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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: San Diego
January 22

American 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 no other.

Welcome... to Carrier Classic II.

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 Hollywood either.

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.

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