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‘American Idol’ recap, auditions, episode 2: shake that belly!

New Orleans, known for its musical roots, harvested plenty of talent tonight on night two of  “American Idol.”

Ryan Seacrest said 37 made it through. We only heard seven of them. Of those, I especially liked Jordan Dorsey and Paris Tassin. And Jacee Bordeaux is Scott Savol before Savol went sour.

I’m getting used to the judges. Jennifer Lopez seemed a bit braver this time around saying no. Steven Tyler was wacky fun. And for once, even Randy Jackson showed off a couple of funny lines in (as well as his tubby stomach).

Unusual opening for night two in New Orleans: They start with stark black letters noting that Andy Patterson, had just auditioned. He’s at a piano singing “Smile” offkey and very sadly after NOT going to Hollywood, at least on “Idol’s” dime. (I also

They show Seacrest botching lines in French from season four. Gotta love the hair!

First up:  21-year-old piano teacher Jordan Dorsey (His grandma told Ryan, “You look taller on TV.” I’m sure he loves hearing that!). Jordan does a jazzy, flavorful version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” It’s brilliant, actually. “I have goose bumps all over my body!” Jennifer Lopez said. I really liked this dude. I hope he goes far!

Najsha Palmer over-exerts herself. Jarrell Brewer is a mess. David LaRocca is dork-a-rama. Kiana Cardona has no tonal control. Sarah Sellers from Richardson, TX gives us some country flavor doing a Bob Dylan “To Make You Feel My Love.” She has potential, which is all you need on this show to get through. “You had me sold the moment you laid your eyes on me,” Steven Tyler said. “Really beautiful voice,” Jennifer said.

Jovany Barreto, a Harvey, LA shipbuilder, goes Latino with a Luis Miguel song. He’s a J. Lo fan big time. “You’re a goddess in my eyes,” he said. “You have a very powerful voice,” Jennifer said. “I really feel like you have the talent.” “From my melodic sensibility,  it was very delicious,” Steve said. He promised his ship-building mates that he’d show his abs so Randy Jackson and Steven both showed off their tummies, too. “We all look the same!” Randy joked. While I wasn’t as overwhelmed by his voice, he has personality and that should give him some extra points in Hollywood.

Randy, a native of Baton Rouge, meets his old football coach  and photos of his past, courtesy of Jacquelyn Dupree, a Mississippi cosmetologist. She then does “I’ll Stand By You.” She has a good voice but I’m not bowled over.  “I think she’s awesome,” Jennifer said. Of course you do, Jennifer. She goes through, naturally. I bet we won’t be seeing her again.

Brett Lowenstern, a big red-headed Boca Raton, Fla 16-year-old student, has a very unique voice as he does “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “You were fabulous,” Steven said. “That’s the way to nail an audition,” Randy said. Yanni would love his hair! Or is that Gallagher?

Gabriel Franks, a Baton Rouge Steven Tyler lookalike pizza maker, said “America will fall in love with me.”  He wasn’t half bad until he messed up the chorus, going totally flat. “It’s a no,” said Jennifer, who now in the sixth city, is able to say it.

A few bad singers, a commercial break – and we’re back with more bad singers. Alex Attardo, an 18 year old  from New Orleans, attended an “Idol” camp when he as 15. Oh, boy, Sorry, that camp didn’t do much for him. “We should cancel the camp,” Randy said. “It was terrible.” (Randy being harsh!)

Jacee Badeaux, a 15 year old Lafayette student who makes David Archuleta (when he auditioned) look like a senior citizen, does some Otis Redding. His voice is surprisingly good. He’s a pasty white kid with some soul. “You are so sweet and so cute,” Jennifer said. “I like this dude,” Randy said. “The sparkle in your eye, yah!” Steven said. “Closing my eyes, it was a work of art, a thing of beauty.” This makes me wonder: what would Simon have said?

Alas, they end the hour with a weepy story because the “Idol” producers can’t help themselves.

Paris  Tassin, a 23-year-old single mom and medical assistant  from New Orleans, has a special needs daughter. “I’m singing for her,” she said tearfully. She does Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home.” She is awfully good. She moved me.  “When you sang, I felt it,” Jennifer said.”It brought tears to my eyes.”

211 comments Add your comment

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

January 20th, 2011
8:02 pm

hey guys!!! i’m actually HERE!!!

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:03 pm

Ah – thanks RoHo!

Exit Now

January 20th, 2011
8:03 pm

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:04 pm

The show starts with Steve falling out of his chair. Perfect!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:04 pm

linny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:05 pm

D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:06 pm

Handsome and talented!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:06 pm

interesting, a tad jazzy, and you all know how much i like jazzy stuff…

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

January 20th, 2011
8:06 pm

and yeah, nice eye catcher, there, D ****leer****

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

January 20th, 2011
8:08 pm

only trouble with watching live is i have to listen to commercials, LOL!!! i’m sooooo spoiled!!!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:08 pm

Thank goodness you’re here, linny. I get so tired of carrying the burden all by myself! ;-)

KPH

January 20th, 2011
8:08 pm

Hey Linny! How ya been Mam?.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:09 pm

we should all DVR and agree to start watching 30 minutes late to comment at the same time, lol…. what a feat of coordination THAT would have to be!!!

and yes, i’m gonna keep making little comments all hour long!!!

you may have missed me…but you may wish i’d go away again by the time the night is over, LOL!!!

~¿^

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

January 20th, 2011
8:10 pm

K!!!! hey man, so good to see you “live” … and so much enjoying the reports on the young’un!!!!!

KPH

January 20th, 2011
8:10 pm

I know what you mean Linny. I am watching the Thrashers. I will catch up with AI shortly.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:11 pm

and gotta love that southern greeting, what a gentleman!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:11 pm

yep …. N’awlins

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:12 pm

linny, re “listening to commercials…” bet you got a mute button

KPH

January 20th, 2011
8:12 pm

Yep Linny my Grandson is fighting the good fight and winning thank God!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:13 pm

one thing i noticed last night, the lack of the after-rejection BS and gestures. I wholeheartedly appreciate that! hope they keep it up.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:13 pm

Hmmm, not all my comments are making it. Censorship?

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

January 20th, 2011
8:14 pm

‘cedes, yeah, but i usually get wrapped up in reading the blog, not watching the screen and forget to unmute in time….then i have to run it back (sometimes) to catch up again…. too much dang work!!!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:14 pm

Kinda like Sarah

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

January 20th, 2011
8:15 pm

‘cedes, seems that even the implication of a *word* within another word can throw your comments out with the bathwater.

sarah was … interesting…

jovany, now THAT is a purple shirt. yeah. really purple.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:17 pm

i liked sarah too, but she wasn’t what i was expecting, lol

mark anthony is his hero? sigh. poor guy. …. SCHMOOOOOZ!!!! LOL!!!!

KPH

January 20th, 2011
8:17 pm

I know to mind my manners Linny. My Mom at 79 would come over here and give my 6-1 250 lb. tail a good whipping if I didn’t. :-)

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:18 pm

I hope he said shiP builder cuz I heard something else.

Oh no, not the shirt off. At least JLo didn’t ask him to take it off like Kara last year.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:18 pm

powerful voice, but… how well will a latin singer do? will he be able to sing what the public wants? will there be whispers of ethnic voting, i can hear the conspiracies now….nice looking, tho, gotta admit…he’d get the females swooning

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:19 pm

thank you Randy, for stopping where you did

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

January 20th, 2011
8:19 pm

funny….betcha someone jumps on me for saying that….*smirk*

K, I know you were raised right… we have history, sorta, that way!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:20 pm

LOL, no kidding, ‘cedes…. although just imagine if you will what that would have looked like a year ago! at least he’s been whittlin’ down the ol’ size there.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:20 pm

Maybe Cuban boy was today’s boob girl

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:21 pm

Howdy all…had to finish my ZESTO before I got on :-)

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:22 pm

I do like what feels like real camaraderie among the “tators”

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:22 pm

Hey Candlerz! ZESTO?

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

January 20th, 2011
8:23 pm

Zesto!!!!! wait, as in the “drive in” Zesto? or is this something else?

Exit Now

January 20th, 2011
8:24 pm

Love Zestos!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:24 pm

Boyz, so good to see you are still around!!!! heck, good to see *I* am still around, frankly!

‘cedes, i agree, i commented late last night that it was really nice NOT to see mindless bickering!

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:25 pm

yep the drive in! yummo

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:27 pm

Good to see you to linny!!!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:27 pm

Wow! haven’t had a Zesto’s in years! yum!!!! used to walk down from Piedmont @ 3rd where i lived mannnnnnnny years ago to the store that was called Arlans, then Zayres, pick up “cut out” record albums for a buck, and walk back over to Zesto’s…. that stroll down Ponce was sweet back then…

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:27 pm

I am so grateful that we’re seeing more singers than clowns this year. It makes the clowns more tolerable.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:28 pm

Those “different” guys scare me…

KPH

January 20th, 2011
8:28 pm

I am going to watch a little more of the Thrashers and go to AI when I catch up I will get back with you all. Have a good show!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:29 pm

absolutely agree, D….and your earlier comment about letting more true hopefuls through to the next round instead of the clowns is truly a plus…wonder if we have Nigel to thank for that?

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:30 pm

And he sings about guns and killing too

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:31 pm

Nice job, Red!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:32 pm

OK…apparently the clowns are next.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:33 pm

Clowns coming up, linny

Harriett

January 20th, 2011
8:33 pm

Hey everyone, and linny girl, great to have you here tonight!

Harm

January 20th, 2011
8:34 pm

Linny, my mother worked part time at that Arlan’s back in the day!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:34 pm

but just a segment, apparently, even i can handle that!

16 year old Red sings nicely … glad he’s found something that makes him stand out; what’s sad is if he makes it to the show, all those bullies will suddenly wannabe friends….and i use “wannabe” advisedly!!! Hope he’s smart enough (and i think he might be) to ward them off …. nicely, but warded off firmly!!!

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:35 pm

I don’t see anything wrong with loading Hollywood up with possibilities. Sometimes Simon would dismiss someone when they walked into the room. If a voice is ok but the judges aren’t sure…then that voice should have another chance.

Exit Now

January 20th, 2011
8:36 pm

Yep, send in the clowns.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:36 pm

What fashion has Lady Gaga wrought? Meat sarapes?

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

January 20th, 2011
8:36 pm

OMG…. HARM!!!!!!!!! {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{huge hugs}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} …. heck i probably met her at some point!!!! I didn’t think ANYone remembered Arlans but me and my hubby!!!! And i’m not kidding about the record “cutouts” …we discovered some really incredible music back then! Anyone ever heard of a group called Fever Tree? man they were awesome! I could probably list 100 groups/singers that put out albums that didn’t make it nationally….probably did okay regionally, but then warehouses of left-over albums were sent to places like Arlan’s and sold for $1 apiece…. we found some incredible new york, boston, philly, and other locales’ local bands that no one ever heard of, but SHOULD have!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:37 pm

****shudder***** at the thought, Mercedes!!!!

and D, i absolutely agree — i think more hopefuls SHOULD get another chance!!!

Harm

January 20th, 2011
8:38 pm

I went to work with her one day, I think I was about 8 at the time!

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:38 pm

Wrong song choice…

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

January 20th, 2011
8:39 pm

well, he does have a jagger mouth, lol, but ewwwwwwwwww

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

January 20th, 2011
8:41 pm

let’s see….that would put you about 12+ years younger than me, approximately, minimum…

Exit Now

January 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

How mny weeks of this until we get to Hollywood?

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

Bad ones are in a montage, good ones actually get to sing…who’s running the show this year? Someone with a brain?

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

January 20th, 2011
8:42 pm

didn’t they say 4 audition shows only?

Harm

January 20th, 2011
8:43 pm

I’m 50! 50 years old! Does that sound about right?

Rodney Ho

January 20th, 2011
8:43 pm

Four weeks of auditions as usual. So we will hit Hollywood Feb. 16.

Harriett

January 20th, 2011
8:44 pm

The vibe it totally different tonight–even with the judges.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:44 pm

Harm! with my birthday on feb 1, yep, you’d be 13 years younger than me…

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

January 20th, 2011
8:45 pm

Harriettttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:45 pm

oh, thanks Rodney…. i knew there was a *4* in there somewhere regarding the auditions, lol

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

January 20th, 2011
8:46 pm

he needs to go back to camp

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

January 20th, 2011
8:46 pm

i didn’t know you could flunk camp!!!

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:46 pm

Back to idol camp, Alex

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:46 pm

Make him stop!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:47 pm

awwww Stephen that was very considerately done!

Harriett

January 20th, 2011
8:47 pm

linny!!!!! Hey!

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:47 pm

This guy seems a little whackadoo!

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

15??? No voice change yet?

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

Hey Harriett

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

The new Beiber!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

again i say, Stephen does something i am glad to see….closes his eyes for at least part of a person’s audition so he can listen instead of look

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:48 pm

Good for JC!

Harm

January 20th, 2011
8:49 pm

Only 12 Linny! I won’t be 50 much longer!

WOW! This kid does not look 15!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:49 pm

wonder if he’ll keep the good voice when it changes!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:50 pm

Well, hollyweird will help mature him quickly if he makes it through!

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:50 pm

SOb story… MAJOR

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:51 pm

Somebody grab the tissues…sad story on the way.

CandlerBoyz

January 20th, 2011
8:51 pm

His tone was amazing

Andi

January 20th, 2011
8:52 pm

Hi all!

I knew I was late getting on, but didn’t realize it was only an hour tonight.

Harriett

January 20th, 2011
8:52 pm

Hey, Candlerz! As I said, different vibe tonight. And, here comes the obligatory sob story.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:52 pm

And by the way, i don’t care WHAT this new astrology thing says, no way I’m a capricorn!!! LOL.

i think JC sings very nicely. I just worry what would happen to ANY 15-year-old with a dose of sudden fame….i worry what happens to SIXteen year olds ….even 17 year olds…. call me cynical!

Quint in ATL

January 20th, 2011
8:53 pm

I think they are letting too many through, but maybe they will be vetted better during the first week in Hollywood. Maybe one or two who might not have made it in seasons past will step up and show they are worth the golden ticket.

Harriett

January 20th, 2011
8:53 pm

Yeah, the one hour show only gets us started good.

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

January 20th, 2011
8:53 pm

better late than never, Andi!!!! good to see you!

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

January 20th, 2011
8:54 pm

Quint, I’d rather have 350 true hopefuls get a second chance than ONE of the “make it an entertainment entry without true talent” types (Tatiana, Sanjaya, Norman, and a slew of others)

Deirdre

January 20th, 2011
8:54 pm

Quint…rumor has it over 300 made it to Hollywood and there’s only 40 left standing.

Quint in ATL

January 20th, 2011
8:55 pm

The kid was good. His voice is not very strong, yet, but he had a good pitches and style. I liked him.

Mercedes S.

January 20th, 2011
8:55 pm

OMG, that IS sad

Quint in ATL

January 20th, 2011
8:56 pm

linny, I agree. I’d rather too many get the chance and fail than one with potential get left out.

Andi

January 20th, 2011
8:56 pm

Hey linny!

Is it me or does this girl sound more New Jersey than New Orleans?