We are in Louisville, KY. Who will be
through to Hollywood? And who will be next out the door from Churchill
LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY -
Over 11,000 people are here today!
Tiffany Shedd (18, Cincinnati, OH, HS
Graduate) and her parents are the 1st Contestants of the day. They
are both proud. She will walk out of there with a positive attitude..but wants the golden ticket.
She sings Mariah Carey, but sounds like
Drew Carey. Simon says, "The Good News is you are going to college."
She begs to sing again, but it's a no go. Simon: "Imagine 22 horses
and a donkey." You wouldn't stand a chance. And her positive attitude
goes out the window with tears and anger. She sings again, and the
horses go nuts. And she goes off, again. So much for maturity and
We have 23 yr old Joanna Pacitti next. She
moved to LA on her own. She lost confidence in the last year. Kara
recognizes her as an A&M signee, and Joanna blames A&M for it not
working out (as asked by Simon). She sings "We Belong" by Pat Benatar.
Kara likes her. Yeses all around and she is GOING TO HOLLYWOOD. She
cries tears of joy.
Next we see Mark Mudd Jr. He is 23 and has
been in 2 car wrecks. He nearly died 5 times. He is distantly related
to Dr. Samuel Mudd who fixed John Wilkes' Booth's broken leg after he
shot President Lincoln in 1865. He sings White Lightning by George
Jones. They didn't like him. Paula said This wasn't the right
competition. Simon says, "Wheel of Fortune". Mark said "Be Careful in
whatever you do." They felt it was a threat.
Brent Keith Smith is next. He is 28 from
Blanchester, OH and sings "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" by Bad
Company. He is a traveling musician. Paula liked it. Simon didn't like
the song choice. He felt that the song choice should have been
emotional. He called it "buskerish" (Busker is a term for subway singer
in London.) Everyone didn't like that. Simon is trying to get
constructive criticism in while Kara wants to speak. Kara tries to
speak, but Simon cuts her off. He eventually says yes, while Kara goes
under the table. "Let's both go down" and Paula and Kara engage in
something fun. He is a full sweep into the Hollywood Round. He is
Irene Angueloba butchers Over The
Rainbow, Obianujo Omwurah and Wil Heuser butcher other stuff. Ryan
Benningfield comes in full face paint. (Simon: Is this show getting
weirder every year?) Patrick Warner does an overweight version
of Billie Jean complete with Crotch Lift. Needless to say, they dont
Maybe Matt Giraud, a 23 yr old dueling
piano player from Kalamazoo MI will do better. He sings "I Don't Wanna
Be" by Edwin McCain. Paula likes his different sounding voice. Kara
likes him. Simon says he reminds him of Elliott Yamin in season 5.
Simon says his problem is he doesn't believe in himself. 4 yeses
mean...he is GOING TO HOLLYWOOD. He says, this is big.
Ross Plavsic 26, an after school tutor,
calls himself an academic. He arranges Chinese characters for fun. He
is been studying everything from Youtube to books...he is nervous
before his audition. He explains his Chinese characters thing for fun.
He is singing Cara Mia and we are going Mamma Mia this is terrible.
They all sing along...and his excuse is the dry air and scratchy
throat. We know it's lack of talent. Paula is stunned by Ross sipping
through her straw to get lubricated from her Coca-Cola mug. He tries
to sing "Love Me Tender"...and he gets the big boot. Paula asks for a
new cup and new drink.
But we have 10 Louisville people on their
way to Hollywood after Day 1.
Day 2 starts with Alexis Grace from
Memphis ...a stay at home mom at 20. She is pursuing her dream since
she was 2. She has a 2 yr old daughter and plans to get married to
their father who is in military school. She is singing Dr. Feelgood by
Aretha Franklin. Randy was pleasantly surprised by the power and
difference in her voice. Paula wants her to work on her stage
presence, but she likes her. Simon likes her face, while Kara likes
her voice. And she is GOING TO HOLLYWOOD!
We see a montage of bad contestants. The
judges are tired and homesick. We need someone like...
Aaron Williamson to lift their spirits. He
likes to WOOO a lot. He is ready to work and bring it. He says he is
"America's Next Top Model". Paula says, "You Watch Tyra". Simon says,
"Someone does!" He sings (or with rather incredibly over the top
screaming) "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" by CCR. My ears hurt. He
seems Angry and is screaming. Ryan is concerned. Randy asks if he
always performs this way. Simon says he has to do something with
shouting. All 4 no's however. And Aaron is gone.
Next is local girl Rebecca Garcia, who was
interviewed by Fox 41 earlier in the day. She has a cheat sheet, which
she claims to use because of nerves. She sings "Before He Cheats" by
Carrie Underwood. And it doesn't like a very good job. Kara notices
she was voted most humorous in High School and claims this was a joke
audition. And the room falls silent. Kara feels awful and Paula saves
the day by saying that she had not been in any auditions. Simon says
not to have a career in music. Kara apologizes profusely for being
mean. No's all around.
Will Kris Allen from Conway, AR do the
trick? Felicia Barton from Virginia Beach, VA? Ryan Johnson, from
Cincinnati, OH? Shera Lawrence from Bowling Green, KY? All 4 get the
Golden Ticket! 8 have gotten the ticket from day 2!
Finally we have Leneshe Young, 18, from
Cincinnati, OH. She was raised by a single mom and basically homeless.
She stayed home to help her mom raise her brothers and sisters. She
sings an original song called "Maddie". Very risky, but her voice
carries it. Simon loved her and her writing. Randy says she is what
they need. And we have 4 yesses all around. She is the last of 19 to
get the golden ticket out of 11,000!
Next stop, Jacksonville, FL. For Game Show
News Net...This is Jason Block...out!