American Idol Season 9 - Atlanta Auditions

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Atlanta auditions didn’t offer as much talent as Boston. And if it were possible, Mary J. Blige was an even less effective guest judge than Victoria Beckham in Boston. Really, I was expecting so much more from Mary J. Unless her comments were edited out, she barely contributed, and when she did, it was super-tentative. But that’s always the way with guest judges, who typically sit on the panel like lumps.

Speaking of judges, Kara is still a loudmouth who talks over everyone, with many of the segments ending in chaos. I don’t really miss Paula, but that doesn’t mean I’m digging the panel more than I did in the past.

Live Blog and Videos and Pre-Idol Info after the jump:

Miss America contestant, Keia Johnson has that big R&B voice Idol loves. But we’ve heard better (Doolittle, Hudoson, Fantasia). Vanessa Wolfe, the country girl from Tennessee, is a singer with potential, but I get the sense she’ll wilt when forced outside her genre. Mallorie Haley and her country-bluesy voice was the best of night. She’s got potential, as does, policeman, Bryan Walker. Altanta was full of diamonds-in-the-rough. We’ll see if any of them can break through.

It turns out 3 of the 6 Idol winners auditioned during the second night of auditions. But, I’m not seeing a winner here, at least amongst the hopefuls we got the chance to see.

And Oh Em Gee, this year’s over-aged joke contestant, and tonight’s most memorable contestant, 62-year old General Larry Platt–has created the catch phrase of the season “Pants on the Ground.” See ya at the finale, General!

  • Brian Mansfield uncovers the General’s history as a civil rights leader in Atlanta. Check it out HERE.   Secret video taken by a fellow auditoner in the waiting room HERE.   Note the BFF chicks in the bacground looking all WTF?
  • Holly Hardin, the annoying chick dressed as a guitar was an annoying chick on America’s Got Talent a couple of season’s ago. She was heavy on shtick back then too.   Check her out HERE.   A tubey of Holly performing with the Dry Country Band HERE.
  • Vote for the Worst dug up some dirt on Antonio “Skii Bo Ski” Wheeler. He was tased by police officers after swallowing some crack cocaine in 2006 for cocaine. Check it out HERE.
  • Pre-Idol – Jermaine Sellers (Dude who helps his sick mom) singing “Keep Your Head to the Sky” HERE. More from Idol Chatter HERE.
  • Pre-Idol – Soul singer, Keia Johnson (Miss Congeniality) covers Erykah Baduh’s “On and On” HERE.   Kirsten’s Season 9 preview of Keia HERE.
  • A list of all the Atlanta golden-ticket holders from Idol 360 HERE.

If you missed it, check out the Boston recap and videos HERE.   Idol 360′s list of Boston golden ticket holder’s HERE.

Idol has visited Atlanta 5 times.   And it’s Ryan’s hometown!   That photo of a chubby bespectacled Ryan never fails to make my jaw drop.

10,000 in Atlanta…

Guest judge Mary J. Blige couldn’t be more excited!

Dewone Robinson –   “Self-penned” –   His great uncle “invented” Gladys Knight and the Pips and another relative played in the Motown band. Based on that, you’d expect greatness right?   You’d be wrong! But, when he announced he’d be singing a song he wrote, I had a feeling he’d suck.   And his singing is an octave defying horror!   “Did you write that as a duet.” (He did) “..it’s one of the worst original songs I ever heard,” said Simon.   Dewone wants to keep singing, but finally, the judges call security to escort him out. - VIDEO

Keia Johnson – 26 – Memphis, TN – “My Heart Goes On” – She has a huge voice. Mary J. is smiling! The ebulliant Keia won Miss Congeniality in a beauty pageant. Simon teases her for winning the consolation prize, but Keia says she didn’t mind. Kara says her personality really comes across in her singing. Mary and Randy loved her phrasing. Simon likes her but he isn’t convinced, but he says yes anyway. Keia is on her way to Hollywood. – VIDEO

Miriam Lemnouni – 25 – Atlanta, GA, Noel Reese – 16 – Sophia, NC, Tisha Holland – 18 – Riverdale, GA – 3 Awesome singers are going to Hollywood. I wish we saw more. – VIDEO

Jermaine Sellers – 26 – Jolliet IL – Backstory ahead! His mom has spina bifida, and he’s been taking care of her since he was 17. Dude’s got a big gospel voice (he’s a church singer) but Holy Freaking Oversinging! Yikes. Out of control, dude. Way too many runs. The judges are slobbering all over him. “This is the real deal right here,” said Randy. “It was anointed,” says Mary J. 4 yeses and his on his way to Hollywood. – VIDEO

Kristy Marie Agronow – 25 – Atlanta, GA – “Love is a Battlefield” by Pat Benatar – She’s a TV personality! OMG! She’s so annoying! She over! dramatizes! every! single! syllable! Kill me now “It was a terrible version of that song,” says Simon. The show she hosts is called the 411. “You need to call 911″ says Simon. – VIDEO

Vanessa Wolfe – 19 – Venora, TN – Now for some stereotypical southerners! Vanessa likes jumpin’ bridges! She and her ma never git out! She dudn’t really have very much… Except she can sing. A very Dolly Parton-like vibe. Old school country. Boy, she’s perfect for Idol…plucked right out of the hollow. She’s a diamond in the rough. “You were a lot better than I thought you would be,” says Kara. Huh? Simon says she likes her. She’s ill prepared, he says, but authentic. She must have sung a pop song too, “we like the country girl…keep singing country,” they said. So green, she’ll probably crash and burn in Hollywood – VIDEO

Day One in Atlanta ends

Jesse Hamilton – 26 – Anniston, AL – “If Tomorrow Never Comes” by Garth Brookes – He almost died 3 times, and describes each bizarre incident. OMG this is really stereotypical. They’re mocking the dumb southern hick. Jesse thinks his brush with death means he’s meant for something special, so he auditions despite never having sung in public. Yeah, he’s terrible. But in a really boring way. Mary J. the newbie, is cracking up so hard, she can barely hold it together. “I didn’t recognize that,” says Simon, “go back to welding.” – VIDEO

Holly Hardin – 20 – Rockmart, GA – “You ain’t woman enough to take my man” – Stupid costume alert! She’s a human guitar, and boy she sure looks stupid. Simon groans. Her singing is ok, but the outfit ensures she isn’t going anywhere. Simon said she looks like an insect. But she’s fun! Kara calls her a ballsy girl. She likes her. Mary J. doesn’t get it. Randy and Kara says yes. Mary J says no. And Simon says yes! Ok, I take it back. Costumes almost never work. – VIDEO.

Mallorie Haley – 20 – Winner, SD – “Piece of My Heart” by Janis Joplin – Mallory’s got a rock tinged country voice. She’s good. Mary J. loved it. Kara likes her confidence. Simon calls her fearless, with great fun and great energy. “I like you,” he says. 4 yeses and she’s on to Hollywood. – VIDEO

Hollywood montage to Kris Allen’s “Before We Come Undone”.

Antonio “Skii Bo Ski” Wheeler – 22 – Orlando, FL – Ok, with such a stupid name, and some ridiculous shtick, (dumb outfit, stupid rhymes) I expected him to totally suck. But he can sing. Simon hates him. Kara thinks he has a good voice. Mary J. thinks he can sing, but he’s got to change his image. Yeah. “I would lose all the other nonsense,” says Randy. Simon is unable to get over his lame shtick and says no. – VIDEO

Lauren Sanders – 18 – Baxley, Ga and Carmen Turner -19 – Baxley Ga – Oh, the Idol loves the silly female best friends. I’m shocked they didn’t film them in bikinis, or having a pillow fight. Carmen and Lauren are extra ditzy “Annoying, annoying, annoying,” says Simon. Once they settle down enough to sing, it turns out Carmen can sing, and Lauren not so much. Simon thinks they should be put through as a pair–he finds them to be good TV as a team. The others aren’t as concerned with the TV drama, and only put through Carmen. Lots of tears and hugs. Whatevs. As Simon says, Carmen will be reunited with her BFF soon enough. – VIDEO

Soo…Simon decides to skip a couple of auditions? Simon, really, it’s not much longer.

Bryan Walker – 25- Sevierville, TN – “Superstar” by Leon Russell – Dude, a police officer, looks like a beady-eyed alien, but he’s a good singer. Kara is absolutely shocked by the huge revelation that….homely people can sing! OMG. Who woulda thunk it. Randy is too, and loves it! Calls it the “fake out.” *eyes roll* This guy could go far. With a makeover, he might not be half-bad looking either. Idol loves that sh*t. – VIDEO

Lamar Royal – 20 – Goldsboro, NC – “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal – Dude looooves him some Mary J. Blige. He’s a terrible singer, but the dude isn’t listening to the judges. They keep telling him he’s not ready. He keeps singing. Then he goes all psycho bitch and begins swearing at the judges. He’s still singing as the security guards escort him out. And still singing–psych screaming is more like it-out on the sidewalk. Bizarre! I don’t think he’s faking it. Skeery. – VIDEO

General Larry Platt – 62 – Atlanta, GA – “Pants on the Ground” – This year’s over-aged joke contestant! There’s always got to be one. I halfway expected him to drop his drawers “I have a horrible feeling that song could be a hit” says Simon. “Pants on the Ground” is trending on twitter! Whoopie. I hope the General enjoys the 15 minutes of fame that’s coming… – VIDEO

 
  • koshka

    Thanks for adding the guest judges to description! No need to watch tonight, but I’ll be back to review your comments on the contestants moving through.

  • cakeygirl

    yay!!! FYE was just played 1 minute before idol started!! it showcased all of FOX’s Spring’s Shows!!

  • Lisa

    First year I have not researched the talent beforehand. My bad.

    Last night was pretty much eh for me. Hopefully tonight will bring someone to blow my socks off.

    Shamone, blow me away. Please (lol)

  • terps

    It’s funny you call her skeletor because when my sister saw her she said “go get her a cookie”

  • Eileen99

    Apparently BWCU will be played during the show tonight while they show people advancing to Hollywood.

  • terps

    Over Over Over lol

  • anovich

    yay for Kris’s Ford commercial being on again tonight already!!!

  • rayni

    Ford commercial! Love Kris’ speaking voice.

  • soccerboi

    I really hate the audition rounds…really.

  • anovich

    you can see Carrie in the background from some angles

  • iluvai

    Poor Victoria. She looks terrible. Katie was my favorite last night. I went to her youtube channel and listened to her Kat McPhee version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. It was nice!

    I’m glad MJB is a guest judge tonight.

  • gangreen29

    I love titanic girl, she is so pretty and bubbly and I liked her singing.

  • LeHommeAdam
  • rayni

    Mary J.! Tell Simon sumpin! Come on! And boo Simon for the Miss Congeniality crap.

  • anovich

    Pieces by Allison Iraheta in the background – score!!!

  • soccerboi

    OMG…they played one of Allison’s songs as the backdrop! Nice

  • rayni

    YAY Allison!

  • luval

    titanic girl just on was awful. hate to use the word but she was pitchy.
    Nothing new yet or last night.

  • Jx223

    I like Jermaine and his audition song.

  • rayni

    Jermaine. Like him. Muchly.

  • gangreen29

    Jermaine is great. I have been excited about him since spoilers came out. He is a breath of fresh air for this contest.

  • anovich

    and now we get some BEP – talk about some diversity in the background music

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

    Wow.

    Jermaine.

    Awesome. He’s not the type of contestant I normally like on Idol, but that was seriously one of my favorite auditions ever.

  • soccerboi

    Jermaine nice kid for sure. Voice is not original enough though..

  • rayni

    Jermaine gave me visions of an r&b Chris Brown kinda winner. Even if they want a girl.

  • terps

    Love Jermaina and like Kara I love that song

  • iluvai

    Totally liked Jermaine! :)

  • Jx223

    Jermaine gave me visions of an r&b Chris Brown kinda winner.

    The show has never had a winner like that. It will be interesting to see how far Jermaine goes in this competition, because they’re usually aren’t a lot of contemporary R&B male singers on Idol. But I do think that a contemporary R&B male winner could sell well.

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    I liked Jermain. I love that song and I think he put an interesting spin on it. He had a nice tone, too.

  • terps

    I hope she does well

  • anovich

    Vanessa won’t win – they already have their Country girl in Carrie and she’s raking in the dough for them.

  • Jx223

    Vanessa is not one of the best voices, I have heard but she stands out from most of the girls I have heard so far this season.

  • rayni

    Dang Tennessee girl made me cry with Carrie singing in the background. Dang. And Simon was so sweet to her – what was that?

  • gangreen29

    Simon was right, she was off a lot, but when she was on she was great. She may not win American Idol, but even an hour with the AI vocal judges will do her a world of good.

  • cakeygirl

    was that vanessa on drugs?? girl had a bad case of meth mouth lol!!

  • iluvai

    Vanessa was cute. I’m worried about her going to Hollywood. I hope someone kind steps up to help her.

  • soccerboi

    OMG that poor country girl is going to be eaten up and spit out in Hollywood.
    I feel sorry for her now cause there is no way she is getting very far. Well at least she gets to get out of Tennessee for a week.

  • gangreen29

    sorry can’t edit, I obviously meant the vocal coaches, not judges lol.

  • blmetsfan

    I liked the country girl, but man, she’s gonna get eaten up alive in a competition like this.

  • rayni

    lol gangreen – I knew exactly what you meant.

  • dhunken

    I absolutely loved Vanessa. This is part of what American Idol was originally about. Finding someone who would never have the chance and giving them one. She is not as polished as the others and she is going to need a ton of confidence and a music catalog but I loved her the most so far because she was genuine and real and likable and sweet and someone you just want to route for.

  • luval

    cakeygirl….I agree…I feel kinda sorry for her. She needs a makeover. LOL meth mouth..I was thinking of gingivitis. Not nice to say. It’s a very serious problem many people have. I take it back.

  • bigjr6633

    I really do like Jermaine and that song he sung and MJ that’s how they normally sing in church. Also I think Vanessa could do well with a little bit of coaching.

  • gangreen29

    wow this is mean…

  • anovich

    OMG that poor country girl is going to be eaten up and spit out in Hollywood.

    Her biggest chance is to try and work the Kellie Pickler angle (I think it was her) of country girl in the big city

  • iluvai

    I absolutely loved Vanessa. This is part of what American Idol was originally about. Finding someone who would never have the chance and giving them one. She is not as polished as the others and she is going to need a ton of confidence and a music catalog but I loved her the most so far because she was genuine and real and likable and sweet and someone you just want to route for.

    Yep!

  • soccerboi

    Um wow…AI is doing nothing to squash the stereotypes of southern people with the last two contestants. WOW…

  • rayni

    Well damn. Jesse Hamilton is from my hometown. Damn. Wouldn’t you know.

  • anovich

    can someone fix his teeth – it’s a real turn-off

  • luval

    This is a huge reason why I don’t like the auditions. These country folk are real people who really are sincere and think they sing good. It’s people like me who mock them. I’m as bad as the judges and won’t do it again.

  • blmetsfan

    Mary J isn’t offering anything. Bring back the Spice Girl!

  • JudyL

    I cannot believe how mean Mary J. is. I give Kara credit for showing some sensitivity.

  • HermeticallySealed

    You know, I’ve always found the audition shows irritating and mean spirited, but it seems like they have really amped up the attempts to make fun of the bad singers. I mean seriously, badly acted out re-enactments? Sound effects and the shaky camera bit when the elevator came down? Talk about crass.

  • googletot

    Vanessa is from a poor background and most likely doesn’t have money to or even know how to have nice teeth. At least she’s genuine and not put on at all – geeze!

  • cakeygirl

    well trust me where im from, that is meth mouth (and her eyes), i know it when i see it! lol…she was okay i guess…not going past hollywood at all though

  • rayni

    Hey! I just had a Bo Bice commercial on my affiliate! Woot Bo!

  • LadyBeBop

    I actually liked Jesse. Granted he was extremely off-key. But team him up with a vocal coach, and I think he’d be decent. I liked his tone.

  • anovich

    Vanessa is from a poor background and most likely doesn’t have money to or even know how to have nice teeth. At least she’s genuine and not put on at all – geeze!

    I wasn’t referencing Vanessa, I was talking about Jesse.

  • CathyMK

    Has Mary J Blige said anything useful yet? At least Posh took on the role of nice judge.

    Random S7 & 8 contestant shots! Yay! They do remember previous years.

  • Jx223

    Holly reminds me of Kellie Pickler.

  • Truthiness

    So they showed Kris’s commerical again? Shweet! (and hopefull cha-ching!)

    The rest, even the seasons I did watch, I hate the making fun of them aspect of the show. Not my bag.

  • luval

    Mary J Blige is worthless. Can’t wait for the next judge.

  • terps

    wow alot of country girls so far

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    I like the Mallory girl. I had gone to the kitchen for something and came back to see who was singing. She has a nice voice. Kind of reminds me a little of Miranda Lambert.

  • gangreen29

    Her voice reminded me a lot of Carrie. A lot. Of course, not as good.

  • HermeticallySealed

    I think people who dress up in ridiculous costumes should be automatically shut out. 8 years of previous shows should have clued them in by now that the judges find it inappropriate. Frankly, I just find it unprofessional and entirely disrespectful.

  • anovich

    yay for BWCU!!!!

  • soccerboi

    Yay..now a Kris song!

  • CathyMK

    Loved Holly. She reminded me of David Cook showing up with a red mohawk, then hearing that voice come from him.

    I officially hate Mary J Blige.

    Before We Come Undone is playing!!

  • rayni

    YAY Kris!!! Awesomeness.

  • blmetsfan

    Loved Holly. Her speaking voice sounded just like Pickler!

  • Banished

    Woo Hoo. Love BWCU!!!!!

  • cookcricket

    Mary J. Blige cracks me up. She doesn’t pull any punches, lol, and I almost think Simon may be a little intimidated by her…

  • cookcricket

    Woo Hoo. Love BWCU!!!!!

    Lovin’ the Kris love tonight!!! :D

  • sunnysider

    Yay for playing Before We Come Undone! (Makes up for missing a great opportunity to play Let it Rain during the Boston auditions last night).

    Mary J Blige has added nothing. Just goes to show that having musical talent doesn’t equal being a good judge.

  • CathyMK

    I think people who dress up in ridiculous costumes should be automatically shut out. 8 years of previous shows should have clued them in by now that the judges find it inappropriate.

    Maybe the judges do, but clearly the producers don’t, since we see lots of them put through to the judges every year, and then making it through editing to end up onscreen. I don’t mind it, as long as they have the voice to back it up. They’ve got to stand out somehow.

  • luval

    LOL How many times has the Dollar Store been mentioned? This guy in the red suit isn’t that bad. Just cut it out with the schtick.

  • Truthiness

    Kris stuff twice? Excellent. Love how the show is promoting him.

  • soccerboi

    Are you serious? They put that idiot through? Ugggh..horrible, just horrible.
    Antonio is a joke…ugggh

  • rayni

    OK – LOTS of blue eye shadow on the BFFs. Ya’ll are getting a pretty clear picture of the dirty south here :/

  • gangreen29

    The friends both sucked, Carmen will be one of the first out.

  • Valentin432

    This is one of the most bizarre audition episodes ever.

  • soccerboi

    The South is totally representing…lmao.

  • luval

    How many more weeks of auditions? I am premature here but if this is what we are going to see in Season 9, the executives shouldn’t be raising their champagne glasses so quickly thinking that the ratings will be the same as last year. Same ole same ole. But LOL about the dirty south comments! As I said, hope I’m speaking too soon.

  • mmb

    Bwcu prominently played throughout show: ford commercial again;photo prominently displayed during everyb audition. Can we finally dispense with the notion that TPTB/19 do not support/promote Kris? This is terrific promotion before a huuuuuggggeee audience

  • soccerboi

    “People tell you that you are a good singer?”

    “No No not really but I dont let that discourage me”

    LMAO

  • sunnysider

    I think Carmen is the worst contestant they’ve put through so far. Guess they couldn’t resist the drama of breaking up the ditzy bffs.

  • luval

    Singing cop was ok…won’t make it that far I don’t think. This guy on right now is 20 yrs old? Looks 40. What a jerk.

  • rayni

    Oh oh – Lamar fikkin to cuss somebody.

  • luval

    Oops, hate it when I use a double negative…I don’t think the singing cop will make it that far. Wish the edit was on.

  • cookcricket

    Vanessa is from a poor background and most likely doesn’t have money to or even know how to have nice teeth. At least she’s genuine and not put on at all – geeze!

    Awww, this girl made me cry. :) I think she has sooo much potential!!

  • houstonrufus23

    Have mercy.

  • girlygirl

    I haven’t seen one person tonight who I think will make the final 24.

    Loved that they played Allison and Kris songs. Hope this means they will use some of Adam’s stuff during one of the other audition shows.

    They have advertised AI9 as best talent ever right? Yeah, um…NO. Not so far, anyway.

  • blmetsfan

    One of the country girls will probably make the T24.

  • LadyBeBop

    I think the singing cop may get the Sarver edit this year. And I won’t mind. I think he’s a better singer than Sarver. And he’s easy on the eyes too.

  • soccerboi

    Isn’t there an age limit? Why are they wasting our time with a 62 y/o contestant.

  • LadyBeBop

    re: “Pants on the Ground.” Ladies and Gentlemen, we have our “I Am Your Brother” of 2010.

  • luval

    girlygirl…Agree with you.

    Why is it that I don’t hear any of the Allison and Kris songs? Have not seen one Kris commericial either (saw it last night). Only local commericals in my area.

    This show is rediculous tonight. Pants on the ground guy is NOT funny. Don’t even know if I’ll watch again (I probably will). I wasted my time tonight.

    And good riddance Mary J. Blige

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    The old man at the end was funny. I actually like his song. XD

  • girlygirl

    What does it say when the 62 year old Pants on the Ground dude was the most entertaining signer of that whole show?

  • iluvai

    “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground.” lol What an irritating little ear worm!!!

  • CathyMK

    Isn’t there an age limit? Why are they wasting our time with a 62 y/o contestant.

    Did you hear Simon gush over him? He’s an ad for the XFactor, where his age wouldn’t have kept him out.

  • tierbee

    LOL, my kids are now marching around singing “Pants On the Ground…” God help me. Oh, cripes, there goes the hubby…

  • houstonrufus23

    pants on the ground! pants on the ground! Love it!

  • anovich

    I think the singing cop may get the Sarver edit this year. And I won’t mind. I think he’s a better singer than Sarver. And he’s easy on the eyes too.

    Completely agree with this. And he could easily go higher then ou at #10 just because he has a better voice then Sarver. I liked him and Jermaine the best tonight. Vanessa was real and if she plays her cards right could do well since they’ll probably want a country grl to get into at least Top 10 since the last country girl was Kellie Pickler.

  • luval

    tiebee….am howling to myself picturing your family singing this piece of crap in your house!!!!

  • Tony

    LOOKIN LIKE A FOO WIT’CHA PANTS ON THE GROUND!

  • blmetsfan

    Pants On the Ground is trending on twitter.

  • JudyL

    Oh Tier, your post seriously cracked me up…….hat turned around LMAO.

  • jpfan

    Well, it wasn’t as good as Boston but I’m enjoying the auditions alot more without Paula.

    And Idol is def helping Kris. LLWD is not #16 on iTunes. I bet if they actually played some of it the song would go top 10.

  • Truthiness

    I’ve read about Pants On The Ground being a serious earworm on 4 different sites, I need to get this in my life nao. I too want to be infected.

    And of course it’s trending on Twitter. Mama Allen even commented on it, apparently.

  • jpfan

    Is NOW #16. I need the edit bad.

  • Miss Chaos

    Not one good perspective person tonite. I wish I could get the last hour and half of my life back. How could there be so many people there and not one good one. Maybe they put thru some that were at least partially good that we didnt see. Not one black hair or nail polish, altho Kara had on black nail polish LOL. Mary Bligh worthless. Laughing at the poor hick guy was awful, I felt like crying for him. Dont these people that try out even watch the show, every year most of them are clueless. The guy the bouncers took out was SKEERRY. He said he was going to listen to what they said then JUsT WOW!!!!
    I am also surprised when the guys say they are 24 or 25 they look so much older that that. The girls not so much.

  • paradox19

    I don’t know if any noticed but when Keia Johnson got her golden ticket, Allison Iraheta‘s Pieces was played!!!!!

  • cookcricket

    I know several didn’t like Mary J., but I did. I thought she was very straight forward and knew exactly what she did and didn’t like. She didn’t pull any punches. I’d say she could almost, almost replace Simon. ;)

  • cookcricket

    I don’t know if any noticed but when Keia Johnson got her golden ticket, Allison Iraheta’s Pieces was played!!!!!

    Oh, that’s wonderful!!! :)

  • Eileen99

    KATA is up to #59. If Kris actually made an appearance and sang LLWD, I think the internet might break, judging by how iTunes is moving just by showing his picture on the backdrop & playing part of BWCU.

  • Truthiness

    I knew Kris would get a boost from all the AI love tonight, 16 is GREAT! new high. I’m excited. And he should get some love when it’s show on the Left Coast too. So it could sustain…maybe even go higher. That would be cool.

  • gangreen29

    I really liked tonight. Jermaine is great, def a top ten talent. Holly, Keia, and Mallory I could see in the top 24 depending on how they do in Hollywood. I thought Vanessa and Bryan Walker’s auditions were entertaining, and those are the types of stories I like highlighted in the auditions. Also, Pants On the Ground may be one of the best things to come from auditions in years.

  • wordnerdarchie
  • OnePlusSix

    Auditions sure have to get better than this, if they expect us to invest our time this year. So far, nothing extra!

  • anovich

    I don’t know if any noticed but when Keia Johnson got her golden ticket, Allison Iraheta’s Pieces was played!!!!!

    We posted this information in the comments as soon as it happened – I was so excited….

  • cookcricket

    Pants On the Ground is trending on twitter.

    I love it!!! LOL! Um, I think I now have three posts in a row. Sorry.

  • Truthiness

    judging by how iTunes is moving just by showing his picture on the backdrop & playing part of BWCU.

    Didn’t they show the commerical again, as well? So some direct stuff as well, as I understand it.

  • will

    Atlanta was a hot mess! Weren’t they building it up as a hotbed of talent this year? Where was it, all on the cutting room floor?

  • gangreen29

    Pants On the Ground is on youtube right now for those who didn’t see it live……

  • jpfan

    Other than the country girl, I can barely remember anyone. I didn’t think anyone was really great. That cop was nothing special without the back story. But still I enjoyed the show. I hope they’re not showing the really talented folk. Sometimes they do that.

  • anovich

    Pants on the Ground is the new She Bangs. Truthfully, I loved that they had the guy on there and thought he was hilarious.

  • girlygirl

    Pants on the Ground is the #1 twitter trend right now!

  • Eileen99

    Did they show the Ford commercial again? Yay, I can hardly wait to see it on the west coast!

  • gangreen29

    Pants on the Ground has 4,000 fans on facebook right now. I just watched it ten times. I’m over it now though..

  • gingerly

    CathyMK
    01/13/2010 at 9:34 pm

    Isn’t there an age limit? Why are they wasting our time with a 62 y/o contestant.

    Because they need a joke contestant for the finale.

  • will

    Lamar – “Kiss From a Rose” – Dude looooves him some Mary J. Blige.

    Yes, until she gave him the thumbs down, then he was cursing at her and saying what does she know, she can’t sing.

    (Not only has the edit function disappeared, but all the other buttons have vanished. I had to do the blockquote code myself!)

  • luval

    gingerly…you are correct. ugh

  • girlygirl

    And LLWD continues to move up the iTunes chart — is at #16 now

  • luval

    Why is it that I don’t like LLWD? I’ve tried and tried, but hate it. I must be the only one.

  • anovich

    Did they show the Ford commercial again? Yay, I can hardly wait to see it on the west coast!

    First commercial of the first commercial break. Lot’s of Kris love tonight. Some Allison love too. And I actually saw Carrie on the background poster in a lot of shots too.

  • JudyL

    I have to give American Idol credit…….they saved a truly boring audition show by ending it with a 62 year old singing Pants On The Ground. The youtube is going to get a bazillion hits.

  • iluvai

    Does anyone else think that Simon is being a lot nicer so far? He smiled a lot and even laughed.

  • anovich

    Pants on the Ground is going to go viral on YouTube. Twitter is almost exploding with it.

  • will

    Why is it that I don’t like POTG (“Pants on the Ground”)? I’ve tried and tried but I hate it. I must be the only one.

  • Truthiness

    Why is it that I don’t like LLWD? I’ve tried and tried, but hate it. I must be the only one.

    I hate the song now, and yes, I tried and tried to like it. I gave up and in to my being annoyed/not liking it. Still stoked when it does well though, so gooo to Kris for AI boost to 16! and could get more love later. Yay!

    I’m so happpy for the song…as long as I don’t have to listen to it.

  • maturin

    Man, what a weird contrast. That was either the worse audition batch they’ve ever had, or edited to be so.

    Precisely one good full audition, Mallory Haley.

    A bunch of OK voices and schtick: Bridge-jumping girl, guitar-costume girl, Ski-Pole-ski. Even the plain-faced policeman is right out of the stack of past good-hearted soldiers, ranchers, oil riggers, etc on the show, on there to be a type and last a few corny songs at best.

    And the crazies they recruited, including at least one full blown psychotic, and the poor dim witted welder who was brought in to laugh at.

    I ain’t against a fair laugh: guitar girl, BFF girls and the wonderful Pants on the Floor were good fun. But that poor Jesse was just slow–what was the point of that?

    I wonder if this will be like last year where half these people will be selected in Hollywood, or S7 and S5 where they’ll actually try for a competitive top 12.

    Meanwhile, it was good to hear Kris’ song in there!

    And I may have pointed at the television when Cook was on for those secs.

  • zzatrms

    It must be me, but I didn’t hear anyone I liked either night. If they call this talent, I can see I won’t be watching much of Idol this year.

  • Tony

    I really liked Holly (The Guitar Girl) and the “Miss Congeniality” girl.

  • lakhesis

    anovich
    01/13/2010 at 9:55 pm

    Pants on the Ground is going to go viral on YouTube. Twitter is almost exploding with it.

    LMAO because people w/ their “pants on the ground” are irritating.
    What is the point of wearing your jeans right under your butt??

  • will

    POTG is the #1 trending topic.

  • terps

    Mary J was horrible… very disapointed

  • luval

    Thanks truthiness…I feel much better.

    Good wrap-up, maturin.

    Now how much longer do I have to hear that POTG? awful

  • iluvai

    I really liked Holly (The Guitar Girl) and the “Miss Congeniality” girl.

    They were both pretty good.

  • luval

    I have to admit the words to POTG are true, but the ones that wear their pants like this probably don’t watch American Idol.

  • cookcricket

    Does anyone else think that Simon is being a lot nicer so far? He smiled a lot and even laughed.

    To me he’s always been nicer on auditions. At least the ones I’ve watched. I guess that was only last yr. lol.

  • sunnysider

    I think Mallory was the best tonight.

    That said, the auditions don’t tell you the whole story. At this point last year, they hadn’t even shown Kris (or Allison, IIRC). Considering Kris’ success, I wonder if they’d even hold back on showing a good audition or two so they could do the whole, “You’re a darkhorse! You came out of nowhere!” edit later on.

  • iluvai

    To me he’s always been nicer on auditions. At least the ones I’ve watched. I guess that was only last yr. lol.

    That’s a good point. He certainly gets nasty with the actual contestants.

  • SexyEvey

    I think Kara comes across as a bitch this year. Shes not even likeable anymore.

  • shell29

    LOL…I guess POTG is the new “I am your brother”. This guy will be back for the finale.

  • cookcricket

    LMAO because people w/ their “pants on the ground” are irritating.
    What is the point of wearing your jeans right under your butt??

    And how many times have I wanted to roll down the window of my car when I see someone like this one the sidewalk and say something that would actually make them think?

    I need this on my radio now so I can blast it next time!! LOL, not really. But, I would be tempted. Ha!

  • will

    WTF was up with Simon walking out of the auditions with a “migraine”? He also walked out in a huff for a “break” last night before they were done. Sorry Simon, for $35 million you can sit your ass down and suffer like the rest of the judges.

    I’ve also noticed that the only thing he can come up with to say to the good singers is “I like you.”

    Good riddance.

  • DLee

    Oooo, I grew up near Joliet, Il….it only has one L.

  • iluvai

    I think Kara comes across as a bitch this year. Shes not even likeable anymore.

    I wish she would stop calling people “sweetie” and “honey” because it seems inappropriate at times.

  • tierbee

    (Pants on the ground… pants on the ground…)

    If my kids sing that in their sleep I’m gonna laugh my ass off. Good grief, it made Twitter explode. I don’t know why but I love it. Maybe I’m easily amused ;)

  • tierbee

    And I didn’t get to watch much tonight (darn Cub Scouts!) but Mary J looks so fabulous… I swear she looks better now than she did 10 years ago.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    I almost know for a fact that “Pants on the ground” will be performed at the finale LMAO. I want that for my ring tone. BEST SONG EVER. He beats William Hung. FTW

    hahahaa

  • frogcooke

    RT @CarlySmithson: @TheRealJordin U wanna duet Pants on the ground ?

    lololol

  • movin2thabeet

    I liked Mallory but besides that there was the usual horrible to passable singers, the overblown stories and the repugnant audition tradition of making fun of folks. I think Pants on the Ground is taking off in the web sphere because people just sat through 90 mins. of very mediocre TV and needed a release. General Larry Platt is happy to oblige with his POTG. I totally see why they allowed a 62 yo to do his thang to close the show. The show needed something. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that song ends up being the hot new dance craze and song.

    ETA: Yes, Simon does seem to be nicer. Maybe he’s feeling freer to step out of the persona he’s been playing on AI and be closer to his true self. Should be an interesting season. I do hope that the talent picks up though. It really needs too. I do think they’re holding some cards very close to their chests, as usual, and not introducing us to some possibly terrific singers, just for the surprise factor.

  • houstonrufus23

    You don’t mess with a General!! POTG FTW!!

  • Sassycatz

    I’m pretty sure the General wasn’t talking about this, because he’s no fool.

    http://twitpic.com/xzz47

    That being said, I totally loved that song, “looking like a fool with pants on the ground, gold teeth, and hat to the side….”

    Now, can we get the General to write a song about people who talk loudly in public on their cell phones about meaningless, unimportant $hit?

  • Mary102

    Idol has visited Atlanta 5 times.

    LOL – that wouldn’t have anything to do with the Coca Cola HQ, I’m sure (rolls eyes).

    My thoughts:

    * Jermaine and Mallory were pretty good – definitely have potential
    * Holly was another Kelly Pickler – WAY too similar to her in voice, mannerisms, looks.
    * Skii bo Ski was like this year’s Norman Gentle – not a bad voice, but way too gimmicky and silly/stupid. Question for Hollywood Week will be – do we get the gimmick, or the real deal?
    * Police Officer – great voice, but looks may hurt him. Very reminiscent of Phil Stacey, in terms of looks, voice, backstory.

    And POTG is a HOT ONE!!! I’m calling it – General FTW!

  • HeidiL

    My teenage son LOVED Mallorie! He asked me to rewind her twice.

  • hypnoticwhisper

    I still cant stop laughing over POTG. The best Rap song ever… and i typically don’t like rap. The General can teach those rappers a thing or two.

  • cookcricket

    Soo…Simon decides to skip a couple of auditions? Simon, really, it’s not much longer.

    Because he’s overwhelmed with Mary J. and realizes there are peeps out there that can take his place. He is now seriously contemplating X-Factor….

    *ducks*

  • smartcookie

    Re: Skii bo Ski, the question for me was who has to be in a group with him? Nice voice, no relationship with reality. Way worse than the Brittenum twins who tried to torpedo Elliott. I suppose he’s not as bad as Bikini Girl, since he CAN sing. But that kind of crazy doesn’t do well in cooperative efforts.

  • Pam

    RT @CarlySmithson: @TheRealJordin U wanna duet Pants on the ground ?

    TheRealJordin: @CarlySmithson a trio!! We have to do it with Larry!!!! 16 minutes ago from TwitBird iPhone in reply to CarlySmithson

    CarlySmithson: @TheRealJordin Deal !!!!
    5 minutes ago from web

  • Tony

    Holly was another Kelly Pickler – WAY too similar to her in voice, mannerisms, looks.

    I agree that Holly seems like a Pickler clone, but her voice is leagues ahead of Kellie’s, imo; it has a lot more depth and power.

  • http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=227878099299 Diane

    Kris’s album is now #57! Please help us trend #krisallenLLWDgold!

  • hypnoticwhisper

    Did they play one of Allisons songs tonight? I could of sworn i heard it when one of the contestants got a golden ticket…. or maybe i’m hearing things

  • deez

    soccerboi
    01/13/2010 at 8:39 pm
    Um wow…AI is doing nothing to squash the stereotypes of southern people with the last two contestants. WOW…

    No kidding! Why show some these people just to mock them? I’m actually surprised that they never tried to portray Kris as the dumb, hillbilly hick last year

  • Mary102

    I agree that Holly seems like a Pickler clone, but her voice is leagues ahead of Kellie’s, imo; it has a lot more depth and power.

    We’ll see…I take most of these auditions with a grain of salt. Way too little screen time to tell how good they’ll actually be. I’ll admit her voice wasn’t bad.

    Though some of these auditions have me nervous about too many country contestants – not a fan of country at all…

  • soccerboi

    They didnt try it with Kris because he isnt at all dumb or hillbillyish. lol

  • frogcooke

    “Did they play one of Allisons songs tonight? I could of sworn i heard it when one of the contestants got a golden ticket…. or maybe i’m hearing things’

    i think jambajim said they did.. but i dont remember which one.. lol

  • blmetsfan

    I just went to Mallorie’s myspace… she does sound quite a bit like Taylor Swift in a few of her songs (but with more range).

  • JJ123

    I don’t know if it was my mood or what but I really didn’t like anyone tonight. Some were okay but the Boston peeps had much much more going on! I’d rather go rewatch some of those auditions than any from tonight. Oh well…..wonder if there will be any spoilers drizzling in from Hollywood, that would be sweet!

  • Mary102

    Re Simon leaving part of the auditions, I was also thinking WTF, Simon? He probably makes $10,000 a minute on that show – and it’s too much for him?! Uh, can I step in, really…lol

    And I’m also finding Kara to be kind of annoying – she was slightly better tonight, much worse in Boston, but really, she just comes across as not genuine enough – trying too hard rather than just being natural, and too bitchy, but not in a fun/Simon-esque way.

  • KrazeeK120

    I hope they bring General to the finale. I would love to hear POTG again!!!

  • Grammie Kari

    Tonight’s show wasn’t as good as yesterday. I enjoyed the first half hour with Keia Johnson and Jermaine Sellers . Then it went down hill with the clown acts. Any how these two have TOP 24 potential.

    Kara is doing fine by me. I hope she will be the supportive judge as Ellen had declared she won’t be warm and fuzzy. Simon was being a jerk or having a terrible nicotine fit.

  • Ratna12

    Truthiness
    01/13/2010 at 9:01 pm
    Kris stuff twice? Excellent. Love how the show is promoting him.

    OMG, what’s happening with all the Kris love ? on AI ?
    I hope they play another of Kris’ song next week. Just go down the list.
    Wow and I thought that Kris will be ignored by TPTB.

    Just saw the clip of Good Day LA w/ Kris today.
    Kris, LOVE you, but no to that hair.

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ Zsus

    Now, can we get the General to write a song about people who talk loudly in public on their cell phones about meaningless, unimportant $hit?

    Bwahaha!! Sassycatz! I was in Target, today, and this woman in line behind me at the check out was barking into her cell phone to one of her kids about what she should pick up for dinner. Burger King? Or Wendy’s? What??! Taco Bell? They had that last night!! No Taco Bell! It gives her gas!!

    The General is my American Idol. I think Pants On the Ground should be our new national anthem.

  • http://MJO judes

    ” That was either the worse audition batch they’ve ever had,
    or edited to be so.”

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. Each year the producers seem to show a lot of the worst from the auditions & less of the great but the good ones seem to end up there in the Top 100 [ as happened with Kris!!]

  • iluvai

    Kara is doing fine by me. I hope she will be the supportive judge as Ellen had declared she won’t be warm and fuzzy. Simon was being a jerk or having a terrible nicotine fit.

    I think Kara can be very condescending. I also thought Simon was nice tonight. MJB was kinda rude at times, although I like her.

  • iluvai

    Now, can we get the General to write a song about people who talk loudly in public on their cell phones about meaningless, unimportant $hit?

    Bwahaha!! Sassycatz! I was in Target, today, and this woman in line behind me at the check out was barking into her cell phone to one of her kids about what she should pick up for dinner. Burger King? Or Wendy’s? What??! Taco Bell? They had that last night!! No Taco Bell! It gives her gas!!

    The General is my American Idol. I think Pants On the Ground should be our new national anthem.

    That was my belly roll comment of the night! Haha!!!! LOL!!!

  • Tony

    They played 2 of Kris’ songs? Which ones?

  • J.S.G.

    The Vanessa Wolfe audition/back story was priceless.

  • iluvai

    The Vanessa Wolfe audition/back story was priceless.

    How do you mean?

  • Truthiness

    They played 2 of Kris’ songs? Which ones?

    AWM and BWCU.

  • Sassycatz

    They played 2 of Kris’ songs? Which ones?

    I don’t know about the second one, but the other was “Before We Come Undone.” My favorite.

  • CathyMK

    Did they play one of Allisons songs tonight?

    They played Allison’s song Pieces. I think it was when Keia got her golden ticket.

    They played 2 of Kris’ songs? Which ones?

    They played Before We Come Undone during one of the montages, and Alright with Me was in the Ford commercial. I didn’t hear another one during the actual show- maybe I missed it?

    I liked Holly tonight. Despite the guitar costume and high-pitched speaking voice, she had a good voice with a lot of depth and body to it. She and Tyler, from last night, are my favorites so far.

  • iluvai

    MJ– I haven’t been here during auditions before. Is this a typical number of comments??? Just curious. It seems like there are a lot.

  • mzbet

    Take a look at this article about General Larry Platt. He was very active in the Civil Rights movement in Georgia and is still a community activist. There was a “Larry Platt Day” proclaimed in Atlanta in 2001! He’s quite the guy!

    General Larry Platt

  • tierbee

    General Larry is just awesome.

  • J9BT

    No kidding! Why show some these people just to mock them? I’m actually surprised that they never tried to portray Kris as the dumb, hillbilly hick last year

    I think that’s because they didn’t portray him as anything. We barely saw him until Group 2 performed. I don’t remember seeing his audition footage surface until he because a contender.

  • J9BT

    Truthiness
    01/13/2010 at 11:22 pm
    They played 2 of Kris’ songs? Which ones?

    AWM and BWCU.

    Truthiness – AWM was in the Ford Commercial, right? Or did they play it during the auditions too?

  • houstonrufus23

    I saw that article about General Larry. As far as I’m concerned, he can do whatever the damn well he pleases. Don’t mess with a General ya’ll!

  • sleeptalker

    Once again my favorite singer is in a little montage. I’m really pulling for Noel Reese! Also I really liked Vanessa, but I seriously think Hollywood is going to swallow her up, like Simon said.

    But hearing Allison’s “Pieces” was SOOO the highlight. :D

  • J9BT

    I’m pretty sure the General wasn’t talking about this, because he’s no fool.

    http://twitpic.com/xzz47

    LOL! Yep – that’s “No Pants,” not POTG!

  • unique28v

    I really liked tonight. Jermaine is great, def a top ten talent.

    He was fabulous. There are a few R&B type singers this year that have great potential. It seems like they’re going for the same type of girl this year so he might have a chance to go far. We need some diversity this year for sure.

  • Mary102

    OMG, what’s happening with all the Kris love ? on AI ?
    I hope they play another of Kris’ song next week. Just go down the list.
    Wow and I thought that Kris will be ignored by TPTB.

    Kris is definitely getting some primo placement in these eps, and to think we were so concerned about him being Taylorized!

    I think the big difference is the success of LLWD – if that single had bombed, he’d be in trouble now, but with it doing well, getting a lot of radio love and strong sales, I feel TPTB are wanting to showcase him as a reminder to those casual viewers who tend to ignore AI once the finale is over. They want to show that face prominently behind the contestants to say – hey, guys, remember Kris?

  • Mary102

    He was fabulous. There are a few R&B type singers this year that have great potential. It seems like they’re going for the same type of girl this year so he might have a chance to go far. We need some diversity this year for sure.

    I really hope they put someone through like Jesse Langseth from last year – I thought she was really strong and had a lot of potential – someone with a soulful, jazzy sound – kinda Amy Winehouse-esque (but with, say, more stage presence and singing ability than Megan)

  • Mary102

    I’m pretty sure the General wasn’t talking about this, because he’s no fool.

    http://twitpic.com/xzz47

    Whoa! NSFW! Lol (though I’m not at work now, so I guess it’s ok :-))

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    “I think the big difference is the success of LLWD – if that single had bombed, he’d be in trouble now, but with it doing well, getting a lot of radio love and strong sales, I feel TPTB are wanting to showcase him as a reminder to those casual viewers who tend to ignore AI once the finale is over. ”
    =======================================

    ITA-This is Kris’s demographic. I think Kris is getting a big bump with AI and will continue to do so. Kris did win AI, (and supposedly by a landslide) so TPTB must know that Kris is popular with the casual AI viewer.

  • hollygo9

    Kris is certainly getting the Idol love. Nice to see. I hope they have Kris on soon

  • bjames

    I don’t have time to read through the 200 comments to see if it’s already been discussed, but…

    Wasn’t Holly Harden a contestant on America’s Got Talent??

  • J9BT

    cookcricket
    01/13/2010 at 9:40 pm
    I know several didn’t like Mary J., but I did. I thought she was very straight forward and knew exactly what she did and didn’t like. She didn’t pull any punches. I’d say she could almost, almost replace Simon.

    cookcricket – ITA. I was late watching the show and have just gotten on to see comments. I thought Mary J was great. She actually had opinions and expressed them, unlike Posh who seemed to nod and go along with what everyone else said. I’m not sure if she is articulate enough to actually replace Simon, but IMO an almost is accurate.

  • deez

    soccerboi
    01/13/2010 at 10:56 pm
    They didnt try it with Kris because he isnt at all dumb or hillbillyish. lol

    Good point, lol. But he is Southern, and with careful editing they could’ve done it. But this is probably the right answer:

    I think that’s because they didn’t portray him as anything. We barely saw him until Group 2 performed. I don’t remember seeing his audition footage surface until he because a contender.

    They prolly didn’t want to “waste” their time. I wish they had, it would be interesting to go back and look at his life before the show. I like seeing how much the contestants change during the year.

  • iluvai

    cookcricket – ITA. I was late watching the show and have just gotten on to see comments. I thought Mary J was great. She actually had opinions and expressed them, unlike Posh who seemed to nod and go along with what everyone else said. I’m not sure if she is articulate enough to actually replace Simon, but IMO an almost is accurate

    She didnt waver in her opinion which was great. But she also laughed at some really sad folks. Not nice.

  • Truthiness

    Take a look at this article about General Larry Platt. He was very active in the Civil Rights movement in Georgia and is still a community activist. There was a “Larry Platt Day” proclaimed in Atlanta in 2001! He’s quite the guy!

    General Larry Platt

    And he’s right about those damn pants, so rock on General Larry, rock on.

    Truthiness – AWM was in the Ford Commercial, right? Or did they play it during the auditions too?

    During the Ford commerical they re-aired.

  • iluvai

    where is edit??

  • cookcricket

    I think the big difference is the success of LLWD – if that single had bombed, he’d be in trouble now, but with it doing well, getting a lot of radio love and strong sales, I feel TPTB are wanting to showcase him as a reminder to those casual viewers who tend to ignore AI once the finale is over. They want to show that face prominently behind the contestants to say – hey, guys, remember Kris?

    Well said! MTE!!!

  • carolinacharms

    So much more fun than Boston!! Mary J. was also better than the rather spiceless Spice Girl.

  • jammasta

    So far, a pretty decent night. Not as much I like today as yesterday, but still decent.

    Liked:
    Keia
    Jermaine
    The trio of girls
    Holly (I think I get Lady GaGa now, lol)
    Skiiboski
    Mallorie
    The cop (he just came on and I forgot his name, but he’s good!)

    Not getting Vanessa that much, but not NOT getting her. I mean, she’s good and deserved to go to Hollywood, but I don’t think she’ll do well in any genre except country. I feel bad, but I already said “I don’t want her to win.” But I dunno, she does have some advantages. She’s real, and I admire that. Not my cuppa. Then again, neither was Tyler Grady but he’s already one of my favorites this season and I want him to go far. We’ll see.

  • jammasta

    New favorites:

    Tyler Grady, Katie Stevens (?), Jermaine Sellers. So far, none really as grabbing as Kris was for me. Then again, it’s hard to grab me with one performance.

  • cookcricket

    She didnt waver in her opinion which was great. But she also laughed at some really sad folks. Not nice.

    Yes, yes she did. But I’ve been in her shoes where I’ve gotten the ‘giggles’ at an inappropriate time, not really meaning any harm, but just unable to control myself.

    I felt bad for Jesse, but I thought the whole sound effects thing was worse. Poor guy. They could have at least told him he had some potential. However, he had never sung in front of anyone but his mother? Um, how does someone audition for AI only doing that?

  • Mtlfan

    I was only able to catch POTG tonight. Seems I’ve seen the highlight of this ep ;)

    Checked Kris album 15 min ago. The show is really getting him a nice boost on Itunes. Album is #13 on pop and #49 general.. yay!!!

  • Sherena

    Aw, this is exciting! I really like Kara this year, and Randy is being pretty constructive, which is surprising. Awesome! I could live with this judging trio, definitely.

  • iluvai

    Yes, yes she did. But I’ve been in her shoes where I’ve gotten the ‘giggles’ at an inappropriate time, not really meaning any harm, but just unable to control myself.

    That used to happen to my little sister and I when we would change the heads on Barbie and Ken and any other freaky little doll and we would come down for dinner and not be able to stop laughing. It annoyed my mother to no end.

    But these are real people. I think decorum is appropriate.

  • wand3rful

    a face transplant could assist that policeman in his makeover efforts. beautiful voice, but yikes on the visual.

    and MJ, I enjoy dissing Kara as much as the next fan, but now you are just nitpicking for no reason LOL

    example A:

    “You were a lot better than I thought you would be,” says Kara. Huh?

    what didnt you understand? why the hate? ;) you yourself made a similar comment in regards to SkiiSkiBooBoo (whatever his name is)

    Ok, with such a stupid name, and some ridiculous shtick, (dumb outfit, stupid rhymes) I expected him to totally suck. But he can sing

    btw i have noticed they are showing mainly the successful girl auditions. shocking right? randy’s comments and now the editing…..looks like another season full of manipulations up ahead for us all. as a result, im voting for a guy LOL maybe SkiBooboo

    :) okay, im off to watch Modern Family….good nite peeps

  • iluvai

    Blahh… where is edit??? oh well. :)

  • Sherena

    They were harsh to Lamar! It seems that they pick out the more unstable, sensitive ones and then GOAD them with statements like “are you a good listener?” “don’t exalt yourself” in order to make them even MORE unstable for good television. Which is… it makes for good television, but kind of sucks for those people.

    I liked the two Southern girls too, they were cute. Liked quite a few of the singers this round too, and I think the crown will almost definitely go to a woman this year, based on what I’m seeing so far.

  • cookcricket

    BTW, thanks J9BT for your support. :D I thought I was a lone voice on here.

  • Sherena

    im voting for a guy LOL maybe SkiBooboo

    SkiBooBoo got a no from Simon though. You need unanimous yeses to make it through, right?

  • Pam

    Seems like a lot of the Idols liked POTG tonight.

    thedavidcook: # Caught the west coast feed of AI tonight. Pants. On. The. Ground. Priceless.
    9 minutes ago from mobile web

  • seriously

    Lol

    @thedavidcook Caught the west coast feed of AI tonight. Pants. On. The. Ground. Priceless. 9 minutes ago

  • iluvai

    SkiBooBoo got a no from Simon though. You need unanimous yeses to make it through, right?

    Nope. I think it’s a majority that decides it.

  • Sherena

    SkiBooBoo got a no from Simon though. You need unanimous yeses to make it through, right?

    Nope. I think it’s a majority that decides it.

    Ohhh okay. I guess that leaves some more interesting people making it through, which is good.

  • vtu

    Looks like AWM is getting a bump from the Ford commercial. It’s now the 3rd most popular song on Kris’ regular album (after LLWD and Heartless). It was one of the least popular just a few days ago. (I’ve been keeping an eye on this because I’m curious to see if iTunes popularity will correlate with the song selected for Kris’ next single.)

  • cookcricket

    But these are real people. I think decorum is appropriate.

    Well, my story includes my sister testing an LD student while I was observing to become a teacher. Very inappropriate! I had to leave the room. I felt horrible, but could not control myself. I had no intentions of being mean to the student whatsoever! Something just set me off.

  • vtu

    Oops. Didn’t mean to put the AWM comment in this thread…. :(

  • cookcricket

    iluvai
    01/14/2010 at 12:35 am

    Blahh… where is edit??? oh well. :)

    You mean because you indicated your mom isn’t a ‘real’ person? LOL. :D
    ;). I understand what you were saying, if that was the case.

  • cookcricket

    vtu
    01/14/2010 at 12:42 am

    Oops. Didn’t mean to put the AWM comment in this thread…. :(

    Why not? I think it ties in w/ the Ford commercial and all. I’m happy w/ this news!!

  • ross

    CathyMK:They played Before We Come Undone during one of the montages, and Alright with Me was in the Ford commercial. I didn’t hear another one during the actual show- maybe I missed it?

    The montages are part of the “actual show” as far as I know.

  • iluvai

    Well, my story includes my sister testing an LD student while I was observing to become a teacher. Very inappropriate! I had to leave the room. I felt horrible, but could not control myself. I had no intentions of being mean to the student whatsoever! Something just set me off.

    Well you left the room! Anyway, no biggie. Peace out!

  • Ratna12

    mmb
    01/13/2010 at 9:14 pm
    Bwcu prominently played throughout show: ford commercial again;photo prominently displayed during everyb audition. Can we finally dispense with the notion that TPTB/19 do not support/promote Kris? This is terrific promotion before a huuuuuggggeee audience

    And I read somewhere that Justin Williams is one of the most googled contestant ? I did it too ,not really because I’m that interested in him, but because in every article of him, there is a Kris mention. How Kris and Matt were probably the arranger of the song in White Chocolate, Kris was the winner season 8, Kris and Matt were better, etc,etc.

    Hope Justin makes it for several rounds. he-he. Yes, selfish of me.

    Only contestant I like today is Jermaine; to sing that song makes him really different. I like it.

  • ross

    Looks like AWM is getting a bump from the Ford commercial. It’s now the 3rd most popular song on Kris’ regular album (after LLWD and Heartless).

    To me, that’s amazing how a song gets a bump when only one line of the song is played in a commercial, and you only see the title on the screen very briefly (in the car). But I guess people can play it back or pause it. Anyhow, great news, thanks.

  • iluvai

    You mean because you indicated your mom isn’t a ‘real’ person? LOL. :D
    ;) . I understand what you were saying, if that was the case.

    Hee hee. You are funny. No my mom was not a real person, sadly. She was kind of out there! :)

    You, however, are fun. I’m also new to mj’s at least this year. In a few weeks I guess I’ll be a veteran.

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  • iluvai

    To me, that’s amazing how a song gets a bump when only one line of the song is played in a commercial, and you only see the title on the screen very briefly (in the car). But I guess people can play it back or pause it. Anyhow, great news, thanks.

    Me too re: the bump. Good news though.

  • PattyH

    I really liked the Boston people better!

  • vtu

    “To me, that’s amazing how a song gets a bump when only one line of the song is played in a commercial, and you only see the title on the screen very briefly (in the car). But I guess people can play it back or pause it. Anyhow, great news, thanks.”

    I forgot the song title appears in the commercial. I was trying to figure out how ppl were finding AWM from just that 5 sec. snippet. :)

  • cookcricket

    Well you left the room! Anyway, no biggie. Peace out!

    We’re cool, right? :D

    This season has been so much fun so far! (only two audition nights in, lol) mj, I love following along w/ what’s going on, on your site! Thank you so much for providing this for us!!!

    I’m really looking forward to the Hollywood rounds too!

    I’m so happy Kris’s single and album are moving are moving up the itunes charts. I hope this is some indication of what’s happening w/ the hard copy as well!

    Loved seeing DC tonight too! Loved that they played Allison’s “Pieces”.

  • ptslittlecomment

    adamlambert Back in LA!! Next up is Vh1s Critics Choice Awards on Friday! I’m presenting an award!!

  • ptslittlecomment

    oops sorry wrong thread and I can’t edit

  • gangreen29

    I will admit, after the show ended I was all about Pants on the Floor, but now I can’t stop watching Vanessa’s audition. Stuff like that is the reason I love the auditions. Even if she doesn’t make it far in Hollywood, she will always have this experience to look back on. I loved how one of her first reactions was about how her friends back home would react. I’ve lived in places like Vonore, and that probably is the biggest thing that has ever happen to her and her friends. Her mom’s reaction when she received a standing ovation from the other auditioners was the most touching part to me, she just had such unbridled pride and joy in her daughter.

  • lifeisfun

    MJ!! MJ!!

    On the holly harden video, after she says “my friends wanted to strum the guitar strings…. or whatever” the guy in the orange shirt (around 3:11) looked like BEN HONEYCUTT

    if thats true, im kinda disappointed they didnt show his audition…

    They are showing so many more girl auditions then boy auditions

  • Ratna12

    vtu
    01/14/2010 at 12:41 am
    Looks like AWM is getting a bump from the Ford commercial. It’s now the 3rd most popular song on Kris’ regular album (after LLWD and Heartless). It was one of the least popular just a few days ago. (I’ve been keeping an eye on this because I’m curious to see if iTunes popularity will correlate with the song selected for Kris’ next single.)

    Thank you. Please keep up with Kris update. I’m interested.
    But, they just played BWCU. This too can move up.

    Poor Kris, he is totally confused now on what’s going to be the 2nd single. (I hope he has a voice on this and not just the label).
    Too many good songs will do that. :)

  • will

    I don’t have time to read through the 200 comments to see if it’s already been discussed, but…

    Wasn’t Holly Harden a contestant on America’s Got Talent??

    Yes, Slezak says she mentions that on her MySpace page.

    http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/01/13/american-idol-atlanta-auditions-jermaine-sellers/

  • Mark

    I thought this episode was downright terrible, actually. Only Mallory caught my attention, and even then I’m having trouble distancing how much of that was visual versus auditory. Seriously, Atlanta got a terrible edit; they must have had better singers come through than the majority of these folks. Mallory (and, if I’m being truly generous, Vanessa) aside, everyone was either second rate (Brian, Jermaine), given only a blip, or a joke contestant in one form or another. I actually ended the episode in a bad mood when the mentioned the number of contestants who made it through. MJB was pretty cool, though.

  • Mark

    And I even spelled the most memorable contestant’s name wrong. I know audition episodes are to be granted some breathing room in assuming anything about the contestants… but, really now? Oh, well. Looking forward to the next episode.

  • iluvai

    We’re cool, right? :D

    Yep!

  • Truthiness

    And Pants Off The Ground is the number one search term for Google this hour. I hope this translates for some stuff for General Larry, because he’s the one that deserves something from it. Hey, it’s the only clip I will watch from the show.

  • iluvai

    They are showing so many more girl auditions then boy auditions

    I’m kind of biased because of the rumors, but I agree.

  • iluvai

    And Pants Off The Ground is the number one search term for Google this hour. I hope this translates for some stuff for General Larry, because he’s the one that deserves something from it. Hey, it’s the only clip I will watch from the show.

    :)

  • will

    Well Jim C. was THRILLED with tonight’s show. Embedded video here:

    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1629668/20100113/blige_mary_j.jhtml?rsspartner=rssTwitterFeed

  • jmaster

    The only standout from Atlanta for me was Jermaine Sellers. The rest were completely forgettable.

    I can’t wait to see Shania Twain judge next week in Chicago!

  • Truthiness

    I kind of dig some of the Pants On The Ground remixes, Soulja Boy eat your heart out And on a completely different note, a kind of an acoustic version, that actually is kind of good Kris Allen’s Heartless also ear your heart out

  • http://www.fatladysings.us TFLS

    I’m still humming “Pants on the Ground”. Funny how often Simon gets it right. He may have meant his ‘sounds like a hit’ comment as throw-away – but there’s no denying the ditty’s memorable. The General may have hit the jackpot (and more power to him, I say!).

    After that – Vanessa Wolfe caught my eye. She sounds like a young Dolly Parton from back in her Porter Waggoner days. I really hope Hollywood Week doesn’t do the poor girl in. There’s something special there, I think – something in the tone and delivery. All it needs is a little careful tending and encouragement. She could totally end up on the show if everything comes together right. And that police officer will surely make it too – possibly top 5 if he makes intelligent song choices.

    I have to say I wasn’t really planning to tune in this season. I thought they’d really jumped the shark last year. Adam Lambert was just so damn good. But truth be told – there’s nothing else half as entertaining on TV at the moment (Buffy re-runs notwithstanding). And I kinda like the inclusion of alternative genres; at least, they seem to be opening it up. Vanessa’s style surely sounds Bluegrass to me. That’s the only thing that could save that show with Simon gone, in my estimation: introducing non-mainstream musical styles into the mix. Otherwise…..once Simon’s gone, so’s the show (cue ‘taps’).

  • silverwings

    I kind of dig some of the Pants On The Ground remixes, Soulja Boy eat your heart out And on a completely different note, a kind of an acoustic version, that actually is kind of good Kris Allen’s Heartless also ear your heart out

    Oh man, that acoustic cover is great. I love it! :)

  • chessguy99

    Jermaine Sellers sounded like the only Top 12 quality audition. Vanessa Wolfe has potential, hope she took Simon’s advise about really prepping for Hollywood. The rest were cannon fodder quality.

    General Larry and Pants on the Ground was the only thing memorable beyond Jermaine and Vanessa. Of the people shown so far, General Larry is the only one I can confidently predict will be at the finale.

    They have posted the Atlanta gold ticket interviews and a couple of notable guys with guitar types weren’t shown. It appears that they aren’t going to allow more than a couple quality guys get any buzz before they show Hollywood week.

  • savgal

    Rewatched Vanessa Wolfe’s audition and I am tearing up (again). She reminds me of Kellie Pickler, but less calculating and confident. I just want to hug that girl. Hope she finds a supportive buddy in Hollywood and makes a good showing. Would love to hear her with a guitar. Hope she is able to control the nerves and pick good songs. I’ll be watching for her.

  • zoya

    Did they tell how many people got the ticket to the next round? I assume either only a handful or the show decided that one solid episode per week is enough and they switched back to 20/80 – that is 20% of airtime to the people that can actually sing and 80% to the ones they think will come across funny. A big disappointment this episode.

  • chessguy99

    A big disappointment this episode.

    Be prepared for more disappointment as all the rest of the audition shows are only an hour. We may only get one or two real good ones each night until the Road to Hollywood show.

  • savgal

    Oh, p.s. re:AWM/Kris Ford commercial — great way to promote!!! In that short commerical, we see Kris’s handsome face, hear his nice speaking voice, see his name & name of song prominently displayed on the CD player thingy, hear the afore-mentioned catchy tune. I’m a big fan so I of course am thrilled each time it comes on, but IMO the casual viewer who wonders “whatever happened to the guy who won last year?” may be moved to investigate the CD by this little gem of a promo. Plus, I’m a Chevy person, but it makes the car look cool.

  • JIMDOGSILKIES

    Basis of comparison….looked back for fun on old auditions of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie, Clay, and Adam, and they were all special. Maybe I missed something, but I just don’t see that level of being special yet. (Could be me). I’m hoping for someone to come in and have it all; the super talent, charm, look, charisma, etc. Did really like some of the contestants and really felt for their back stories. Let’s see how it all goes. NOt impressed with the celebrity judges at all. They add nothing. Only Simon stands out so far be it good or bad.

  • gingerly

    wand3rful
    01/14/2010 at 12:35 am

    a face transplant could assist that policeman in his makeover efforts. beautiful voice, but yikes on the visual.

    and MJ, I enjoy dissing Kara as much as the next fan, but now you are just nitpicking for no reason LOL

    example A:

    “You were a lot better than I thought you would be,” says Kara. Huh?

    what didnt you understand? why the hate? ;) you yourself made a similar comment in regards to SkiiSkiBooBoo (whatever his name is)

    Ok, with such a stupid name, and some ridiculous shtick, (dumb outfit, stupid rhymes) I expected him to totally suck. But he can sing

    I’m not MJ and don’t know her reasoning but I totally agree with her, and here’s my reason:
    One came in in a stupid outfit and OTT silliness. Past experience has shown us that these people usually suck…hard. The other came in looking fairly normal albeit nervous. So was there any indication that she would suck other than her accent?

  • chearts77

    MJ, I agree with you about Mallerie and Bryan being the best of the night. I love Mallorie’s country/bluesy vibe and Bryan has a voice I wasn’t expecting to come from his mouth. I was pleasantly surprised. I love Vanessa’s personality and hope she can gain more confidence during Hollywood, but I do wonder how she will do outside her comfort zone.

  • Mark

    Basis of comparison….looked back for fun on old auditions of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie, Clay, and Adam, and they were all special. Maybe I missed something, but I just don’t see that level of being special yet. (Could be me). I’m hoping for someone to come in and have it all; the super talent, charm, look, charisma, etc. Did really like some of the contestants and really felt for their back stories. Let’s see how it all goes. NOt impressed with the celebrity judges at all. They add nothing. Only Simon stands out so far be it good or bad.

    That’s in retrospect, though. I know it’s easy to say that now, but if you look at the consensus on any of those auditions, they weren’t what we think of them now. Really, the best auditions at the time don’t tend to come from the eventual winner. (The queen of all auditions, IMO, remains Paris Bennett. And I wasn’t ultimately that much of a fan)

  • carmine2008

    I think Brian Walker, the policeman is the best audition of this episode (since I wasn’t able to watch the first episode).

  • TwigLA

    There was way too much mean last night in the editing and I much preferred last weeks shows. The long slapstick segment on the clueless guy who ‘survived’ death so many times was downright cruel. 411 and guitar girl annoyed me.

    This week’s star is General Larry Platt. I think it’s great that he’s the breakout star and I’m loving the covers I’m seeing on youtube.

    I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying seeing Kris’ face on that backdrop and how my ears perked up when they played ‘Before We Come Undone’ as people walked away. I’m beginning to wonder if we’ll hear snippets from the entire album throughout the year I’m down with that!

  • TwigLA

    P.S. I want video of the montage to ‘Before We Come Undone’!

  • calimari

    1/ can’t figure out how Simon could get over the “schtick” to let guitar girl thru, but vote no on Skiiboski. Both were not good, though.
    2/ BFFs looked like over made up Barbies. TV requires a lot of makeup, so to look overdone on TV means they must have looked horrific in person.
    3/ Country girl from the hollow – I was just really happy for her. I do not like country music, but this girl is going to have an adventure. Reminded me of a young Loretta Lynn. I expect her to crash in Hollywood, but maybe she practiced & got some vocal coaching in the meantime. At least she’ll get her aeroplane ride.

  • Kirsten

    P.S. I want video of the montage to ‘Before We Come Undone’!

    You can see it at the tail end of Mallorie Haley video

  • zuper

    3/ Country girl from the hollow – I was just really happy for her. I do not like country music, but this girl is going to have an adventure. Reminded me of a young Loretta Lynn.

    She reminded me of a female version of Kevin Skinner from America’s Got Talent. Worked ok for him.

  • selena

    The only thing I’m disappointed in, is Kara. I totally agree with M.J.- she
    over talks everyone and talks for too long!!!! I love
    Randy and Simon and can’t wait for Ellen. But Kara…..annoying,Just stop talking already.

  • JudyL

    Well, Vanessa brought tears to my eyes again this morning. We didn’t really hear enough to know if she actually has potential but if she does, the smartest thing Idol can do…….get her out of her $4.50 Dollar Store dress, get her a stylist and a singing coach. Other than that, leave her alone. Country fans, and lots of the rest of us, would fall in love with her authenticity and it would be the best American Idol success story ever.

  • barnie

    Vanessa is a nice girl with a really nice story and a good voice. But I think she wouldn’t be able to do well with other genres of songs.

  • ross

    Basis of comparison….looked back for fun on old auditions of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie, Clay, and Adam, and they were all special. Maybe I missed something, but I just don’t see that level of being special yet. (Could be me). I’m hoping for someone to come in and have it all; the super talent, charm, look, charisma, etc.

    It’s tough to tell just by auditions because the editing is so selective. People who don’t get a lot of screen time in auditions may end up in the Top 10 or winning, as happened last year.

    This week’s star is General Larry Platt. I think it’s great that he’s the breakout star and I’m loving the covers I’m seeing on youtube.

    If this was X Factor he could have been a contendah. :) I’m not sure why he was on the show, but I admire him, he did some important things in his life.

  • googletot

    Thought Atlanta was a complete waste of time. The only two that even remotely interested me were Mallory and Vanessa, and I’m not even a lover of female singers.

  • unique28v

    Its so funny how people perceive things differently. I thought Atlanta was sooooooooooooooooo much better than Boston!! It offered a more diverse set of contestants. My favorite was Jermaine Sellers and of course the General! The rest are just typical Idol contestants to me.

    I don’t think we can really judge them until they start singing on the big stage after the Top 24 are picked. There’s too much editing going.

  • ross

    Jermaine sounded good, and so did the policeman whose name I can’t remember. I don’t know who it was that said he needs a “face transplant” but not all singers or even pop stars are gorgeous. I’m mainly interested in the voice and the talent.

  • sr4mjc

    My local radio station is talking about a wardrobe malfunction (nipple slip) from Vanessa, when she was playing the guitar. I didn’t notice anything.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Sorry if this has been said. At the end of Keia Johnson audition, they used “Pieces” from Allison’s album.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    One came in in a stupid outfit and OTT silliness. Past experience has shown us that these people usually suck…hard. The other came in looking fairly normal albeit nervous. So was there any indication that she would suck other than her accent?

    Exactly. Yes Kara. There are folks who aren’t beautiful and polished who can sing. Seriously. Why is this a shock? It’s patronizing.

  • will
  • Mary102

    Basis of comparison….looked back for fun on old auditions of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie, Clay, and Adam, and they were all special. Maybe I missed something, but I just don’t see that level of being special yet. (Could be me). I’m hoping for someone to come in and have it all;

    I don’t put too much weight on these auditions either way – some people can be brilliant in their 20 second audition, and completely crumble when they get on the big stage, with more songs to sing, etc. in Hollywood Week.

    And to me, when I first saw some of those auditions you mentioned above, I didn’t think that much of them – they were good, but, idk, maybe I just need more to really convince me further along in the competition just how good these guys are. Plus, I think it’s a lot easier to look back, knowing how it turns out, and say, wow, that person delivered an amazing audition.

  • zuper

    Wow! People are amazingly fast with the POTG remixes! I like the second one down on the left. Thanks for the link will- made me smile this morning.

  • maturin

    One came in in a stupid outfit and OTT silliness. Past experience has shown us that these people usually suck…hard. The other came in looking fairly normal albeit nervous. So was there any indication that she would suck other than her accent?

    Exactly. Yes Kara. There are folks who aren’t beautiful and polished who can sing. Seriously. Why is this a shock? It’s patronizing.

    All part of the Why Kara Is So Annoying paradox.

    Simon Cowell has always been unashamedly superficial and judgmental about physical appearance and signs of class as well–haircuts and accents that indicate being part of the urban or rural poor. Because he thinks they make it harder to sell.

    But he’s straight out open about being a narcissistic capitalist motivated by success, competition, fame and money.

    With Kara it’s different–she consistently shocked when an “unattractive” person sings well. It’s a subtle but different thing. No matter how many times reality says differently, KdiG continues to believe that the pretty ones, the “packages”, are going to match their exterior with talent, and that people without a model-like exterior, won’t.

    At the same time, Kara doubtless believes she’s a nice person and that Simon in a mean one.

    Cowell’s cynical. DioGuardi is deeply narrow-minded, and doesn’t even get it.

  • larc

    Thought Atlanta was a complete waste of time. The only two that even remotely interested me were Mallory and Vanessa, and I’m not even a lover of female singers.

    ^THIS^

    No comparison to Boston auditions, IMHO. The best Atlanta singers I heard were no better than “Adequate.” Maybe they didn’t let us hear the best ones. Otherwise, I’d say those going to Hollywood shouldn’t bother to unpack their bags once they get there because they won’t be staying that long.

  • will

    MJ, I have absolutely no problem regarding your remark about Kara’s reaction to Vanessa. I think Kara deserves a spanking, she was very naughty. BUT, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, I think you’re being unfair to her when you say this about her reaction to the police officer:

    Kara is absolutely shocked by the huge revelation that….homely people can sing! OMG. Who woulda thunk it.

    She says nothing about him being “homely” — I think you’re projecting your own thoughts onto hers! Here’s what she says:

    “God, this is what I love about this job. This guy comes in and you think ‘Oh, here we go,’ but you know what? That was…great! This guy can sing! Randy, don’t you think?”

    She could have been referring to his age, his occupation, any number of things when she said “Oh, here we go.”

    In fact, it’s Randy who comes closer to calling him homely, when he then says, “You look nothing like what you sound like. The singing police officer is hot, man!”

    Now that I’ve defended Kara from the charge of being lookist, I will admit that I agree with you that he’s VERY homely!

    ETA: Edit function is back! YAY!!! Ironically, I didn’t need it for this comment.

  • gingerly

    It’s the sexist thing, Will. Women have to be pretty in order to sell. Kara is a sexist. That’s why she calls the females honey and sweetie. I’ve never heard her say that to a man. Makes me dislike her even more.

    And of course I don’t know what Randy meant about the guy, but he could easily have been referring to a big burly cop with a high pure voice. I’m a small woman and sometimes get taken for a man on the phone. I don’t sound like what I look like either. I guess I just don’t find that to necessarily be a negative.

  • rayni

    I loved Jermaine – I can see him top 12. I got a whole Chris Brown contemporary R&B vibe from him with a glowing smile to boot! But that’s based on what we’ve seen so far which ain’t much. It’s like when I shop the sale rack – I’ll wind up buying something because it’s the best looking thing on THAT RACK OF CLOTHES. Compared to the rest of the store – eh, not so much. So we’ll see.

    ETA: And I do not like Kara – she seems to be much more cocky this season. Can’t wait to see the Ellen/Kara interaction.

  • JudyL

    I can’t agree with calling Bryan homely because he has such a pleasant face. Looking like a nice guy goes a long way on Idol. The thing I do think might matter is that he looks so much older than 25.

  • will

    MJ, now that I nitpicked your words about Kara, I just wanted to say you are doing an AMAZING job, recapping and linking and everything else. I honestly am in awe. I’ve never been here before during the season, and I can’t think of a better place to be.

  • sma11ie

    Wow, thanks for posting the clip for Pants on the Ground guy, MJ. I missed AI last night and saw DC’s tweet and heard so much about it today, so I was very curious. Ridiculous, but hilarious.

    I tend to defend Kara, and I didn’t watch last night, but I understand she is often annoying and over the top. I hope she tones it down by 1000 notches, cuz I do think she has good stuff to say sometimes, but too much! Like reprimanding that guy the first night was fine and deserved, but taking it all the way to calling him naughty, needing a spanking? Ugh! Just stop while you’re ahead, “hon”, okay?

  • sma11ie

    Kara is a sexist. That’s why she calls the females honey and sweetie. I’ve never heard her say that to a man.

    Really? That’s a bit of a leap… c’mon. Kara may or may not be sexist, but honey and sweetie cannot seriously be touted as proof of the former. I’m not a big fan of the honey’s and sweeties, but I know women her age who use that with women in their teens and 20s and NONE of these women are sexist, I know.

  • Miss Chaos

    Kara is annoying me as well. She is trying to come off as so hip, as is Ive been on this show before, and picked the winner and runner up. I’m cool now, so deal with it. If you notice she seems to be the one to speak up first and rambling out her opinion, JMO of course!!!!!!

  • will

    If you notice she seems to be the one to speak up first and rambling out her opinion

    Her always going first — and longest, eating up everyone else’s time — is very annoying. I preferred her last season when she was skeered.

  • auntieaimee

    Kara is never going to be liked, so I think she should fully embrace her role as the judge people love to hate.

  • Ex-lurker

    savgal
    01/14/2010 at 7:22 am
    Oh, p.s. re:AWM/Kris Ford commercial — great way to promote!!! In that short commerical, we see Kris’s handsome face, hear his nice speaking voice, see his name & name of song prominently displayed on the CD player thingy, hear the afore-mentioned catchy tune.

    Yesterday, I went to ITunes and looked at the popularity stats on the KA album tracks. The Truth had four blocks and AWM had three blocks. It’s reversed today. So apparently, people heard it on the commercial and liked it enough to go out to ITunes and download it. :)

  • gingerly

    sma11ie
    01/14/2010 at 12:21 pm

    Kara is a sexist. That’s why she calls the females honey and sweetie. I’ve never heard her say that to a man.

    Really? That’s a bit of a leap… c’mon. Kara may or may not be sexist, but honey and sweetie cannot seriously be touted as proof of the former. I’m not a big fan of the honey’s and sweeties, but I know women her age who use that with women in their teens and 20s and NONE of these women are sexist, I know.

    It’s more that I feel she thinks a woman needs to be a “package artist” in order to succeed. Based on her saying that about Megan Joy all the time last year, I take it as she needs to be hot and not necessarily able to sing. So yeah, I think Kara is a sexist. JMO. Maybe you never noticed that Kara only calls somebody that when she’s telling them no. That’s the part I find extremely condescending about it. When she likes somebody she goes all karate on the desk.

    This year she changed “package artist” to “commercial.” It means the same thing as far as I can tell. Again, she only says it to women.

  • maturin

    By the way, I should say that I expect the judges to be “lookist” (ooky word) i.e. to an extent, and be looking for performers who combine sex appeal, personality, charisma and voice.

    But LA is full of great looking people who end up managing gyms, waiting tables, working in salons, when they wanted to be in the entertainment business, because it’s a really, really competitive business to sing or act well and make a career of it. Meanwhile, a lot of the top actors and singers are those with *some* looks yet NOT the prettiest–but have a ton of distinctive personality, or in the case of singers, the actual singing, and song choice/song writing.

    Idol has had what, fifteen or sixteen platinum albums from its stable, and out of all those men and women, I’d say only Carrie was the “prettiest in class” type. Kelly, Jennifer and Jordin have been picked on for not being thin enough, even though they’re better looking then ninety percent of mortals. The guy stars all have big female followings and yet none of them are male models–though a couple are pretty damn attractive (FILL IN YOUR FAVORITE HERE).

    But Kara in particular annoys me with her constant harping on “having a look.” I love me the voice of Alison Iraheta, last year, and her delivery–and none of the other women the judges spent so much early time over did well. But I bet if you had Kara picking out female contestants from a pool, an Alison would end up at the bottom of a big barrel of thin women with conventionally pretty hair, small pointed features, and tasteful young starlet clothing.

  • oceana

    Huh, I must be in the minority because I am liking Kara a lot better this year so far. I enjoyed her last night. She’s more confident than last season, by far. I thought she was much stronger last night in Atlanta than she was in Boston. I’m encouraged by her so far this year.

    Mary J Blige was so awkward and ill at ease, she seemed very unsure of herself, does she have poor social skills? She was way out of her element. OTOH, I really liked Victoria Beckham in Boston, she was succinct and made some interesting comments. Usually the judges are kind of quiet but she had some pithy things to say and I liked how she didn’t take any sh*t from Simon.

    I enjoyed the show last night, I love that they’re showing more of the good singers. I hate the sob stories, stop it! Everyone has a sob story in their life, no need to use it in a singing competition.

    Off the top of my head, going from memory: The best by far was the “pants on the floor” song, that is going to go places I have no doubt. Hilarious and catchy! LOL. “Guitar girl” turned out to be pretty cool after all, first time I’ve seen a gimmick get through to Hollywood. She was reminiscent of Kellie Pickler. I liked the other country girl too.

    The singing cop has potential, and quite a few others. I really can’t wait for the Hollywood rounds to see how they all do. I’m enjoying the show … it’s making me laugh.

    I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying seeing Kris’ face on that backdrop

    I jumped out of my seat when I saw David Cook on the right side :) and I glimpsed him another time too, it’s always a thrill to see your faves highlighted. I’m glad they are highlighting Kris on the wall, he is the new winner and he deserves it.

  • SarahP

    catching up only now! i didnt see the boston auditions so the hot-lanta auditions were my first this year. wow, didnt know i missed AI so much last six months, (though i had my kris obsession to console me).

    my thoughts on the judges: didnt miss paula much, still like simon and randy, kara talked/bitched too much and mary j blige….errr didnt do much for me. favourite audition hands down was Pants in the Ground. thanks for posting the remixes, and yep we’ll be seeing the General in a few months in the finale. so far none of the contestants stood out for me, sadly.

    on a happier note, whenever i was bored with a contestant i could always looked at the happy kris background. yippeee.

  • jericho

    Kara is a sexist. That’s why she calls the females honey and sweetie. I’ve never heard her say that to a man.

    She called Lamar Royal sweetie. You know, the guy Mary J. thought could have a gun?

    Guess I’m a sexist too because not only do I call people honey and sweetie but I also use the word babe. Who knew?

  • gingerly

    I guess Jericho, you didn’t read the rest of what I said or my subsequent comment.

  • anovich

    This year she changed “package artist” to “commercial.” It means the same thing as far as I can tell. Again, she only says it to women.

    This drove me crazy last year. Kara thought Megan and Jasmine (who?) were great “package artists”. Yeah they had the look, but that’s all they had. I think someone here commented that if Kara had been looking for a true “package artist” she would have been a bigger supporter of Kris because he had the “look” and the musical ability. Yet instead, she was stuck on Danny who has vocal ability but not so much the look.

  • sma11ie

    Guess I’m a sexist too because not only do I call people honey and sweetie but I also use the word babe. Who knew?

    I may be sexist too. I call my friends babes and bitches (both male and female!).

  • sma11ie

    Hmm, is the Holly Hardin vid not working for anyone? The others work.

  • gingerly

    anovich
    01/14/2010 at 3:23 pm

    This year she changed “package artist” to “commercial.” It means the same thing as far as I can tell. Again, she only says it to women.

    This drove me crazy last year. Kara thought Megan and Jasmine (who?) were great “package artists”. Yeah they had the look, but that’s all they had. I think someone here commented that if Kara had been looking for a true “package artist” she would have been a bigger supporter of Kris because he had the “look” and the musical ability. Yet instead, she was stuck on Danny who has vocal ability but not so much the look.

    Thank you, Annovich. That was my first and main point. My ancillary comment was merely a rant against how freaking condescending Kara is. I guess my second post on the matter escaped some people.

  • emmuzka

    But Kara in particular annoys me with her constant harping on “having a look.”

    Yep, me too. Yes, we know that it’s better if a singer happens to look like Rihanna, but does she has to keep reminding us? And the worst thing is that she is starting to affect *negatively* on how I perceive contestants. That pretty girl in Boston, (Ashley?) for example. Nothing wrong with her, but they all, and especially Kara, kept saying over and over again how pretty and commercial she was, and eventually I got annoyed with her, too. Now she is burdened with the package artist crap for the rest of her stay.

  • jericho

    I guess my second post on the matter escaped some people.

    It didn’t escape me, I just don’t agree with either post. Different strokes and all. I don’t find Kara condescending at all. I just find her and her opinion completely useless.

    I think someone here commented that if Kara had been looking for a true “package artist” she would have been a bigger supporter of Kris because he had the “look” and the musical ability. Yet instead, she was stuck on Danny who has vocal ability but not so much the look.

    This is a matter of opinion. Maybe Kara liked Danny’s look and wasn’t so impressed with Kris’s therefore I get her support of Danny as having the full package. I don’t find either one of them attractive, nor do I think either one of them has the “look” so not sure where that leaves me but I think you probably get my point.

  • jericho

    Yes, we know that it’s better if a singer happens to look like Rihanna, but does she has to keep reminding us? And the worst thing is that she is starting to affect *negatively* on how I perceive contestants.

    I rarely listen to the judges commentary. I just watched the whole Lamar Royal clip for some unknown reason but I just really don’t care what the judges have to say. I like who I like and most of the commentary is irrelevant and self aggrandizing anyway so I just fast forward through their comments.

  • jammasta

    I’m pretty sure lookism is a word >_>.

    Also, for some reason I find it REALLY entertaining that General Larry Platt could audition for X Factor. XD.

    And for some reason, I’m predicting an even stronger reaction than any other joke audition. More than “We’re Brothers Forever”. More than William Hung. I predict he’s gonna be on the finale like Renaldo Lapuz was. It was actually my uncle’s prediction, but I agreed.

  • wand3rful

    This year she changed “package artist” to “commercial.” It means the same thing as far as I can tell. Again, she only says it to women.

    maybe because the producers are mainly showing the women auditions? LOL

  • wand3rful

    oh lordy, what’s the difference between Simon harping about having the “it” factor and Kara saying “commercial”? they both do it to pretty girls. (annoying!) wasn’t Simon the one who let bikini girl through to Hollywood because of her look? look, not a Kara fan, but sometimes I have to wonder if people are now hating on Kara as a form of sport.

    oh look what Kara said

    oh look what she did

    can you believe she rolled her eyes?

    since when has she been Italian?

    why is she breathing?

    why is she wearing that color?

    why is she trying to be funny? she’s not Simon.

    why is she trying to be serious? that must mean she’s condescending

    looking forward to next week :)

  • progression

    if Kara had been looking for a true “package artist” she would have been a bigger supporter of Kris because he had the “look” and the musical ability. Yet instead, she was stuck on Danny who has vocal ability but not so much the look.

    By the time we get to the semi-finals and finals, the judges pimp whomever the producers tell them to pimp. Kara was just following the party line in her critiques of Kris and Danny, IMO.

    Huh, I must be in the minority because I am liking Kara a lot better this year so far

    Well, I’m not on the Kara love train yet, but I do think she’s better this year than last. More confident as you said, and also more concise.

    Mary J. did herself no favors last night.

    I thought it was a (relatively) good night for entertainment, but not a lot of good singing. Mallorie seemed like the only real contender to make it through Hollywood. Maybe Jermaine.

  • sylvanaire

    Besides General Larry, Vanessa Wolf was the most memorable audition for me. I’m not sure Idol is the path for her, just because it can be a tad merciless, but if someone notices her, who can nurture her along, she could have a decent career in music, even if she never becomes a superstar. I’m thinking her kind of country is on its way out, and won’t really catch on big, but I’m sure there is an audience for her out there. I hope she can make the leap.

  • Tony

    I was checking out Facebook and my friend’s friend made it to Hollywood. His profile pic is his him auditioning in front of the judges. His name is Marshall Manning. He’s from Atlanta.

  • JudyL

    POTG will probably be around a while because most people agree with what he is saying. The song is fun but the message in it is actually how most people feel. Wish they would play it in malls and schools where this look is in fashion……hard to be cool with your pants on the ground and this song playing in the background.

  • wand3rful

    QUOTE: One came in in a stupid outfit and OTT silliness. Past experience has shown us that these people usually suck…hard. The other came in looking fairly normal albeit nervous. So was there any indication that she would suck other than her accent?

    umm, maybe because the TPTB seem to enjoy putting a country hick in front of the judges just for shyts and giggles. example A: Jesse Hamilton. fk, i thought she would suck too given idols history for trying to embarrass unattractive, unkept folks (remember the kid with the bug eyes) and not to mention the condescending banjo music the producers were throwing in her film montage. who knows how many Jesse types the judges have seen in the past to distort their view of Vanessa

  • kendallFTW

    My Favorites were Carmen and Keia!!! =] I liked them!!!!! Jermaine was Good too, but his style isnt for me. Noel was amazing, i wish them had given her more airtime =( I was really pleased with this episode though!!!! :D

  • Kate8

    Actually, I thought Kara was very supportive of Kris Allen last year going on and on about his brilliant artistry and what a great emotional connection he made with the audience. I think he was one of her favorites definitely. I know she criticized him Rock Week and with Apologize, but she generally was pretty positive towards Kris.

  • sylvanaire

    I actually think most of the judges were pretty supportive of Kris all year, with the exception of one or two critiques here and there, but generally good. It’s just in comparison to the ott tongue baths they gave Danny and Adam, that the praise seemed lukewarm.

    The judges are ancillary to why I watch the show, so I don’t get too worked up about them as a rule. Unless it’s Simon throwing DC under the bus Top 2 night, during S7, lol. Steam still come out of my ears if I think about it too much, lol.

    Looking forward to NPH though. Disappointed to find out he’s sharing an episode with another guest judge, Kevin Jonas, is it? I think NPH is going to be the best of the lot. Maybe we could get him to take Simon’s place!

  • Valentin432

    In the previews for next week, we see a brief footage of a blond girl who looks like Katelyn Epperly, I think she’s going to be TCO this year.

  • lifeisfun

    Ok i just watched idol boston auditions and BRYCE LARSON made it. They show him get a golden ticket at the end of day one. He’s wearing a white t-shirt (w/ black pattern) and jeans

    i wonder why they didnt show his audition either?