The Final Judgment
Thousands of auditions... Many were called... over 160 answered. Now
we're down to the final 50. In one hour, we'll have our final 24, 12
guys... 12 girls.
First, a cheap plug for "Jumper".
Now to business. We had the auditions. We had the Hollywood Round.
Now it's time to take the longest walk... to the Final Judgment. The
three judges are about to meet the final 50 and announce to each one
whether or not they are on the show. What they don't know is that
last minute decisions are still being made. Each judge is going to
have to sacrifice their favorites in order to produce quality
9a... the final decisions have been made. Cowell's not that pleased
over some of the choices. But the tension-filled moment is upon us.
First is Ronald Hodge... He had some issues in Hollywood Week... and
it cost them.
One down, 49 to go. Ronald's not taking it too well. Following him,
Nina Shaw, Mycale Guyton, and Lisa Aukerman. That leaves 46... Make
it 45, because here comes Carly Smithson. Will this two-time
auditioner take the stage at CBS next week? She was always a crowd
favorite... but was she a favorite of the judges? ... YES! A very
teary-eyed Carly prepares for her next challenge.
David Cook didn't electrify with his guitar in Hollywood. But he'll
get another shot on the show. He's in. Following him, fellow rocker
Amanda Overmyer. What about Brandon Green, Amanda Hawkins, and Buck
Smith? No, no, and no.
What about David Archuleta? He's been just so darn sensitive through
this whole process... It was a unanimous decision... It's good news.
Break in the action... Over. Now comes Kristy Lee Cook's moment of
truth... Another show, I know. She feels pretty good, but she wants
to do better. It only gets harder from here on out. But she's going
to get a shot at it. She's IN. Brooke White's the first to
congratulate her. She's also the next up to see the judges. She says
she's doing great.. but she's a total basket case. She's going to
have to man up, because she's IN. Down she goes. Up goes Danny
Noriega (aka the guy with the scarf). He's IN, as is Jason Castro,
Luke Menard, and Alexandrea Lushington. They couldn't stop exciting.
Judges were on a roll. Ramiele Malubay... wants another couple of
moments. She had a couple of moments in Hollywood. And she'll have
another opprotunity for a moment on the Idol. She's IN.
OUT: Shawn Barrowes, Lorena Pinot, Drew Poppelreiter, and Natashia
Bloch. How about Michael Johns, who had an incredible run in
Hollywood? Another unanimous decision. He's... IN.
Syesha Mercado lost her voice in the Hollywood Round. Did that cost
her? She has her voice back, but she's about to stroke. Hopefully
she won't stroke on stage, because SYESha is in. Robbie Carrico...
2-1 decision... Randy and Simon said yes.
Waiting room is thinning out. Garrett Haley, Kady Malloy, Chiekezie
Eze, Amy Davis, Alaina Whitaker, and Jason Yeager. That leaves five
spots unanswered. Will one of them go to Asia'h Epperson, whose
father passed away the day before her audition? Oh yeah. David
Hernandez? 2-1 saying yes, Simon dissenting.
Josiah Leming is next, and his time in Hollywood was not up to par.
He does think they're going to put them through. Unforutnately, he's
thinking wrong. Nice kid, though. Unfortunately, overconfidence got
the better of him.
Two spots remaining. Four hopefuls in the holding room. First,
Colton Berry and Kyle Ensley. Colton was polish in the Hollywood
Round. Kyle was uplifting. It was not unanimous... but Colton...
you're in. Simon disagreed with this decision wholeheartedly. He's
got something that the people would've loved. And Paula hugs it out.
That leaves just two ladies and one spot, Joanne Borgella and Cardin
McKinney, a plus-size model and a professional singer. Randy likes
Cardin. Simon likes Joanne. Cardin didn't think she was ready for
Hollywood. Joanne thought she did her best. Through to the public
So here you have it, America, the American Idol Class of 2007:
Kristy Lee Cook
One of these 24 people is this year's American Idol. Who? That's for
you to decide. Big pressure, eh? Just remember to keep pulling for
your favorites, vote for quality, and don't lose it if your
favorites pass by the wayside. After all, there can only be one
American Idol. And America... it's all you now.
The Semis begin next week. See you then.