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6/18: Oops, I’m at auditions again

The 10,000-plus people are now inside the Dome and being made to sing the “group song,” which is “Oops… I Did it Again” by Britney Spears. The reason? “Idol” has been here five times so they thought this song would be a good theme. (I’ve been here four times.)

I caught a few of the smokers outside one of the entrances who were sick of singing that song over and over again.

“When I came in this morning and they were playing it, I was fine,” said Kate Lovely, 18, of Atlanta. “When they made me sing it 20 times, I was I totes oves it.” (That’s her cute way of saying “totally over it.”) She admitted the smoking (American Spirit) “does nothing but harm me… but I can’t stop.” Lovely is planning to sing “Hot and Cold” by Katy Perry.

Kate Lovely of Atlanta and Cat Brown of Alpharetta take a cigarette break outside Idol auditions. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Kate Lovely of Atlanta and Cat Brown of Alpharetta take a cigarette break outside Idol auditions. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Her fellow Georgia State student Cat Brown, 19, of Alpharetta, tried to look on the bright side of the cigarettes (Marlboro Lights). “It helps my voice get raspier, helps my personal style,” she said. “We’re all going to die anyway.” She is torn between singing “At Last” by Etta James and “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns ‘n Roses.

Johnnie Bradford, 26, and his bud Artea Chilton, 22, cut out of the Dome for a smoke, too. Marshall Chiles, owner of the Laughing Skull Comedy Club in Midtown, interviewed them for the Regular Guys. They were pretty funny. He asked Bradford to sing but Bradford said the smoking was hindering his ability to do so. And he didn’t know the words to the Britney song. Chiles had him repeat the title of the song over and over to serious comic effect. They then talked about hanging out with T Pain’s mom and L.A. Reid’s son, which again gave Chiles plenty of fodder to tease them about their so-called “connections.”

To get inside, you either needed a white wristband (not singing but accompanying a singer) or a pink one (they were the singers.). I sadly have neither.

Earlier, I spent nearly an hour with my videographer checking out different contestants’ singing abilities. We found a couple of gems and many many so-so singers or singers without the personality. But no trainwrecks. We had planned to do 10 singers but ended up doing 20 fruitlessly looking for that disaster. We didn’t luck out that way.

I spoke briefly with 11th place finisher Alexis Grace, who gave the standard, she’s glad she got as far as she did (though you know deep in her bones she wished she were on the tour, not here in Atlanta doing interviews for the TV Guide Channel). But hey, it’s work. She is also doing auditions in Dallas.

There were a bunch of radio people there, too. Jenn Hobby from Q100, Darik Christopher from Star 94 and Mara Davis from Dave FM (even though Mara is not an “Idol” fan.), along with Corinna Allen from “Better Mornings” on WGCL-TV.

I actually recognized one gal in the crowd because she was on “America’s Got Talent.” Her name is Holly Hardin from Rockmart. She made it to the top 40 of AGT but not the top 20. She reminded me a lot of Kellie Pickler with her bubbly personality, blond hair and heavy Southern drawl.

She apparently is a professional auditioner. She has tried out for “Star Search,” “The Young & The Restless” and even “Real World.” She’s tried out for “Idol” a few times, too, though she couldn’t last year because of AGT. I hope she gets through at least to the judges. She’s got an interesting, gritty voice and that shining personality. As she noted, David Hasselhoff thought she could have her own sitcom. Like “Reba”!

And her rationale for wearing that absurd guitar outfit? “I can’t play the guitar but I can BE the guitar,” she said.

31 comments Add your comment

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
8:52 am

“totes oves”????? I think I’m officially old now.

As for Cat Brown…….rationalization is such a wonderful thing!

harriett

June 18th, 2009
9:05 am

Rodney, too bad you couldn’t snag one of those white bands from one of the smokers long enough to get inside for a peek! I’m with you, D. It’s official!

JTesla

June 18th, 2009
9:06 am

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
9:07 am

Rodney, are you going to be able to post some of the videos?

We ALL wish Alexis had made it to the tour!

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
9:14 am

In other Idol news…David Cook has signed a publishing deal with an agency that will publish his music. Also, Carly Smithson has teamed with the former members of Evanescence and has formed a rock group called The Fallen.

Nana

June 18th, 2009
9:26 am

Glad you translated “totes oves”. I would have never guessed what she meant….

Come on Carla, Nana is pulling for you. You go and sing your heart out.

Rodney Ho

June 18th, 2009
9:36 am

My videographer Ryon Horne will have video up hopefully by mid-morning. I’ll link to it.

JTesla

June 18th, 2009
9:44 am

Rapid reporting, pictures of coeds, a smoking ad, Archuleta caught with his pants down, this is like a blog Christmas!

Rickster

June 18th, 2009
9:44 am

“Totes oves it” makes it sound like they’re holding a Totes umbrella to shield them from the sun!

Rodney Ho

June 18th, 2009
9:48 am

He’s actually going to post the 10 singers for you to judge for yourself. We had them each do a sample of whatever song they plan to sing inside. Like I said, no pure disasters, a couple of good ones, several just okay.

harriett

June 18th, 2009
9:56 am

Ooooh, Rodney! Fantastic!

Mercedes S.

June 18th, 2009
10:00 am

This is such fun! Love Rodney’s posting, and Archudad’s hooker story – i Mormonland, yet! – is priceless. Remember how rigid he always seemed at Idol7? Back problems, people!

Best of luck to Nana’s Carla – please get a detailed report from the child, Nana, and let us know her impressions from the Idol circus!
Have I ever used this many exclamation marks? No!!!!!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 18th, 2009
10:01 am

Hey guys, be on the lookout for a young man named Ben Stevens (Stephens?) he went to school with my kids — sings really well — was in the HS production of Chicago a few years ago and totally blew away the crowd and other actors, lol. hopefully he’ll at least get his 15 minutes!

linny ,,,=^..^=,,,

June 18th, 2009
10:06 am

OKay, just a short change of subject — language is a funny thing — and headline writers really need to be careful how they phrase things…. AJC headline: “Judge charged with beating elderly mother in court Friday” — now I ask you .. did the judge beat HER elderly mother, AN elderly mother? and in Court on Friday? I mean –

American Idol Headlines for 06/18/09

June 18th, 2009
10:18 am

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JTesla

June 18th, 2009
10:28 am

Linny, next thing you know someone will be making up a silly and pretentious word like “totes” to mean “totally over it” or something like that.

Rodney, thanks for the pictures!

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
11:26 am

I couldn’t get on the blog for awhile. thought we’d been inundated with people reading about the auditions. Guess not.

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
11:32 am

There’s a link to 10 people singing and a chance to vote for the one you like best on the front page.

wreckedpizza

June 18th, 2009
11:59 am

Just had to jump in the waters here (for the first time ever) and say thanks for the Alexis picture and update. She definitely should have been top five in my opinion. I’m enjoying the blog and all the regular posters. You all are a hoot!

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
12:06 pm

wreckedpizza…now that you’ve gotten your feet wet, we’ll expect to hear from you more often! And I totally(excuse me, “tote”) agree with you about Alexis!

Deirdre

June 18th, 2009
12:07 pm

I’m out for a bit. Mom-duty calls.

Katy

June 18th, 2009
12:24 pm

Hey guys…

just watched the video of the ten people singing. wow…was not impressed with any of them. hope atlanta shows more talent in the actual auditions! :)

harriett

June 18th, 2009
12:30 pm

I didn’t think they were special, but not really bad by Idol audition standards. Nobody to laugh at.

aveRichJoe

July 10th, 2009
1:47 pm

SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:01 am

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SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:04 am

I think the site is good I feel more people should get an opputunity to show what they have me for instance I can sing just as good as some of the greatest but Ive never had the chance Im poor but rich at heart and I have a great voice

SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:10 am

I live in Tennessee I WOULD LOVE FOR SOMEONE TO JUST LISTEN TO ME SING PPEOPLE TELL ME ALL THE TIME WHAT WHAT A BEAUTIFUL VOICE I HAVE BUT WHAT GOOD IS IT DOING ME ALL I NEED IS JUST SOMEONE TO BACK ME UP AND I WILL HANDLE THE REST

SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:12 am

wHO CAN I TALK TO THAT WOULD TAKE A LITTLE OF THEIR TIME OUT TO LISTEN

SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:15 am

If there is anyone out there willing im always available my number is 1 731 358 4477

SHANTELL MILTON

November 10th, 2009
11:22 am

I know the judges are looking for certain talents but eveybody isnt a like you dont have to be mean just because a person doesn’t have what your looking for your to selective take a chance and you’ll never know what you’ll come up with. Tennessee ia a great state and there is a lot of great talent here and its overlooked and i feel its not fair the world should be equal we’ve come a long way but we have so much more work to do

brs98

January 15th, 2010
10:45 am

holly hardin was great…i think u should have let her go all the way….