Wow. Color me brain dead! I came back from the Thrashers game last night and completely forgot about blogging about “Idol” til this morning. Sheesh!
Overall, this was a decent episode with a couple of interesting candidates. They did spend more time than in the past this season on the nutcases. Jackie and wannabe naked Melinda are the most memorable of the good ones. Ashley, Kendall and Kenny all sounded good but we only got small snippets.
We know only a few hundred people show up in Puerto Rico (and very little talent) vs thousands in New York, but the editors try really hard to make them comparable.
Over the house, we actually heard nine Hollywood-bound singers out of 35. That’s easily the lowest percentage so far. Nine got golden ticket from Puerto Rico and 26 in New York City. The final tally over eight cities: 151. We heard about 60 of them, right?
Adeola Adegoke from Bronx gave up her job, she’s so convinced she’s a star. Bad move, especially in this economy, as she attempts “And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going.” She is going, going, gone. Simon calls her employer and she got her job back, at least.
In Puerto Rico, Jorge Nunez has greasy curls and a pretty darn good voice. He’s probably the best they got on the island. “Nice voice,” Kara said. “The Spanish voice I felt more.” “I thought it was brilliant,” Randy said. “The power of Marc Anthony,” Paula said. He’s a keeper.
Jessika Baier comes to San Juan from Michigan, has been in 700 singing contests. She’s overwrought and annoying. “Honestly, come on,” Simon said. “It was absolutely awful. I just can’t believe you won all these shows.” She begs. She fails. “The sound of the voice is not on point,” Randy said.
Melinda Camille from Stratford, Conn. wants to uplift humanity and likes to dance naked in the privacy of her room. A free spirit. She’s also a good singer and a fresh look. “You kind of fell off the melody but has a nice, pleasant disposition and voice,” Randy said. “You’re like a vitamin boost,” Kara said.
Jackie Tohn from Silver Lake, Calif. has a raspy voice doing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” and it’s actually odd and interesting. She tries a second song and shows she actually has a good voice. “You’re unpredictable and surprising,” Paula said. “I like the tone, husky, yah!” Randy said. She’s intriguing. Then the backdrop falls. “The worst thing you should ask is, ‘Who should I be?’ ” Rumor is she goes far.
Then they show crappy singers from Puerto Rico using the song “Wicked Game” as the background. After the break, Kate Cassidy screams her way out of her audition. Carlos Santos dances his way out. Antyon Smith–ditto. Jasmine James does some step dancing, which has nothing to do with singing. Mike Perlman is a goofball. Joel Contreras pretends to be an iPod. He’s actually not bad but a bit psychotic. Okay, a lot psychotic.
They clearly didn’t get much talent because they’re wasting time with Nick “Norman” Mitchell, a comic and cabaret singer. “You get kicked sometimes,” he complains after Simon disses his ability to be funny. “I would have thought you would have quite liked that,” Simon said. “You mean the way you like it when Seacrest does it?” he retorts. He’s a passable singer but it’s all schtick, even when he does “Amazing Grace.” Kara is thoroughly entertained. “You don’t have a shot in hell but thank you!” He gets three out of four (besides Simon) and goes to Hollywood despite himself.
They show a few good ones in passing: Ashley Hollister from Hasbrouck Heights, N.J., Kenny Hoffpauer from Haverton, Pa. and Kendall Beard from Austin, Texas (right). They then show a few more with no names attached.
Home stretch people! Nicole Laraway from Northhampton, Mass. is forgettable. Mark Granata is just ugly bad. Michael Sconiers from Rochester couldn’t get past a karaoke contest. Gimmick alert: Puerto Rico’s Monique Garcia Torres, 16, brings in her nine year old brother Christopher to pimp her. “I think you’ll love it,” he says. She does “You Can’t Hurry Love” with lovely tones. Then she does “I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera. It’s not quite as good. “At your age, I’m not sure the voice is fully developed yet,” Kara said. She does need some more work. Randy & Kara said no. Paula says yes. And in a shocker, Simon says yes. Wow! “Thank Christopher,” Simon said. She has no prayer in Hollywood but she’s a nice story.
Crazy woman Alexis Cohen from Philly last year said she has mellowed. “I thought I was funny,” she said a year later. No more middle fingers. Just thumbs up! “A whole different vibe,” Paula said. She tries “Like a Prayer” and it sounds, um, ridiculous. There’s something absurd about her performance. “That was fairly horrendous,” Simon said. “You actually got worse.” “I don’t know what else to do but give you the finger,” she said.
The final singer of season eight auditions is out of Puerto Rico. Patricia Lewis Roman ends with no back story. She does a passable Whitney Houston. I’m not all that impressed, actually. It’s hard to exceed Whitney. “I don’t think you were good enough,” Simon said. “You can definitely sing. That was disappointing.” She goes with a softer Spanish song. I’m really on the fence with her. Randy says yes. Paula says no. They don’t show it but Simon must have said yes.
And in other news, congrats to Brooke White for getting a record deal with indie label Sanctuary Records, with credit given to Randy Jackson for making the connection, according to Entertainment Weekly.