American Idol Season 9 – Orlando FL Auditions – VIDEO

Orlando auditions = totally underwhelming. The only audition worth mentioning is reformed juvenile delinquent, Matthew Lawrence and his pure, undistilled take on Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble”.

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Well, Ok, R&B singer, Jermaine Purifoy was pretty good too. And that trio of girl singers we caught a glimpse of–Janell Wheeler, Brittany Star James and Kasi Bedford left me wanting to hear more. But everyone else? Meh. I mean if you take away the singer’s backstories tonight, you were pretty much left with nothing.

It ’twas a shame that guest judge Kristin Chenoweth could only judge the first day of the auditions. Like Shania in last night’s Chicago auditions, her critiques were specific and helpful. Plus, she is hella funny.

I can’t say that I miss Paula Abdul, but there is a noticeably different tone at the judges table. Kara still hasn’t quite found her place on the panel, and the lack of chemistry between the judges is really apparent with Paula out of the picture.

Next week, it’s on to LA. With Hollywood Week finished, and the Top 24 chosen, I wonder if the remaining episodes will be edited to contain more contestant pimping? The very last episode before the Hollywood Rounds looks to be some sort of “best of” episode. I bet the producers use it to highlight those “special” contestants TPTB would like us to bond with…

Video and recap after the JUMP…

Kristin Chenoweth is tonight’s guest judge in Orlando Florida.

A shot of the space shuttle opens the show. 10, 000 hopefuls auditioned in Orlando. OMG I love shots of the crowd in Orlando, and the pretending that the stadium full of peeps are waiting for the judges who are just hours away (try like, months away) vacationing in Miami. WTF. The continuity errors are hilarious.

Theo Glinton – 22 – Fort Pierce, FL – Pat Benatar – “Heartbreaker” – OMG, what is that crap he’s wearing on his eye? Theo says, “If I’m not the next American Idol I’m going to be in the bottom 3.” Uhm. Ok. Oh lord, he’s Screamy McScreamerton with the singing. He wants to sing Whitney Houston. Please, for the love of God no. After the judges say no, Theo gets upset and Kara tries to comfort him. Then, he can’t find his way out of the room. Oh boy. – VIDEO

Coming up? Backstories galore! Plus sh*tty auditions!

Oh Kara and Kristin have become BFFs! And Simon is totally annoyed. “You sang as if you sang to a cat” Simon tells one unfortunate contestant.

Seth Rollins – 28 – Lakeland, FL – “Someone to Watch Over Me” – One of Seth’s two children, a son, has autism. Seth tears up as he talks about wanting to be able to afford the best care for him. Aw, the boy is with him at the judges audition and cries as his dad enters the judges room. Seth’s got a very sweet, but unremarkable tenor. Kristin likes his voice and song choice. Kara says she wants to keep hearing him. Simon is impressed. Randy says he has to “exude more performance, ” but says yes. Remarkably, I agree with Randy here. – VIDEO

Oh, the drama is coming in the next segment!

Jermaine Purifory – 24 – Cleveland, TN – “Smile” He auditioned back in Season 7. Hm. I think I remember this guy. Oooh. He’s got a nice tone and a beautiful falsetto. Kristin calls him “pure”. Randy was “blown away.” Kara says his voice is “honest, I believed it.” Simon says, “Good choice of song…the chicks will like you.” 4 yeses and he’s on to Hollywood. – VIDEO

Shelby Dressel – 18 – Avon Park, FL – “Turn Me On” by Nora Jones – She’s got a medical condition that paralyzed the right side of her face. She’s not unattractive, but the condition is noticeable, so it’s no wonder Shelby is a little self-conscious. She can really sing. Beautiful alto, nice tone, nice phrasing…but then she blanks out and forgets the words. The judges are cool with it. “I like you…but not blown away, ” says Simon. Randy likes her. Kristin says she’s got potential. Everyone says yes, and she’s on to Hollywood. – VIDEO

18 contestants made it to Hollywood day one.

Kristin only guest judged the first day. Well that’s unfortunate. She was entertaining!

Day 2

Jay Stone – 25 – Miami, FL – “Come Together” and “Ain’t No Sunshine” – Beatboxer. Well, you know, that’s been done already–Blake Lewis. Jay can sing AND beatbox at the same time. He beatboxes “Come Together”, but you don’t get a sense of his singing voice, even though he’s singing. Sort of. He sings “Ain’t No Sunshine” next, but it’s mediocre. Kara and Randy enthusiastically beatbox during his song. Simon is all rolly-eyed and not impressed. Kara really, really likes him, and convinces Randy to say yes. – VIDEO

In quick succession: Janell Wheeler – 24 – Tampa FL – “House of the Rising Sun, Brittany Starr James – 23 – Coral Springs, FL – “American Boy” by Estelle, Kasi Bedford – 19 – Seminole, FL – “Something to Talk About” by Bonnie RaittVIDEO

Cornelius Edwards – 24 – Boynton Beach FL – “Proud Mary” by Ike and Tina Turner – Dude says strippers taught him his dance moves. He calls “Proud Mary” “Rollin”. Oh boy. This is going to be good… He does a giant split and his pants rip. Loudly. That sounded like it hurt like hell. The panel is so impressed and amused, they all say yes. – VIDEO

Bernadette Desimone – 27 – “Hit the Road Jack” – Amanda Desimone – 23 – “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston – Cherry Hill NJ – These sisters, Jersey Girls, help their mom out in her home beauty parlor. They’re outsized and seem to be completely devoted to each other. Their singing is OK, nothing special But, Kara likes their brash style, being a brash girl herself. Randy gives in and says yes to both. Simon likes Bernadette, but not Amanda. but it doesn’t matter, they’re both through. – Mom has a hair salon in the basement. – VIDEO

Jarrod Norrell – 28 – Marietta, GA – “Amazing Grace” – He’s horrible. Kara’s got a look on her face like she smelt something bad. Kara says he sounds like a lawn mower. Jarrod is really upset. He’s begging to sing one more song. He launches into Amazing Grace again. Randy tries to get him to stop…security comes to escort him, but he still refuses to leave. OMG they’re cuffing this dude and taking him out. Did they really arrest him? Looks like a cop there. Psycho! – VIDEO

Erm. The talent tonight? Not really impressive.

Matthew Lawrence – 25 – Starke, FL – “Trouble” by Ray La Montagne – Matt manages his dad’s business. He says in high school, he had everything going for him. He took off from home when he was 15, and robbed a bank with a beebee gun. He spent 4 birthdays in jail. He says he wants to do something that will finally make his family proud. Wow. Really nice tone–gravelly and powerful. He’s my favorite of the night. Simon calls him “brilliant” and says it felt authentic. Kara agrees completely. She compliments his control, says he’s the real deal. Randy calls him “genuine.” 4 extremely enthusiastic yeses, and Matt is off to Hollywood. – VIDEO

31 contestants got golden tickets to Hollywood.

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81 Comments

  1. Hopefully as a guest judge Cheno pulls a Twain and not a Blige. I like Cheno so it would suck if she was as both bitchy and useless and Blige seems to have been.

  2. Kara hugging and awe, poor thing is stupid…….I hate it and this is after only 5 minutes into the show. At least when Paula felt sympathy for the contestants it was believable. Please, Bring Shanai back. And I know Chenoweth is popular but she is just too precious for me.

  3. I love Seth. I can’t see them taking him (too old, too much of a regular guy for Simon & Simon & Co. no matter how hard they push the back story) but I loved him and I hope he gets lots of opportunities from this.

  4. Cheno, I love you. Liked Seth. Too bad he doesn’t make it past Hollywood. Hate the backstories….

  5. I can’t stand Cheno, and her BFF crap with Kara only makes me more sure of that.

  6. Cheno, I love you. Liked Seth. Too bad he doesn’t make it past Hollywood. Hate the backstories….

    Can we please leave spoilers out of this thread? Thank you.

  7. Wow 18 made it through on day one in Orlando? After 13 total in Chicago? Something ain’t right.

  8. Another good Jermaine! Smooooth – I love smooth, warm voices. I say let’s have a Chris Brown winner this year.

  9. Randy says he has to “exude more performance,” but says yes. Remarkably, I agree with Randy here.

    I found in incredibly boring… maybe it’s the song choice cause his voice was fairly nice. But I knew he’ll pass since they talked about his backstory.

    Letting someone through w/ split pants…

    I enjoyed house of therising sun very much.

  10. Didn’t get letting the Simone Sisters through. Nah.

    And Handcuff Guy really believed in himself, didn’t he?

  11. And Kara declares Matt Wilson (?) will be in the Top 12. Let the pimping begin.

  12. Geez… I haven’t seen ‘The Next American Idol’ yet. Hopefully next week will be better…

  13. That last guy Matt was the most enjoyable audition I’ve seen this season. I’ve avoided the spoilers but I really hope there’s more to him than one good song. Finally someone who actually seems to be a little special.

  14. Have to admit I would like to hear Matt sing again. Since Vanessa apparently is gone, he is the only one I am curious about. Otherwise, too much same old, same old.

    My dislike of Kara grows with each show.

  15. Since Vanessa apparently is gone

    Another spoiler. That’s it for me. Good night!

  16. Hmm… Orlando was pretty awful. Worse than Chicago? Maybe not on the talent side, but Boston and Atlanta are looking so much stronger now. And Chenoweth, while OK, was certainly not a Shania. And she didn’t even make it through the full episode, which doesn’t help.

    Absolutely no one stands out to me, at all, and I’m trying to be generous. Well, ok, Shelby was pretty good. But that’s it. And some of the backstory stuff instantly turned me against the contestants. (The way the father of the autistic son’s package was delivered made this person on the autism spectrum sick, and the whole “I was in jail” package came off all wrong, too)

  17. Glad to see more interesting guys finally. Liked Seth, Jermaine and Matt. Didn’t see any girls I cared for tonight.

  18. They keep talking girl winner and I’m see contemporary R&B guy winner.

  19. I thought that Matt sounded okay. He seems like a nice guy but I don’t think that he was as good as the judges said he was.

  20. I am finding it really hard to get interested in anyone this year. They all just seem to blend together. Can’t wait for the actual competition nights.

  21. Jx223
    01/20/2010 at 9:18 pm
    I thought that Matt sounded okay. He seems like a nice guy but I don’t think that he was as good as the judges said he was.

    Ditto. Overall a completely underwhelming show.

  22. They keep talking girl winner and I’m see contemporary R&B guy winner.

    I think this is the one type of male they would be fine with winning. I really liked Janell, I thought her preidol stuff was good too. I hated Jay Stone. He was incredibly arrogant. Is he a decent beatboxer? Yes. Is beatboxing so 1988? Yes. Don’t act like you are some musical genius.

  23. I liked the singing voice of the big corn-fed boy, Matt, very much.

    The way he pronounced “Ray LaMontagne” was very nice to the ears, and I knew from hearing his earnest speaking voice that he could probably interpret a song very well.

  24. They all just seem to blend together

    A lot of the girls are definitely blending together. Most of them either remind me of Jordin Sparks or are Kelly Clarkson lite. They are interchangeable.

    IMO, the three girls they showed quickly towards the end tonight were a little different than most of the girls they’ve shown so far. But most of the girls they’ve shown sound very similar to each other and aren’t that unique, IMO.

    Here’s hoping LA brings some talented, but more unique and interesting singers.

  25. rayni, I agree with you. I’m seeing real potential for an r&b male to go far this year.

  26. I’m wondering if any of these girls are Kris Allen-like fodder… didn’t get any airtime but are spectacular…

    I have a feeling a lot of talent is not being shown in the auditions because Hollywood was pushed back to January, so producers didn’t know who to pimp yet, so they went with auditions with vague personal interest stories. I hope this isn’t too spoilery for people, but of the 22 people spoiled so far in the top 24, 14 have had their audition cities shown. 7 auditions were shown in some form on the show, some just briefly, and 7 they didn’t show at all.

  27. It bothers me when not everyone is getting air time. We are missing out on some good auditions. This week’s shows were not as good as last week. Matt did sound nice but not earth shaking.

    Both Shania Twain and Kristin Chenoweth were great judges. I wish they had more time on air.

  28. They keep talking girl winner and I’m see contemporary R&B guy winner.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a contemporary R&B male singer win. The show has never had one win. I think that a contemporary R&B male singer like a Chris Brown/Usher/Ne-Yo type could sell very well. The only singers I really remember on Idol trying to represent that genre of music were Nikko Smith, Mario Vasquez and Anoop. The other R&B males were either more like the Old School R&B, or Blue Eyed Soul R&B.

    But I remember when Anoop was doing interviews and was talking about the production values on the show, and how it wasn’t as easy for him to do the type of Contemporary R&B music he wanted to do. As opposed to him kind of putting a bit of an R&B spin on pop songs, which he ended up doing on the show.

    I think that it might be more difficult for the live band to duplicate some of the contemporary R&B/Hip Hop music that is out there. But it will be interesting to see how far people like the two Jermaines go.

  29. I just have to say that I’ve enjoyed the audition rounds more this year than any other in years, maybe ever. I hate the mean ones, and they really seem to have cut back on them. Kara is 1 million percent improved, and the guest judges are actually working out pretty well (except VB who was horrible). They’ve mostly stopped the faux judge fighting, which is a relief.

    The talent has seemed pretty average, but I always think that until you get to really hear more.

  30. Interesting to look at the spoilers for the top 24 and watch the auditions. Hmm.

    I agree. I enjoyed both Shania and Kristin.

  31. I hate the mean ones, and they really seem to have cut back on them.

    It feels like this to me too. I might be remembering it wrong, but I swear we saw a two hour episode once that had only two good auditions shown at length.

  32. I love having Paula gone. I didn’t know I’d enjoy it so much. Dear Idol, when Simon leaves, how about a whole new panel of judges?

  33. Kristin was nice, we didn’t get to see to much of her though. I really liked when it was the three judges though. They seemed to have alot of fun together. Simon sat back and let Kara take control.

  34. Janell flew under the radar. It’s so funny because her professional pictures are stunning. She looks like a supermodel! I dont know why they said Tampa, because I’m pretty sure she is from Orlando, but they are doing a segment on the 10 o’clock news about her (with that same guy Charlie interviewing her that was featured earlier). I’ll let you know what I find out (if you guys want). She has a good chance at winning this thing imo because she has the Taylor Swift thing going on. If she’s smart, she will play the girl next door one week (to keep the girls happy), and then play the sex kitten the next week (forcing the guys to pick up the phone) and the girls will already be hooked!
    I like Ashley as my #1 and now Janell as my #2. I’d pick Chris Golightly as my #3 (he’s on the L.A. audition coming up). Do u guys like Janell or no?? I really think Idol tried to downplay her sex appeal for her audition, because judging from her MS photo’s, she definatly has it. Brittney Starr was good too.
    Its a girls year. VFTW is going to have to put in some overtime to change that! LOL

  35. They keep talking girl winner and I’m see contemporary R&B guy winner.

    I would love that.

  36. I don’t get how some people, like the beat boxer dude, got through. I feel bad if he took the place of someone with a better voice.

  37. This was the ep I was looking most forward to since I auditioned in Orlando last summer. I was eliminated round 1. I was hoping I’d see some people I met. I met Theo and one of the blonde chicks that passed thru. And I actually saw Seth pass thru the first round even though I didn’t meet him. Overall it was really cool experience. Fingers crossed they come again to FL next year because I would love to try out again.

  38. I love having Paula gone. I didn’t know I’d enjoy it so much. Dear Idol, when Simon leaves, how about a whole new panel of judges?

    I like that idea. Three judges with their own chemistry. Maybe some younger judges would be nice too???

  39. My favorites from last night are.

    Katie Upperly

    Charity Vance

    Angela Martin

    Paige Deckausse

    My favorites from tonight:

    Matthew Laurence.. To quote Janice from friends. OH… MY…. GOD!!!!!! He was awesome! :)

  40. I like Jermaine the most tonight. Matthew was good too. There seem to be good girls but they didn’t show much of them. No to the 2 sisters

  41. I definitely wasn’t as impressed with Matthew Lawrence as the judges were because I felt his voice lacked depth. I do think he chose a great song and connected to it and that he has pretty good vocal control though.

    I didn’t see all the auditions but I did see the quick clip of Brittany Starr James, Janell Wheeler, and Kasi Bedford. I don’t know if it was because such short clips of their songs were shown but Janell sounded off key to me and I wasn’t impressed. Brittany Starr James sounded pretty good on a changed up version of American Boy and was the only 1 of the 3 I thought stood out.

  42. I think that it might be more difficult for the live band to duplicate some of the contemporary R&B/Hip Hop music that is out there

    I can understand Anoop’s frustration, but I don’t think that the culprit is R&B per se. In the past two seasons I see the Idol contestants splitting into two classes of “have” and “have nots”. If you can’t do your own arrangements, you are going hat in hand to the band and you are going to get a “Ricky Minor” arrangement. If you can do music arrangements (like Kris Allen, David Cook, Matt Giraud, and David Archuleta’s dad) you can treat the band as musicians for hire and get exactly the sound you want. Or, you can ditch the band entirely (like Kris, Jason Castro, and Brooke White did).

    So if you are “just” a vocalist like Annop, Danny Gokey, or Lil Rounds – you are at a disadvantage.

  43. Who else thinks the one-hour show format stinks? I was disappointed in both this and last night’s show. Its like the only thing they cut back on is the real good auditions. We still have the same amount of bad, dramatic and funny auditions, just fewer real good ones.

  44. Who else thinks the one-hour show format stinks?

    I do. However, tonight it was probably better for me as I have a paper I’m trying to finish for a class tomorrow. Plus the audition rounds mean nothing right now. We had no idea who Kris and Allison were til the Semifinals last season anyway. So I’m not getting attached.

  45. I definitely wasn’t as impressed with Matthew Lawrence as the judges were because I felt his voice lacked depth. I do think he chose a great song and connected to it and that he has pretty good vocal control though.

    My thoughts exactly. Good song choice, he seems like a nice young man and I’m a total SUCKER for a good redemption tale, but I didn’t think his voice was all that. He sounded, dare I say it… kareoke.

  46. I liked the show tonight and thought Seth, Jermaine, and Matthew were quite good. I didn’t think either of the sisters should go through. We tend to f/f through the bad ones unless they’re funny so it goes quick.

  47. Is anyone else bored?? I’ve loved this show since Kelly and I just don’t feel very excited. Oh well…. maybe time will tell…..

  48. Hm, tonight wasn’t too amusing either. Liked Kristin Chenoweth though.

    Liked:
    Shelby Dressel (Despite her facial nerve paralysis (thanks Anatomy class, cranial nerve VII :P) I thought she was really pretty. And even when she was little she was cute. And I loved her voice.).
    Jermaine Purifoy (I also wouldn’t mind an R&B winner, don’t think he’ll be it but who knows?)
    Janell, Brittany, and Kasi (They always put some real talent in those quick cannon-fodder trios :/)
    Matt Lawrence (Wasn’t all THAT, but was pretty good…. And I love me a redemption tale, I never thought that I’d feel sympathy for a bank robber :P.)

    I was pretty disappointed with the drama tonight. It didn’t entertain me. Also, that beatboxer murdered Come Together. Eep.

    Nobody has really grabbed me like Katie Stevens, Tyler Grady, Mallorie Haley, and Jermaine Sellers yet, I’m forgetting yesterday’s auditions (I’ll remember who I liked if I see a list), and today the only one I really liked was Shelby. I think they should’ve shown more of either Janell, Brittany, and/or Kasi. I saw potential in them.

  49. It is really a shame how the Judges take long “breaks,” and think peoples time is nothing. There is nothing wrong with musical theater, except that Simon(thank g-d he is leaving) doesn’t like it. If musical theater is so bad, then why is Kristin Chenoweth a guest judge?

  50. With Hollywood Week finished, and the Top 24 chosen, I wonder if the remaining episodes will be edited to contain more contestant pimping? The very last episode before the Hollywood Rounds looks to be some sort of “best of” episode. I bet the producers use it to highlight those “special” contestants TPTB would like us to bond with…

    I was wondering how they were going to manage to pimp their favs with Hollywood coming so late in the process, but I’ll bet you’re exactly right MJ. I guess posters in the betting pool should be taking a close look at that episode lol.

  51. Wow, long time no comment. Just been lurking all fall waiting for the new season. And what spurred me into breaking my silence? The impressive talent we’ve seen so far??? Nah. Just had to say how funny it looked to see “beebee” gun. Ha! Stupid ole me has always written it “BB gun”!

    Still chuckling….

  52. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Still no “wow” factor for me on anyone… “yawns”

  53. Janell flew under the radar. It’s so funny because her professional pictures are stunning. She looks like a supermodel! I dont know why they said Tampa, because I’m pretty sure she is from Orlando, but they are doing a segment on the 10 o’clock news about her (with that same guy Charlie interviewing her that was featured earlier). I’ll let you know what I find out (if you guys want). She has a good chance at winning this thing imo because she has the Taylor Swift thing going on. If she’s smart, she will play the girl next door one week (to keep the girls happy), and then play the sex kitten the next week (forcing the guys to pick up the phone) and the girls will already be hooked!

    The interviewer is called Charley Belcher. He is from the Tampa FOX affiliate, and he is the dad of Lindsey Rose, who has battled leukemia and who is a David Cook fan. She predicted David Cook to win,:-). David has kept in touch with her and visits her whenever he is in the area. I, too, like Janell. I’ll have to check out her music. I was proud to see her and Shelby, who lives near where my late father-in-law lived. And I was excited to see someone from my home town, Seth. Btw, mj, the city he and I are from is Lakeland, not Lakeville, :-). I, too, deal with a son with a mild form of autism, so I know what he is dealing with. And I was excited to find out that Jermaine is from Lee University, Phil Stacey’s alma mater,:-D. The Chattanooga Times Free Press recently did an article on how many artists have come from Lee. So it’s cool to see another one in the auditions. And speaking of Phil, he tweeted that so far, he is the only male AI finalist from Florida (where he lived when he auditioned). I have to agree with several who were not impressed tonight. In spite of hit being my home state and several were from my area, no one tonight impressed me as much as Jermaine Sellers, Bryan Walker, and John Kim have. So far Jermaine and John are the ones I will root for, if indeed they have made it to the top 24.

    NO SPOILERS in the audition threads please

  54. If the show started using modern hiphop r&b music, they would lose their core audience, imo. They would definitely lose me as I don’t listen to that kind of music and I don’t think I’m alone. Just like if they went rock or country they would lose other viewers. I think they can modernize a little but not go to modern r&b/hiphop. I like the weekly genres, as they show what the contestants can really do. People like Daughtry, Cook, Carrie, Kelly, managed just fine with the different genres, as they knew how to take any kind of music and make it their own. Also those old songs show off the vocals. They have melodies.

    I hate these audition shows when they show mostly bad singers and few good ones. Can’t wait for Hollywood, when it really begins.

  55. USA Today has a poll this morning of favorite from last night. Matt is the overwhelming winner…..as of right now 62% with the rest divided among the other choices. I liked Matt but I wonder if this doesn’t really speak more to the fact that it feels like we’ve seen it all before.

  56. Hah! I like Matt a lot! I don’t know if he’ll be my horse in this race, but I loved his rendition of “Trouble”, although it’s lost some of it’s cred since it’s been used in a commerical somewhere (dog food? I don’t recall).

    At this point I’m just hoping and praying I HAVE a horse in this race somewhere this season. Last season was a bore for me and I want to be crazy to dial again. Gimme a Taylor! Gimme a Jason! Gimme a CONSTANTINE even! PLEEASE!!!

  57. Last season was a bore for me and I want to be crazy to dial again.

    I echo your sentiments! Love to have a concestant I really care about voting for like Jason, Elliott, and Bo.

  58. The very last episode before the Hollywood Rounds looks to be some sort of “best of” episode. I bet the producers use it to highlight those “special” contestants TPTB would like us to bond with…

    This could go either way. They could pimp a few chosen contestants (keeping their thumb on the scales in the Semi-Finals), or they could use the evening to show us the people in the Top 24 who were left out of their respective audition show, thus leveling the playing filed somewhat.

    Whatever happens, by the end of the night we’ll see if the producers have turned over a new leaf, or are just loading up on more of the tricks that blew up in their faces last season.

  59. I’m hoping the producers wisely let us get to know the top 24. I’ve looked at the spoilers and sadly am very bad with names so it will still all be a mystery to me.

    I’m glad to hear the ratings were up because hope springs eternal that the show will regain its magic for me! And isn’t what this is all about?

  60. The 29 videos on the AI site show the following contestants:

    Aaron Kelly
    Amanda DeSimone
    Austin Simmons
    Becca Neun
    Bernadette DeSimone
    Brandi Holmes
    Brittany Starr James
    Candice Glover
    Cornelius Edwards
    Janell Wheeler
    Jay Stone
    Jermaine Purify
    Jonathan Stills
    Kasi Bedford
    Katie Bernard
    Kelsey Laverack
    Kelsey Madsen
    Kristi Quinnie
    Lacey Brown
    Luke Edgemon
    Matt Lawrence
    Michael Lynche
    Michelle Delamor
    Noel Turner
    Raquel Borges
    Sarah Rucker
    Seth Rollins
    Shannon Livewell
    Shelby Dressel

    2 are missing if the total was 31.

  61. The radio morning show in Tampa was talking about Janell this morning. They said she used to date Tim Tebow.

  62. That episode was a whole pile of “Meh”.

    There were some good singers, but nobody really made an impression except the guy who got arrested. Is it me or are the Idol security guards getting a lot of love this year? It seems every episode they are called on to escort somebody from the room. This year is like an Idols/Cops-mashup. How long before they have a montage to “Bad Boys, Bad Boys”?

    I don’t know what the editors are up to this year, but they need to work on getting people invested in contestants (ones that have a fighting chance of making it to the competition rounds).

  63. i think the handcuff guy was there as a “plant”…to make the snoozy episode a bit more exciting….to put him through to the judges as a “bad audition” wouldn’t have worked cos he was boring looking and didnt have one of those crazy back stories so i think to make good tv, the producers asked this dude to create a scene. oh well, it was fun though.

    favourite of the day was jermaine (didnt he look like the other jermaine?) and matthew

  64. I watched the 2nd audition night. That was enough for me. I make it through about one audition show a year. I can’t find myself caring until the real show starts.

  65. Over the number of years I have tuned in to American Idol, I have mostly, until this year, ignored the auditions. This season, in NCIS overload, I watched and found them very entertaining. The judges find potential I would surely miss and this year they don’t seem to indulge in the gratuitous meanness I’ve always associated with the early rounds. After the “Amazing Grace” psycho singer was trussed and carried off, Simon’s “Okay, yes or no?” cracked me up. What can I say, I’m easy. Thought Kara seemed more relaxed post-Paula (who I did not in the least miss), but, boy, she and others are in cosmetic overload.

  66. Ok, thank god Orlando actually had some great singers, vs the crap in Chicago.

    It’s interesting to have just watched the S8 auditions again, knowing how it played out, because with only a few exceptions, some of the people who got a ton of audition praise, also went very far in the competition – Even when we, the audience, only got a taste of how good they were, the judges comments gushing about them usually told a more complete story.

    That said, I can totally see the last guy being the Sarver of the season. I wasn’t as blown away as Simon was, but clearly Simon did LURVE the guy, so he definitely has a shot of going really far.

    I also got a kick out of the exchange between Randy and one of the guys auditioning (forget which one now) – it was the exact same exchange between Adam and Randy when he first walked into his audition last year – lol. I got a kick out of that ;-) Foreshadowing?

    “Don’t be skeerd”
    “I’m not skeerd”

    Granted, it is Randy, so it’s not like he isn’t known to repeat himself, for me, for you, dawg.

  67. If you can do music arrangements (like Kris Allen, David Cook, Matt Giraud, and David Archuleta’s dad) you can treat the band as musicians for hire and get exactly the sound you want. Or, you can ditch the band entirely (like Kris, Jason Castro, and Brooke White did).

    So if you are “just” a vocalist like Annop, Danny Gokey, or Lil Rounds – you are at a disadvantage.

    Except IMO, Danny is not at that disadvantage right now, :-). He’s got some good musicians traveling with him, one being his late wife’s brother-in-law. He performed alongside Danny and others, whom Danny himself had picked, at his homecoming. But I can see where it can hurt if you cannot arrange your own music.

  68. Am I the only one sick and tired of the over 100% yes? Like 400% yes. Does that mean 4 yeses? Besides being silly, its old.

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