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Once again, the girls totally rule tonight. It’s become clear, at this point, that the producers are looking for an R&B singer, preferably a girl. There are so many big-voiced girls, they are beginning to blur together, quite frankly. But it’s hard to complain when the talent has been so top-notch.

My favorites tonight all had big voices, but also a little something extra. Savannah Votion needs a makeover, bad, but I loved her soulful, smokey tone.  Shubha Vedula has a big voice, and a great tone.  Jesaiah Baer sang with a confidence that belied her teenaged years and Rachel Hale was soulful, but with just a hint of twang.

My favorite guy was Micah Johnson. Unlike Lazaro Arbos, the boy with the severe stutter, I WAS expecting Micah’s speech impediment to impact his singing, but it didn’t.  Like Rachel, Micah was another soulful singer with a country twinge and really stood out from the crowd of singers.

The very last singer, Matheus Fernandez was crying as if he had never been told by show business professionals that he was a good singer and a good person, despite being a very short person. I wonder if anyone will ever mention that he’s got history with Ryan Murphy and his team, having gotten pretty far on The Glee Project season 1? Probably not!  His whole schtick really bugged me.

Tomorrow Idol lands in Oklahoma for their very last audition episode.  Amazingly,  these 3 weeks have FLOWN by.  For the first time in several years, I have really enjoyed the audition rounds.  Maybe it’s the abundance of talent that’s been presented in every episode, or the new judges panel. I’ll admit it, so far I have even been amused by the antics (although, I would hate to see things get ugly between Mariah and Nicki during the live shows).  Nicki Minaj may be my favorite Idol judge EVER at the moment. Let’s hope she can keep it up when the show goes live.

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It’s a tale of two cities! San Antonio and Long Beach. Oh lookie. Mariah and Nicki are still the best of friends! /Nope.

Our first stop is San Antonio. The show was here 6 years ago.

Vincent Powell – 29 -  Austin, TX – “Rock Me Baby” – This returnee is in love with Mariah Carey. He made it to Hollywood last year. He tells Randy that he was just about to sing when he looked up, and the judge was taking a big ole drink from his coke cup and it made him nervous. He’s got the big soulful voice of a church singer–which is exactly what he is. He’s nearly 30 and kind of chubby. He doesn’t have the image down. But Vincent could have a decent gospel career. Keith says, “I think you can take what you do and find your own thing.” “It’s clear that your voice is amazing,” says Nicki, “I can only imagine what a gospel CD from you would do.” Mariah says, “You sing like an angel.” ONE TWO THREE YES.


Vincent Powell – San Antonio Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Derek and David Bacerott 21 & 24- San Antonio, TX – Wow. This is horrible. The harmonies are like ice picks piercing the brain. One is a bellowing baritone, like a tone deaf Bill Medley. His bro, singing the false, sounds like a dying cat. Randy is blunt, “DEFINITELY NOT NO NO NO NO NO. Dude, the whole thing was terrible.” Cluelessly, the guys begin arguing. Mariah tries to explain why their harmonies are terrible. But they won’t SHUT UP. Nicki interrupts, “Let’s take it down a notch and realize that we’re trying to help you.” Outside, the guys insist the judges were rude. It’s hard to tell if they are serious. If they are, they are pretty clueless.


Derek & David Bacerott – San Antonio – American… by IdolxMuzic

Savannah Votion – 24 – San Antonio – “At Last” by Etta James -  Single parent. Blah blah blah. She’s doing it for her kid. Blah blah blah. Crying. Blah. This is my dream. Blah blah blah. Nevermind all that, girl has a beautiful, soulful smokey tone. She’s wearing the tackiest outfit ever–a tummy bearing ensemble that isn’t very flattering. But who cares. She can sang. Randy says, “You seem like a real natural performer.” Keith says, “You have life in your voice. Lot’s of struggles. I could hear all of it. Lot’s of empowerment.” Nicki says “It sounds so organic. Like it was what you were born to do.” It’s 4 yeses.


Savannah Votion – San Antonio Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Ricky Jo Garcia 16 – Alice, TX -  MURDERING “And I Am Telling You.” YAY.

Cristabel Clack – 29 – San Antonio, TX – “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys – She’s married and a worship leader. She has 3 kids.  Keith liked her runs. Mariah calls her a “real singer. I know you. I get you. I love you.”   Cristabel has a smooth, soulful voice, but I’m not seeing major star power from this one.  Generic. 4 yeses.


Cristabel Clack – San Antonio – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Ann Difani -  23 – Fayetteville, AR – “Stronger” by Faith Hill –   Oh. This girl’s husband nominated her.  The couple are big Razorback fans. Randy attended a game to surprise her on the field.  It looks like Randy was the judge relegated to “surprise dude” this season.  Since Mariah, Nicki and Keith have actual, like CAREERS outside of the show, they probably didn’t have the time.  “Pretty tone,” says Keith, “A lot of Faith.” But, she thinks he’s talking about something else.  WHOOSH.  She has a nice voice, but to be honest, I found myself tuning out during her performance. Forgettable. Nicki thinks it’s cute that her husband nominated her. Randy still likes her. Her husband enters the room.  Mariah begins grilling her about whether she’s a country singer or not.  I wish she’d quit trying to pigeonhole these contestants.  It’s 4 yeses. But only Randy seems really convinced.


Ann Difani – San Antonio Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Day 2!

Victoria Acosta – 20 -  San Antonio, TX – “Big Girls Don’t Cry” by Fergie – She sings mariachi on the river walk.  She’s a little strident on the high notes, but she sings with a lot of emotion. But the judges aren’t buying it.  “I kept waiting for one more thing, but I can’t put my finger on it,” says Keith. Randy wants to hear some mariachi.  The panel thinks she connects better when she sings traditional music. They send her through anyway.


Victoria Acosta – San Antonio Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Now for a montage of earsplitting and horrible performances.  A “bandito” theme is the back drop. These contestants are wanted…for BAD SINGING! “There’s always autotune!” says Nicki. Who should know.


Bandits Auditon – San Antonio – American Idol 12 by IdolxMuzic

Papa Peachez – 19  -  Jackson, MI – Original – He got the nick name via his work with the homeless.   He’s another big black woman caught in a white boys body.  Why do contestants say this?  As if they have a clue what it’s like to be black. Or a woman. He’s also a dancer. He does not LIKE DOING COVERS. He performs a rather strange original. I kept waiting for him to break out in OLD MAN RIVER any minute. The gay version, because at one point he sings, “I may be gay, but that’s ok.”  Yes, it is OK, but the song is still WAY too campy to take seriously. Nicki, “I think that you are a superstar. Loved the song.”  Keith says, “It’s very theatrical. I can’t quite find you in it.” Mariah calls him quirky. Randy says, “If you could get serious about it, you could really have something.” Randy and Keith say no.  Nicki thinks he’s a special artist. Sorry,  I usually agree with Nicki, but I’m with Randy and Keith on this one. He’s ridiculous.  Mariah says yes.  Unfortunately, Randy is the tie breaker. But after some pleading from Nicki, he changes his mind ,and Peachez is through to Hollywood.


Papa Peachez – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Sanni M’mairura – 16 -Pearland, TX -  “Who’s Loving You” by Michael Jackson – He belongs to a church performance group called “The Noise.” His parents are from Africa. He’s a very mature 16 year old, and somehow, I was expecting him to be better. The judges loved his runs, but I thought he sounded stilted. “Candy canes, Rainbows and sunny skies,” was Nicki’s response to the sweet young boy. “Your runs were pretty. You had a great audition,” says Keith. Randy liked that he wasn’t trying to sound like Michael.  Keith liked his balance of humility and humbleness. The judges are very enthusiatic. It’s 4 yeses.


Sanni M’mairura – San Antonio Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Adam Sanders – 19 – San Antonio, TX – “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James – Oh geez. Dude is crying before he even enters the audition room! He’s very emotional, and he LOVES Mariah Carey. He’s got this Adam Lambert thing going. Even wears his hair like him. He’s got a huge, huge voice, but the comparisons to Lambert will be inevitable. The judges give him a standing ovation. “You shocked all of us,” says Randy. “Yes,” says Nicki. “Absofrickinglutely,” says Keith. It’s 4 yeses.


Adam Sanders – San Antonio Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Long Beach is next! THREE COMPELLING STORIES. One is a dude who has already made his mark on The Glee Project. JUST SO YOU KNOW!

Aboard the Queen Mary. Ryan is doing his show.

Wow. They are pretending that the cattle call in LA didn’t even happen! Or, that somehow they crammed everyone on to the Queen Mary. WE AREN’T THAT DUMB.

Mariah is stuck in traffic. And Nicki has a prior commitment–rehearsing for the AMAs.  It’s just Randy and Keith to start.

Shubha Vedula -   17 – Mt Pleasant, MI – “Something Has Got a Hold on Me” – Randy kind of makes fun of her name, because it’s alliterative and a little sing songy, like he doesn’t realize it’s an Indian name /rude. Whoa. She’s got a big ole soulful voice. Well, there’s not much to say but yes.


Shubha Vedula – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Mariah finally appears. She swears she was taken off guard by the LA traffic, because  there is no bad traffic in Manhattan. WHAT? “When you want to have a Diva, You have to pay the price,” says Mariah as she takes her seat. Good thing Nicki isn’t around.

Brian Martinez – 21 – Los Angeles, CA – “You’ll Be In My Heart” by Phil Collins – First, this guy looks like he just woke up in a crypt. Gouls Are Us.  l  I hope he doesn’t melt in the sun. He swears that a producer who heard him sing in a random mens room suggested he try out for Idol.  I probably DON’T want to hear the rest of that story. His singing is completely atonal and horrible. Unequivocally NO.


Brian Martinez – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Matt Farmer -26 – Tulsa, OK – “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cook – While serving over seas, he was hit with an IED in Iraq. He woke up in the hospital with a traumatic brain injury. The medication he took was supposed to make him sterile but…his wife was pregnant 6 months later. Matt totally has the blue eyed soul thing going on. Very very nice. A smooth, powerful and soulful voice. Randy says, “You’ve got strong pipes.” Mariah thought he was raw, real and heartfelt in moments.  Keith thought there were some safe moments, but he loves his thick tone.  3 yeses.


Matt Farmer – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Stephanie Sanson -  16 – Los Angeles, CA – “Set Fire From the Rain” by Adele. – Holy crap she does this SCREAMO version of the song, jumping around the room, trying to break things. Security escorts her out as she brandishes two middle fingers.  Probably a dare from one of her classmates.   “Nicki would have sent her to Hollywood,” cracks Keith. HA.


Stephanie Sanson – Long Beach Audition… by IdolxMuzic

Nicki finally arrives after awards show rehearsals!

Jesaiah Baer -16 – Hollister, CA -  “Settle Down” by Kimbra – Oh. She’s got a very interesting tone. Too bad, right in the middle, an alarm goes off. Nigel enters the frame to announce that everyone has to leave.  Poor girl! Oh. There really was a fire in one of the restaurants! They let people back in and the singer starts over. She’s still really good. Very smooth and jazzy. She has a very mature, assured sound for a 16 year old. I like her jaunty captain’s hat.  “I loved it within seconds of you starting,” says Keith. Mariah thought it was “interesting.”  Nicki thought she had a mature confidence. Everyone says YES.


Jesaiah Baer – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

The next montage of terrible auditions has a GHOST THEME.  Apparitions appear. As if the singing isn’t scary enough.

Micah Johnson – 24 – Morrow, GA – “Chicken Fry” by the Zach Brown Band – Micah recently had his tonsils removed. The doctors hit some nerves, and now he speaks with a speech impediment. Oh. That sucks! He goes to a speech therapist now. Mariah had nerve damage herself. AGAIN IT’S ALL ABOUT MARIAH. Oy.  Thankfully, he sings without a trace of impediment.  I like this guy, he’s got a soulful, country tinged voice. Very unique.  Star quality. Beautiful.  Keith just loved it…he rocked out through the entire performance. Randy was completely FAKED OUT.  It’s 4 yeses.


Micah Johnson – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Day 2.

Ten year old singing Valerie. She’s good! She thinks American Idol will still be around in 5 years when she’s ready to audition. Sadz.

Rachel Hale – 21 – Prescott, AR -  “People Get Ready” – She’s got a big ole soulful alto coming out of a little body. “A little Wynonna Juddish,” says Keith.  Nicki says, “I love your voice. You didn’t try to do too much. Beautiful control.” Mariah appreciates that Rachel knows who she is. Thank God they didn’t start badgering her about being a country singer, because she does have a pretty thick twang. But she’s suited for R&B. It’s 4 yeses.


Rachel Hale – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Briana Oakley – 16 – Antioch, CA – “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffin – She was bullied severely after she was featured on the Maury show as one of the most talented kids. She had to eat her lunch in the bathroom. Eventually, she had to change schools.  Really? Kids tease other kids because they’ve been on television?  Maybe it’s something about Maury. You know, all of those dead beat daddies and their DNA tests. Ha. Nevertheless, Briana has a decent set of pipes. Another big soulful voice. So many of them this season….  “It was fantastic!” says Keith. Wow Wow Wow,” says Nicki. “You are poised and ready for this moment. Randy says, “Sheer, natural talent.” 4 yeses.


Briana Oakley – Long Beach Audition – American… by IdolxMuzic

Matheus Fernandes – 21 – “Change Is Gonna Come” – Uhm. He got pretty far on The Glee Project in the summer of 2011. So he’s been around this reality show block already. JUST SO YOU KNOW.  As he explained back when he was on TGP, he’s very short, but not because of a medical condition. He’s just very short! Also, he was bullied in school. Blah blah blah. He’s got a nice soulful voice with a good tone. He tries a little too hard. He had that problem on TGP too, where he seemed to be a terrible victim of “little man” syndrome. In other words, he had sort of a dick edit. Nicki thinks he’s a unique special person. Mattheus begins to cry, as if NOBODY HAS EVER SAID THAT TO HIM BEFORE. He’s acting like NOBODY IMPORTANT IN SHOW BUSINESS HAS EVER COMPLIMENTED HIM BEFORE.  Oh, come on. Matheus made it to about Week 5 on TGP, which was pretty good. Here are videos from The Glee Project “Pairability”, including his elimination.


Matheus Fernandes – Long Beach Audition… by IdolxMuzic

50  Long Beach contestants make it to Hollywood.  We see them jump for joy after receiving their golden tickets as Phillip Phillip’s “Tell Me a Story” plays in the background….

Tomorrow, it’s Oklahoma City, OK.

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

    nice bluesy vocals – good start!

  • dabney c

    Gaaah! I LOVE this guy! Vincent!

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

    Wow. This guy is good.

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

    What happened last year, Randy? You made crap decisions, like always.

  • http://twitter.com/Joystickenvy Joystickenvy

    So basically he said what went wrong last year was that Randy sucked.

  • jcabby

    I like Vincent’s raspy voice. 

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

    I find it interesting that Nicki said she could hear him doing a Gospel CD lol He sang Rock me Baby. More a soul/blues vibe I thought.

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

    ITA, he would be a terrific rock/bluesy singer, but on Idol it seems that if you are black, overweight or a little bit effeminate, you HAVE to sing Gospel. lol I hope he won’t fall in this patter.

  • dabney c

    Strong voice, but not sure I love her tone.

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

    wowowowow – a real singer

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

    good tone, pitch, a little bit of rasp… wowowow… i like this one

  • elliegrll

    Your part of the audition is done.

    Nicki will be criticized for that, but I applaud her for saying it.  Simon Cowel became a star for saying similar things.

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

    Well hello, Savannah. You’ve got definite potential and i can’t wait to see more in the future.

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

     I wonder if we just watched the next winner, lolol… strng audition, hope she stays consistent

  • jcabby

    Keith and Nicki are right on the money with their commentary. Wow, that sounded great and natural! Amazing.

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

     I heard Kelly Clarkson in that girl’s vocals… she sang that same song in her audition, and my ears perked up then, just as they did for this young lady… she’s one to watch… IMO…

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

    So far this season I’d have to say we have a stronger group of girls than guys.

  • dabney c

    She reminds me of Kelly Clarkson with the natural ability. She desperately needs a makeover – which is good, because I love a good Idol transformation.  Hope she makes it past H’wood.

    *hillstreetblooz, I wrote the Kelly bit before reading yours. It’s true, though, isn’t it?

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

    Keith’s faces are worth the price of admission–hilarious.:))

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

    LAWD – SING IT BABY!

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

    There are some hellified singers in the house tonight – I’m loving this!

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

    Usually one girl stands out to me during the auditions and i stick with them throughout the season. But I think for the first time since Season 6 i’ll have a tough time choosing a favorite because so far, all the girls have impressed me.

  • justmefornow

    She sounds better than Alicia Keys has sounded the last few times I’ve heard her sing live. 
    She’s like a combo of Alicia Keys and Toni Braxton.

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

    I like her too.. lots of singers with good tone and pitch tonight… 

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

     ITA – Alicia has been sounding kinda raggedy live lately… this girl was really good.

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

     I think so, lol… I thought she was great – we must keep our eyes on her :)

  • Jordana33

    Maybe it was the song choice, but that audition did nothing for me. Plus her hand movements and the mini-squats were distracting. It was sweet of her husband to nominate her though.

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

    Cool–Scotty’s Bojangles commercial again:))

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

    Cristabel was good. I like her fresh style and how she interpreted the song. 

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

    big voice… lotta control

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

    wassup with that hair???

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

    dang, keith laughed in her face, lololol

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

    Some of these contestants sound like they sucked some helium from a balloon before auditioning.

  • dabney c

    Oh, yet another “black woman trapped in a white man’s body”. hahaha.

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

    lolol – he’d better not suck, all the bragging he’s doing, lolol

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

     he got marbles in his mouth or what, lol

  • dabney c

    OMG, I actually like Papa Peaches. There’s a little Frank Sinatra in his lower register.

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

    He’s a BBWTIAWB – Big Black Women Trapped In A White Body.

    Its becoming a trend…

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

    mimi is looking beautiful tonight

  • justmefornow

    Is this dude serious?

    OMG, they let him through? Total fodder.

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

    he’s got me smiling, so i guess it’s all good

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

    He’ll not become serious about it…lol…not in a million years. Another Normund.

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

    I HATE when its a majority NO and then another judge has to beg and plead and convince another judge to change their vote to a yes.

    Papa Peaches wasn’t supposed to make it but then he sucked up to Nicki and Nicki whined to Randy. And since Randy doesn’t have a brain of his own he changed his vote. PATHETIC.

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

    I can see it now…duet night on Idol…Peachez and that Street Singer. lol

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

     Ha! That might be a scorcher

  • dabney c

    Because her hair has been straightened. Makes her style more youthful.

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

     I agree! Which is ironic since Nicki went after Mariah and Randy trying to pigeonhole that one country singer last week!

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

    Papa Peaches didn’t impress me much. Maybe with some vocal lessons he could be a good singer, but IMO the judges should have given him some advice and then told him to come back next season. The talent wasn’t there yet.

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

     Normund Gentle…. we could use another

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

    nahhhhhhhhhhhhhh… dude, just stop… please stop…

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

    Adam Sanders or Fat Adam Lambert?

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

    Still waiting for a guy to impress me. It hasn’t happened yet. The first guy was good, but i’ll need to see more. 

    Here’s hoping this guy impresses me.

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

    yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

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

     Those brothers were irritating and just plain clueless.

    ….That’s what I like about the auditions though, TBH. Watching clueless arrogant losers get a NO.

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

    i like this guy… damn he got some skillzzzzzz

  • jumpstart4u

    Just catching up on DVR … loving what I heard from Savanah! 

  • justmefornow

    Everyone of these guys so far tonight are the anti-WGWGs. 
    It’s so obvious, lol.

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

     Maybe the producers really want a girl winner so they are downplayng good guy singers

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

    He was a little too screechy towards the end, but otherwise he was good.

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

     yep – and i kinda like it :)

  • dabney c

    Holy Jeez! This guy is a bit of Adam Lambert meets Joshua Ledet meets Jennifer Holiday. I’m both in awe and cringing at the same time. What to make of this one??

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

     I didn’t think I’d like his voice, but he brought it, lolol… I’d like to see how far he’s go, so I hope he lasts through hollywood

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

    “It was tough for me” “I was bullied” UGHHHH Stop the sob stories!! Sorry you had a sad life but maybe you should write a book instead? Don’t use it to get far on a SINGING contest.

    And PS, that was Matheus from Glee Project! He was a jerk on the show to mah hubster Damian McGinty

  • justmefornow

    lol. One of those little devils will still make it through, just wait ;)

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

     I hope we get a chance to see more of him to decide, lolol… there’s a sweetness about him, in his personality, the little bit we saw, that I like

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

    Even with a good voice I don’t think an effeminate type gay guy would make it very far. A lot of people still “cringe” when they see one. Kinda sad, but maybe one day there will be a gay Idol. We have had white and black females and males, but not a gay one.

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

    I agree.  There’s something there. If he works on his vocal control I think I could become a fan. 

  • shell29

    Pretty impressed with the talent tonight. That last audition was great-that boy got me out of my seat!

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

     I hope he gets a fair shot… I don’t disagree with your comments, I’d just like to see him get a fair shot to shine

  • iluvai

    Savannah has been my favorite so far.

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

     I’m impressed with the level of talent, and with the judges… seems like they’re starting to jell, and settle in… I think they will get better and better

  • dabney c

    Shooba sounds exactly like Xtina. Do we need another?

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

    These girls got some big voices tonight – gonna be hot in hollywood

  • jcabby

    Shubvah has a nice voice!

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

    Side note: I really like Kelly’s new song “Catch My Breath”. It’s catchy and never gets old.

    Contestant: I think Vedula (I don’t want to butcher her first name, so i’ll go with her first name) is good. I can definitely hear a little Christina in her voice.

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

    *facepalm*

  • iluvai

    What a surprise Shooba’s voice was!  So powerful. I liked it. She’s adorable too.

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

    he needs a sammich

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

    Umm wow…Mariah Carey in high def with that top on? lol. She is taking up most of the screen hehe

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

    Keith is looking extra hot in Long Beach.

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

    Times like this I would love to know the name of the people who tell these contestants who have no vocal talent at all that they do. Being honest would avoid a lot of embarrassment and cringing.

  • justmefornow

    Every time the camera goes on her I’m expecting a wardrobe malfunction, lol.

  • Chris

    Hey, that was the best judges table this season!  Just Randy and Keith – no drama.

    Somebody block Nicki and Mariah from making it more often.

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

     Been waiting on you, lolol… Yep, he is FINE as HALE…  I could just stare at him and listen to him talk all day

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

     awwwwwww….

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

    Well, I can’t finish it because At&T U-Verse is garbage. Never get them!

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

    Mariah’s not leaving much to the imagination with that dress.

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

    kinda pitchy, but they’ll give him a ticket

  • HermeticallySealed

     Yeppers.  My boss has had them for a year, and it is always going out. 

  • justmefornow

    Oh no, military injury/sob story, and he can sing…… look out!

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

    Pitchy in parts, good in others. He’s definitely got enough talent to make it through to Hollywood and get another shot.

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

     She isn’t leaving much to the imagination that’s for sure lol

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

    White daddy with little kid is jsut like white daddy with guitar. 

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

    lololololololololololololo

    wtf???? 

  • justmefornow

    LOL!!!!!

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

    This is fantastic, but just one question..Ummm….What is she saying?

  • dabney c

    What was that?

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

    wow – fire alarm in the middle of her audition

  • elliegrll

    Brian Mansfield just tweeted this video of  Shubha Vedula. She sounds amazing on the chorus.    http://youtu.be/m9FTl6RtFV8

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

    she’s cute – got a quirky little style going too

  • iluvai

    wow, I really like the sailor captain girl.  She’s only 16???

  • dabney c

    I love this girl. Nice eyes.

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

     yepper!

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

    Kimbra is the typical quirky singer girl who has a lot of creativity, but too many notes out of tune ?? she’ll screw it with a slightly bad song choice

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

    The captain hat girl was quirky, pitchy, and interesting all at the same time. I’ll definitely need to see more of her.

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

    have mercy sweet jesus…. killer voice… amazing

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

    Now I like this guy. The song choice caught me off guard, but I’m definitely impressed. Can’t wait to see more of this guy!

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

    best audition of the night!!! this guy was awesome – he sounded great on that song

  • jcabby

    Loving Micah! Great song choice with Zac Brown Band. Love it!

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

    i hope the producers and judges make the right picks for the tv show… there is some real hot talent this year…

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

    Anyone else with think the guy with the speech impediment looks like Louis Farrakhan?

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

     LOLOLOLOL… get outta my mind! :)

  • shell29

    Good show so far tonight-lots of great talent.

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

    I was so amazed by the guy with the speech impediment…his voice was fantastic!!

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

    There sure are a lot of beautiful girls with big voices on this show this season. Man, It’s going to be tough when it comes to voting.

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

    where have these girls tonight been the last few years??? Tonight’s show has a deep bench of good singers so far, male and female

  • dabney c

    Rachel – another strong girl contender. Where is all this talent coming from all of a sudden? 

  • jcabby

    Rachel has a beautiful tone. Wonderful voice. Some great auditions tonight!

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

    ticket!!!!

  • dabney c

    Wow, another Kelly Clarkson/Jordin Sparks-esque natural talent.

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

    She’s got a beautiful voice. She’s definitely on my watchlist. So glad the producers are spotlighting the incredible talent this season so early on in the competition. I have a feeling this is going to be a great season of Idol.

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

    I can see her, Candace Glover, and the Kelly Clarkson girl battling it out for the win… these girls tonight are kicking ass

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

    Amazing how the judges bring the sob stories subtly into the conversation! Not.

  • tucker davis

    Is this the first time the girls have sat beside each other?  Progress!

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

    dare I say it, or even think it? Idol…. just might be pretty freaking awesome this season

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

    I was like Nicki when I heard the girl who got bullied sing. Raw talent there! Wow. And at 16 no less. 

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

    I think with the amount of talent and with the judges finally working together well, this may be the season where Idol starts increasing it’s viewer totals. (though I know not to count my chickens before they hatch,)

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

    The girls are bringing it. Every year I wish to have 2 girls battle it out to the finish line.  Could this be the year? Nah!!

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

     I know whatcha mean… I’m impressed more and more with each audition show… I hope this is a good sign for the live shows this season… there’s some great talent this year

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

    Again? Aren’t they clearing songs even for the auditions? lol

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

    i can’t bust on the dude… 

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

    One of the best audition shows easily in a long time. So much talent from both male and females, with a definite edge towards the girls. 

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

    I guess I’m the only one not feeding into Matheus’s sob story of being short. I watched him on The Glee Project and he was rude and cocky.

  • dabney c

    Errr, does Keith Urban have a little bit of a lisp? Omg, that’s so sexy. 

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

    Gotta say I’m happy to see some Brazilian flavor right there! Way to go, Matheus!

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

    Tonight was a really good show. I like how they kept the crappy auditions to a minimum and let us hear the GOOD singers. There are a way too many good ones to remember them all lol

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

     I thought her purple hair was loud then she started to sing lol. Imagine what her band sounds like hehe

  • tomr

    Many many good singers tonight.  Sorry that the Glee project guy was last.  Others were much more deserving of the “pimp” spot.  Will have to watch a number of these again to decide who I liked the best.  So much promise!  Well done!

  • iluvai

    This is the first time I’ve seen him. He got a good edit here.

  • Andy Nguyen

    Has there ever been a winner who never got any airtime in the audition rounds? Or have all the winners at least gotten a snippet of their audition to air?

    Just curious…

  • MaxxD

    CAN YOU even apply to American Idol if you havent been bullied? or your pops is in jail; or AI is your final chance cuz you got out of rehab and you used to sell drugs …Even the hashtag #idolinspire.  This isnt a singing competition anymore.

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

    “I was bullied in school.”

    To be honest, I’m getting sick of hearing that phrase (Not the contestants’ faults for bringing it up… Getting bullied is no joke). It’s not gonna stop until bullying stops.

  • merkureye

    MJ, concerning your comments on Matt Farmer, uhmm. . .I believe you meant to say he was hit with an IED (improvised explosive device) in Iraq, not an IUD.  [snicker]

    Love your blog!

  • girlygirltoo

    I think every winner’s audition has been shown, although some of them were shown just briefly. 

  • Andy Nguyen

    I figured so. I’d assume all contestants who make it to Live Shows would at least be shown briefly in audition rounds. Was just checkin

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

     lolol… them IUD’s are dangerous!

  • iluvai

    I think Kris Allen is your man. I don’t think he got airtime in auditon rounds. I’m sure I’ll be corrected if wrong. ;)

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

     It’s never been a real ‘singing’ competition… took me a while to get that, but when I did, it made watching for the sheer enjoyment of listening to different kinds of singers a lot easier…

  • iluvai

    The backstories never end. But the talent was really good tonight.

  • elliegrll

    Kris was shown for about three seconds as part of a montage of singers who made it through to Hollywood.  I don’t think that Kelly’s audition was ever shown until Idol Rewind.

  • Jordana33

    The bullying is very sad, but I think it’s a mistake for contestants to lead with those stories, because it looks like they’re defining themselves by the experience, which in turn makes viewers perceive them as victims (instead of winners). Plus, unless you’re doing a Dr. Phil special on bullying, it’s not a good idea to publicly give credit to bullies for screwing up your life. Idol is just not the right forum.

  • jpfan2

    Very enjoyable show. Lots of talented folks plus I heard some of P2′s Tell Me A Story. It sounded great so I now think that it should be the boot song not GGG. 

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

    If Mariachi girl didn’t have a backstory, she wouldn’t have gone through…..Oh wait, she didn’t have one. 

  • Jordana33

    Ughhh. I do remember Matheus Fernandez from the Glee project. I’m predicting some kind of drama during Hollywood week. 

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

    Holy shit at Papa Peaches’ tricep jiggle. His arm was like a tsunami.

    Entertaining dude though. Ya know, I’m with Randy on him, but I would’ve said a small yes too. It didn’t seem like he had a really strenuous load of work to fix that, I don’t think.

  • TheOther

    That was so cool they played Tell Me A Story.  What a nice honor if it becomes the new boot song.  It is Phillip’s favorite song from The World From The Side Of The Moon; one that he co-wrote with David Ryan Harris.  I always liked the song, but never thought it would be released as a single, because it is too long.

  • mjsbigblog

     That’s what I hear. Lol.

  • KelseyW

    Those people…Who get a quick three second screen grab in the “You’re going to Hollywood!” montages…I wonder what they sound like? :P

    Interesting show tonight. I’m pretty sure the girl with the purple hair is the first Idol hopeful to ever make me cover my ears for the entirety of their audition. She definitely could have caused some ear damage.(Poor sound techs!)Part of me feels like watching her scream fest again because I missed the majority of the judges reactions. lol She’s why the mute button was invented.

    I can’t wait for these auditions to finally be over. Bring on the greatness that is Hollywood Week! Oh, and I hope none of the AI12ers got sick or passed out like the majority of the AI11 group did. If they did it better not be the main focus of HW again…

  • LeahKittyS

    He got a tiny snippet with his name on the screen, but he didn’t get his own package. Kelly Clarkson wasn’t even featured in the auditions in the first season. Other than that, I’m pretty sure everyone else has a package for their audition. (Lee DeWyze’s was combined with Crystal Bowersox’s.)
    As for tonight, my standouts were Vincent Powell, Cristabel Clack, Shubha Vedula, and Rachel Hale. Only one more audition episode and it’s off to Hollywood, where we separate the contenders from the pretenders!

  • fantoo1

    Good show tonight. I agree that these auditions have been entertaining. Way better than last seasons auditions.

    I have to say, someone like Rachel Hale is somebody who could potentially be the girl winner. Great voice, girl next door, bubbly, from Arkansas(look how they supported Kris), non-threatening, etc. I might have to keep my eye out on that one.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V3JX273C3GNY57DKUFDBISIVJM Fran

    No, MJ’s right. That’s why his wife wasn’t supposed to get pregnant. (j/k)

  • CB40

    I agree with you mj, these are the freshest audition rounds ever, and it’s because of the contestants’ talent as well as the judging panel. I love Nicki and Keith is the perfect grounded guy to give the show it’s center.

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

    I thought there was a freshness to Sanni M’mairura.  He’s cute, something that many African-American guys don’t seem to be.  Well, Joshua was cute, but I was thinking about Big Mike, Jacob, even Ruben.  If he doesn’t get far, I hope he comes back next year.

  • http://twitter.com/idolxfactor1 Al Kahn

    MJ…I hope your prediction of one of these gals going all the way this year comes to fruition…if you could only find a way to exclude young teen girls from voting would be nice:)))  BTW….by far a away Savannah was the big winner on views overnight!  

  • escape

    Too many backstage, sob stories. 

  • Kirsten

     

    I don’t think that Kelly’s audition was ever shown until Idol Rewind.

    I seem to recall they played it during the Season 1 Finale Results show. They made a huge to-do about it having never been shown before and they had found it.

    Weren’t the audition rounds very short that year? Like one week?

    Loved Rachel Hale, Vincent Powell and Shubha Vedula. Lots of reasons to smile last night. Keith is amazing with the one liners. Mariah is chilling. I didn’t even want to punch Randy in the face too often. 

  • jpfan2

    The show was fun (I think I liked Cristabel the best) but I’m getting deja vu all over again. No matter how talented these girls are I just don’t see any with charisma. The country girls will go country (that’s a yawn for me) but the Pop girls aren’t  pretty enough, edgy enough or special enough to make it. So having a big voice without a big personality isn’t going to cut it.  I’m getting a little worried about the season.

    Hopefully Hollywood week will bring some drama and people will show some personality, uniqueness.

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

    I love how the judges seem to be having so much fun with these auditions.

  • Karen P

    I wish they would show the top 20 girls that make it the live show. It would be great to see the progress of the girls from the beginning of the auditions to the top 20 Live show.    I can see Aubrey Cleland’s name on the spoiler sheet but they failed to show her at the Long Beach auditions.  Check out her Fabulous  Video on Youtube!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=herzdyeFGxU