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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
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Airs 8p Wed & Thurs, Fox
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Auditions: Aspen
January 25

Things are about to get hot in a place known for being cold. Tonight, Idol invades Aspen looking for white-knuckle talent.

Open call: Invesco Field at Mile High
Callbacks: Doerr-Hosier Center

Will fresh mountain air mean fresh mountain talent?

Jenni Schick (24; Sterling, VA; music teacher) has always been energetic, but she has this thing against recorders. You know, those flute-looking things you played in grade schools. She'll start us off with "Heartbreaker". A little bit pop-tarty to be taking on this kind of song. It's a three-way and Jenni gets to kiss Steven. Good for her.

Curtis Gray (28; Spring Hill, FL; server) plays keyboard and vocals for a church group. He'd love to take some gold out of Aspen with "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" by Boyz II Men. He's got a nice robust quality to his voice. Another sweep. Joining him, Richie Law (19, Centennial, CO), Devan Jones (26, Aurora, CO), Mathenee Trego (25, Centennial, CO).

Hoping to keep the gold rush coming is Tealana Hedgespeth (19; Loveland, CO; color guard coach), who has a twin sister who's her best friend. She is more of the character, but admittedly less of a performer. She's hoping to escape her shadow with "Bring Me Some Water" by Melissa Etheridge. Well, at least we know where all the talent in that family went.

Haley Smith (18; Orem, UT) lives in a log-cabin in the middle of nowhere. She loves it. She has three new jobs... She's a housecleaner, a busser, and a vegetarian working in the meat department. Will she get a job as a pop-star with "Tell Me Something Good". She reminds me of Janis-lite. But she's a welcome throwback to the judges, so she's on her way.

Elena Snare (22; Fort Collins, CO; bartender-waitress) works at a restaurant known for selling Rocky Mountain oysters. Because nothing says yummy like bull balls. She will sing "Jolene" by Dolly Parton. And cue the cow getting grabbed ... back there.

Shelby Tweten (17; North Mankato, MN; student) was diagnosed bipolar in March, though she was struggling with it since 4th grade. Music seems to have a bit of a calming effect on her. She'll try to calm us on "Temporary Home" by Carrie Underwood. It's a mite sharp, but a very beautiful tone. She strikes gold.

And now, because we haven't had these in a while, here's a bad-singer montage.

Now let's break the ice with Jairon Jackson (19, Denver, host), who has a lot of faith in an original song that people keep telling him NOT to perform (C-Note: Go with that...). Anyway, it's called "So Hard". And it's so hard to follow this... he's crazy vibrato. Jennifer calls him "a lover". But the judges give him the vote of confidence.

Angie Zeiderman (25; Delray Beach, FL; waitress) idolizes Lady Gaga. She thinks that she's the next American Idol. We just think she's going to be next. She sings "When You've Got It, Flaunt It" from "The Producers"... Why. She switches it to "Blue Bayou"... Better? Good enough.

One more question. Do you believe... in magic? Magic is... Magic Cyclops (?; Davenport, IA; air guitarist).... okay, I call BS. That's obviously Sacha Baron Cohen or something. And in any case, I'm absolutely wasting precious "Jeopardy!" bandwidth even covering this so...

That's Colorado. Thirty one singers are feeling a Rocky Mountain high, but which of them will last in Hollywood? Stay tuned. Meanwhile, the auditions keep it rolling to Space City Texas. Until then, good night, Rebecca Dobkowitz, wherever you are.

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