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Idol offers media promotional clips of auditions

alg_resize_american-idol-judgesFor the first time at least since season two, “Idol” has given the media a 23-minute “select auditions” advance screener featuring some of the people who tried out for season 10.

The purpose: show that life after Simon Cowell isn’t so bad, that there is what the PR folks term “incredible chemistry” among Steven Tyler,  Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson.

I’m going to hold judgment on the “incredible” part but based on the very select, edited clips, it’s not bad chemistry. Tyler actually holds up better than I expected, providing random humor and plenty of verve, sometimes singing along or accompanying good singers. (”Idol” only provided clips of two bad singers and nobody said anything remotely Cowell-like to them.)

Jackson is now the default leader as elder statesman. Lopez is chipper and sweet but grounded. The audition room is more streamlined with the behind-the-scenes staff no longer shown the way they were last year. The nine past winners are all featured on the walls though you can see Kelly Clarkson and Lee “Who is that again?” DeWyze the most based on the camera angles.

Although we see the singers, we don’t get most of their names or city of origin.

- One 16-year-old does a fine job with a Josh Turner song. This elicits Tyler to say “hellfire, save matches, **** a duck and see what hatches,” he says. Huh?

- Second up is a Latino dance instructor from New Jersey who was inspired by Lopez in “Selena” and starts crying. She sings a mildly comical personal song (”America needs me for higher ratings on TV!”) and shows off some surprising attiring. She then does a powerful version of “The Power of Love.”

- Third: a blond country singer who does a fine version of a Faith Hill song. “You got it!” Jackson said.

- Fourth: an off-tune take on Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” with much finger snapping. “Do not quit your day job,” Tyler said. That’s considered harsh in this group.

- Fifth: a white dude does a soulful take on a Ray Charles tune that Tyler provides sound effects galore.

- Sixth: a boyfriend-girlfriend combo that makes it to Hollywood. Both are impressive. The guy has a bit of Harry Connick Jr. in him.

- Seventh: a gal Ally who could be Tyler’s daughters sings some “Dream On.”

- Eighth: a scruffy man blows away the trio with another Ray Charles song.

- Ninth: Another schlub is completely out of tune butchering Sinatra, garnering much laughter from the judges.

- Tenth: A mom to a special needs child elicits tears from Lopez with an affecting take of a  Carrie Underwood song.

14 comments Add your comment

JTesla

December 27th, 2010
5:20 pm

Sorry, but that picture is creepy. Randy looks normal, but that is the best I can say.

Thanks for the review Rodney!

Harm

December 27th, 2010
8:04 pm

Lets go FALCONS!!!

Deirdre

December 28th, 2010
7:48 am

Morning!

Boo to the Falcon’s offense…did they even know they were supposed to be playing last night. Yay to the Falcon’s defense….they went all out!

Deirdre

December 28th, 2010
7:49 am

Oh yeah…I love Idol!

Deirdre

December 28th, 2010
7:52 am

If you like spoilers, Joe’s Place has a top 40 spoiler list. I think I’ll wait to get through the early auditions before I look at it.

Woodpappy

December 28th, 2010
8:52 am

Can’t wait for the season to begin. Hopefully this year they will realize what is talent and what isn’t.

JTesla

December 28th, 2010
9:34 am

Yes, talent. Less focus on the judges more focus on the talent.

wreckedpizza

December 28th, 2010
10:10 am

Nigel promised us that the talent will be the focus and I’m taking him at his word. He better not lie or we’ll revolt. And then we’ll be revolting, to say the least.

Mercedes S.

December 28th, 2010
10:23 am

Checked out Joe’s, D.,… lots of young people.. one only 15!

I-Ninjakicksbackxfactor

December 28th, 2010
10:29 am

David Archuleta turns 20 today so a national holiday should be declared.

wreckedpizza

December 28th, 2010
11:08 am

Archie doesn’t count as a WGWG does he???

JTesla

December 28th, 2010
11:29 am

No he’s an ATB (annoying tween bait). I totally just made that acronym up, so go ahead and make up your own meaning.

Harriett

December 28th, 2010
11:49 am

Hi, everyone! I am still off work and just peeking in. Christmas was wonderful–in fact, one of the better ones I have had in years. It will soon be time for the new season. Yaaaaay! Hope you all have a great New Year’s weekend. I will talk to you from the salt mines on Monday! :(

wreckedpizza

December 28th, 2010
12:32 pm

Thanks for the ATB definition, JT. Without it I might have thought it meant Amazing Toy Boy.
Yep, that makes no sense but what the heck. ;-)