to Houston to take in the rocket's red glare, but will
it be "one giant leap for mankind" or "Houston, we have
a problem". Either way, it's beginning to look like a
stumble in the dark.
Open call: Reliant Arena
Callbacks: Galveston Island Convention Center
After a greeting from the
International Space Station floating directly above Texas... we take a
look back at one particular Texan made good on this show... Idol #1,
But that was then, and this
First up, someone who's
obviously starstruck by Steven Tyler, Phong Vu (25; Houston; student),
who loves the attention from the cameras. He wants to shock and awe, but
in all seriousness, he says that G-d is on his side. We'll see. He has a
powerful movement, but after his performance of Toni Braxton's "Unbreak
My Heart", I have to have a powerful moment.
Cameron Dobbins (22,
Houston) ... sucked. Lamounte Hall (18, Houston)... sucked. This random
cowboy... sucks. THIS random cowboy... sucks.
Skylar Laine (17; Brandon,
MS; student) likes to ride her quad, shoot deer, and hang guitars beside
her deer head. She's more man than you'll ever be. She wants to keep her
family store in the family, so she'll use her voice for that. She sings
Pistol Annies' "Hell on Heels". She has a swagger to her that matches
the voice, but will she be able to compete? The good news, she's gonna
get her shot.
Baylie Brown (21; Nashville;
nanny) ... is back. She was 16 when she stood in front of Randy, Paula,
and Simon in season 6. She made it to Hollywood, but didn't survive
Group Round. She was paired with besties from Jersey, one of them
being.. Antonella Barba. Today, she's laying down on a "Bed of
Roses" by Bon Jovi. of course she's going to get a shot at redemption
after five years. Take THAT Antonella.
Meanwhile, Kristine Osorio
(28; Amarillo, TX; student), who always did bar gigs and cafe gigs. She
played with her husband until she got pregnant, which sort of threw
things off. She's going through a divorce at the moment. She got a loan
that was supposed to pay for a lawyer. Instead, she flew to Houston to
try out for Idol with "One and Only" by Adele. She's a high-warbler, and
the judges love it. She's on her way.
ISS clip #2. I heart
Meanwhile at the judges'
table, it's Jenny vs. the boys. She'll say yes... they'll say no.
Especially to the women. Except for the one case where Jenny says no and
the guys say yes.
Alejandro Cazares (26;
Houston; cell phone repairman) is next. He says that today is the first
day of the revolution. What revolution? Who knows. "Grant me the power
to bring revolution to the world." Oh my God he's an Utena fan. He wants
the underdog to win once in a while. He sings "Looking Up" by Paramore.
... well, if I had a picture
of a Duelist losing, it would go here.
Day one had a lot of talent.
What will Day 2 have? First up, Cortez Shaw (20; Garland, TX; warehouse
worker/student), who grew up in a single-parent household. He believes
that only you can define who you will become. He sings "Someone Like
You" by Adele. He's got a good voice, but needed to pick a better song.
He'll get another shot at it in Hollywood.
We're getting down to it
with Julie Shuman (bad), Vanessa Hernandez (worse), Erin "Nire" Kettl
(incredibly horrific), and...
... one more. Ramiro Garcia
(28; Houston; worship leader). He was born with no ears and the
possibility of growing up a mute. But over time, he had surgery after
surgery and now not only does he have ears, he has a voice to lead us
with "Amazing Grace". That was a leap of faith... and he lands on his
own two feet... in Hollywood! He joins a lucky 54 on the road out west.
Next week, we're keeping it
weird in Portlandia as the auditions wind down. Until
then, good night, Rebecca Dobkowitz, wherever you are.