Auditions: Boston - February 7
We're in the last stop, the home of the world
champion Boston Red Sox... the world champion New England Patriots... and the
next American Idol? We'll see about that as Randy, Paula, Simon, and a blonde
puppet for the Fox network invades Beantown.
It's the worst of the weather that's bringing us
down today, as we hope that one of these proud wet ones will be the next Idol.
Simon may be a bit harsher today because of that whole Tea Party thing a while
back. We know that the last thing he wants to see is... a Patriot. Meet Pats fan
James "Ghost" Yokley Jr. (23, Lynn), who learned his style from the Midwest. He
says that he's a hip-hop melodic. He marches... and it's probably the quickest
turndown ever... Randy loves the get-up, but isn't keen on the audition. Paula
likes the content, but this is the competition. Simon wants 10 seconds of "Lean
On Me". Ten seconds too many.
The boys say no. Ghost appreciates the honesty.
Next up, Ayla Brown (17, Wrentham), whose father
was a senator, whose mother was a local TV personality, whose ball skills got
her to college, and whose voice kicked off a Pats game. Impressive pedigree. She
sings "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." I say Boston has her first winner. She's
impressive. Randy wasn't blown away, but she has a good voice. Paula only heard
"power voice." Simon agrees, saying she's a bit robotic. She has a good voice,
but it's empty. Randy still says yes. Simon says no. Paula... asks her what
would happen if she made it all the way. She says she wants to do both music and
basketball. Good answer... Paula gives her another chance. But she needs more
than one emotion.
Ayla Brown: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
And Ayla's mom even looks like she's on TV often.
Next, an immigrant Irada Jafarova (22, Bethesda, MD), who came to the US three
years ago to chase a dream of singing. She's a mezzo soprano. She thinks she has
the whole package. Her rendition of "Unbreak My Heart", bad as it was, turned
into a strip show. Simon calls her a regift. Randy asks for something else...
And the strip show continues with "Chain of
Fools". And "How Do I Live". She didn't even say thank you upon leaving.
Next up, Laurence Soares (27, New Bedford). And
next out, Laurence Soares (27, New Bedford). Next after that, Alison Laverdiere
(22, Leominster). And next out, Alison Laverdiere (22, Leominster). Katherine
Hofmann (19, Mastic Beach, NY) wasn't any better. And the war of the British was
on again... and the British is winning.
But the battle is not over, as our next soldiers,
the O'Donahue twins... of which only one will sing, Rebecca (25, Dobbs Ferry,
NY). She sings "Black Velvet" by Alannah Myles. She's beautiful, but not in
singing. Paula and Simon say no... at first. Paula believes that she's got a bit
of magic... flips, so...
Rebecca O'Donahue: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD.
Tatiana Ward, meanwhile (22, Hatfield, PA) has
something to prove to her grandmother, who disowned her mother after she married
a black man. She delivers a flawless "My Cherie Amour", but I'd dodge a few
allegrettos here, but still, nice. After buttering it up, Simon says she reminds
him of a pet poodle. Paula would like to hear more colorful vocals. Decision
time... it goes to Paula again...
Tatiana Ward: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD
And all the golden tickets in the room were given
Later in the show: "I really can sing, but I'm
nervous as hell and I gotta pee."
A few of the auditioners shouldn't quit their day
jobs. The best job... at least the one worth an audition piece belongs to Holly
Corrente (25, North Providence, RI), who works at a rehab. She works with people
with disabilities. She tries to incorporate music. We'll see if she can
incorporate a good audition here. She goes with Anastacia's "Left Outside
Alone." Very nice, a little throwbackish. Randy agrees, saying no. Paula says
no. Simon... also no. So not bad, but not good enough. Will we see her again
next year? Probably.
Kenneth Maccarone (21, Providence, RI) is a bit
wound up after waiting 12 hours in line. He sings Cher's "Believe"... just like
Cher... SCARY! He can also do Judy Garland... Simon suggests being a female
impersonator. "Absolutely not." Ken and Simon have at it about sounding like
Cher... He's not going to be walked all over. "Good. Cher, you're not going to
And that was the end of that.
Still looking for good guys. We found some young
men ready to be led to the slaughter. Should we even let Kevin Covais (16,
Levittown, NY) in? Okay, we'll let him in. Another audition with "You Raise Me
Up"... And another good audition with Josh Groban. Randy nods in approval.
Simon calls him "a jolly nice young man". But no one under 20 will relate to
him. Paula says that he's an underdog. Paula again brings out the Clay Aiken
argument. This time, it works on Randy.
Kevin Covais: GOING TO HOLLYWOOD
From there, we spread "Joy to the World"... but
no joy to anyone to actually sang "Joy to the World". From there, we finally go
to the man who says he's the next Clay Aiken... Michael Sandecki (20,
Washington, DC). It's his only card, and he's playing it to the fullest. He
sings "In the Still of the Night". Great. Now try again without the mouth
aerobics, the pitchiness, and the suck.
Simon says that it was obvious to look like Clay,
but not to sound like him. Paula... agrees. " Mike says.. "I really can sing,
but I'm nervous as hell and I gotta pee."
So that's what Mike does... Go to the loo.. come
back... and ... no, still bad. Sorry.
At least you got to pee to "Chariots of Fire." So
there we go. The final 28 out of the final 175 are chosen from Boston, now we
move to the next stage... Boot camp. But before we go there, we get the trip in
five minutes... to Daniel Powter's "Bad Day."
Tomorrow, the beginning of the three-episode arc
that is... Hell Week. Until then, I'm Chico, this is American Idol. I'll see you