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Idol auditions in Los Angeles with Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry

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:

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165 comments Add your comment

JTesla

January 26th, 2010
5:20 pm

Pants on the ground!

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
5:26 pm

See everybody…this is how you make a holding spot! That wasn’t hard, was it!? ;-)

JTesla

January 26th, 2010
5:39 pm

That is why Rodney makes the big bucks.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

Is this the place holder for tonight?

Justin

January 26th, 2010
7:47 pm

Is there a “live” stream for this tonight ? :(

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
7:54 pm

Here and ready. Hey, EN!

Justin

January 26th, 2010
7:57 pm

ONLINE STREAM!!!??????? ahhhhh

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
7:57 pm

Hello! Boy I haven’t been able to get into the audition shows this year! Is it just me?

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
7:59 pm

This is entirely off subject, but I just heard a local news anchor sign off, saying “We’ve ran out of time.” Eeeek.

Meant to say hi to Justin, too.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
7:59 pm

The Boston and Atlanta shows were good but then Chicago and Orlando put a damper on things. Hope Los Angeles is good!

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:02 pm

Avril….hmmm

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:04 pm

Poor Neil…nerves are dangerous things.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:08 pm

I hope that somebody in LA can sing. And that we get to see them.

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:09 pm

Nine minutes gone and one dufus contestant.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:10 pm

Could it be after all these years we have reached the bottom of the talent pool? Should the show be shelved for 10 years and brought back after another generation has matured a bit? Just wondering….

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:12 pm

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

The ONLY reason that Kara hesitated was because Avril said no.

WTF?

January 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

what the hell, after one contestant and a long commerical break, Ryan comments that “still no golden tickets”????

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

Is EVERYBODY in LA weird(and yes, my kid is still out there)

WTF?

January 26th, 2010
8:17 pm

what the hell is that on avril’s head and why?

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:17 pm

Badly is an understatement.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:18 pm

Avril looks stupid and is living up to her look.

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:18 pm

Eighteen mins. and counting…

I do hope we get to see more of the talent tonight. Grrr.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:18 pm

Not a fan of Avril. Just sayin’….. I will probably disagree with everything that comes out of her mouth.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:21 pm

Can we get to day 2 and Katy Perry…she’s bound to be better than Avril.

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:22 pm

I waited three mins. between posting attempts, and it is telling me I am posting too rapidly. I see others posting in less time. What gives?

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:22 pm

Is anyone else anticipating the return of Glee as much as I am??

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

avril told the Pastor no, what about the mom? she got an enthusiastic yes!!

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

Harriett, last Idol time (just got back from a pretty good movie)I was told I posted too fast too

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

oh thank you…a little Adam fix!

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:26 pm

EN, count me as a Glee fan.

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:26 pm

I have never watched an episode. Okay is this guy good? so not a fan of that.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:26 pm

EN…I love Glee!

Sorry kiddo but you ain’t Adam!

Lar

January 26th, 2010
8:28 pm

Tuned in late but it does not look like I missed anything.

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:28 pm

you guys who didnt care for Mary J as a judge; no way can u like Avril. She is more caustic to me than Mary J was.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:28 pm

That Bo Bice meal looks like 5000 calories

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:29 pm

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:29 pm

Believe the Glee hype. Check it out when it come back in April. Very original and dare I say…..campy.

Enough of whats-her-name-as-a-judge already. Can we move on? GOD, I miss Paula!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

Can someone explain the meaning or purpose behind his last statement on the Moe’s commercial? I am not getting it. Who is keeping him from being himself?

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

I didn’t like Mary J and I don’t like Avril. I don’t mind caustic when it’s based on truth but when it’s just plain rude, it annoys the heck out of me. Mary J was rude. Avril is just stupid!

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

I totally agree Judy!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

me too EN!!!

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

Halfway through the show. Thoughts? Seems pretty typical to me.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:31 pm

I also agree with your statement Deirdre!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:31 pm

lol Deidre. I am so not liking Avril. I want her gone now. Will she be there for day 2?

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

Thank goodness

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

Katy Perry. Let’s see how this goes.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

New Guest judge – thank goodness. NOT impressed with the blond in the mouse hoodie.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

Is Austin wearing a plastic shirt?

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

I began watching just as the first guy was talking after his audition. do you think Simon actually hit him with the door without really stopping to apologize or was it just another editing job for AI drama?

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:35 pm

I hate this constant focus on the absurd.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:36 pm

A real man?????????? LOL!!!!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:37 pm

tell me she didnt try to sing

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:37 pm

I just realized that Katy is dating Russell Brand. That makes some sort of statement about her I think. : P

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

Oh, here we go with the story now. ZZZZZ.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

So far, only parents have been good.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:39 pm

The Adam imitator wasn’t all that bad – maybe he should have used his own voice

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:40 pm

Nicely done, Andrew!

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:40 pm

Dated? They’re officially engaged!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:41 pm

loved his voice!!

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:42 pm

Really liked Andrew Garcia, the man with the neck tattoo. I like Katy as a guest judge over Avril.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:43 pm

At least Katy is giggling and making faces at the singers. She’s direct and she isn’t waering horns on her hoodie.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

“Are these people frisked before they come in here?” I often wonder myself

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

Hey Rodney, did you hear that? Scott McIntyre is in Atlanta. You don’t have to interview him if you don’t want to.

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:44 pm

did the Pastor remind anyone of Danny Gokey and does he have a record deal?

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:45 pm

where is the southern belle from? i missed that

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

Scott was in town last week. I would have interviewed him if I had been around…

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:46 pm

Love Tasha!!!!

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:47 pm

Andrew Garcia…better get a ticket

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:48 pm

now i am scared!!! :)

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:48 pm

Oh Happy Day for Tasha! Another likable personality.

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:49 pm

Katy feels dirrrrty.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:49 pm

Weirdness abounds!

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:49 pm

Katy thought Jason was a girl.

ewwwwww! This guy is icky.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
8:49 pm

Empasize, Kara?

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:51 pm

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

“Three snaps and a deformation”? Is that what Katy said? What does that mean?

Lar

January 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

That was disturbing!

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:53 pm

Is everyone prepared to be blown away.

The kid up next already reminds me of the kid…what was his name….the one who was living out of his car, had a great voice but wouldn’t do what the judges asked.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:53 pm

Rodney…”3 snaps in a z formation”

Judy

January 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

She thought he was a girl? did he notice it? If so what was his response.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:54 pm

Josiah Leming! Check out the song Arctic Outcry Wind on Youtube. Very nice!

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:55 pm

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:55 pm

Randy just emphasized the “he” in his next sentence.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:56 pm

OK…Katy isn’t following Kara like a puppy. I LIKE her!

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

I think we have a top 12er in Chris.

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

Just 22 from LA? Is that what Ryan said?

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
8:58 pm

Foster kid is in!

Harriett

January 26th, 2010
8:59 pm

Just got a text from linny. She is dvr-ing, not watching right now. Told her we missed her.

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
9:00 pm

Josiah is a great singer and maybe he has grown up by now.

Mercedes S.

January 26th, 2010
9:02 pm

Anybody else got the feeling that Katy doesn’t LIKE Kara?

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

Neil Patrick Harris is a guest Judge tomorrow night?? Be still my heart! Who knew Doogie Howser would grow up to be so talented and….HOT!

Judy

January 26th, 2010
9:03 pm

was on the phone. had he tried out b4? who was josiah?

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
9:04 pm

Why are so many hot guys gay? WHY!!!???

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Trust me Deirdre there are just as many gay guys that are average and below average – check out any Friday night at Friends on Ponce or Model Ts. LOL!!!

Rodney Ho

January 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Thank you Deirdre. Never heard that phrase before! You’re hipper than I am!

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

Enter your comments here

Deirdre

January 26th, 2010
9:05 pm

That’s me, Rodney!!!! “hip” Or should that be “hippy”! ;-)

Exit Now

January 26th, 2010
9:09 pm

“See” you guys tomorrow night.

jade smith

January 26th, 2010
9:29 pm

OK single moms who are very busy with a lot to do get to go to California. Men who have children and jobs get to go. A man who happens to work at a church is told he has too much to do? Sounds like anti-religious discrimination. Personal not professional decision making. Let’s keep it professional please.