American Idol had a big night on Sunday with its special San Diego auditions, airing after the exciting NFC Championship game (go Giants!). And now they’re going to do it all over again.
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Due to the fact that the game went into overtime and Idol didn’t start on the East Coast until 11pm, FOX has decided to re-air the episode Tuesday at 8pm, bumping a scheduled repeat of Glee due to the president’s State of the Union Address.
It seems a bit excessive since the episode was still watched by nearly 20 million viewers, beating its Wednesday premiere in the 18-49 demographic. The encore means in its first week alone, American Idol will air five hours over four days.
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On the bright side, it means viewers will get a chance to watch one of my favorite auditions so far, Ashley Robles. Her rendition of “I Will Always Love You” was great, especially since it has one of the highest degrees of difficulty for an audition song, but the real star was her adorable 5-year-old daughter who wants to be her back-up dancer. Check out her audition.
One reason Ashley Robles was so good might be the fact that she’s clearly a ringer and not just the insurance accounts manager, part-time DJ and single mom American Idol made her out to be. Robles actually had several record deals more than a decade ago and one of her DJ gigs was at Kendra Wilkinson’s wedding.
Still, Robles was definitely the best of the San Diego auditions. As for the worst, that dishonor goes to Steve Tyler, who sang the National Anthem at the NFC Championship game that forced Idol to be postponed in the first place. If your ears can handle the Titanic-esque disaster, check it out for yourself.
American Idol will continue with new auditions episodes Wednesday and Thursday at 8pm on FOX.
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