It's the final stop on the American Idol audition tour,
and for some, the final chance at a golden ticket. Will
we see the thunder in Oklahoma City?
AUDITIONS: Chesapeake Energy Arena
CALLBACKS: Devon Boathouse
Fun Fact: one of the
greatest American Idols of all time CAME from Oklahoma. Of course, she
now makes her home up in Ottawa. Hi, Senators fans, how ya doin'? Will
we find the next Carrie Underwood here?
Our first contestant in
"Native America" is Karl Skinner (26; Joplin, MO; pizza chef), who comes
courtesy of the Idol Bus, which stopped a few blocks short of his house.
He married his wife in March, and she "makes waking up worth it." Oh,
and he's a mover. And a shaker. And a singer with "I Got You (I Feel
Good)" by James Brown. Gingers may have soul, but not this one. He tries
again with an original song on his guitar. The judges see him as more of
a Ryan Seacrest. "Will you hurry up and vote?" Okay. NO. There. But I
hear there's a job opening at ABC. Just saying.
.... wait, they said yes?
And it's anything but a
beautiful morning so far.
Nate Tao (24; Reston, VA;
ASL teacher) is here with his parents. They don't know how good he is...
because both of his parents are deaf. But we'll know soon enough. He
sings "For Once in My Life" by Stevie... he's a little flat. Just a TAD.
But he sauces it up a bit. He sweeps the panel, and we'll see him next
Next up, Oscar (17; Vernon,
TX; dog puppet), accompanied by her friend Halie Hilburn (27; Vernon,
TX; horse trainer/ventriloquist), who's been throwing her voice around
since she was 9. And medically... nothing is wrong with her. Seriously.
She'll be dueting with Oscar on "Cowboy Sweetheart"... complete with
yodeling. So we have a crazy song, a crazy singer, and she's got a
puppet. She'll fit right in. Now for something completely different...
15 seconds of "I'm Gonna Love You More Than Anyone" by Gavin DeGraw.
This may be a breakup, because I see good things for her in Hollywood.
By a count of 3-1, Randy dissenting, she's in.
Oscar... a little pitchy,
Nicki can apparently do a
southern accent. Speaking of crazy, hi, Zoanette Johnson (19; Tulsa, OK;
habilitation health specialist), who needs a Golden Ticket to match her
shirt. She's going to sing the National Anthem. Please rise...
... and somewhere Roseanne
is laughing her tail off. God bless America... and get off the stage.
Wait a minute, she's going
on too? What is this show coming to? All you have to do is sing the
national anthem and tell Obama to invite you to the White House. Someone
get Gordon Pepper on the phone.
And we've arrived at the
get-that-f'ing-camera-out-of-my-face montage. Or, you know.. not.
Anastasia Freeman (25;
Ardmore, OK; SAHM) is just jazzed to be here. Will she jazz up "Unbreak
My Heart" by Toni Braxton? Once she gets up... okay, STAY DOWN! "I
believe God told me to come and audition." Well, He didn't say anything
about having any talent. That is on you.
Oh, did we mention that
Anastasia is BSI? As in "making Nicki Minaj look normal by comparison?"
Attention, this is your
principal speaking... Glee Club meets in eight minutes. That is all.
We've saved what is
undoubtedly the best story for last. Meet 16-year-old Kayden Stevenson
(Tulsa, OK), who doesn't have as long to live as other people. He has
cystic fibrosis, and he's not expected to live past 35. He looks
incredibly young because of it. This is his life-long dream. He sings "I
Wish" by Stevie Wonder. He sounds like Michael Jackson at that age.
Nicki calls her unique and an inspiration. Mariah wants to make the
record right now. And the final audition of this phase... IS A YES.
And with that, the auditions
are OVER. In total, over 150 contestants are returning for Hollywood
Week, but if you think that you know how to play the game? We're going
to show you how it's REALLY played. Next week, everything you know about
Boot Camp is going to change. When it's all over, only 20 guys and 20
girls will be left standing.
We end the show with one
more audition... "Pepper Labeija"... who looks a LOT like someone who
was on the panel last year. Hi, Steven Tyler! How ya doing?