Over the last four weeks, you've seen the best of
the best... and the best of the worst. Now, in what has become almost a custom,
it's time for the best of the rest.
THE ROAD TO HOLLYWOOD
The Best of the Rest
"The journey of a
thousand miles begins with a single step." -Lao Tzu
We begin tonight's showcase with... "Pants on the
Ground". That became instantly famous. The song choices of returnee Jessica
Furney (20, Wamego, KS, caregiver)... not really. "Footprints in the Sand" is
her choice, and it actually comes out nicely. While the panel belittles the head
judge, they also say that she's vastly improved. Guts, perseverance, and a great
voice... she had all these and more...
"The road up and the road down is one and the
Amanda Shectman (18, Roslyn, NY, theatre student)
does a killer Britney... and from what we hear, an even more killer Lil' Wayne.
When it comes to singing, though, "Good Morning Heartache" by Diana Ross, is all
her, combined with someone else. She's got a hard time figuring out who she is.
Simon wants her to connect with everyone. She'll get another shot at it... and
Simon... stick to your day job.
Joining her, maybe, is Lee Dewyze (22, Mount
Prospect, IL, paint sales clerk)... or Crystal Bowersox (23, Elliston, OH,
musician/mom)... or both? Yeah, both.
"To know the road ahead, ask those coming back."
A lot of return prospects this go around...
Remembering them is easier for some than others. Lacey Brown (23, Amarillo, TX,
church event director) was here last year. She was top 50 last year, having lost
her spot to Megan Joy. She has to turn this no into a yes with "Over the
Rainbow". If she was good enough for the season prior... she's good enough this
Stephanie Fisher (23, Jamestown, NY,
student/promotional model) is back for a seventh time, and as luck would have
it, she's going up against her own idol, Victoria Beckham. She gives us
"Fever".. and it's a little chilly. Simon thought it was terrible. She thought
that perhaps Victoria was putting her off. She wasn't. She's truly that bad.
Meanwhile, we go from vets to greenhorns Rachel
Hubbard (Boerne, TX), Thaddeus Johnson (Oklahoma City), and Genesis Moore
(McDonough, GA), all of which hit sweet 16... and struck gold.
"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
We have a little bit of everyone and everything
in the room, especially athletes. They just want to be in the game. Adrian "The
Big ____" Chandtchi (17, Apopka, FL, HS student) is 6'8"... and is
affectionately called "a man flower" and "Blonde-zilla" at the same time. He
sings "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Elvis... and it sounds like someone
stepped on his man-junk. Unfortunately, it doesn't match the song OR the singer,
so it's a no.
Michael "Big Mike" Lynche (26, Astoria, NY,
personal trainer) is a personal trainer whose brother was actually sent through
once upon a child. He's got guns... He's also got a child on the way. Does he
has a hit with "Unchained Melody"? Apparently so, if Kara and Kristin Chenoweth
can't stop giggling. He's through.
Didi Benami (22, Hollywood, CA, waitress) is
battling her emotions as she's auditioning in memory of her best friend Rebecca,
who died four years ago. She sings "Hey Jude" in a bit of a changeup... and it
works for her. Randy thought that she made the song her own, saying yes. Simon
gives it a yes with a small "y". Avril Lavigne says that she's got potential...
so it's a full house.
"He knows not his own strength that hath not met
adversity." -Ben Jonson
We've seen heart and determination. In Aaron
Kelly (16, Sonestown, PA, HS student), they saw resilience. He moved around a
lot. His father couldn't keep a job. Uncle and aunt adopted him and his brother
as a result of social services stepping in. He sings "The Climb" by Miley Cyrus.
A little risk singing a ladies' song, but that voice out of someone like him
makes him believable. Full house.
Kimberly Bishop (23, Altamonte Springs, FL,
nursing student) says that she has a really big heart, wanting to recycle and
help kids in Africa. She sings "I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry... and it's a no.
No, seriously. She wasn't good enough.
Shaddaii Harris (22, Arlington, TX, college
student) has Texas-sized talent, and a Texas-sized kiss from her mother. The
only thing she doesn't have is a pitch on "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys. It got Neil
Patrick Harris dancing... but that's pretty much it. And Shaddaii apparently
can't take a hint.
"Tomorrow is another day." -Scarlett O'Hara,
"Gone with the Wind"
We've got one more for you, Hope Johnson (19,
Arlington, TX, waitress/bartender), who had to overcome a lot of poverty that
she didn't really know existed at the time. She always counted on the promise of
tomorrow. For Hope, that promise is right now, as she uses her escape to
hopefully escape to Hollywood. She goes with "I Hope You Dance"... and it's
probably the best audition of the lost. Kara says it was very interesting. Randy
thought she was very innocent, but he's hoping that she "completes the
phrasing". Everyone in the room, including Joe Jonas (that should be all of the
guest judges), say yes.
"In the end, everything is a gag." -Charlie
In total, 181 people took a risk and earned
golden tickets to Hollywood. For them, the journey has just begun... It'll end
in Hollywood Week for a great majority of them, as they take the stage at the
Kodak Theatre to sing for a spot in the top 24 in front of the panel, which
includes new judge Ellen DeGeneres.
But if you think it's going to be all fun and
games... think again.
For more info on the auditions, and to see this episode in its
entirety, go to www.americanidol.com.