion”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    that was nice… she needs a ticket.

  • justmefornow

    “Frau bait”, lol. 
    And as an homage to VFTW since this is their last season “Cue the stampede!”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Watch his videos. Curtis uses the falsetto all the time. I think it’s irreversible. lol

    At least he’s a baritone and doesn’t do screeches.

  • jumpstart4u

    what the crap is wrong with Mariah?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Her voice is so-so. Not terrible, but not spectacular either.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    Mariah Carey in touched by an anorexic 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Anorexia is pretty rough. Mentally tough and metabolically horrific. 

    She’s not all that spectacular, but she’s not terrible. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    hope she can handle the pressure in hollywood

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    She knows she is selling her sob story. I don’t like this chick. She’s going to annoy me hella much. Even the judges know they sent her on the sob story and not her voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Unfortunately, without her backstory, she would not have made it through. She may not be emotionally able to handle the pressure either.

  • dabney c

    The emotions are a little OTT with this one, no?

  • jumpstart4u

    Hate the guy with the bow tie already. 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Mariah Pulice holding ticket “This feels beautiful; I feel beautiful *sobs*” Anyone else get a Tatiana Del Toro vibe? Sorry my past comments sound like a hater but 12 years of average voices with sob stories making the Top 12 is annoying.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She comes across as too emotionally fragile and desperate. I think that it will be too much for her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Mariah is bored. Nicki is fake. Randy is Randy. Where’s Keith? Bring him back.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I won’t say she definitely won’t make it past hollywood week, because worse have, but hopefully she won’t.  

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    I can deal with the sob story if the talent is incredible. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Agreed. I’m not into the hipster look.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Griffin Peterson is still trending nationally. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     oh lawd, lolol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    good lord, he wasn’t that cute

  • dabney c

    Nicki’s like a young, female Steven Tyler!

    I was just thinking the same thing! She’s quite funny, too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    That was a lame audition. I mean, she wasn’t horrible, but she wasn’t super good. She was on key. Honestly, that’s all I’d probably be looking for at this point unless something was seriously wrong with your voice or identity. 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Ladies and gentlemen, I introduce you to the 3485098209485th adoption story on Idol. And because this interview is so long and even went to her house, she’s making it to the next round. -__-

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    The runner-up/winner of Idol Season 12 has been born. 

  • jumpstart4u

    Ah, and the Australian eye candy returns.  YAY!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I feel uncomfortable that it seems like her life depends on singing and progressing in the competition. The contestants need to be motivated, but not so desperate like that. That’s not entertaining, IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    THAT was Keith Urban singing…during the adoption story.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    girl can sing

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    agreed.  i wish the parents of some of these younger singers who act like that would tell them it’s not the end of the world, but they probably encourage it hoping they get to cash in

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    That’s what I hated about James Arthur from The X-Factor UK. Those glasses should be unconstitutional. Now this guy has a bow tie? Stealing it from Tim Lincecum are ya now? 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Sorry Brandy, You have a good voice but sing country. I can’t support you.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Country… okay. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Girffin Petterson is trending really high for a really long time, but it doesn’t matter. The people who’ll vote for him are a little bit older than those who are trending his name . lol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    yeah and I thought he sounded bad there too :(  sorry any KU fans.  

  • jumpstart4u

    This girl has a great voice. 

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Mariah is trying so hard to show her “good side” again. Look at the people in the eye, not at the wall.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Hi sweetie…  ;)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That short period of time with just Nicki, Randy and Mariah made me realize that I REALLY missed Keith! lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     sad, but true, lolol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    haven’t I see you somewhere before? ;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    GIVE METAL AND COUNTRY A CHANCE!!!!!! …No, nobody sang metal yet.

    I liked this girl.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    yassssssssssssss - 

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Okay, my daughter is obsessed with the country girl, Brandy.  What a voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I disagree with the judges again. Don’t like this guy.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    “Cuz Bieber don’t do that to me” just became my new facebook status.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Josh you had me until that high note.. Work on that, and you could do well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    THANK YOU!

    That’s what’s been bugging me about Mariah too. She makes no eye contact with people. 

    …Wat, this guy comes in dressed as a greaser/rocker and sings Brian McKnight. 

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    was hoping it wasn’t just me lol.  thought he was mediocre til he went into falsetto, then he was terrible 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    alright now, 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    old school soul in the house!

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Don’t get it either.

  • dishwalla

    Griffin Peterson’s name wasn’t on the spoiler list of Top 20 guys.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    she’s the only “country” audition they’ve shown that actually sounded country to me so far

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Really? Maybe this year WILL be different!  lol

    ETA: Maybe, he had to drop out of the competition for some reason. lol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I agree. I find that rude on her part.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    dude can blow – he’s got a ticket!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I kinda like those stories where the singer’s family has never heard them sing before and they turn out to actually be a really good singer.

    Better than those “I’m anorexic” or “I have no arms, legs, face, and mouth but I sing” stories

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Clifton was ok. He looks like a star, but his voice is average. Hmm…I’m divided on him.

  • jumpstart4u

    Is Mariah pregnant again or something?  Her hormones must be running rampant.  The crying is veeeerrry annoying.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    would be kinda ironic if it were, considering p2 has been the most successful wgwg they’ve had….mostly out of sheer luck with getting a catchy tune (home), but still. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Clifton was OK. Nice tone, but I thought that the pace of his singing was dragging and too much melisma.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    she kinda looks like she could be, but i’m not really sure how old she is lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Mariah teased me there. She’s looking at the guy, saying “You hit my heart.” All that stuff about relating. Then suddenly she says yes to the table, not to the guy’s eyes. Congrats table, you can sing!

  • dabney c

    I feel the same way. He’s totally great looking, but very average, forgettable voice and ordinary delivery.

  • justmefornow

    I liked him. And he was wearing plaid too (bonus points).

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC5VIWKY7SZ67OVWR2ISVCWYKY Brian

     “Peterson is still trending nationally. lol”

    So is “why nicki?”

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Mariah is early 40s like 42 I think? I’m pretty sure she still has menstrations. My friend’s mom had her at 45! Though Idk why I’m sharing this with all 300 of you

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Are we really going to get in the business of dissecting how a judge says yes to a contestant? I mean if people want to do so, that’s fine. JMO.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    You’re forgetting about Daughtry. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     pauler cried and slobbered through 9 season’s of idol, w/her drunk ass, lol… if mimi wanna cry, let her cry – diva’s got it like dat, lol

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    well i keep looking at her puffy face and wondering….bad plastic surgery?  no plastic surgery and she’s just getting older?  pregnant?  or just plain chubby in the face? lol

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    Well, at least they haven’t wheeled out anyone’s girlfriend yet lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Um … way TMI.  lol

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     TRUE DAT BOO BOO. If Queen Mimi wants to cry she can cry. We should all feel so honored to be witnessing such a feat of emotion from the one and only HBIC

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     puffy face and all – she still the BAWSE – IT’S LIKE THAT UP IN HEAH, LOL

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    i meant amongst the winners and he didn’t get to play his gitbox on the show so he only sorta counts ;)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Mariah is a hardcore old-school Diva. According to the “noblesse oblige”, queens and kings aren’t supposed to make too much eye contact. lol

  • Myrrna

    So far one good singer and one decent singer (both country) and a bunch of people who think melisma=talent.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     And you know it – recognize, lolol… she HBIC – with bells on

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    How odd is to see a comercial about depression drugs during Idol?
    Then again, if it were XFactor, I would totally be running to the nearest drugstore by now! lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     lolol – you got it leandro, lolol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Ieisha is terrible.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    wtf was that? lolol

  • jumpstart4u

    Oh, you poor girl.  I hope they’re not too harsh.  *Mariah, THIS is a reason to cry*

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Why do people not tell their loved ones/friends that they cannot sing before they go in front of 17+ million people and make a fool of themselves?

    Seriously girl singing is not for you. Go to So You Think You Dance. You may have a shot there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    dayum randy went in on old girl…

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    don’t worry, randy will say something douchey, just in case the others try and be nice

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    oh god, him again. Really. People were mad he didn’t make it?! He is terrible. What is going on with his eyes?

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    JOHNNY KEYSER ALERT!!!!!!!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I honestly think that some parents can’t be objective about their kids, and it’s to their detriment.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    For some reason, Mariah made me XD when she accidentally said yes.

    “You should stick to dancing. Yes! I mean, no!”

    …although I suppose only she could make that boring. Which she did.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    WGWG6!!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Um does Johnny have eye makeup on??? Werk it qurl *snaps fingers and struts away*

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    KEYSER!!!! HAHAHAHA. I will never forget that Hollywood rounds last year. He kept on singing when that girl fainted! LMAO

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he kinda… a’ight…. a’ight….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Johnny Keyser’s hair looks even more silly than it did last year. His voice is still as good as I remember it though.

    I love Nicki asking these guys if they’re single.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    So as long as another contestant doesn’t faint, he may be OK this year. lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     please god nooooooooooooooooooo, lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Something up with Johnny’s Eyes. Is it just me?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     nope – he kinda cockeyed

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Oh oh. All of the judges like Johnny. So much for all of the talented girls. lol

  • lila6089

    Nothing special about Johnny Keyser.  His voice is mediocre at best.

  • justmefornow

    But has he learned to subdue the “douche” vibe and pretend the “aw shucks, what me” vibe? If he can pull that off he’s going far.
    We shall see.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     blue steel!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dabney c

    “Mr. Jackson if you’re nasty” … LOLOL. Nicki is cracking my sh*t up.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    These Mariah/Nicki fights are making me feel awkward and I usually like a good catfight.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     ima nickname him zoolander

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    these girls are nothing compared to Jessica Sanchez tbh.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    I wish Simon had signed Nicki to X Factor panel before Idol did. I’d love to see if she has a catfight with Brit Brit or Dem Dem

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Niki needs to drop the attitude and Mariah needs to drop the darhlin $hit!  Idol has become a bad reality TV show! I think the four panel table is one too many.   If we have to listen to Mariah and Niki talking over each other constantly and bitching at one another.    

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Is Johnny Keyser’s name on the top 20 spoiler’s list? I hope not. lol

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Is this a girl or boy?

  • justmefornow

    WTF is this?

  • justmefornow

    It’s there.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    I don’t think Brit has the faculties to maintain a good catfight and Dem is kinda dull as well.  I’d rather see her square off against Xtina

  • iluvai

    The fire woman/street performer looks so familiar. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Street performing is fun. Something about males wearing female clothing just rubs me oddly. Unless it’s ironic or from one of those performances back then where the ballet dresses were like 50 lbs.

    …Strangely his performance is slightly appropriately entertaining though.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    whatever this person is, it has a good voice.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks. Ugh. Not good news.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    IT’s a transgendered person. His voice reminds me of Chris Colfer from Glee. Anyone else?

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    indeed. I don’t think anyone will compare to queen Jessica IMO.

  • justmefornow

    Get that girl some tweezers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I think he was humbler this time. He is learning guitar and I think he’s smart enough to get the “I’m an artist who just want to be me and make my music” vibe.

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    Okay…I guess the fact that she is clinically insane can be her sob story.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    yeah, it does

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    eff it – i want her to get a ticket

  • Chris

    Crazy fire girl actually has talent!

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    OMG IS THIS KEZ BAN PERSON THE ONE WHO SAYS “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE”? Sorry for the caps everyone. I’m just excited

  • justmefornow

    Then they should just pick the coronation song now. lol.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Queen Jessica >>>>

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    Wow. This girl is not bad at all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC5VIWKY7SZ67OVWR2ISVCWYKY Brian

    That fire girl with the guitar is GOOD!

  • iluvai

    Nooo… 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    it’s a guy – snap!! give him a ticket!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    The person has a good voice. I like their vibe. Though I don’t know how well a transgender person would do on a show like Idol if it came to a vote.

    I posted about people’s reaction to the Turbanator last night. IT’s a tough road.

  • dabney c

    Wow, she’s odd, but very good.

  • HermeticallySealed

     That is not Chris Crocker.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    OMG If this is a transgendered person that would be interesting. Would they be in the boys or girls week during semi-finals?! And I like how she’s different and not an aw shucks I’m a farmer in a small town singer

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    best audition of the night for me so far!!!!

  • jumpstart4u

    So, it’s a girl?  Or what? 

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Kez is WGWG – White Girl/guy/gay with Guitar!

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    oddly she is my favorite of both nights. She has no shot at live shows though.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    No, that “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE?” guy kinda gave himself a more masculine look now. 

    Kez Ban was a good singer though. I would’ve said yes to Kez Ban. Looks more like a guy dressed like a girl to me. >_>

  • justmefornow

    Wait, what? that was a guy?

  • jcabby

    That was an awesome audition! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    what was his name? he was pretty cool

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Didn’t realize they had 3 hours of paperwork to fill out after they get a golden ticket. Makes sense since they gotta get that free plane ticket to Hollywood and read contracts and stuff. 

  • HermeticallySealed

     She definitely has more personality than anyone else I have seen. But I agree that a Transgendered contestant will have a hard battle to get votes.

  • cheese1

    She’s good and gets bonus points for asking Ryan for a later appointment to do her paperwork, lol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     i think so, lolol… whatever the gender… that audition was effing great! i could root for him

  • jumpstart4u

    Maybe he/she could perform with the boys and the girls. 

  • http://twitter.com/MikhailXO MichaelG (MikhailXO)

    She/He can sing for sure. But…ain’t no way he/she will make it past H’Wood.

  • mouse999

    I would pay to see her (him???). What an interesting performer.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     the judges said she and “she” is wearing a dress so I’m gonna say shes a girl who probably was a boy at birth

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I liked this girl more than her voice. She seems to be a cool person to hang around.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    probably not, but she (i’m gonna say she cuz the voice sounded more she than he) is an interesting performer at least

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Agreed the only Holly WOOD she will be getting is the one morning kind.

  • iluvai

    I’m just confused on that last person. I thought it was a girl, I thought she sounded good and I thought she was slightly familiar. I’ll have to wait to see MJ’s write-up on this contestant, lol…

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    more weird than insane, needs a better sob story

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     The street performer reminds me a little of the singer Patti Smith.

  • elliegrll

    I love Kez Ban’s original song.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    MJ: “Wonder how far fan fav Johnny will go this year? If he makes it to the top 10, he’ll probably win.”

    I agree. *sigh*

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Kezban actually had one of my favorite voices so far.  Totally not someone that will make it far on Idol, but I dig it.  I like interesting.  I’m still not really excited about anyone yet because it’s hard to get excited over a 30 second audition, but Chicago has had quite a lot of talent so far. Though many of them are interchangeable to me so far.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     should we start to laugh or cry? lol

  • KelseyW

    I think the talent overall is MILES better than last night’s.

    Was great to see Haley on my T.V. again too! She looked so happy. <3 Can't believe it's almost been four years since she first auditioned in Chicago. And three years for the second audition.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Kez is WGWG – White Girl/guy/gay with Guitar!

    Lol,  Now that’s original right there!!!

  • http://twitter.com/LexieONeill Lexie O’Neill

    Yay–another Scotty Bojangles commercial during Idol. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     hahahahahahahahahha

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    griffon peterson is now the #1 trending topic btw, for those keeping score smh

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    you mad bro?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    American Idol with an X Factor alum song in the background. Interesting. 

  • HermeticallySealed

     She’s transgendered.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    Griffin Petterson. From 800 followers to 4000+ followers!!! Lol 

  • justmefornow

    Johnny Keyser just started trending as well, lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Lol @ Mariah’s reflection being visible in the background. That was distracting. Or was it Nicki’s?

    Sad part is, Nicki’s kind of got a point. It’s not like some of these horrible contestants have bad voices. They just sing like SH*T.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    ew, she sounds like a goat.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Ashley, no. Just don’t. Don’t do this to yourself. Listen to me: Just stop. 

  • jumpstart4u

    this girl had way too much caffeine

  • dabney c

    It’s was all just a bit … manic.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Ugh. MusiclaI theatre girl should get an F. How embarassing that she said her school (Saint Marys University) and her major. Awesome promotion for that school’s program LMAO

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It was a mess, is she really studying music theater? seriously? they should close her school/college.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     a constipated one at that!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     *facepalm* and so it goes…..

  • milwlovesadam

    The Prayer was written by David Foster, and covered by Celine Dion and many many others. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Yes, it’s the judges and not you.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    Mariah: “Let’s do a monologue.”

    Girl: *sings like a cow holding in a gigantic dump*

    …And she goes to musical theater school? The school should sue her for defamation lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    they been building this guy up something fierce… i’m ready to hear him finally

  • jcabby

    OMG Ashley. Just no. LOL

    Keith and Nicki were cracking me up. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Don’t care about his story, just give me his voice Ryan. I’m here to vote for people with good voices. This isn’t a charity, I want a star.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Griffon Peterson vs Johnny Keyser trending battle. It could also be the Idol Finale battle. lol

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    OMG I’m gonna hate that bowtie guy. “His story will move you. After the break” How many times did they say that before the commercial break? Like 11 times?? PS not everyone can rock a bowtie and this guy looks like a mix between Cotton Candy and a waiter

  • elliegrll

    the judges said she and “she” is wearing a dress so I’m gonna say shes a girl who probably was a boy at birth

    She’s transgendered, so yes, she is a she.  I think that she can go far in the competition, especially if she performs like she did tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    I died when Nicki said “that thing is a weapon” lol

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I’ve seen two people pull off a bow tie in real life. Actually, they were also on TV. Coincidentally, both were connected to baseball. 

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Even when they suck, it’s still heartbreaking seeing their dreams shattered all over the floor.
    At least The Voice has previous auditions so as to prevent that from happening like we’ve just witnessed.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo – hah!

  • jumpstart4u

    my poor dog is traumatized; he may never recover

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Did the people at her musical theater ever hear her sing? If so, how did she get in?

    Ashley, I’m looking out for you here. Singing is not your thing. At all. Not even a little. 

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    Its because Griffon is delicious `;9

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    ‘Tis a shame most casual viewers would prefer the stories, right?

    Personally I don’t really give a hoot whether the backstories are prominent or not. 

  • jumpstart4u

    I HATE bowties. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    he’s cute

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

    I hope the transgender goes far and Idol don’t try to give her/him to much of a make over. I need her/him to troll America just a little longer.

  • dabney c

    usually singing takes away the stutter for some reason.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     LOL, in other words, at least the Voice shatters dreams at front of producers and not filming it on TV

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    damn, they got me, lol… something bout this guy has me

  • HermeticallySealed

     Different part of the brain.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    this kid is likable. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s fairly common. Mel Tillis is a country singer with a pronounced stutter, but it disappears when he sings.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    at least he’s not like that guy from AGT lol 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

    shit. this is my guy

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     I bet a lot less people would make fun of these, anyway!

  • jumpstart4u

    Nice tone, but nothing spectacular.  I won’t hold the bowtie against him.

  • http://twitter.com/ClaudeDee Claude Dee

    okay. likable but not an “Idol” material.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    I hate this song and his voice is average. Not worth all the pimping from Ryan. He is really handsome though. I give him that.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    He genuinely does have a good voice, though. It doesn’t sound like the impediment completely goes away.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    NO PEOPLE! Don’t get sucked in by the sob story!!! His style is a little old fashioned but nice tone.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I will never understand why people mock those with a stutter. I’ll never understand it. Who the hell cares if he has a stutter?

    This guy is the best guy so far this year IMO. Likable with a very good voice. I’m on board. Bowtie or No Bowtie.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    not blown away, but he’s sorta cute and very likable.  would like him better if idol wasn’t trying to shove him down my throat with the promos

  • Chris

    Wow!!!! Es muy bueno.  

    Great story, ticket please!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    He’s got a nice tone, but I’m not sure if he would make it through without his backstory.

  • elliegrll

    Aww, the guy who stutters just stole my heart away from Kez Ban.  I usually don’t fall for sob stories, but he was sweet.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Stutterer people never stutter when they are singing, dumb Jackson. I think that’s because they’re concentrating on the rhythm. Same thing with people who has tourettes.

  • justmefornow

    He seems sweet. But without the backstory, just above average voice.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     i like them both tonight… they’re kinda underdogs, and I like them underdogs

  • jcabby

    Lazaro is great! I’m a fan. Great vocals. 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    They just showed Schyler Dixon running out with her golden ticket, so I guess they didn’t care enough to feature her audition.

    Yeah, my sister stutters, though not quite that bad…and she loves singing and performing, probably for that reason. She would probably spend all her time singing if she could.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I almost wonder how many people would have said “He shouldn’t have gone through” if Adam Lambert had a backstory. I’m not comparing Lazaro to Adam Lambert, just saying that I think the backstories are blinding people from both sides. People are biased both for them and against them.

    Although there’s no denying that some contestants seem to have gone much further than they deserved due to backstory, it’s beginning to sound like a crutch for ANYONE who has one.

    Like, if Jessica Sanchez lost her arm she would’ve gotten 5th place because people would’ve been annoyed by her backstory. That would be an extreme case.

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

     Well she’s been on the show like 4 times. I’m already tired of seeing her and I guess its not worth showing her since she gets cut

  • http://twitter.com/KatiesUVULA Katie’s Uvula

    LAZARO = top 7. Watch

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC5VIWKY7SZ67OVWR2ISVCWYKY Brian

    I don’t mind a story like that at all.  When it is Tate having to lay concrete to support his family or Paige being a single mom, it’s not even worthy of a story they go back to EVERY single week to try and get people to care more about these people for some reason.  But this guy truly had an interesting story and it was pretty emotional.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    I agree. Without the backstory, he still has a voice worthy of making it through to Hollywood.
    This guy won me over with his voice. I don’t really care about sob stories when it comes to judging contestants, because then we’d end up letting anyone who ever struggled through. It’s about the talent. I think this guy has enough talent that he deserves to make it through.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    I understand and I don’t really care that they didn’t show Schyler.  But I thought for sure they would trot out Colton just because that’s how the show rolls a lot of the time where siblings are concerned.  Unless he pops up during Hollywood week.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

    For singers who are really different, they have to be good…REALLY good, in order to make it. Their talent has to overshadow whatever it is that might be considered a “distraction.” If the talent isn’t there, no sob story can save them. The bowtie guy wasn’t up to par IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/HighTensions Jake W.

    Disappointing night again IMO, but less disappointing than last night. Kez Ban was the best so far. He/she is my favorite. Give or take a few small things, the judging is on point. Nicki is stealing the show and I am ok with that.

  • HermeticallySealed

     It has to do with the neural pathways used by the brain. Singing kind of reroutes the pathways, avoiding the area which is associated with stuttering.

  • dabney c

    Yeah, there’s different brain functions going on with singing vs. speaking, which is why head-injured patients use singing to help rewire their speech center … or something like that, lol.  Gabby Giffords has a hard time talking, but can sing songs no problem. Interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/cd11th Christian

    Right. We all have our experiences that shape our stories. There is always a time to share them, but when it’s supposed to be about the talent, then it should be about the talent.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Schyler Dixon is becoming the annual joke of Hollywood Week. If they won’t put her through the live rounds anyway why they keep giving her a golden ticket? If they had put her through the live shows a long time ago, she would have been eliminated and we wouldn’t have to see her trying out every year.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWRPW434YQTROZ3J5E4BSLWEYM H.A.

     Kez Ban is hands down my favorite so far. OMG Idol could have a goldmine on their hands. Not only is she talented, entertaining but could be the breakout story Idol needs. Everyone will be talking about her.  Love it!!. Can you imagine the first transgender Idol winner.

  • XoLuv2SingOx

    I really enjoyed tonight’s episode…there were some definite stand outs. Isabelle, Curtis, Brandy, and Lazaro were all great, in my opinion!! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    Tonight’s talent load was way better than last night’s, which was underwhelming. 

    The standouts for me were Kez Ban and Lazaro Arbos. Curtis and Brandy also impressed me. Idol 2013 is off to a good start!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Thank God for Kez Ban :)  there is still hope for AI this season.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CHZSJKJQRO5OEV7XUDSORCRJAI anonoymous

    That  would be a major step for our society if a transgender person won Idol. (though making it far in the voting rounds would be a great step too) Major gain on the road to acceptance if that happened.

    But I’m not going to count my chickens before they hatch. The response to the Turbanator has given me doubts and the fact that the voting public hasn’t given us a female winner since Season 6 also gives me serious doubts about Kez Ban’s chances. Kez Ban is a really talented individual so I have hopes for her. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • tucker davis

    Glad they showed more of the talent in Chicago! But the girls’ fighting was more annoying to me tonight…hope that is not the focus of every show! I’m surprised that most of the comments below the written reviews for last night seem to be very anti-Nicki. I thought she exceeded my expectations, but apparently Mariah has many many fans who were not happy with NM.

  • Sonyab1974

    The people I liked. 

    Christina Isabelle

    Shira Gavrielov

    Frankie Ford

    Angela Miller 

    Ashley Feliceano 

    Macenzie Wasner

    Stephanie Schimel

    Gabe Brown 

    Isabelle Perell

    Griffan Peterson 

    Curtis Finch Jr 

    Brandy Neeley

    Josh Holiday 

    Lazaro Arbos 

    Comments: 

    Lazaro: WOW!!! He doesn’t stutter when he sings!!! That’s amazing. It would be awesome if he wins american idol. :) 

    Nikki Manaj: I wish she would stop asking the guys if they are single! I don’t see the point. 

  • dishwalla

    The American voting public will embrace Lazaro. 

  • justmefornow

    You forgot one important fact. Who and where are the majority of the voting demographic of this show from? They won’t even vote a girl winner, let alone a girl that used to be a guy.
    There’s your answer to your question.

  • jcabby

    Kez and Lazaro were the standouts to me. Likable, unique, great voices. Loved them.

    This episode was so entertaining. I really enjoyed it. The contestants were great, and the judges were on point with their critiques and funny.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     ITA – FANTASTIC NIGHT in my book… awwww, Lazaro has my heart, he makes me wanna give him a hug… damn you, Idol, damn youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu *shakes fist* 

    i love this old cheesy show!

  • jcabby

    Totally agree about Lazaro. The show tonight was excellent tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    Lazaro Arbos was one of the featured singers last week in the theater presentation, so I knew he could sing well.  Not comparing talent, but Lazaro could help children and teens in the same way James did.  Organizations get behind these young people in the Idol spotlight.  Often, they are seen as role models.  I do like him an awful lot and hope he goes far in the competition.

    There is talent this year and some unusual contestants.  I think Nicki is working out just fine.  I just hope the ratings pick up!

  • GRjourney1

    Lazaro is like Mel Tilllis (I think that was his name).  He is/was a country singer who stuttered when he talked, but he did not when he sang.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Li-Wright/100001622678180 Li Wright

    I can believe the tension between Mariah and Nikki, it gets comical after a while.  I can’t wait until the move to Hollywood.

  • http://twitter.com/dam744 Damien Roberts

    The song that played at the beginning was actually Of Monsters and Men.

  • durbesque

    Very good show tonight.  A couple of promising country girls (like Lauren), and a few good guys.  It’s already shaping up to be a good season. 

  • http://twitter.com/Quu3 Q3

    You cannot stutter when you sing. Try it and see.

    I think Idol is stuttering a bit. I tuned in tonight and will now probably tune out until next season and new judges and hopefully new producers.

    Seriously, what were they thinking when the put Nicki on that panel? I also expected Keith and Mariah to have some energy.

    I really expected more and was optimistic these new judges would breath new life into the show but allow then to keep AI’s integrity and traditions, I guess I was wrong, really wrong.

  • KelseyW

    Lazaro was so sweet. Not a fan of sad stories, but he seems like a nice guy, and he has a good voice.

    I doubt Griffin Peterson will advance very far. I mean he’s attractive and all, but his voice isn’t very impressive. I know that hasn’t mattered in the past, but still. If he does go far at least Ryan(and the collective Idol audience)can make continuous Family Guy jokes for as long as he lasts. Which would be more entertaining than making jokes about having the same first and last name…IMO. Though I will admit that P2 was a creative nickname.(And his website is even going along with it. Which is kinda cute. So…Yeah. lol)

    Seriously though. Idol really has given us some of the best names. Makes them the Harry Potter-dom of talent competitions as far as unique names goes. Having a cool/semi-cool name that sticks in one’s mind seems to be yet another one of the many things an Idol must possess. As silly as that may sound.

  • roarpen

    Nicki is great. Funny, sassy, sincere, off-the-wall, dead serious. I like what she is bringing thus far. Just sayin.

  • LeahKittyS

    Okay, here’s my list of people to watch so far.
    New York City: Angela Miller, Christina “Isabelle,” Tenna Torres,  Gurpreet Singh Sarin
    Chicago: Curtis Finch, Johnny Keyser, Josh Holiday, Lazaro Arbos
    Who will be added next week? Why do we have to wait a week? No fair. This is so much fun.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000075236182 Diana Adams Tyler

    Loved the girl who sang Cheating Heart.

  • iluvai

    I didn’t catch that. I thought she was a different and interesting girl. After everyone posted stuff, I sorta kinda saw the boy in her.  Anyway, hope she has a fair chance in the comp.

  • iluvai

     I’m curious about your thoughts. I thought the show was pretty good.

  • HKfan

    No tougher than fighting cancer and losing your leg at 19…..and they didn’t put that guy through even though he was not bad looking and had a fairly decent voice, and had a guitar….maybe he should have cried!!!

  • HKfan

    i’m adopted, but I have never, ever used it as a sob story, don’t understand why it would be one, apart from very rare cases. 

  • Miss Chaos

    I enjoyed the show tonite, there were some pretty good contestants.  I kinda didnt like the silly quibbling from the judges sometimes, it was pointless, and childish.  They embarrassed themselves in front of the kids, they had to stand there in disbelief when the judges were acting so stupid.  Otherwise I think there will be some good singers and different styles going thru if the judges or who ever picks them get thru, we will see.  I have hope for this season, according to Randy Dawg, the best season ever!!lol

  • waynestrong

    Mackenzie wasner – I liked her. Nice country voice, helps that she has big stage experience.

    gabe brown – I love this guy. This guy could do full on metal songs and sound awesome. Such a powerful voice.

    Isabelle Parell – jazzy tender voice. Confidence to ask Keith Urban to duet.

    Griffin Peterson – If he focused and acted like he wanted to be there, i think he’d sing better. He chose a christian song to sing, wonder if he wants to go the colton dixon route to a christian label.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    I’m squarely with MJ here. If I had to choose Nicki or Mariah, I’m definitely on Team Nicki here. I could be wrong, but the big thing for me… A bit more of an analogy, I guess. In terms of opinions, Nicki is the leader and Mariah is the follower. Nicki is destroying what anybody says about her lack of credibility right now and making them look downright foolish.

    The biggest thing Mariah needs to do is stop looking around the room. Her body language is just… sanctimonious, I guess I’d say. Talk to the contestants and look at them, not the panels, not the desk. I actually did think she felt for the guy who never sang in front of his parents. Looked right at him. Then she looked down when she said yes. Or at least make up for the bad body language.

    It’s downright sad to me, because I really want Mariah to be awesome.

    ….I feel like the show could use a real hard rock contestant right now.

    I also really like Keith.

  • sdmama

    I think we have established already that singing ability is not what really decides who wins. (see Lee, Phillip). Griffin is better looking than Phillip with very similar all American boy next door, with ‘oh, shucks’ written all over.  He has a very good chance to win, and may sell a lot of single/albums if Jimmy likes him ;) But, I have to see if he can play guitar first before I make a wager.

    Joke aside, it looks like there are number of very good people. I would love to see Brandy, Kez, Lazaro making top 10.  

  • lovetheusa1776

    Gave it the second night – contestants much better – but, for me, the two women make it unwatchable – maybe more luck with #13.

  • blackberryharvest

    Nah.

  • blackberryharvest

    Stick around! There is always the mute button!

  • lovetheusa1776

     The OFF button’s even better.

  • jlurksacto

    Adam Lambert?@adamlambertWatching @AmericanIdol – the judge panel is PERFECT. credible, entertaining, and balanced! fab! LUV this First episode! #idol13

    Adam Lambert?@adamlambert
    Perfect 4 420 . Xxx

  • lovetheusa1776

     lovin’ it.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Did you noticed the #idol13

    LOL He’s watching the episode of next year. Now that might be a perfect panel then:)

  • blackberryharvest

    Well I personally don’t watch it for the judges, I watch it for the contestants, and usually after the auditions are over, the focus is switched to the contestants. It has always been that way. I would hate to miss out on a season of great performances just because of a judge.

  • lovetheusa1776

    YT

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “I really expected more and was optimistic these new judges would breath new life into the show but allow then to keep AI’s integrity and traditions, I guess I was wrong, really wrong.”

    “integrity”? What “integrity”? This show is all about $$$$, so there’s no “integrity”. lol 

  • CB40

    God bless Lazaro

  • Jordana33

    I loved Kez Ban’s performance too, including the song she wrote. Definitely my favorite of the night. There were quite a few good performers tonight.  Isabelle, Kiara, Stephanie, Brandy Neely, Josh Holiday and Lazaro all showed a lot of promise. Josh Holiday was the best male singer, IMO, but he had an odd stage presence and the hand movements were distracting. Griffin and Johnny Keyser had average voices, but they were both very easy on the eyes.

    That was a fun episode.  I usually skip the auditions and start watching  in the middle of Hollywood week, but this new judging panel has definitely made the auditions worth watching. Nicki Minaj is hilarious, Keith Urban definitely holds his own and Randy actually seems to enjoy himself around the new crew. I also like their interactions with the contestants. Even Mariah has her moments, although she really needs to drop the superior attitude.  Altogether, they strike a very interesting and crazy chemistry!  Now all they have to do is stop talking over each other……

  • kmd23

    Lazaro is my favorite so far. I thought Kez Ban was interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     I’m the first to admit that I don’t really care for Phillip, but Phillip does have something about him. Star quality maybe? Griff is cute but seems like a pretty boy.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Phillip has no star quality or charisma. No more than Cook, Allen or DeWyze.  McCreery had some charisma, but he wasn’t the only one his season. Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart stood out from the beginning.

  • HKfan

    Just finished watching episode 2…..I will admit to quite liking this new panel. Nicki gets a bit loud and OTT sometimes, but still much better than the last 2 seasons.

    Liked Mackenzie, and Brandy, and the 15 yo (who looked at least 25) who asked Keith to sing, liked her voice. Thought Griffin was much better looking than p2, and Johnny Keyser seemed nicer this year, not so cocky.

  • HermeticallySealed

     I’m actually going to have to disagree about Nicki.  I am certainly no fan of her music,  but her and Keith have actually done a very good job of being judges. Both have surprised me, to be honest, as I was certainly expecting far worse.

    The auditions have never been terribly interesting to me (even now I am still pretty meh about them), but I think all the ‘energy’ from past seasons were illusion and mostly from Simon’s cruel snark and an over abundance of making fun of bad auditions.  That they seem to have severely reduced the number of those seems to give the impression that everything is a bit too bland.

  • elliegrll

     but I think all the ‘energy’ from past seasons were illusion and mostly from Simon’s cruel snark and an over abundance of making fun of bad auditions.  That they seem to have severely reduced the number of those seems to give the impression that everything is a bit too bland.

    I agree.  They can’t seem to find the right balance between good, bad, and somewhere in the middle auditions, even though they are doing a better job than they did last year.  They eliminated most of the joke audition shows last year, and to plagarize something that Kirsten said, that made it seem like the show was a documentary, but documentaries are only interesting when viewers are invested in the subject matter.  It’s too early to know who the contestants are, or be invested in them, which is why during the early round the judges stand out more than the idol hopefuls.  

    We need a combination of good, bad and so-so performer, because the so-so and bad ones make the good ones stand out more.  It’s just like needing to see the judges tell so-so performers that they aren’t ready, or even having a vote that’s 3 to 1 or 2 to 2.

  • elliegrll

    Considering how some former contestants who have been labeled as having star quality or charisma have fared, I think that anyone coming through the show should rely on just being themselves, and not worry about what qualifies as “star quality” within the idol bubble.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    Checked out the spoiler top 40 last night after the show….and I will just say I am disappointed…
    Loving the judging panel so far…good mixture, pleasantly surprised by Nicki , love Keith, Randy is Randy….disappointed in Mariah, the diva attitude shows and its’ not attractive.

  • mmb

    11 yo boy re: Nicki :  Who is that?  Me: Nicki Minaj.  Boy: what does she do?  Me: she is a rapper/pop artist.  Boy: A rapper?  why is she a judge?  AI is for singers. Me:  Because she is entertaining.  Boy: Hmm.  Why is she dressed as a captain?  Me:  I dunno.  10 minutes later….Boy:  Is that Nicki?  Me: Yes.  Boy:  Why is she dressed like a clown? Me:  I dunno.  Boy: She looks dumb. This is boring.  Bye.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S3ZGXZCUE2YYOS7QV6QSTKM4SA buffynut2001

    After the talk show circuit, I was prepard to like Nicki & hate Mariah. The exact opposite has happened. Every single thing about Nicki comes across as fake, for me. IMO, Mariah has earned the right to be a diva. Love that so many contestants are starstruck by her.
    I will say though, that last night had some really great contstants. In the 12 seasons of Idol, no audition has ever made me cry. Last night I cried for Lazaro.

  • Trina

    Considering how some former contestants who have been labeled as having star quality or charisma have fared, I think that anyone coming through the show should rely on just being themselves, and not worry about what qualifies as “star quality” within the idol bubble.

    Completely agree. Star quality doesnt always mean a thing. And since Haley was used as an example of a standout, where did that get her? You have to have something but its not star quality. I’d say likability more than anything.

    Good Day NY this morning showed Lazaro and the hosts thought it was THE best Idol audition ever.  I dont know if I would go that far, but I loved him. Even if he didnt have the backstory I LOVED his voice and thought he was adorable.

    Mariah may be a diva but when Nicki has a career like she has had 15 years down the row then she can have the right to act like a rude bitch. She was bordering on disrespectful last night.

  • http://twitter.com/RonnieDRocks Ronnie D

     I was mostly comparing Phillip to Griff. Maybe star quality was the wrong term, because I don’t think Phillip has it. Maybe it’s just the blue eyes. lol

  • bridgette12

    She don’t look a clown or a captain, more like an escapee from the crayola factory. Not a good look on a grown woman, rapper or not.

  • MissMyEm

    After I checked the poll, and after seeing Johnny Keyeser, I was interested to watch the ones who were voted the two highest, Kez and Lazaro.  I really liked Kez.   I thought she had a very interesting tone to her voice.   As for Lazaro, I admit to tearing up a bit.  His story is very heartwarming but I truly hope, for his sake, they don’t milk it 24/7 like they did with Danny Gokey (I like Danny but it was too much).   Bridge Over Troubled Water is an extremely difficult song to sing and I felt Lazaro did an admirable job.  I’m not sure this was quite the song for him, as it was a little off key (although that can be the video), but for his voice I felt a more rock style.   Perhaps he’s a bit too timid…it’s hard to tell right now, but I think should he let loose and really sing it, he’ll be great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shander.maxwhite Shander Maxwhite

    I didn’t see that much snarking between Mariah and Nicki .. It really struck me more as “ribbing” .  I’m an ex-fraternity boy and teasing friends mercilessly is part of the bonds, that do last in a positive way from my experience.   They have different likes.. the ridiculed each other a bit but I felt it was in a fun way and that each “trolled” each other by playing up their tastes that would rattle the other.. but I found that a sporting repartee rather than a tenseness .  It is all edited snippets of a tiny portion of what really happened so who knows what the true story is either way.

    Kez Ban was the real deal for me.  No, I don’t think Kez is made for idol but it is rare I listen to a song and like it so much .  I only saw a few others on the internet.  Evidently she didn’t truly write the majority of Azure Sky but adapted and expanded upon a friend’s work … idol editing might have not fairly portrayed her explanation   It is rare I love a song so much while listening to it the first time.  I’ve listened to it dozens of times since…really a great song and performance although I’d like to see a top notch blue grass style guitar solo take off for 32 bars in the middle.

  • maymay

    Phillip, of course, has star quality and charisma. He won American idol. His album sold 620k in US and 40k in Canada. His single sold 3.6m.

    Phillip doesn`t flop objectively. So people only can subjectively and repeatedly say he has no star quality and charisma. I think people should define the standard of star quality and charisma, otherwise that comment is just empty and meaningless.

  • iluvai

     I don’t think Phil has superstar quality. He is likeable and has a great debut song. He should save his money. I don’t mean that in a mean way.

  • iluvai

     I don’t like the pretty just cause they’re pretty. lolll. :) He’s cute, but he needs to have the talent just like the pretty girl.

  • maymay

    Star quality=money? So, Phillip needs to  save his money because he has no star quality, and can`t sell more? If Phillip sells multi platinum album in the future, and his sophomore doesn`t flop, we still can say he has no star quality after he earns a lot of money? Or people will again make a excuse to explain and diss his success? Just like people make some excuses to explain why PP`s album is still successful after they predicted he would flop.

    All I can say is so called star quality is just a subjective judgement. If a singer can sell, people can`t say he or her flops. But even a singer becomes a superstar, people still can say he or her has no star quality. Just meaningless.

  • mjsbigblog

    Reminder:

    Deleting all off-topic posts. PLEASE keep the convo focused on American Idol 12.

  • durbesque

    What made me uncomfortable was… the aging sex symbol competing with the young firecracker.  Unlike JLo, Mariah shows her age, and I wonder if having babies so late in the game marked the end of her youth.  But then, JLo had a baby (or 2?) late.  Much different personalities, affected differently by life’s trials.

  • Mateja Praznik

     Both J.Lo and Mariah had twins (a boy and a girl) pretty late.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    I did not see Mariah doing anything to Nikki.  I felt Nikki got jealous when
    most contestants appeared to be more fond of Mariah.

    I found Nikki to be rude, foul mouthed, arrogant and just a brat.

    That Bush comment was all kinds of insulting and just wrong.

    How are they going to edit her on live shows? 

    I thought Mariah and Keith were good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleeatorio Alexandre Oliveira

    Oh sit down, DISMISSED! HAHAHAHAHHA