American Idol Season 8 – Louisville Auditions – Recap

Update: Re-cap and thumbnails after the JUMP!

  • Tiffany Shed – Age 18 – Cincinnati, OH – High School Graduate – “Hero” by Mariah Carey – NO – VIDEO
  • Joanna Pacitti – Age 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Unemployed – “We Belong” by Pat Benatar – YES – VIDEO
  • Mark Mudd – Age 25 – Coxs Creek, KY – Parts Inspector – “White Lightning” by George Jones – NO – VIDEO
  • Brent Keith Smith – Age 28 – Blanchester, OH – Traveling Musician – “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Bad Company – YES – VIDEO
  • Matt Giraud – Age 23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Dueling Piano Player – “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw – YES – VIDEO
  • Ross Plavsic – Age 26 – Crestview Hills, KY – After School Tutor – “Cara Mia” by Jay and the Americans – NO – VIDEO
  • Alexis Grace – Age 20 – Memphis, TN – Musician and Mom – “Dr. Feelgood” by Aretha Franklin – YES – VIDEO
  • Aaron Williamson – Age 27 – Louisville, KY – Photographer -“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – NO – VIDEO
  • Rebecca Garcia – Age 24Â   – Nashville, TN – Education Masters Student – “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – NO – VIDEO
  • Kris Allen – Age 23 – Conway, AR – Business Major – “A Song For You” by Leon Russell – YES – VIDEO (plus Felicia, Ryan and Shera)
  • Felicia Barton – Age 26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Bar Singer/Mom – “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae – YES
  • Ryan Johnson – Age 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Railroad Worker – “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke – YES
  • Shera Lawrence – Age 23 – Bowling Green, KY – Orthopedic Office Asst. – “I’ve Got the World on a String” – YES
  • Leneshe Young – Age 18- Cincinnati, OH – College Student – “Natty” by Leneshe – YES – VIDEO

Let the race begin! This is American Idol!

Over 11,000 Idol hopefuls gather at Churchill Downs to audition. And after a lesson on how to pronounce Louisville, the show begins.

Tiffany Shed – Age 18 – Cincinnati, OH – High School Graduate – “Hero” by Mariah Carey – NO – “My heart melts when I hear her sing,” says Tiffany’s mama. Tiffany’s parents are right by her side at her audition, and seem not to notice Tiffany’s hideous off-key warbling. They also seem to be on board with her horrifying blue eye shadow. Tough love is a beautiful thing, and really, Tiffany’s parental units need to find some. “Imagine 22 horses and a donkey, you just wouldn’t stand a chance,” Simon observes. “I can sing better than lots of them people on American Idol.” cries college-bound Tiffany. Eep! – VIDEO

Joanna Pacitti – Age 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Unemployed – “We Belong” by Pat Benatar – YES – If only Carly Smithson had gotten the Joanna Pacciti treatment when she auditioned last year. Right off the bat, the judges acknowledge the fact that she had a previous record contract (she also was cast, and fired from “Annie” 12 years ago). “I know this girl,” says Kara in an acknowledgment that would have been unheard of in season’s past. She cries when the judges put her through–like Carly before her, Joanna seems beaten down and a bit desperate. I think it’s   going to be tough for Joanna to overcome the baggage of her experience. If she’s presented as an ordinary girl looking for a comeback, and doesn’t appear needy while she’s at it, she might make it. The vocals are definitely there. – VIDEO

Mark Mudd – Age 25 – Coxs Creek, KY – Parts Inspector – “White Lightning” by George Jones – This dude is like something out of Deliverance. The only thing missing is the banjo intro. Claiming to have almost died 5 times, he also admits to being a descendant of the notorious Dr. Samuel Mudd who got a long jail sentence for setting the leg of Lincoln assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Mark’s knee-slapping performance is probably a hit at the hootenanny ho-down back in the hollows, but American Idol material he ain’t. He totally freaks out the judges when he exits the audition room saying, “be careful.” As a sidenote, I got an email from a poster who says that it’s a very common to say “be careful” when a person leaves in those parts–it’s not meant as a threat. Silly Paula. – NO – VIDEO

Brent Keith Smith – Age 28 – Blanchester, OH – Traveling Musician – “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Bad Company – It was a little odd that this country singer and former Nashville Star contestant, picked a rock song to audition with. I agree with Simon, I think he picked the wrong song. Doesn’t matter, his strong vocals and good looks help him sail through the audition. Kara is still completely confused by Simon’s style. She flips out when, after a lengthy critique, Simon says yes. Kara, have you ever watched this show before? – YES – VIDEO

A little montage of crappy auditions fly by–what’s up with that chick–Obianuju Omwarah–who sounds like a chipmunk? How does she do that? I’m in awe. And Ryan Benningfield, the Zebra man? I have no words, really. – VIDEO.

Matt Giraud – Age 23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Dueling Piano Player – “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw – YES – Some of the drunkest and most obnoxious crowds I’ve ever encountered have been at dueling piano bars. Kudos to anyone who can deal with that. Matt’s a pretty good singer. He’s got a nice, soulful voice, but he’s a bit rough around the edges. Simon tells Matt that he reminds him of Elliott Yamin. I can hear the resemblance, but it stops at the vocals. He’s Elliott with less confidence. Before he says yes, Simon tells him he needs to believe in himself – VIDEO

Ross Plavsic – Age 26 – Crestview Hills, KY – After School Tutor – “Cara Mia” by Jay and the Americans – NO – Ross’s stereotypically nerdy lack of social skills make him perfect fodder for a bad audition. A physics major in college, he stuns the judges as he over-explains his pet project involving Chinese characters. After a weird performance (mocked by the judges, in unison!), he blames his loopy baritone on a scratchy throat. But, sorry, Ross. You’re a super-smart guy, but no amount of study and research can make you a good singer. Bonus lolz: Paula freaks out when he drinks out of her cup. VIDEO

Ten Louisville contestants advance on the first day, on to Day 2…

Alexis Grace – Age 20 – Memphis, TN – Musician and Mom – “Dr. Feelgood” by Aretha Franklin – Stay at home single mom, Alexis, has the chops and the looks to make it. The fact that she’s green–no Joanna Pacitti-style resume here–will endear her to viewers who love it when the underdog prevails The judges have minor reservations–mostly her lack of experience–but they all say yes. Kara’s last word’s of advice before Alexis leaves the room. 1. Don’t wear pink 2. Go home and make love to your fiance. Great advice for aspiring artists everywhere doncha think? – YES – VIDEO

Aaron Williamson – Age 27 – Louisville, KY – Photographer -“Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Aaron is so pumped! Someone, check his Adderall prescription, STAT–this dude’s been over-medicated. Hilariously, he tells the judges he’s there to be the “Next Top Idol” before launching into a highly caffeinated and extremely LOUD performance that can be heard way out in the holding room. “I’m hongray!” says Aaron, clearly in need of a meal. He wouldn’t be half bad if he could just calm-the-f**k down. Kara gets in the spirit, engaging in a little call-and-response, and Paula gets so excited, she breaks one of her cheap ass Home Shopping Network rings. Despite having cleared the judges sinuses, leaving them feeling refreshed, the answer is still NO – VIDEO

Rebecca Garcia – Age 24 – Nashville, TN – Education Masters Student – “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood – Is she or is she not a famewhore? Did the funniest girl in her highschool class fake a crap audition to get on TV? Kara thought so, but then feels instantly guilty after Rebecca tears up. I’m sort of on the fence. I’ve seen auditioners cry on cue, only to be revealed as fakes later on. Radio show interns are notorious for attempting the Idol fake out. Like a good famewhore–she did manage to get herself on TV. And the lyrics written on a bandage on her arm thing seemed totally contrived. But you never know. If she was attempting to be amusing it didn’t work. Just your garden-variety craptastic audition, right here. – NO – VIDEO

Now this is starting to piss me off, y’all. For the second night in a row, the producers choose to blow by four really good auditions, barely giving us a look. Really really annoying. Check out their blink-or-you-miss-it auditions HERE. They are: Kris Allen – Age 23 – Conway, AR – Business Major singing “A Song For You” by Leon Russell, Felicia Barton – Age 26 – Virginia Beach, VA – Bar Singer/Mom singing “Put Your Records On” by Corrine Bailey Rae, Ryan Johnson – Age 27 – Cincinnati, OH – Railroad Worker singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke and Shera Lawrence – Age 23 – Bowling Green, KY – Orthopedic Office Asst. singing “I’ve Got the World on a String.” Felicia and Ryan are the most notable of the bunch.

Leneshe Young – Age 18- Cincinnati, OH – College Student – “Natty” by Leneshe – The Louisville auditions are winding down. Yes, that means it’s time for…the sob story of the night! Oh goodie. Leneshe tells the sad story of growing up homeless with her young single mom and her siblings. We meet Lenesha’s mom, who says a pastor “prophesied” that Lenesha would make her very wealthy one day. Hmmm. Can Leneshe sing? Because, otherwise, I don’t really gives a rats ass. Cold, I know, but these backstories are beginning to wear a little thin. Happily, she can sing, and whatever it is she’s been through has not damaged her incredibly bright spirit. This chick has charisma, so much so that she charms the judges with an original song–usually a very risky move–that she pulls off brilliantly. Simon says, “I thought that was quirky, fun..actually a well written song…I like you…” And it’s 4 very enthusiastic yeses from the judges. – YES – VIDEO

Nine contestants advance to Hollywood on the second day, for a total of 19. Next week, the crew lands in Jacksonville, FL

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Mom, Dad, thank you for your honesty!

    What is wrong with these parents?

  • SallyinIllinois

    Joanna was really good….I have a different opinion about the second chancers esp after last season & Carly. I say, bring them on. They can sing.

  • IdolFanatic

    So Joanna we know is one of the big plants and is essentially Carly Smithson 2.0. Carly grew on me over time and I think Joanna will have to do the same. She is talented certainly, but there’s obviously a reason she hasn’t made it yet.

    Oh and please, that “wait weren’t you on A&M Records?!” and look of sudden shock and recognition by Kara could not have been more staged if they tried. They were trying hard for some early damage control with that one – LOL!

  • IdolFanatic

    Joanna was really goodà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.I have a different opinion about the second chancers esp after last season & Carly. I say, bring them on. They can sing.

    Well yes, I certainly prefer them over the horrible auditioners.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    I’m jaded re Carly Junior. She reeked of desperation. Of course, I can always change my mind.

  • ShariG

    I kind of liked Brent. Cute. Not a bad voice.

  • Frogpond

    Brent is good ,this Matt is not bad

    A question is there no instruments this season ?I have not seen one instrument yet unlike last year .
    Just wondering

  • IdolFanatic

    Brent was good! That’s what this show needs…a male country singer :)

    A question is there no instruments this season ?I have not seen one instrument yet unlike last year .

    Not til Hollywood Week.

  • Trina

    I know she’s a super plant and all but I loved Joanna. She’s really gorgeous too.

  • IdolFanatic

    Matt was good-ish. Needs a lot more work though. His breathing was shaky thus making his phrasing all off. He seemed to be trying too hard and his singing was a bit affected IMO.

  • SashaB

    GwendolynD
    Jan 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm
    Mom, Dad, thank you for your honesty!

    What is wrong with these parents?

    ^^ Bwah! I bet these are the same type of parents who tell them kids they are the bestest and smartest and can never do anything wrong. Hee

  • Tracy

    I liked Brent. He has a good voice and isn’t bad on the eyes. Country music has never been my thing, though.

    Piano guy was good, there’s definitely potential there.

  • primeminister

    That’s all we see of Felicia and Ryan? Great…

    Can we have Hollywood week already?

  • Tony

    Kara is annoying the hell out of me. When she pretended not to know that the girl wasn’t joking (making her cry) she just seemed like such an asshole.

  • http://www.myspace.com/swood1104 Sarah

    Would really appreciate them giving more than 10 seconds of airtime each to 4 freaking contestants.

    I mean, couldn’t the whole first auditioner segment have been cut? It wasn’t even funny. :rolleyes_tb:

  • MrsTrep

    I was glad the last girl turned out to be good because after all the time they gave her I couldn’t imagine if it was another bad audtion…..

  • Tracy

    I liked the last girl, too. I think she’s my favorite of the girls we’ve seen so far.

  • soccerboi

    It pisses me off that they dont give airtime to all the people who made it to Hollywood and then give airtime to all these losers…

    So far it is evident that this is a guys year again. Matt and Brent tonight along with Adam last night are guaranteed top 12…

    I really liked the last girl tonight though…nice voice…great originality. Biut overall the girls are not as good as the guys

  • jpfan

    I missed Joanna but I thought the last girl was the best female I’ve seen from all the auditions. Her song was even good. Piano guy Matt should go all the way as well. Those two really stood out for me.

  • itsalleternal

    Worst produced episode ever. They give 5 minutes each to several jokers yet give the best 5 seconds each? Outrageous…

  • erennick

    Kara is annoying the hell out of me. When she pretended not to know that the girl wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t joking (making her cry) she just seemed like such an asshole.

    I believe 100% that the girl was joking. I mean the “dance” moves and the arm band with the lyrics to a Carrie Underwood song… Good for her, because she got on tv (twice).

    So far, I’m liking Kara.

  • Margaux

    Did anyone else notice the wheels spinning in Simon’s tiny brain when Leneshe started singing.. she’s young, she’s hungry, she’s naive..

    It’s like a hawk looking for prey.

    Joanna had some vocal issues that bugged me, she wasn’t transitioning between the high and low registers, not enough control. She is similar to Carly, but didn’t have anything special. I love this kind of female singer, but I’m also very very critical.

    I liked Matt the piano guy. I was shocked that Simon remembered Elliott Y’s name after all these years!

    The gold ticket kids at the end, I’m sure some were very good, but they go by so fast they don’t register. Not sure that’s an improvement over trotting them out for the first time in Hollywood, or top 24.

    The Simon/Kara bickering is getting old fast. I’d rather watch the kids sing than the judges fight.

  • SpenserJ

    When she pretended not to know that the girl wasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t joking (making her cry) she just seemed like such an asshole.

    I’m evil, because I thought that was hysterical. I always find it hard to believe that people who are that bad don’t actually know they’re that bad. I picture that girl somewhere later that night drinking beer with her friends and saying “not only do I think I’ll get airtime, but I was also on the news”. Then, they all crack up and clink their beer bottles.

    I thought the last girl was good, and her song was kind of fun. Joanna was fine to me too. She can sing, and she’s cute. And, she seemed genuinely happy for the second chance.

  • terps

    Always have to have a pitty story as the last contestant

  • IdolFanatic

    I adore Kara! She’s definitely got some spunk but is a total sweetheart too. She makes the panel so much more interesting to me.

    Tonight’s standouts for me are Brent, Felicia, and Ryan. Joanna is good, but I’m not totally sold on her yet. Wish they would’ve shown more Felicia and Ryan. I only had heard their names before but knew nothing about them, so the few seconds they showed were all I’ve heard thus far. But I liked what I heard so we shall see.

  • itsalleternal

    Someone needs to do a house-cleaning in the production office! And our own mj should be the executive producer.

  • jpfan

    It was cool that Simon still remembers a guy who finished third three years ago. He sometimes forgets the names of the winners (or pretends to anyway). Other than the song choice and certain similarity in tone, I didn’t see the comparsion but I still liked the guy.

  • Duke

    Felicia Barton!!!!!!!!!! whoop! thanks for the 5 seconds idol FUCK YOU!!! only thing i was looking forward to.

  • primeminister

    It was cool that Simon still remembers a guy who finished third three years ago. He sometimes forgets the names of the winners (or pretends to anyway). Other than the song choice and certain similarity in tone, I didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t see the comparsion but I still liked the guy.

    Yeah, I was quite surprised Simon remembered Elliott’s name and season.

    Matt did sound a little like him but was nowhere near as strong vocally. Here’s his free album if anyone’s interested. He doesn’t sound very good, IMO.
    http://amiestreet.com/music/matt-giraud/perspective/

  • sma11ie

    The Simon/Kara bickering is getting old fast.

    AGREED! I was predisposed to like her based on everything I’d heard/read, but seriously, she needs to stop interrupting Simon when he’s giving criticisms. Honey, don’t you realize that for most viewers, THAT’S WHY WE WATCH AI! And yeah, this is the audition stage, so standards are lower, but Simon’s critiques, though framed in a way that can be mean, are sometimes meant to be constructive– and sending someone through without telling them what they could work on is not going to help them. Besides, people love Simon, and I think she’s making a big mistake trying to shut him up. I’m on her side if she’s fighting with Simon in order to say something constructive or original, but she’s yet to prove that she’s adding something to the panel besides rendering Randy even more useless (has he said anything besides, “Woah” this year?). I only caught part of this episode, but so far, her musical opinions have been identical to Paula’s.

  • sanrio76

    A much better round of contestants tonight. Found Brent and Matt quite interesting. I wasn’t sure before, but now Hollywood week looks promising.

  • primeminister

    Simon/Kara bickering is getting old fast.

    AGREED! I was predisposed to like her based on everything Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢d heard/read, but seriously, she needs to stop interrupting Simon when heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s giving criticisms. Honey, donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you realize that for most viewers, THATà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢S WHY WE WATCH AI! And yeah, this is the audition stage, so standards are lower, but Simonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s critiques, though framed in a way that can be mean, are sometimes meant to be constructiveà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ and sending someone through without telling them what they could work on is not going to help them. Besides, people love Simon, and I think sheà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s making a big mistake trying to shut him up.

    I agree! If her idea of being opinionated is disagreeing with Simon and rolling her eyes at whatever he says, then she’s useless. We only need one Paula. The part when Simon was trying to give constructive advice to Brent Keith Smith and she wouldn’t let him talk? Gahh, annoying!

  • soccerboi

    You guys cannot be serious?! Simon is a pompous pig…Kara has been right each and every time. Finally someone who puts Simon in his place..she is a great addition to the show. I for one have have almost always agreed with Simon but his ego and arrogance are even getting to me.
    THere are other people who have opinions…finally Kara can say what everyone really thinks but without all the rudeness.

  • JOJOSIE

    Not everyone watches to see Simon. I think the show would run very well without him. You can be constructive without being rude. Simon loves the sound of his own voice and sometimes doesn’t let anyone else voice an opinion unless they interupt him. I watch other shows that do very well on judging without a Simon type. I guess I grew up in an era when rudeness was not allowed. Snark is okay but IMO he goes too far, maybe it’s a British thing. Tonights talent was on a whole better than last night.

  • Scifisam

    They should have cut Tiffany and Mudd and given Ryan, Kris, Felicia, and Shera some decent screen time.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    The Simon/Kara bickering is getting old fast.

    I absolutely cannot stand Kara at this point. Simon…I’ve gotten used to.

  • http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=561466&st=0 Preston

    Well, the night began terribly for me– Nashville’s Fox station was cutting in and out, and I was unable to watch any of the show as it aired. I left quite a furious message to the station!

    But… THANK YOU MJ! (for putting up the vids)

    I daresay that this was one of the best audition episodes ever, talent-wise. They definitely should have used Louisville as one of the two-hour episodes last week so we could have seen even more of the amazing talent we saw tonight. Joanna, Brent, Matt, Alexis, Kris (robbed of time), Felicia (ditto), Ryan (ditto), Leneshe— goodness, all of these people were FANTASTIC. I could picture all of them being in the finals, honestly. It won’t turn out that way, but man… what an episode.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    I’m hopeful, Preston. Going in.

  • bean99

    I’ve only watched the first half so far but it’s much better than last night. I really like Kara. She calls Simon on his stupid comments. He doesn’t seem to give any real advice anymore.

  • handler

    Could it be more obvious this year that the judges’ critiques are scripted? It’s hard to believe those papers they have are just biographical information when Simon’s clearly reading from them as he gives his critiques. Especially in the Matt audition. You can see his eyes moving as he reads his scripted comment. Kara does it too. And then there’s the incredibly staged Simon/Kara fights. AI isn’t even trying to be subtle anymore.

  • cookcricket

    Always have to have a pitty story as the last contestant

    Yes, right before Leneshe auditioned I said to hubby, “They always have to have a sob story last.”

    Question: Do they do this every year? I didn’t pay too much attention to the auditions last year.

    Then after her audition as I was blinking back the tears, I said, “They get me every time.”

    However, I really, really liked her!

    Two have brought tears to my eyes so far and I happen to be rooting for both of them at this point. Yep, I’m a sucker! Both could have made it without them.

    Danny’s story made me cry, but it was extremely cringe worthy to watch and I wish Idol would have handled it differently.

    However, Leneshe’s story shows true perseverance and hope.

    Tonight was better than last night by a long shot. I’m looking forward to seeing the others (5 second golden ticket holders) in Hollywood.

    I’m not so disappointed in Kara and I do like her spunk. It will be interesting to see how things progress. It seems the audition shows are more for working out the kinks with the new judge, than anything else.

  • CSFan

    I love how they are trying to make Joanna into an underdog story. She’s still a seasoned professional perfectly capable of making a living in music without AI. The sob story “it’s been SOOOO HARD for me” crap isn’t going to work.

    Not to mention I’ve seen half a dozen women this season already who can out sing her.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    This season, the AI crew has way too much control over the contest variables. First, they get to assign the kids to 3 groups of twelve in the semi-finals, when three contestants per week will advance to the top 9. That means nine per week (75%) will be eliminated and the top 9 cannot produce an even matchup of boys and girls — and quite possibly could result in many more boys than girls. Actually, I don’t think that would be a bad thing except if the girls’ tour bus is a Mini Cooper.

    The temptation to stack the deck to benefit TCOs would be hard to resist. Think how this scenario might have played out in seasons 5 or 7, which featured especially strong, interesting casts. Based on early performances and exposure (or the lack thereof), I wonder whether Ace Young and Paris Bennett might have outlasted Elliott Yamin or if Michael Johns and Carly Smithson would have squeezed out David Cook, Brooke White or Jason Castro.

    Second, the AI judges get to select three wild card picks to complete the top 12. Will they resist the temptation to even out any gender imbalance in the top 9? Would they choose this season’s Elliott or Jason vs. this season’s Ace or Carly? Will Simon shock the world by picking this season’s Carmen Rasmussen instead? Will Kara and Randy each get to select half a contestant?

    Right now, these mysteries interest me more than the Louisville auditions.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    Now that I’ve watched/listened to it all:

    Words of Promise: “From now on, I’m not going to talk, actually. I’m just gonna nod.” –Kara DioGuardi (Please keep your promise).

    Brent Keith Smith – Listening, and not watching (because he’s um…distracting), his vocal was a little disjointed and rushed. Once he got to the chorus, it was great. But song choice will be key from this point forward, I think, in Hollywood, and if he makes it past that point.

    Matt Giraud – He does have hints of Elliott Yamin there, but he’s a bit affected. There’s a lot of soul in his voice and he has the impressive vocal inflection down, but he’ll have to dig a little deeper to identify the type of singer he is. The potential is there.

    Alexis Grace – Yay! Aretha! And, nicely done. Also, a nicely different song, for once. It was well done – actually the best girl, in my opinion. I’m pulling for this one, but not more than….

    Felicia Barton – What the heck was up with that little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it snippet? I looooooooooove this girl, but once again, if you didn’t know about her pre-Idol stuff, chances are she could slip through the cracks. Grrrrrrrrr….

    Ryan Johnson – Saw enough of him to know he’s darn good. Plus, I love Sam Cooke, so there.

    Kris Allen & Shera Lawrence – Meh.

    Leneshe Young – Um…what was with the runway strut?? Cute girl. First of all, I love the fact that she sang an original song. Could we get more of this? She had a great voice, fantastic actually. But, was it original. Without looking she sounded like Beyonce. So…I don’t know. I’d love to hear more, though. As a songwriter, I’d love to see just how creative she could get.

    Anyway, my thoughts….

  • janerazor

    Could it be more obvious this year that the judgesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ critiques are scripted? Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s hard to believe those papers they have are just biographical information when Simonà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s clearly reading from them as he gives his critiques. Especially in the Matt audition.

    Absolutely. Because when I see a dueling-pianos player, the first that comes to mind is Elliott Yamin.

    I mean, really, wtf?

  • neonorange

    Only caught the second half. Even though I am not a fan of the 2 hour episodes, the one hour shows seem cut short. I’m gladd to see there wasn’t another barage of 16 year old contestants this episode. I really loved Leneshe. So far I’m placing my bets on her.

  • abbysee

    The only one who got me is Leneshe at this point. And not because of her back story, but because when it came down to it she brought it. The first original song that wasn’t shitty and she had the whole package. Confidence, looks, presence, but most importantly the voice.

    I hate the sad stories, I am starting to feel manipulated and I don’t like it. I mean at least don’t hit me over the head with illness, poverty, and death. I can care about a contestant without any of that. Truly I can.

    I don’t mind a contestant having had a shot in the past, but I wish they had done for Carly what they did for Joanna tonight. Transparency is always best, but my cynical mind wonders why they afforded her that opportunity. I will still be open minded, but suspicious.

    I vascillate between loving Kara, and wanting her to STFU at times. Paula is becoming my favorite judge. I trust her and her motives more than Randy and Simon. Kara is like the new kid trying a bit too hard to fit in, and I am not sure I like her being so confrontational to the women. If she wanted to be a singer, maybe she should have auditioned instead of accepting the job of judge, perhaps?

    I have been a lover and champion of this show for the past 7 seasons, but for some reason I am just not feeling it so far, and that scares me far more than the early ratings at this point. Some slippage was inevitable, but something is just not right. I think the talent pool is too narrow instead of widening and that isn’t a good thing imho. I haven’t seen anyone who comes close to any of the previous winners yet, by a long shot.

  • Soapbox0916

    Since I live on the Indiana-Kentucky border, it was kind of nice to think of this being close to home. I have to give Ryan props for attempting to pronounce Louisville like the locals.
    I know it is completely petty, but it just grates on my nerves to hear “Louie-vile” or please no “Lewis-vile”. It is hard to write out, but for locals, it is really more like “Louhl-uhl-vuhl”. I can almost always tell right away if someone is not local by how they pronounce it.
    It is weird, but a few times in voiceovers I noticed that Ryan said it the non-local way which made me wonder if that portion was pre-recorded before most of the episode. The majority of the time he attempted it correctly for a local dialect, and a few times it seemed like he was being very careful like he was learning it new, only out of order for the episode; he just had a bit of what sounded like maybe a California accent. I appreciate the effort.
    Has anyone ever noticed Ryan making this effort before for other audition cities. I had never thought about it before now.

  • yeahyeahsure

    Brent Keith Smith – winner!!! He is exactly what AI should be aiming for. A male Carrie Underwood. Loved him!

  • butter

    Would really appreciate them giving more than 10 seconds of airtime each to 4 freaking contestants.

    I’m soooo over the crappy contestants that I’ve found I can’t sit through them anymore. I just watched the whole ep on the DVR in about 20 minutes because I’m tired of the people who have been lied to. Also, I didn’t like Leneshe, but then again, I’m tired of sob stories as well, so I didn’t really listen to hers before I listened to her sing. Maybe I’d like her more if I had. The 5 seconds each of the actual good people (several of whom I recognized from the list of spoilers for the top 50) is not enough for me anymore. If they’re good enough to make the top 50, shouldn’t they be good enough for some decent air time?

  • Fender

    Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson were the standouts for me. I knew about Felicia before the show, not Ryan though, but I thought they were both fantastic. I’m gonna be pissed if I don’t get to actually see both of them perform for more than the 10 seconds the producers decided to show tonight.

    For all the talk I’ve heard about Joanna, I definitely wasn’t blown away. Perhaps it’s the same as with Adam Lambert – after hearing people talking about them, I had too high of expectations. She was good though. I honestly think it’s smart of the producers to talk about her prior experience (however painfully staged and acted it was by Kara). It seems less manipulative on their part, and is probably fairer to the contestant. I always thought Carly was at a disadvantage with that – I know I was predisposed to dislike her, but, by the end, I was fan. I can’t help but think it hurt her with other people too.

    I thought overall it was probably the best audition ep so far… but I’m still not happy about the dumb distribution of time. Oh well. It wouldn’t be Idol without producer shenanigans.

  • http://www.xanga.com/Cynarajane CJ

    My daughter knows Ryan – not well, mind you, only because she works at a local music venue and her venue has hosted his band, instereo. Here’s their MySpace. I don’t really know much more about him, but I liked him, what little I saw. Daughter thinks he’s good.

  • http://everyopinion.blogspot.com Terrie

    Thanks, Louisville, but I’ve seen it all before in seasons 1-5.

    Where is the army of Jeff Buckley wannabes inspired by Hallelujah? Why, oh why, can’t we get even one Toby Rand or Kurt Nilsen? Or how about a funny/multitalented update of Chris Sligh with more staying power?

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    I think I’m a little burnt out by AI. I don’t feel like keeping up with the spoilers or the changes in the format. I am bored by these audition shows (although I have never enjoyed them).

    I guess I am experiencing the show like a normal viewer. LOL. I liked Lenesha tonight.

    Hollywood and the top 36 can’t come soon enough for me.

  • http://idolforums.com/index.php?showtopic=561466&st=0 Preston

    Some food for thought about “Yes”s vs. “No”s for the most recent three seasons:

    Season 6, Episode 4 (New York– 2 hrs)
    9 Yes, 9 No (not including two montages of bad singers; 18 total shown)

    Season 7, Episode 4 (Charleston– 1 hr)
    5 Yes, 7 No (12 total shown)

    Season 8, Episode 4 (Louisville– 1 hr):
    9 Yes, 5 No (14 total shown)

  • SpenserJ

    Hollywood and the top 36 canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t come soon enough for me.

    You and me both. I never read the early spoilers, because by the time the show airs I can’t keep any of those people straight anyway. Perhaps I have some kind of brain problem with names? If we get spoilers for Top 36, I’ll read those because by then I might know who everyone is :)

    I probably wouldn’t even watch the audition episodes but for the fact that it’s the only part of the season that my husband likes. He loves making fun of the bad ones, and he worships Simon at his most sarcastic. So, apparently there is an audience for that, and it lives in my house.

    I really enjoy Hollywood week, so I’m looking forward to that. I will say that it’s a lot easier for me to get through a 1 hr audition episode than a 2 hr one.

  • Grammie Kari

    Oh and please, that à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“wait werenà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t you on A&M Records?!à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  and look of sudden shock and recognition by Kara could not have been more staged if they tried. They were trying hard for some early damage control with that one – LOL!

    Prior to this episode, I liked Kara and felt she would be a good judge. Please gimme a break with the sudden shock act. Then she says Joanna tears are real. That girl is a Broadway actress – she CAN do real tears quire easily. That was the most staged audition I have seen since watching from day one. Manipulation beyond belief.

    I was also pleased with Leneshe Young. I hope she doesn’t get nervous in the Hollywood episodes.

  • Niall

    Whoever it was up thread who said Brent Keith Smith could be their male Carrie Underwood hit the nail on the head. I just wish he wasn’t already a professional with national exposure.

    Joanna pretty much showed why she’s never broken out as a big star. Her voice wasn’t all that great. I don’t think she deserves to take a slot in the top 36 from somebody like Jessica Furney but I’m sure she will.

  • sunchick

    I skipped tonight’s show to watch Lost. :blush_tb: (It was worth it. Shhhh, don’t tell Simon Fuller.) Sounds like Ryan, Felicia and Johanna are ones to keep an eye out for? Is Ryan the Christian band guy?

  • Keel

    I’ll take Kara’s side over Simon any day. He is just so smug. He may have lorded it over Randy and Paula brains-wise in prior seasons, but he’s just so annoyingly superior that I love it that someone’s finally challenging him.

  • Grammie Kari

    Keel, I agree. What gets me is that Randy keeps making comments such as guys against the girls. If Randy doesn’t start injecting intelligent evaluation, he will remain the useless judge.

  • StevenD

    “That girl is a Broadway actress – she CAN do real tears quire easily.”

    Actually she never made it to Broadway since she was fired from the tour. So she’s probably not that great of an actress. I liked her and hope that she’s got a shot. So far she’s the first woman to really get me excited this year (pun not intended.)

    I think the difference with Carly and her is that AI learned their lesson with Carly. If they let everyone know from the start then they’re hoping it’s not as big a deal.

  • toma

    I can’t believe how much airtime the “sucky” contestants are getting. They aren’t even that entertaining in all of their suckiness. They should bring back that weird goth chick that sucker punched Ryan last year… at least that was entertaining!

    Tonight, I liked Brent, Leneshe and Matt.

    Does anyone else think Matt resembles Justin Timberlake? Maybe it’s the boyish smile and curly hair. He seemed familiar at first glance, but I didn’t connect the dots until he sang.. maybe it’s the high pitch to his voice.. not that he’s Von or anything.. just a higher pitch than the norm.

    Maybe he’ll sing Sexyback and prove me wrong.

  • khomphuong

    Just found out that Mj, Jim, Rickey were chatting tonight. It was really interesting chatting. I hope you guys chat every tuesday, and Wednesday, MJ … I hope Rodney Ho will join you guys .

  • seattle_girl

    I’m liking Felicia and Ryan a lot. There were more potentially good ones tonight than any other city I think. Gonna watch Brent and Leneshe – I’m not sure yet on them. And folks like Jackie Pacitti and Adam Lambert will have to really prove themselves to win me over. What’s that racing term when they put weights on the jockeys who weigh less so they don’t have an unfair advantage in the race?? (hmmmm, guess the Kentucky Derby theme got to me) Those folks with so much stage or recording experience have to overcome that handicap to me. I’m a sucker for the unknown with no real prior experience…yeah, I’m looking at you Jason Castro.

  • sillypraguer

    To the idol experts — Has AI ever featured an auditioneer singing an original song getting through before? I can’t remember any, but I didn’t watch the first few seasons … Anyway, I thought it added some suspense to Leneshe’s audition, because usually the “original song” comment is the death knell. She’s really fun. I hope to see more of her!

  • Grammie Kari

    I don’t recall anyone doing that either. I checked out Elliott’s audition number and it was a song by Stevie Wonder. I agree, she did a good job and I was impressed.

    In thinking about the Simon/Kara situation, I wish they would just throw out the scripted parts and let things happen naturally. Simon is not the whole show. There are people who really want to see the contestants sing, not the judges bicker.

  • hardkandy

    Hollywood and the top 36 canà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t come soon enough for me.

    For me too. Auditions usually just bore me, there are only 2-3 stand outs from each episode… and most of the time, those with the most oustanding auditions never quite live up to their potential anyway.

  • anijsch

    What going on with Joanna?

    Has she her own PR team in on this ?

    Joanna Pacitti: American Idol Favorite

  • St.Lucia

    Well, Louisville, I saw some stuff I liked!

    The auditions shows have no officially hit the wall for me. I’m in the “don’t want” phase, and if I wasn’t multitasking I’d feel I’d have wasted and hour of my life I’d never get back!

    Tonight I enjoyed two people who were shown for approximately two seconds. I heard enough of Felicia Barton and Ryan Johnson to be intrigued to want to hear MORE. I liked them more than some of the people who sang forever.

    I didn’t think the guy who sang that was the one who did the dueling pianos, whatever his name was, sounded a THING like Elliott…but I’m biased. :) I didn’t think he had that intriguing of a voice, I found him breathy and lacking control, but what do I know?

    I’m already irked by Joanna. I can’t decided if the first words out of Kara’s mouth being “I know you from A&M records” was what did it, or if it was the fact that I can completely see what she was dropped from A&M records….I didn’t think she could sing. But the fact that it was the first thing that I heard out of the running gate rubbed me entirely wrong.

    Come on Hollywood rounds! I’m excited for the three nights of drama!

  • erinnthered

    The thing that stuck out most to me tonight was how they are presenting Kara. I’m wondering if she’s getting on the producer’s nerves too.

    I was really frustrated when Kara drooled all over Joanna when it seemed like Simon had something relevant to say. Even Simon sees that there is a reason singers like Carly and Joanna haven’t made it. I don’t think she’s a plant so much as an object lesson for performers like her. The desperation for success is more sad than anything else.

    I didn’t like that they didn’t bring up Nashville Star in relation to Brent. That was very planty, IMHO.

  • Scifisam

    Sounds like Ryan, Felicia and Johanna are ones to keep an eye out for? Is Ryan the Christian band guy?

    Yup, that’s him. I’m hoping they show a lot more of him in Hollywood. I was disappointed they showed so little of him, since he is described as a judge fave in Hollywood.

  • laurskaos

    Has AI ever featured an auditioneer singing an original song getting through before?

    Josiah Leming sang his original song “To Run” last year at his audition and got through.

  • cheese

    Hmm, I really liked Leneshe (she totally didn’t need the sob story though) and the 3.5 seconds of Felicia. I was really puzzled when they started comparing Matt to Elliott since Matt was breathy, goaty and nasally all at once to my ears and Elliott is none of those things. Must have been the song. He was sort of cute though. If anyone sounded a little like Elliott, it was Kris.

    I thought that Ryan totally cheesed up “A Change is Gonna Come,” but I guess he has a good voice. He and Adam seem to have the same hairdresser. Maybe he needs to step away from the Sam Cooke.

    I wasn’t that impressed by Joanna, but judging by the way Simon’s face lit up, I’m sure she’ll be in the Top 12 one way or another.

  • Dr. Tracey

    How much did they show of Ryan Johnson? A nano second? I missed him altogether.
    Felicia was my favorite from last night but that’s based on the previous songs i’ve heard, last nights clip was too quick to assess LOL
    I liked Matt the piano man although unlike Simon he didn’t remind me of Elliott at all.
    The judges antics are getting annoying. It was painful watching Brent Keith Smith wait while they all farted about. The disagreements between Simon and Kara are overplayed. I like her and I like the fresh opinion she brings to the panel but geeeeze enough with the sillyness.

  • Dr. Tracey

    “I really liked Leneshe (she totally didnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t need the sob story though)”
    ——————-

    Agree!

    And I forgot to say I didn’t think Joanna was anything great but then evidently neither did her record label. I think the whole ‘already had a recording contract’ thing is so bogus and I won’t be voting for those people just out of principle and that’s all i’ve got to say about that.

  • terps

    “What going on with Joanna?

    Has she her own PR team in on this ?

    Joanna Pacitti: American Idol Favorite”

    :lol_tb:, I don’t think a contestant has ever had a press release after auditioning. For one she was never called a front runner by the judges, it should read SELF pro-claimed frontrunner. I’m hating this girl more and more, she isn’t even in my top 4 of what I’ve seen so far!

  • poporange

    I also watched parts of “lost” too sorry Simon also. The only problem with the plants I don’t mind so much about being signed and dropped but using a sports term being a triple threat is.(stage,tv,recording)
    Which is my problem with Joanna and also major part something seemed off about her. Simon eyes did glow($$$) possible chosen one?My tract record she will make the top two…

    I wish they showed more of Felicia .

    Terps-Is she wearing a bb suite while holding a sign “Vote for me”?

  • janerazor

    What going on with Joanna?

    Has she her own PR team in on this ?

    Joanna Pacitti: American Idol Favorite

    Well, if it’s her own PR team, she should fire them, because that is one horrible PR piece. The writing is complete shyte: “Joanna appears on American Idol and wowed the judges in the trials held in Louisiville, Kentucky. And no wonder because she has a fledgling recording career already with ups and downs. One senses that she has paid her dues and is destined for stardom.” It’s almost like this was written by someone whose first language is not English.

    Josiah Leming sang his original song à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To Runà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  last year at his audition and got through.

    True. Let’s hope that Leneshe isn’t being set up as this year’s Plucky Homeless Songwriter, a la Leming.

  • Rea

    I hate the back-stories. I would prefer it if didn’t know whether or not someone was good when they walked in. Also it’s annoying that mediocre singers go through because of them. (I hope they all suck in Hollywood)

  • Tony

    Simon remembered Elliott after all of these years. He can do no wrong in my eyes now :) lol

    Also, please get rid of Miss New Judge. SOOOO sick of her

  • maracaibo

    I don’t like Miss New Judge either. I think four in the panel is too much. Simon can’t even speak too much and that’s who I want to listen to.

  • itsalleternal

    JoPlanta definitely does seem to be cheating…

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    JoPlanta

    :laugh_tb:

    I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like Miss New Judge either. I think four in the panel is too much.

    She needs to get some kind of identity. We have Simon “Brutally Honest” Cowell, Paula “Big Softy” Abdul, and Randy “Dawg-I’ve-Worked-with-Anybody-Who’s-Anybody-in-the-Industry” Jackson. Right now, she’s Kara “The Mouth” DioGuardi.

    I don’t mind her mouthiness if she’s saying something of importance and that the auditioners can actually use. But, she’s blabbing and still not saying much at all. Therefore, she’s annoying, and for me, her standing up to Simon doesn’t amount to much if she isn’t making a point.

  • Tess

    Unscripted reality show with off the cuff comments and real time dialogue.

    Obviously I’m not talking about AI. Since season 1 these audition shows have been a set-up, they really don’t reflect the reality of the process, and they are the farthest thing from “live” TV. Segments, artists, judges comments, wardrobe, etc. are all carefully set up, if not by the participants but by the staff of the show. I’m kidding myself if I think any of this is real and completely truthful. This show is TV for the masses at its best. It knows how gullible I am and how much I want to be entertained and it does it’s best to satisfy me.

    The competition doesn’t really start until after the final 36 (24) are chosen. Everything else is window dressing and theater. When AI can’t get clearance for a song they either ignore the contestant or they “fit” the person into the script in other ways. (DA performing “Crazy”, or the absence of JC from early rounds).

    For me, these early shows are just “time fillers”. Unless someone visits blog sites 10 seconds of an audition is not enough time to judge a contestants worthiness to move forward. I’m reserving all judgement about anyone until I actually see them perform!

  • calimari

    The only way that guy could have reminded Simon of Elliott was that Elliott had an equally bad hairstyle at his audition.

    As far as the “hey! You were on A&M records!” bit – they all do have a whole fact sheet about the contestant right in front of them. She could have gone with a “it says here you were signed to A&M” or something realistic like that.

    I liked Brent & Leneshe.

  • YankeeFan08

    I’m really sick of all the sob stories that are being focused on this season. I’m sorry that some of these people have had so much hardship, but honestly I vote for the person who I feel is the most talented and whose music I would listen to. After all, this is supposed to be a competition about finding the best singer, not finding the person with the saddest back story. Sorry if I seem heartless, but that’s the way I feel.

  • tinawina

    I finally watched this episode on TiVo. In fact, I went back and watched them all so far, because up until now I had only seen some clips via mj’s links. This semester is kicking my bootie already. I really don’t know how much Idol I will get to see this year. :(

    Anyway, I liked Alexis, Leneshe, and Felicia Barton. Joanna wasn’t bad. Oddly enough, I wasn’t that impressed with any of the guys. They weren’t bad but still somehow I didn’t care. And watching all the episodes all together brought home that there are some interesting singers so far, IMO. I really liked that 16 year old do-gooder girl, Adam Lambert, Lil Rounds, Stevie whatshername and quite a few others. Hollywood week is going to be fun. And I like Kara alot. I think it’s just taking her a minute to figure out how she’s coming across, but once she fully clicks in, she’s going to be great. I am missing the eye candy though. LOL. No cuties for me to ogle yet? American Idol, you are slicking. Go find me a new Brandon Rodgers, stat. okthksbubye.

  • JulieBdcfan67

    I really liked Alexis and Brent.

    In defense of Mark Mudd -I’ve lived in Kentucky and most recently Ohio for many years and we say “Be careful” all the time. So Paula please don’t speak for the entire nation. That was totally uncalled for. Saying “Be careful” is just another way of saying “Take care”. Many people say it when they’re saying goodbye and will be on the road, etc. Of course these judges barely drive themselves so….

  • Rea

    I don’t really like Joanna. For me these people who have tried and tried and haven’t made it usually lack charisma. I’m sure she will do everything “right” in her future performances but i’ll be surprised if I connect with her. I agree that Leneshe had charisma. I think she is my favorite of the ones I’ve seen so far.

  • cookcricket

    JulieBdcfan67, that’s an interesting insight on the Mudd guy. I live in Ohio as well and turned to my husband and said, “I say be careful, but of course that’s usually when someone is going to be driving somewhere.” Then he wondered if it was a Kentucky thing…

    BTW, are you from Dayton?

  • Hoppy

    Josiah Leming sang his original song à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“To Runà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  last year at his audition and got through.

    True. But they also asked him to sing a Snow Patrol song because they were a little unsure after his original song, if I remember right.

    Also, St. Lucia, I agree about the Elliott/Matt comparison. I didn’t hear or see that AT ALL. In fact, vocally speaking, I’d say Danny Gokey is closer to Elliott (and said so the night they aired Danny’s audition!).

    That being said, there is no one quite like Elliott though. :D

  • seattle_girl

    What going on with Joanna?

    Has she her own PR team in on this ?

    Joanna Pacitti: American Idol Favorite

    Ugh – that is really disgusting. She moves wayyyyy to the bottom of my list now. And I agree that the whole “triple threat” thing is kinda the nail in the coffin for me too. If they’ve been on stage, had a cd released AND been in a TV show, etc ~ I’m sorry but you’re done.

    The dueling piano guy was at best another Chris Richardson. He was certainly no Elliot Y.

  • calimari

    I thought the dueling piano guy reminded me more of Chris Richardson than Elliott as well.

  • janerazor

    but these backstories are beginning to wear a little thin.

    Are they ever. You know, for two seasons we’ve been asking for more backstories…and perhaps TPTB listened and so are pouring them on thick right now. However, I think the error being made is assuming that every “backstory” must also somehow be a “sob story.” We just want to know the singers a little; we don’t have to weep for them.

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see if the sob stories translate into votes come semis.

  • YankeeFan08

    Backstory doesn’t necessarily equate to “sob story” which is something TPTB seem to have confused.

  • cookcricket

    Anyway, it will be interesting to see if the sob stories translate into votes come semis.

    Just because someone ends up voting for someone with a “sob story” doesn’t mean it’s because of the sob story. I personally believe two of them could have gotten through with flying colors without the stories. ;)

  • tinawina

    If A’siah can’t ride the dead poppa train to the top 12, no one can. Their voices are going to have to carry them through.

  • Joanna S.

    What going on with Joanna?

    Has she her own PR team in on this ?

    Joanna Pacitti: American Idol Favorite

    LOL! A “favorite to win”? Yeah, in the minds of the producers, maybe! That “profile” has got to be the funniest thing I’ve read all week! Unfortunately it’s also driven the final nail in the coffin for me. I really do not want this girl to make the Top 10. Ugh, and what’s even worse is that she has the same name as me! Ew!!! :tongue2_tb:

  • sma11ie

    RE: Whether sob stories translate to votes, I’ll paste what I put in the headlines thread since it seems to apply to the discussion here.

    From Rushfield’s blog:

    Oddsmakers note, however, that only in one case – that of Fantasia Barrino, has a tearjerker candidate actually won the Idol crown. The 3 – 6 slots is more usually their final destination

    Good! Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s my first year catching more than several minutes of the audition episodesà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬’ has the show always been so heavy on the sob stories? I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t fault the contestants (for the most part), but the producers need to lay off the heavy hand because it is seriously getting OTT.

  • SpenserJ

    Some of the drunkest and most obnoxious crowds Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve ever encountered have been at dueling piano bars. Kudos to anyone who can deal with that

    LOL MJ, this cracked me up, and I think you know why.

  • LadyBeBop

    In defense of Mark Mudd -Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢ve lived in Kentucky and most recently Ohio for many years and we say à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Be carefulà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  all the time. So Paula please donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t speak for the entire nation. That was totally uncalled for. Saying à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Be carefulà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  is just another way of saying à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Take careà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ . Many people say it when theyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢re saying goodbye and will be on the road, etc. Of course these judges barely drive themselves soà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.

    Talking as a Northern Kentuckian (Erlanger), major word to this. And Mark Mudd’s bad luck continues….being lambasted on national television simply for relating a Kentucky pleasantry. Ouch.

    Baby BeBop (well, she’s no baby, she’s 21) has eyes for Ross the Nerd. Which is OK, except Ross the Nerd lives in Crestview Hills…less than 10 minutes away from here. :rolleyes_wp:

  • SpenserJ

    Talking as a Northern Kentuckian (Erlanger), major word to this.

    I was a little surprised that Paula somehow jumped from his comment to “that was a threat”. Huh? And, I think becuase poor Mark sort of has the “crazy eyes”, they made the guy look to be some kind of serial killer. I had a little sympathy for him.

  • hardkandy

    Leneshe is cute. Very likable. And her sob story didn’t appear as pandering to me like most “oh I’ve had such a horrible life, I deserve this one chance America give it to me” sob stories do. Her family seemed to be very honest, refreshing and respectful. I want this girl to make it far.

  • erinnthered

    LOL MJ, this cracked me up, and I think you know why.

    Hee

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Haha @ dueling piano bars!

  • Cec

    You know that gift that an acquaintance of yours got but didn’t want? It sat there and it sat there….. Then s/he took it out of the dusty box in the garage, wiped it off, re-wrapped it up in new wrapping paper, and presented it as new to an unsuspecting receiver…….who didn’t want it either? That’s Pacitti. America: You’ve been re-gifted. Enjoy!

  • SpenserJ

    Tee hee – I knew sooner or later you girls would pick up on that :)

    Actually though, I’m always impressed by those guys’ abilities to know the words to so many songs. (Excluding of course the annoying piano guys who shine a spotlight on an unsuspecting audience member multiple times when she’s simply minding her own business and not asking to be made a spectacle of!).

  • http://myspace.com/saltwatercures pj

    Spense… some girls have all the luck. Not!

  • leome

    I think Joanna was pretty awesome and the best one so far by a very confortable mile. Too bad everything involving her, it could hurt her. But I think she has a great voice, loved the tone, and she’s gorgeous.
    I can actually see the show wanting her to win, maybe that’s why they’re trying not to screw it like it happened with Carly.

    I was bored once again. Not a great episode. Other than Joanna I liked Leneshe, although I can’t stand the sob stories.
    Loved Matt’s song choice. Ryan has been a fan’s favorite pre season, so I was expecting them to show more of him. He sounded good. Didn’t like Felicia that much.
    Still waiting for Jackie…

  • lakies

    I really liked Leneshe, too. Does the heavy handed back story mean she is in the top 12? ;)

    BTW, her song was ” ‘Nati ” which is the locals’ shorthand for Cincinnati. It started out ” ‘Nati, 513 ” . 513 is Cincinnati’s area code. :)

    Hope she makes it through Hollywood audition rounds. Wondering if she was in Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, too.

  • JulieBdcfan67

    cookcricket, sorry I haven’t been back to respond, but yes, I’m from Dayton :)