Welcome to Los Angeles! The city in the past hasn’t always given us great talent, surprisingly enough. This time, 22 made it through and we heard some potential top 12ers.
The first person is usually a joke. And yes, they start with the man with an odd animal on top of his head. Neil Goldstein is his name. He tries to do Meat Loaf but freezes on his first try. He’s not godawful as a singer but he is so ridiculously dorky. “I don’t think you’re suited for this business,” Simon said. (He is not really working very hard with the insults this year, is he?)
Jim Ranger, a worship leader, takes a chance with an original song called “Drive.” He has a little Bo Bice in him. “Authentic,” Simon said. Avril Lavigne keeps grinning absurdly and eventually says no. “I don’t know how you could be dedicated to your church” and do Idol, Kara said. But she and Randy must say yes because he gets through.
Damien LeFavor, who makes sandwiches and likes to do martial arts, tortures us with a bit of Righteous Brothers, choked and left without complaint. Thank goodness.
After commercial break #2, Mary Powers (with an eight-year-old daughter who likes Simon) goes the Pat Benatar route. With her rocker chick look, it works. Avril is quite taken. “Everything about you is cliched,” Simon said. “But I do like your voice.” “You do have a character to your voice,” Avril said. “It’s raspy and it is punk rock.” She might make an impression in Hollywood. (I’m avoiding Joe’s Place right now so I haven’t peeked at the spoilers yet.)
Adam Lambert lookalike is next. A.J. Mendoza is basically an awful Adam Lambert soundalike, too. The judges were not impressed.
Part two, with Katy Perry as guest judge. She promises to be brutally honest.
Austin Fullmer is first up. Katy looks aghast while the man is doing a bad Mick Jagger imitation singing Cheap Trick “Surrender.” B-bye.
Crying jags to another Cheap Trick song. Then Andrew Garcia, who had gang-connected parents from Compton, gets the back-story treatment. What’s that neck tattoo? He’s charming and has a soulful way about him. I really like this guy. “The only person who has walked through today who I genuinely believe is a good singer,” Simon said. “I’m glad I met you.” I hope he can hold up in Hollywood.
Hmm… a ProActiv ad with… Katy Perry! Coincidence? Think not.
Tasha Layton, a pastor/personal assistant (great combo!), does a lovely version of Joss Stone’s “Baby Baby Baby.” She’s in for sure.
Jason Greene opts for the Divinyls’ “I Touch Myself.” He’s entertaining but not a good singer. You’ll soon see him at your favorite cross-dressing convention.
Katy is indeed tough and gets on Kara’s nerves. (Good for her!). Final singer up is a foster kid with a mini-Justin Guarini do. “Music is where I can feel secure,” he said. Chris Golightly, a shoe salesman, has a fine tenor voice doing “Stand By Me.” Another winner, for sure. Simon was not that impressed but gives him a small y. Katy agrees. Kara and Randy? Big y’s!
And since I’m happy to suck the remaining embers from “Pants on the Ground,” here’s a funny video from TMZ of a Canadian politician using Larry Platt’s song: