American Idol wanted to do it big, someplace different than ordinary space to hold auditions. It was the aircraft carrier USS Midway, and it was big. And by the New York Giants will play in the Super Bowl on February 5, 2012. Sorry forty niners, better luck next time.
First to audition was Jennifer Diley, she was in her Daisy Duke bikini out fit. Her singing wasn’t that bad, well her singing was not good enough – it can be better. Her outfit was an eye popping for the judges, but they were judging on voice and performance, wear something decent and keep practicing your singing. Did she hit her head on the low ceiling of the air craft coming in for the audition? That could be it.
Single mom Ashley Robles, has an adorable five-year-old daughter who tags along on the audition. When she sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” she did really good. She told the judges that she can sing J-Lo’s “On the Floor” to her daughter. Overall, she can sing.
Jayrah Gibson, sang Musiq Soulchil’s “Just Friends.” Randy Jackson remarks they haven’t had a good R&B singer. He was the first. He got a golden ticket.
Aubree Dieckmeyer, accidentally gushes to the camera about her dream to be America’s Next Top Model – it’s American idol. If she can model, she can sing. Right? Aubree sang a bluesy rendition of Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good.” She has natural talent. She sails through with a golden ticket.
Ali Shields got her big break by posting a video on YouTube singing a song about how much she loves Ellen. Not only did Ali get an invite to Ellen’s syndicated daytime talk show, but Ellen sent her to be a red carpet correspondent at the American Music Awards. On the red carpet, Ali’s clever co-correspondent told all the celebrities that Ali had never been kissed, so lucky Ali got to smooch Mike Posner and Usher.
Overall, Ali has no shame, so she raps Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” for the judges and busts a move at Randy’s request. When she finally gets serious and sings “Like a Star” by Corinne Bailey Rae, her voice wobbles, but isn’t terrible. “You can sing a little!” She exclaims a shocked J-Lo, winning the line of the night. Ali’s going to Hollywood.
Kyle Crews frat guy from University of California, Berkeley— shows up and shares that he sings all the time in his fraternity house to woo the ladies. Kyle croons Monica’s “Angel of Mine” in a very college A cappella style. He does a few too many runs, but the judges give him a golden ticket anyway. “You sound nothing like you look,” says Randy, who must know by now that’s not a compliment.
Joanne Childers, tells the judges and camera about her hopes and dreams – only to be drowned out by the USS Middway by planes, boat and cannon. When Steven Tyler began to talk, and it was perfect timing when a cannon came out. It was hilarious. Eventually, she got a golden ticket to go to Hollywood.
When Jane Carrey walked in front of the judges, she asked J.Lo if she remembers her. Until Jane mentioned that she worked with her father. J.Lo asked who is her father. Jim Carrey is Jane’s daughter and J.Lo, and Jim Carrey worked on “In Living Color,” small world with 360-degree turn. J.Lo was a fly girl dancer, and Jim Carrey was one of the sketch actors’ comedians. We forget all about that.
Anyway, she’s a waitress and Carrey’s only child from his first marriage. She sang Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” and it’s actually pretty good. She’s not the best audition we’ve ever seen, but certainly she’s good enough to advance. The judges like her voice, but Tyler tells her to work on her volume, and Jennifer wants her to work on her performing and stage presence.
Finally, Jason “Wolf” Hamlin, with a thick beard that resembles a creature, the Wolfman, sang Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Midnight Special,” Steven wasn’t convinced. Wolf takes to his guitar for Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues” with a lot more passion than he brought just singing, and the judges reward him with a trip to Hollywood. He howls during the day, but made it through Hollywood.
What did you think, “Idol” fans?