Haeley Vaughan and Mary Powers
got the young and the old. Haeley who's 16 and Mary Powers who at 28 is at
the end of her Idol
eligible time. Both put up solid auditions, but
they're not memorable, at least not in a good way. I may be the only person in America, but I find both Haeley and Mary's voices
slightly annoying and flat. And don't even get me started on their carefully crafted looks and Idol selling points. (I'm an adorable African American country singer! I'm an edgy rockin' Mom!) They're both little girls with big voice
and we know how much Idol
loves that, but there needs to be more than a
petite frame and a powerhouse of a voice. Clearly the judges disagree,
because both Haeley and Mary make it through.More Folks Who Make It Through
Lots more folks make it through including my sweet Summertime singer, Charity Vance, the annoying original song of
Toddrick Hall, and the future Alicia Keys voice double Ashley
Rodriguez. Of course, even during Hollywood week Idol
decided to focus
on the train wrecks of Skiiboskii and Cornelius and his split pants
instead of showing these. Some lessons are harder to learn than other,
I suppose. Day Two of Hollywood WeekLilly Scott
didn't see Lilly in Denver, but we get a nice long intro to her during
Hollywood week...which bodes very, very well for Lilly. She auditions
with an acoustic rendition of Ella Fitzgerald's "Lullaby of Birdland"
that gives me chills. She's sassy, sexy, quirky, jazzy, and current.
Even though she's apparently made the unfortunate decision to dye her
hair grey. We saw a minute of her and I bet we see lots and lots more,
I'm calling her for Top 24 right now and she's my brand new favorite. Big Mike Lynche
Mike Lynche who we
called out for his "arm porn" during his audition is having a crazy day. Just before his audition his wife called to say
that she was in labor with their first born, that's quite a sacrifice
to make especially for just a shot at stardom. But Big Mike doesn't let
his sacrifice go to waste, he does an acoustic soul arrangement of
"Waiting for the World To Change," which is so compelling his audience
of competitors can't help but sing along. Big Mike has big personality
and big vocals and he's sacrificed the birth of his first child for
naught, because he's through to the next round. Justin Williams
beat cancer and made it through to the group auditions during season 8,
so getting through the sudden death of season 9 should be no problem.
Right? I mean, there's a reason they're showing him now...which
hopefully isn't to break our hearts. Justin channels Michael Buble and
Chet Baker again with his sexy smokey audition, which already has women ready
to throw their panties. Randy's not so convinced, he says it's
"interesting and that's all I'll say."
is a code word for sucks according to Randy, because Justin doesn't
make it through the sudden death round this year. Neither does the
Barney-natrix or the Jersey Shore sisters, thank goodness. Gotta admit, I'm shocked that Justin didn't make it through, it was a sultry audition and definitely better than lets say, Rock Mom Mary Powers. Maddy Curtis
who auditioned with Leonard Cohen's heart breaking Hallelujah is back
with a boring ballad that shows off the potential of her voice, as much
as it shows what she needs to work on. Terrible song choice, which
Simon agrees with. My guess, Maddy's heading home this round, but will
hopefully be back for season 10.
keeps his shirt on and straps on a guitar, which perfectly matches his
bluesy growl of a voice. Where was this guy during the audition?
Because this guy can sing, and has A LOT more to offer than his pecs.
I'm shocked. I thought Casey was a flash in the pan we'd never hear
from again, but clearly I was wrong. That audition makes me think he'll
not just be safe today, but all the way through to the Top 24.
without baring his body Casey James makes it through and actually has
us excited. Sadly sweet little Maddy-kins is sent home.
is singing a Kara song called "Terrified," which in turn has us calling
kiss ass and feeling terrified ourselves. But, say what you will about
song choices, Didi can fricking sing. Probably the best female vocals
we've heard all day. Kara looks like a proud mama, and Simon says "I
hate to admit it, but I really like that song." I agree Simon, it
wasn't NEARLY as terrible as expected. Crystal Bowersox aka Dreads
old dreads takes a huge risk with an acoustic version of "Natural
Woman," a song you really need to have a solid set of pipes to do any
justice, and Crystal doesn't just do the song justice, she sings it
with style and swagger. She hit a few flat notes, but doubtlessly
showed incredible potential, charisma, and likability. Her competitors
not only sang along with Crystal, they jumped up and gave her a
standing ovation when it was over.
Surprising no one, both
Didi and Crystal make it through sudden death...and my guess, all the
way to the Top 24. Good stories, good voices. After the first days of
Hollywood week, 98 American Idol hopefuls remain.
Who were your favorites? Who were you most surprised to see cut?My favorites: Lilly Scott and Didi Behnami<< BACK TO DAY ONE