“American Idol,” Jan. 15

15 Jan

First “American Idol” blog of the year, woo-hoo.

First things first, though, let’s get some seriousness out of the way, then it’s on to fun, k?

I’ve been a fan of “American Idol” for a couple of years now. Trust me when I say there’s nothing someone could say good or bad about the show that I haven’t already heard.

I’m well aware that “American Idol” is not perfect. A lot of its imperfection comes during this “audition” round (actually what you’re seeing is the final of three rounds…no, the judges really don’t see all those thousands that show up; they see maybe a couple hundred at most).

No, it’s not funny when the judges, Ryan Seacrest or the producers (in editing) make fun of a contestant. I think it makes the show look incredibly immature. I hate the auditions because I wish they’d show a majority of good singers with a couple of the “I want my 15 minutes of fame” screwballs (NOT the people who really think they can sing and then are embarrassed because they’re rejected).

Alas, the show is what it is. But, I don’t want to come on here and write bad things about any contestants who were obviously embarrassed by the show.

Instead, let’s focus on any potential “idols” we saw tonight and talk about the contestants who won their golden ticket to Hollywood.
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The first audition town was Philadelphia. The first contestant they showed to go through was Joey Catalano (forgive me if I misspell any of these names; sometimes they don’t show up on the screen long enough to write them down correctly). This kid was alright — he sang a Maroon 5 song. Decent enough.

Melanie Nyema sang “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield…and unfortunately that’s all I remember about her.

Junot Joyner sang Elton John’s “I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues,” and did a pretty good job of it.

Angela Martin sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered,” but I think most folks will remember her more for her personal life. Martin is a single mom, and she said she wants to get on the show so she can better support her daughter who is disabled. Martin’s family and friends were with her, and it was truly heart-warming to see them all supporting her. She made it through and if she can — as Simon and Randy suggested — cut out her bad wedding-reception styles, she’ll be pretty awesome.

I have a feeling though that Kristy Lee Cook stole just as many hearts. The Oregon native sang “Amazing Grace” beautifully.

The judges were split on Beth Stalker, who sang “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Good job on it, but is it really “American Idol”-ish?

The girls will go ga-ga over Chris Watson, who sang “Follow Me.” As Simon said, he looked like a star — he’s good-looking, talented and seemed to have a healthy sense of self-esteem.

Brooke White closed the show with “Like a Star,” and I’ve already almost forgotten her, and the show’s barely an hour over. All I remember is she said she’d never watched an R-rated movie.

Of course, these aren’t the only ones to make it to Hollywood from Philadelphia. These are just the ones the show focused on. I know I’d have liked to see Jose, who sang a Spanish song, more. Still, we have until May, so I’m sure we’ll see plenty more in the coming weeks.

What did you think about tonight’s show? Who impressed you? Who bored you?

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