call Nashville Music City for nothing; with its strong roots in country,
blues, and rockabilly, it is part of America's musical heritage. Will
someone carve out their own niche in this storied city, or will it be the
fall of the Titans? Tonight on American Idol, it's...
Bridgestone Arena/Ryman Auditorium
They showed up at Bridgestone Arena 17,000 strong. Across the street at the
Ryman Auditorium, a storied venue of the Grand Ole Opry, we start with
Christine McCaffrey (27, West Palm Beach, FL), a dental assistant hoping to
make the judges smile with ... well, whatever it is she's got. She goes with
Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance". I hope she leaves.
now, Chelsee Oaks (23, Nashville) and Rob Bolin (23, Nashville), who are...
exes. They've been singing together since the day they met. For a while, it
looked like they were getting back together. But there's no way in hell that
they can be friends. They start with something together, "To Love Somebody"
by the Bee Gees. Rob starts with Marvin's "What's Goin' On". A bit short on
soul, but the meat is there in the sandwich. Chelsee is next with Brandi
Carlisle's "The Story". Same deal. Bit short, meat, sandwich. But they're
going to Hollywood!
(26, Franklin Furnace, OH) is a tattoo artist and a warrior. He sings
"Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynyrd. The tone is actually there... but he's all
over the place. It's anything but simple.
Stormi Henley (19, Crossville, TN), a former Miss Teen USA (2009). She sings
"Father Can You Hear Me" by Tiffany Evans. Steven's waiting for her to belt.
He says yes. Jennifer says she isn't strong enough, saying no. Randy...
gives her the go-ahead.
From a storm
to Adrienne Beasley (22, Wickliffe, KY), a farmgirl. Her parents adopted her
when she was 2, and she's been a vital part of the family ever since. She
sings "American Honey" by Lady Antebellum. She's a little bit country, a
little bit R&B, but it's something special. She's through to Hollywood.
Day 2 starts
up with Kameela Merricks (28, Oak Grove, KY), a junior regional soloist with
a huge voice for a small frame. How huge will it be for this room? She sings
Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing". Very sourly. Things didn't get any better for
this shadow figure in a full-body spandex suit.
Wilson (not that one) (28, Nashville) hopes to turn the tide with "'Til You
Come Back to Me" by Aretha. She does a weird key-change thing, but she
otherwise nails it. She's through.
Latoya "Younique" Moore (26, Nashville), a recording artist who sees herself
as a star. She's a little bit of a diva, isn't she? Hope she lost that
recording deal, because it's on for Latoya Moore with "When I Close My Eyes"
by Shanice... when I close my eyes... it still sounds whiny. She's not going
to Hollywood, but Paul McDonald (25, Nashville), Jimmie Allen (25, Franklin,
TN), and Danny Pate (23, Auburndale, FL) ARE.
follow in their footsteps is Matt Dillard (27, Cheatham County, TN), a big
brother to a few special needs fosters. To him, family is everything. They
inspire him to sing "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Groban. The judges are split
with Steven the decider... and he's going to Hollywood.
From a pool
of 17,000, we're down to just one more, Lauren Alaina (15, Rossville, GA).
She is your typical 15-year-old. She loves to sing, thanks to her cousin
Holly. three years ago, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She's since
recovered from it, but she would be on chemo for the rest of her life. She
closes the hour out with "Like We Never Loved At All" by Faith Hill. No
doubt they've saved the best for last. She has real natural talent. She's
DEFINITELY going to Hollywood. And she joins 55 others on the road to
Hollywood. But did we find the one tonight?
out as we go to Austin to continue our search for the 10th American Idol.
Will we hook'em here? Stay tuned, America.