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In the world's ultimate talent search - where the eyes of a nation are upon the best undiscovered singers in the country, where the audience has the power to make or break you, and where a million-dollar recording contract is on the line, there is only one rule: If you can sing it, bring it.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, Jason Block, Don Harpwood & Gordon Pepper, GSNN
Host Ryan Seacrest
Judges Randy Jackson
Jennifer Lopez
Steven Tyler
Mentor Jimmy Iovine
Creator Simon Fuller (based upon "Pop Idol")
EP Nigel Lythgoe
Ken Warwick
Cecile Frot-Coutaz
Simon Fuller
Packager 19 TV & FremantleMedia North America
Origins CBS Television City, Los Angeles
Web americanidol.com
Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Auditions: Savannah
January 18

Last year, your votes changed the life of a 17-year-old high school senior from Garner, NC. But the song remains the same and the journey continues. The search for the 10th anniversary American Idol starts.... NOW. Jennifer's ready... Steven's ready... Randy's ready... Ryan's ready... are YOU ready?

Open call: North Charleston Coliseum

Callbacks: Hyatt Regency

Welcome to day 1 in Savannah. After 12,000 auditions in Charleston, just north of the city, a select few are called back to Savannah to make their opening cases in front of the judges.

First up... another North Carolinian, David Leathers, Jr. (17; Fayetteville, NC; HS senior), whose friends call him "Mr. Steal Your Girl", because he's hanging out with girls a lot. He happened to be in a local contest placing 1-2 with Scotty. And he actually BEAT him, so expectations are high in deed. He sings "Remember the Rain" by Century 21. Very high on the treble here. He looks and sounds like Michael Jackson... and then he sings his "Never Can Say Goodbye". Making it really simple... really easy... a unanimous YES. And we're off and running.

Gabi Carrubba (16; North Haven, CT; HS junior) is a dancer by hobby, has been since the day she was born. In fact, she goes and gives Nigel a hug before auditioning "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5. She's a little jazzy thing to the pop-rock song. Steven says she nails it. The others agree, and she's going to Hollywood. Joining her: Brianna Faulk (15; Monroe, GA; HS sophomore), Neco Starr (20; Atlanta; unemployed), Molly Hunt (15, Franklin, TN; HS sophomore), and  Elise Testone (28; Charleston; musician/vocal coach).

Keeping us going is Jessica Whiteley (19; Cuyahoga Falls, OH; unemployed), who just loves to sing anywhere and everywhere. She sings "In This Song" by Charice... and if you had 21 minutes into the show where we had our first contestant who was way over her head in suck, you win our prize, Gordon Pepper's voice on your home answering system. ... Judges? "Awful. Baby this is not your vibe." She says she'll see us in Texas. Oh. GOD no.

Next up... Ryan Seacrest? No, it's a guy named Shaun Kraisman (26; Mt. Pleasant, SC; sales consultant) who just happens to look - and sound - like our generation's Dick Clark. But does he sound like the Chi-Lites? Here's an assessment of "Oh Girl". Stick to looking like TV hosts, Shaun.

Shannon Magrane (15; Tampa; HS student) is six-foot tall with a size 11. She hits the volleyball, and her dad was Joe Magrane, the St. Louis Cardinals World Series pitcher. And if you had 33 minutes into Steven making an off-hand comment about a minor, you win our prize, Gordon Pepper's voice on your home answering system. WITH HER FATHER PRESENT, NO LESS. She goes with "Something's Got A Hold On Me" by Etta James. It was a little sour, but she's got the sass to sell it. She's got a good feeling for Hollywood.

Georgia looks like it had a winner... Looks can be deceiving. What about Amy Brumfield (24; Gatlinburg, TN; unemployed). She lives in a tent in the woods and, if online reports are to be believed, was an Occupy protester. She sings "Superwoman" by Alicia Keys. Very raspy, very much knowing what she wants to do. And the judges agree. She's going from the tent to Hollywood.

Joshua Chavis (23; Camden, SC; unemployed) has a dream of singing the national anthem at a NASCAR race. He is also smitten with Jennifer. Will he sing for her? His vibe is more country-pop-rock. He sings "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz. I think he sounded better with his primal scream. It's funny... It's funny... and now it's just sad. And now he's just acting out.

Stephanie Renae (15; Orange Park, FL; HS student) has been watching since she was eight, when Carrie Underwood took it. Will she take it from Carrie with "Inside Your Heaven", her season's coronation single? It sounds... like a 15-year-old singing Carrie Underwood. Kinda shouty and kinda shrill and kinda nasal. A couple of vocal lessons will help that, but she's in anyway, 2-1.

Next up, Schyler Dixon (16; Murfreesboro, TN; student/face painter) is returning to audition, this time without her brother Colton. She's nervous, but she wants to make a journey on her own. And meanwhile... the judges want to see Colton. That's just... wrong... Anyway, she starts into "Breakeven" by the Script. Colton (19; Murfreesboro, TN; face painter) then goes into "Permanent" by David Cook. BOTH of them are going to Hollywood. How. Is. That. Even. Possible.

Day 1 is coming to a close with Lauren Mink (25; Winchester, KY; program director). She works with people who have intellectual disabilities - Down syndrome, autism, and the like - and she's trying to work music into her routine. She tries to work some magic into "Country Strong" by Gwyneth Paltrow. She's a warbler and she has poor tempo, but she has a great tone to her. It's a yes all around.

Day 2 begins with ... a heatwave. Then we come into the singing with Mawuena Kodjo (25; Nashville; team leader at a food company), who has come originally from Togo, West Africa. He's a big fan of "Skatti Macrrrrrr...." from last year. He wants to sing "I Won't Let go" by Rascal Flatts. He... should let go. And not even wait for it to come back. It was all over the place. Meanwhile, he arrives with a random cadre of onlookers who say that he should make it. ... It's STILL a no.

Ashlee Altise (28; Kinston, NC; sales associate) does a happy dance when she is excited. She calls it "the joy hop". Hopefully she'll be hopping to the sound of her going to Hollywood. She's going to sing "Come Together" by the Beatles. With the scat. She's a performer, and a whole package lady. Singer... no. As a singer, she's crazy. But the judges love her.

WT Thompson (25; Appomattox, VA; unemployed) had to quit his job for the chance at American Idol. He had a job at a federal prison, but he had to make a choice. But would it be the right choice given that his wife is pregnant? The song is Little Big Town's "Boondocks". Steven thinks that he doesn't have it yet. Jennifer differs. Randy... 2-1. YES.

Erica Nowak (28; Buffalo; bartender) calls Steven Tyler "her future ex-husband". She has the crazy eyes. She also has the wandering hands. But does she have the pipes with "Super Duper Love" by Joss Stone? She's nowhere near Joss Stone on that. It was super duper bad. At least she got to first base with Steven Tyler. And Randy Jackson.

Pretty faces make a judge weak in the knees, so imagine what happens when Brittany Kerr (24; Charlotte; NBA dancer) enters the room. She goes with "Spoiled" by Joss Stone. She's adorable and she's got a great voice. Steven suggests that she listen to some more blues. Randy thinks that she can develop. It's up to the Aerosmith frontman... and it's a 2-1 YES.

We're down to our last auditioner in Savannah, Phillip Phillips (20; Leesburg, GA; pawn star). On the side, he's a musician, and his biggest fan is his father. And yes, that is his real name. He sings "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder. He puts his own little soulful pull on it with a little Lynyrd Skynyrd for good measure. He could very well be this season's "hot guy with guitar" as he goes into MJ's "Thriller". He broke a guitar string on that, but it's worth it. He gets a golden ticket and joins the other 41 players on their way to Hollywood.

Next stop... Pittsburgh.

To see extras from this episode, go to www.americanidol.com.