Maybe it's me, but something was off on American Idol
in Atlanta. The slimmed down hour-long episode featured almost no bad
auditions, which was nice, but I wasn't feeling the good ones.
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There were a lot of young divas with big voices and runs. And that included a lot of fashion trends I found upsetting, like bright, sparkly lipstick, pink hair and American flag bandanas. The guys, on the other hand, were mostly large dudes with absolutely no style (except the one who brought his dog). On the bright side, we did get to see Ryan Seacrest being woken up by his mom.
While I didn't really hear anyone who knocked my socks off, the judges did and 44 singers from Atlanta are moving on to Hollywood. And if you've read the spoiler lists for this season's finalists, you know that a very, very large percentage of the singers featured in this episode will be moving on to the live shows.
Here are the good ones, and I've decided to not even waste time writing about the bad ones in this episode.Majesty Rose
: A pretty girl with a pretty name, she has flowers in her hair and sings a beautiful Coldplay song while playing the guitar. Honestly, I'm getting really tired of these guitars. Nearly every single contestant this season has a guitar. The judges love how clear and distinct her voice and style are.Jesse Cline
: This big guy works midnights at a gas station. As Harry says, he's "the ultimate Cinderella story." One look at him and I instantly assumed he would be terrible, and then he sings with power and soul.Chris Medina
: He wears a cowboy hat and brings his dog into the audition. Since other contestants use cute kids to score points, I kind of appreciate Chris using his dog, which Harry instantly loves. His voice is OK, but the dog is the real star.Kristen O'Connor and Emily Piriz
: These are two girls with dime-a-dozen diva voices. There's nothing special or unique about either of them, so the show lumps them together into one segment. Ben Briley
: Like Jesse, he's a big guy with absolutely no fashion sense and no style, but he has a rich country voice and a very supportive wife.Nica Nashae
: Oh look, another big diva voice who the judges quickly say "Yes" to because, yeah, she's good, but that's it.Jordan Brisbane
: He's a big 15-year-old who loves cooking baked beans with ground beef and whiskey, which sounds rather delicious. He's sweet, but he sings with a bit of a lisp and Harry warns him not to do runs. They say "Yes" anyway because they like him, not because he's ready for this competition.Sam Burchfield
: He's a weird and inventive dude, like if Phillip Phillips and Adam from HBO's Girls
had a baby. It's a little affected, and Harry doesn't like it, but the other judges do.Jessica Meuse
: Another chick with pink hair? I think there have been about a dozen girls this season who dyed their hair pink. She sings an original, so I don't like her, but she's good and gives the judges a Stevie Nicks vibe.Lauren Ogburn
: She's a real country chick with an American bandana and American boots, which Harry thinks is overkill. Hilariously, after he calls her out for trying too hard with her accessories, Keith calls her "authentic."Neco Starr and Caleb Johnson
: They both made the Top 40 in season 11 and are back. Needless to say, they both have very strong voices.Bria Anai
: She's 15 with a "mom-ager" and disturbingly bright and sparkly purple lipstick. This is what I mean when I talk about trying way too hard. He voice is strong, but that doesn't forgive the lipstick in my eyes.(Image courtesy of FOX)