Auditions: San Diego
Idol is set to make history again. Ten thousand people
have descended upon San Diego to begin their journey
toward pop stardom, but this journey promises to be like
Welcome... to Carrier
Open call: Petco Park
Callbacks: USS Midway
Permanently dry-docked in
the San Diego harbors, Midway has been a legendary carrier for 47
years. AI is putting her back in commission as they search for music's
next big thing in Southern California.
First to see Rockstar, Dawg,
and Flygirl is... the red-white-and-blue bikini of Jennifer Diley (19;
Columbus; sushi bar waitress). She sings "With You" by Jessica
Simpson... And while she may be smoking hot, her voice is leaving us
cold. And as she gets into "Hero", now it's getting desperate. San Diego
starts with a bust. Or two.
At high noon, Ashley Robles
(26; San Diego; insurance accounts manager) juggles being a career
woman, a DJ, and a single mom. Her daughter is going to be a backup
dancer while Ashley sings "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney. One of
the pop music killers on this show, but she nails it. She needs to stop
sounding like Whitney, though. We'll find out if she has any reserve
left in the tank, because she's on her way to Hollywood.
Jayrah Gibson (26; Long
Beach, CA; artist) can't sing, can't write. All he does is sing. He has
no B plan, because he's putting it all into his 1st plan, his one goal,
to succeed in his life goal to be an artist, the American Idol. Get
that? Yeah, me neither. He remembers writing a song for Jennifer, "Shake
Your Moneymaker". He'll be singing "Just Friends" by Musiq Soulchild.
He's got impressive range. If he had the focus to go with it, he could
really be a threat. But right now, let's start with a golden ticket,
which is like the one on Charlie and that.... That factory.
San Diego is CHARGED. Next
up, it's Aubree Dieckmeyer (20; San Clemente, CA; receptionist) who's
ready to become America's next top model. THAT'S ANOTHER SHOW! On this
show, it's "Feeling Good" by Michael Buble. She's got the right idea,
but it's not exactly coming together to match the timbre of the song. It
sounded pretty, but she lost power in the upper range. And it looks like
we're going to hear more from the pure voices than the lunatics we
usually get, so.. NEW RULE. Unless explicitly mentioned, assume that a
contestant goes through to Hollywood.
Alexis Shields (19; Lodi,
CA; student) tried out for Idol because of an appearance on the Ellen
DeGeneres Show. That turned into multiple appearances. Ali says that
she's never been kissed. Yeah, we'll believe that. She's going to rap
for us to start, "Look At Me Now" by Chris Brown featuring Lil Wayne &
Busta Rhymes. Then she sings "Like A Star" by Corinne Bailey Rae. It's a
little flat when she goes into the upper register. But it's good enough
for government work.
Day 2 begins with Kyle Crews
(19; San Diego; college student) is a Kappa Alpha from Cal. He tends to
serenade every girl that comes into the frat. Hopefully he gets to
serenade Jenny with "Angel of Mine" by Monica. The guy is good.
Joanne Childers (26;
Huntington Beach, CA; interpreter for the deaf) is ready to sing... and
then a cruise ship. That ship will make more than one appearance. As for
Joanne... well, we don't know what happens to her.
Back to business with Jane
Carrey (24; Los Angeles; waitress), who calls herself a "huge ham". And
her dad... Jim Carrey. Yes, THAT Jim Carrey. So let's see what this
half-Canadian half-pint can do with "Something to Talk About About" by
Bonnie Raitt. She's got a lot of potential, but she needs to think about
the non-singing performance, like opening her eyes. But she's going
back... home. And she's not the only California Girl to head to
We're down to one more
audition, and as night falls... it's time to let out the Wolf. Jason
"Wolf" Hamlin (24; Livermore, CA; mechanic) spends his day maintaining
the machinery on a golf course. His greatest gift from his father, his "git-fiddle"
(guitar). His father's looking down from Heaven while Wolf goes into
"Midnight Special" by CCR. Steven wants to hear something on the git-fiddle.
End of the day, let's break the rules. He goes into "Folsom Prison
Blues" by Johnny Cash. Interesting flip on it on the second verse. Great
way to end the day.
And at the end of the day,
one werewolf - and 52 mere mortals - are headed up the PCH to Hollywood.
What does Colorado have in store for us? Find out next time... Until
then, stay tuned for your local news... and good night, Rebecca
Dobkowitz, wherever you are.