American Idol: Birmingham Auditions
The American Idol audition tour made its way to Birmingham, Alabama tonight and the results were underwhelming. The one hour episode had the least amount of tryouts of any show this season. Apparently, the Idol producers didn't get the requisite entertainment value from auditions that they usually do. This was exemplified by the fact that even the worst singers, who got verbally abused by Simon and Randy, were polite and thanked them. No blow-ups. Good for the judges, bad for FOX. Birmingham had over 11,000 people turn out for the American Idol auditions, which may seem high for a city's that isn't that big, but we need to remember that three major American Idols have come from Alabama: Taylor Hicks, Bo Bice, and Ruben Studdard. The pedigree is there, but tonight's episode did not show it. There were a couple of notables, but mostly it ranged from mediocre to horrendous. My quick thoughts on the episode can be found below.
  • A girl with a crazy-high speaking voice, like a chipmunk, who had a pretty good singing voice. She made it through, but the most striking thing about her was the massive disparity between her singing and speaking voices. I suspect that she fakes the voice, talking like a child kind of like how Paris Hilton does.
  • Tatianna McConnico, a 17-year old girl who possessed a spectacular voice. She'll be someone to watch.
  • Bernard, who sang "Rock with You", was well-liked by Simon and not Paula, yet made it to Hollywood.
  • Southern blonde whose sob story was as horrifying as I've ever heard (I'll explain tomorrow). She made it through, but only because she told her story before the audition.
  • If you're overweight and sing a Seal song, then you must be good to also make it to Hollywood. Which Chris Sligh was.
As you can see, not a whole lot of highlights. For the full recap of this episode, see American Idol: Season 6, Episode 5 Recap. -Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer