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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: St. Louis
February 2

One last stop before Hollywood. The last time we were in St. Louis, we found a student from Checotah, OK who liked to dabble in sustainable farming. Eight years after that fateful road trip, not only is she the toast of Nashville, she's also a hockey wife. But that was eight years ago... Today, another crop of hopefuls are hoping that the judges will "Carrie" them through.

Open call: Scottrade Center
Callbacks: Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

American Idol is a shared experience that united 10,000 from all over the place in this moment.... including one elderly guy who says "it beats the hell out of working."

Johnny Keyser (22, Pompano Beach, FL, server/student) is up first. He's here with his father, who is his best friend more than anything. He enjoys wakeboarding, but will he ride a wave to Hollywood? He sings "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke. Very very saucy, and it illicits an impromptu duet with the Dawg. He's definitely got star quality... and he's going to Hollywood with it.

Next up... an homage to "The Artist". In that there are a few auditioners who are better seen... then heard. With a dog.

Rachelle Lamb (26, Mountain View, MO; construction) is going through a divorce, and this has been a dream of hers. Being an American Idol can give her a better life. She always tells her daughter, "Chase your dream and mommy will always be behind you". She used to be a professional singer before no good dude took the dream from her. Now she'll try again with "Find Somebody New" by Faith Hill. Sounds a little bit biographical. The good thing about her is that she takes her craft seriously, but she doesn't take herself seriously. Good stuff, and it's through to Hollywood for her.

And there's that old guy. "People with a good set of pipes."

The Show Me State has shown us some talent... and then it showed us a bunch of crap.

Does Reis Kloeckener (20, St. Louis, student/pizza maker) have the pipes? He was bullied in high school, where he was coming from a small Lutheran school to a giant public school. In senior year, he was singing in a hallway, discovered by the choir teacher, and the rest as they say is history. He says that he's tougher for the experience. He sings Bill Withers' "Lean on Me". A little too quiet for my liking. He needs to have a stronger instrument than that to stand a chance, but right now, it's a good start. He's going to Hollywood.

Next to take the stage, Ethan Jones (22, Pontoon Beach, IL; musician), who enters bleeding. He dropped out of school to be a full-time musician with his dad and a few friends. His father helped found a band in St. Louis. He had to take a sabbatical for rehab, leaving the band to Ethan. He tries "I'll Be" by Edwin McCain. He has the pipes, but does he have the lasting power? We'll see in the coming weeks.

Day 2 starts with the hotel auditor of this fine facility, Mark Ingram (28, Collinsville, IL, auditor). After singing "Overjoyed" by Stevie Wonder, he should probably stick to his day job.

And it all comes down to this, our final audition of season 11, Lauren Gray (22, Hardy, AR, musician/waitress). She's in the family business of...  a one-stop wedding shop. She's the singer in a wedding band with her father. He's a big fan of Idol, and it would mean so much if his girl got the business from the judges. She closes us out with "One And Only" by Adele. And she's got a LOT of pipes. Hope she can keep up the energy... she's going to need it in Hollywood.

... and that's a wrap from the road. In total, 310 people from all across the country are going to Hollywood, where the wheat will be separated from the chaff, and every song you sing could very well be your last. Who has the chops to make it to the top, and who will you ultimate be voting for in the live shows?

Next week... HOLLYWOOD IS WAITING. Until then, good night from the loop.

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