- January 18
The Auditions Roadshow continues to Denver. And
"ain't no mountain high enough" to keep this group of wannabes from getting to
Hollywood, not even a mile-high mountain. The judges enter and hope that the
altitude brings the hotness... So far, it beings Marlows Davis (16, Denver), who
sewears that he isn't nervous. He compares himself to Usher and Michael Jackson.
We'll be the judge of that, as he performs "Fallin'" from Alicia Keys for
singing and... something else for dancing... He'd do well to stick to neither.
Paula calls it strange. Randy doesn't hear the voice. Simon calls it horrific.
It's three nos, and Marlows goes all the way back... to Denver.
Will Tiffany Christensen (25; Clinton, UT) get the
women off to a good start? No. Not with "I'm Here for the Party" (Gretchen
Wilson).... Neither will Olivia Dudley's (20; Arvada) version of Paula's
"Straight Up." Or David Horning (27, Colorado Springs) for that matter. Yeah, he
'bout to run outta here...
God, I'm hoping that Lisa Tucker (16; Anaheim, CA)
turns the tide. Her CV include Variety's Top 10 Kids to Watch. That's
promising... She sings "One Moment in Time" from Whitney Houston. Her voice is
exceptionally raspy and bluesy for someone who is only 16. A bum note here and
there, but not enough to stop her from shining. "I think the best 16-year-old
we've ever had this competition," Simon says. Randy agrees. Paula thinks that
it's fantastic. And it's a three-for...
Lisa Tucker: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
Two hours in, and the locals are getting restless.
So we go to the holding room for Soul Train Lines, backflips, and instant
America drawings. Amanda Berg (17, Northglenn), a gymnast, aspires to be Whitney
Houston. She sings Leann Rimes' "Can't Fight the Moonlight." And you can't fight
intonation. Stick to bananas and backflips, baby.
Next, Brett "Ace" Young (24, Los Angeles). If you
remember, this was one of Paula's favorites. And after singing Westlife's "Swear
It Again," we know why. Dude can't blow, but he's got the pipes. Solid
foundation, we call it. Randy thinks that he's good and in control, especially
of the falsetto. Simon likes him more than his voice. Paula loves him. Randy
says yes. Paula says yes. Simon says a very very very stymied yes.
Ace Young: GOING TO
"Elaine!" "That's me!" (25; Kansas City, KS). She was evicted, jailed, and on
the verge of being evicted again. "I need this." Let's see you want it, then.
She adds another Idol link to Aretha's "Chain of Fools". And this is probably a
good performance. The voice has some range, and it looks like Simon likes it.
Randy calls it one of the best. Looks like...
Rochelle Elaine Dye: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
Denver's turning into a goldmine, as we enter the
rock show portion of the episode. Unfortunately, this next group of auditioners
are nowhere NEAR Bo or Constantine. Case in point, Fiona Apple clone Naomi Guse
(26, Denver) with "I Wanna Be Sedated." Sounds like you're already there. Then
there's Jacob Garcia (27, Greenwood Village), who does Bo's mic-stand madness
with crutches to "Jump Jive and Wail". ... Oh dear.
Cue the bad rocker montage! Rock on... Rockman X.
Chris Daughtry (25; McLeansville, NC) was
inspired by Bo last year. But can he do him one better? He's got a family at
home praying that he's in. His wife wants his dream to come true. A lot of the
line for Chris as he tries "The Letter" by Joe Cocker. The pitch is there, and
he's got the North Carolina voice this song could use. I like it, but will the
judges? Paula does... Randy likes it... Simon... "I thought you rushed the song,
but I'm not sure I'm looking at a stand-alone star." Paula says yes. Simon says
no. Randy... didn't see emotion... Chris comes out empty-handed... but not
Chris Daughtry: GOING TO
Late afternoon, and also
going to Hollywood...
Heather Cox (21;
Jonesville, NC): GOING TO HOLLYWOOD
Not going to Hollywood....
(25; Hobbs, NM): GOING TO HOBBS, NM
Simon: "Very rare that I hear something better than the original." She sang...
"Rush Rush." Erik Mena (23; Monterey Park, CA) sings "The Way You Look Tonight".
And the way it's looking, he's not going nowhere. Showdown ensues... Simon fires
a stare. Erik... leaves. This calls for a cowboy. Garet Johnson (18, Veteran,
WY), git'er done. He sings with chickens for a living. He sings Elton John's
"Can You Feel The Love Tonight" today. I can feel the tone, but I can't feel the
pitch, and I think we've outgrown warbling, thank you! "There is a good voice in
there somewhere," Simon says. Randy says he can benefit from lessons. Simon says
yes. Randy asks if he's ever been on a plane before.... Garet says no. That's
about to change, now is it?
Garet Johnson: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
Simon: "But seriously, get some lessons." I wish I
could quit you.... Heh. I had to. Nineteen people join the cowboy after day one
in Denver. Next day? Mr. Technicolor.
"My name is Nick McCord (25; Athens, GA), but
people call me 'Flawless'." Really... He's got five matching pajamas that he's
decided to wear. Not only is he a style icon, he's an entrepreneur who cleans
houses, "making them smell like paradise". Ben Hausbach (24; Pompano Beach, FL)
is also an entrepreneur and an inventor that made a thing to hold ... That's
another show, though. Right now, though, American Idol 5: Search for a
Tablecloth. Flawless is first with "Your Song", which is neither yours nor
flawless. "Worst we had in Denver."
Now to Ben, with his cosmic coaster... thing.
Again, that's another show. He sings "If I Only Had a Brain". If you only had a
clue. That was painful. Randy can't stop giggling, Paula slaps herself, and
Simon... "You're a terrible singer, the invention isn't that great, you're
useless, I'm bored, and that's it!"
So all you people who are going to miss "American
Inventor"... Blame Ben.
Getting late in Denver, as April Walsh (27;
Laguna Niguel, CA) sings "It's So Quiet" by Bjork. And I wish it were so quiet.
At least she had fun with it. Simon says, "If someone did that in a restaurant,
you'd say 'shut up, let me have my dessert'." Randy and Paula disagree, so
against all better logic...
GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
The women clean up,
while the men clear out. Finally... what in my opinion (and therefore, not
slanderous) is an ambiguous melding of the two in Zachary Travis (18, Denver).
People confuse him for a girl. He sings Whitney's "Queen of the Night". He's got
the tone down and all but the pitch is off and.... well, permission to freak
All things considered, though. It's still very
nasal and annoying. Can't have it. Simon calls it atrocious. Paula likes his
confidence, but the voice isn't up to par. It's one, two, three strikes,
Zachary's out. And Mr. Eccentric takes it as expected... very poorly and
misunderstandedly. Reality check: the judges are NOT prejudiced. You are just
bad. And anyone who reads any more into that is a total headcase.
So in total: 37 golden tickets over two days.
Next stop: the hotbed of two former Idols, Clay and Fantasia. That's right,
you're headed to Greensboro, NC next time!