We get to visit Salt Lake City, home to David Archuleta. And the talent is there! At least we saw three or four potential top 12ers. There were 13 people who made it through overall. We saw seven of them (I amended this because I heard Jarrett Burns actually made it). That’s not a lot at all, only one more than San Francisco. That places us at 51 out of 113 after six cities. San Juan and New York tomorrow! Yes, a Thursday episode…
But I’m counting the hours to Tuesday and Hollywood! Woohoo!
David Osmond, the son of one of the famous Osmond brothers, clearly has it going on with his take on “Something Within Me” by Take 6. He also has MS and was recently in a wheelchair, a great back story. “You are so used to singing songs with harmonies,” Paula said. “You need to think of yourself as a solo artist.” Simon noted: “If you think you can be contemporary, that would be a massive mistake.” They were kind of tough on the Osmond. Of course, he goes through.
The next gal, Tara Mathews, is goth like and has ESP, supposedly. That ESP line probably got her to the judges, not her singing. Make her fly away pronto! Then another bad one: Aleesha Turner. Gah… And Katie Sullivan (”Look at me! I am gorgeous!” she sings, inexplicably) Rich Kagel is simply cross eyed.
Chris Kirkham has a prop: a guy in a bunny suit. “I’m his good luck rabbit,” the bearded dude in the rabbit said. Maybe not so much. His Del Amitri’s “Roll to Me” is mediocre (as is his caricature of Simon). This is all gimmick, no talent.
The SLC crowd is awfully polite. They show a sequence of very very happy thankful rejects. Awww…
Frankie Jordan from Hollywood is a pro. The producers compare her to Amy Winehouse. She’s a bit like Winehouse minus the drugs and the messed up persona. “I quite like you,” Simon said. “You’ve got a cute little face.” “Very definable,” Paula said. She’s a definite in.
Megan Corkrey, a single mom, gets a long back story. She looks like a winner. And she can sing, too. She’s pretty and her voice is quite dextrous. “One of my favorite auditions because you’re different,” Simon said. “You’re one of the few I’ll remember.” I agree. She’s a winner! And she’s truly an unknown. Just googled her name and got really nothing.
Andrew Gibson has a serious bass vibe but I’m not sure he is remotely star quality for the show. Austin Sisneros, a high school student (and class prez), works a Train song. He’s not bad, though he really feels young and not quite defined. I’m not thrilled. “It was okay. Very weird strange song choice,” Randy said. “There’s something genuine about you,” Kara said. So he goes through.
Jarrett Burns (his MySpace page is still up, which probably means he didn’t make the top 36) and then a parade of even worse singers pass through. Taylor Vaifanua, 16 (and looks about 26), reminds Randy of Jordin Sparks. She plays an inspirational tune and has some real talent. “I think you’ve got good real natural potential,” Randy said. “The way you release your notes, it’s on pitch.” She could go far! Hmm.. her Web site is down for maintenance. Good sign she made the top 36, as noted on spoiler site joesplaceblog.com. Votefortheworst dubs her a “plant.”
Final contestant means “inspirational” story alert: Rose Flack’s dad died when she was 13. Then her mom died. She’s had a tough life. She’s pretty, has a cool personality and the producers clearly love her to give her the pimp spot. She’s like a more soulful version of Brooke White. “I didn’t think it was the best song choice but there’s something about you I just love,” Simon said. “I don’t know what it is but you’re one of the few I’m going to remember.”