Cities Nos. 1 (New York/New Jersey) and 2 (New Orleans) are down with Milwaukee (Wednesday night) and Nashville (Thursday night) to come this week.
Have we already seen the winner? Seriously doubt that. And if so, then Idol is in trouble.
But this is the land of the Cheeseheads tonight and we will be in for real tape delay cause if this show were anywhere close to live we would be hearing a whole lot more about the Packers and the Super Bowl. As it was we heard more than enough from just one contestant. Final score: Danny Gokey appearances, 2; Green Bay mentions of being in the SB, 1.
Just for the record:
Steven Tyler Bleeps: 1
Steven Tyler Off-Color remarks: 1
Commercial breaks: 7
And FYI for today: Live shows will start March 1 as audition shows continue through Feb. 10 and then rounds in Hollywood and Vegas. When it goes live is when we will see how good or
bad Tyler and JayLo really are.
Here we go, who they were and how they fared:
Scott McCreery, 16, Garner, N.C. – Does parts of songs by Josh Turner (Your Man) and Travis Tritt (Put Some Drive In Your Country).
I’m no country/western fan (except the lyrics to the songs), and Scott will never win this thing, but the kid is downright good. He gets a Pass to Hollywood.
Joe Repka, 19, Swanton, Ohio – “Longest Time” by Billy Joel
Joe is a “radio guy” and a student at the University of Toledo. “Toledo’s K100!” as he proclaims loud and clear more than once. Fundamentally, he is the clown du jour. Everyone says no and he goes back home to Toledo’s K100!
Emma Henry, 15, Littleton, Colo. – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper
With only a drivers’ permit, she drove the 16-hour journey from Colorado to Wisconsin. Not that bad, but she won’t progress too far. Randy says she’ll get swallowed up by the competition and he is so right on. But they give her a Yellow ticket to Hollywood.
Naima Adedapo, 25, Milwaukee. “For All We Know” by Donny Hathaway
She cleans up for the Summerfest amphitheater in Milwaukee. Nothing shy about her and she has an interesting voice. Give her a slight chance… emphasis on slight. She is going to Hollywood.
Jerome Bell, 27, New York – “Let’s Get it On” by Marvin Gaye
Jerome sings at Bar Mitzvahs and weddings. Bit of a screamer. Kinda thought he’d be better than he was. He is on his way to Hollywood as all three voted yes.
Thia Megia, 15, Mountain House, Ca. – “Chasing Pavements” by Adele
Ok, first question – where is Mountain House? Slightly north of Tracy is the answer. Now will Thia put Mountain House on the Idol map? Just might. Confessed she just couldn’t wait for the SF or LA auditions so off she went to Milwaukee. Paid off. She’s on her way back to California and Hollywood with a very confident, careful voice. If she can start taking chances she will go far.
NOTE: Every 15-year-old who sang in front of the judges on the first day of auditions had his/her ticket stamped for Hollywood.
Nathaniel Jones, 22, Zion, Wis. – The Lion Sleeps Tonight”
Civil War re-enactor. Totally for the grins. Falsetto voice would start dogs barking. Nate and his rifle are staying in the Midwest.
Mason Wilkinson, 23, West Allis, Wis.
Don’t really know what he sang… or why. All I do know is that he received the obligatory trio of No votes.
Molly DeWolf Swenson, 22, Seattle – “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” – Otis Redding
Harvard grad, Obama White House intern. Surprisingly good command of her voice which isn’t all that bad to begin with. Going to Hollywood. Might make top 20.
Hayley Reinheart, 26, Wheeling, Ill.– “Oh Darlin”
Bluesy, rock voice. 3 Yes votes on her second try. Probable Top 40.
Tiwan Strong, 29, Chicago – “Twisting the Night Away” – Chubby Checker
He won’t win cause 15-year-olds won’t vote for him. But to date he is best I have heard. Three yes votes.
Steve Beghun, 27, Chicago
CPA, auditor for an accounting firm. Not as boring as he looks or as bad a singer as you might imagine. They put him on a plane to Hollywood… well, just because. He’ll be back home soon.
Vernika Patterson, 20, Milwaukee – “Loving You”
Never heard this song done this poorly. Stereotypical upset contestant after she was voted off. Enough poor losers already.
Albert Rogers III, 24, Oglethorpe, Ga. – “Stand By Me”
Thought he could sing, he couldn’t. But he was the opposite of Vernika. He went out with class and a little humor.
Scott Dangerfield, 22, Milwaukee,– “Dreamin’ By Amos Lee
Sorta dufus-looking and acting kid, but when he started to sing you could tell with a lot of help and luck along the way he has top 5 potential. We shall see. Three yes votes.
Megan Frasier, 20, Green Bay, Wis. – “Baby” by Justin Beiber
Here is the Packer fan du jour. Guess they had to find one just because. Couldn’t sing a lick. Believe it or not, she is a worse singer than I am. Three No votes. Go Packers!
Alyson Jaydos, 26, Chicago – “Come Together” – The Beatles
“I want to bring more Rock n Roll to American Idol,” she said. Tyler was checking her out the entire segment and at point gave her a big hug. Hummmm… Deep, raspy voice which wasn’t all that bad. Vote came down to Tyler and of course he sent her onward to California.
Finally, the obligatory sob story…
Chris Medina, 26, Chicago – “Break Even” by The Script
His fiancé suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2009 and came out of a coma after six weeks and is now in a wheelchair. Following his performance, they wheeled her out. The entire episode brings out mixed feelings. We’ll leave it at that as Chris packs his bags for Hollywood.