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.”