opportunity people have been waiting for all their
lives, but in a place known for being weird, will we see
trailblazing talent... or will we be left to shout
"Timber!" It's the Portlandia auditions!
Open call: Rose Garden
Callbacks: Red Lion Hotel
Brittney "Tripster the
Hipster" Zika (21, Portland, OR; nanny/social media tech) had a dream
that she was on stage with Sara Bareilles singing "Gravity". That turned
into an epiphany, which turned into an audition... which turns into a
trip on the uneven bricks. She sings... "The Story" by Brandi Carlisle.
A very pretty voice, and the judges are awestruck by the look not even
matching the voice. She gets in on a sweep.
Ben Purdom (18,
Philadelphia, cable salesman) is not feeling that great right now. He's
been sick for a couple of days. Can he sing on it? He'll try on "Born
this Way" by Lady Gaga. "(BLEEP!)" My thoughts exactly, Steve.
Jermaine Jones (24, Pine
Hill, NJ, music teacher) began singing in the church. The self-professed
"mama's boy" was founded on music, but is the 6'8" guy born to be an
American Idol? He'll try "Superstar" by Luther Vandross. Nice robust
tone, albeit a bit deep for this song. Very dynamic, and it's something
you aren't taught. And the Gentle Giant makes it through to Hollywood.
Day 2 in the City of Roses
begins with Britnee Kellogg (27, Vancouver, WA, banker/mother-of-two),
who's been held back by people telling her not to do it, people telling
her she can't. Her kids beg to differ, though. Her husband decided to
pursue other women instead of basketball dreams. She sings, a propos of
a lot, "You're No Good" by Linda Ronstadt. She's got a nice raspy voice
for this song. If she can keep making wise song choices like this, she
could go far. She gets a golden ticket.
Hoping to follow her
footsteps is Sam Gershman (21, Clarksville, MD, motivational dancer),
whose dad is Ira Gershman. ... Okay. She sings "I'm a Woman". Very.
Portland is one of the
greenest cities in the country, so maybe Idol will pull a weed... David
Weed (22, Mountain Home, ID, fast food), who works in fast food, sings
"Tom Sawyer" by Rush. Someone bring out the Weed killer, please.
Romeo Diahn (22, Portland by
way of Liberia, shipping clerk) emigrated to a refugee camp in Ghana
West Africa, waiting for a chance to come to America. He finally got a
chance to come here, and since then, he's been living the American
dream. He'll try to live another with "Is This Love" by Bob Marley.
Rather plain sung. But it's good enough for Hollywood.
Just after 2, and everyone's
still looking for the golden ticket. Naomi Gillies (22, Boston, student)
is "Cryin'" for one. Bonus points for an Aerosmith song, but what will
Steven think? He likes a good old fashioned belter.
Bad idea jeans montage.
Next up, Ben Harrison (28,
Eugene, OR, shipping agent)... looks like a fat Gordon Ramsay. And is
about 100 times as annoying. And apparently things have gotten so bad in
Portland that Steven breaks out the cuckoo clock. People think that he
needs a little more polish and experience. He starts to sing "Somebody
to Love" by Queen... Yep.
Meanwhile, it's the end of
the road for many people. Will it be the end of the road for Jessica
Phillips (25, Brooklyn, NY, dental hygienist)? Of course it will,
because it's the final audition. Her boyfriend had a massive stroke.
After a month and a half in the hospital, he woke up not knowing who he
was or who she was. Every day after is a miracle in the making. Now
she's trying to translate that miracle into gold. She takes us out with
"Again" by Faith Evans. Very nice, very soulful. She needs a little more
focus, though. But it's a good start. And it's good enough for the
judges, who give her the ticket to Hollywood. She joins 44 others
heading to the almighty Hollywood Round.
One more stop on the road to
Hollywood, and it runs through St. Louis. See you in 23.