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‘American Idol’ recap with Nashville auditions: hype and reality do not match

nigeltwitterNashville – at least what they presented us – was  a major disappointment tonight.

Even the most hyped gal of the competition (see Nigel’s Tweet to the right), Lauren Alaina, hardly convinced me she was “the one,” as the judges were cooing. It’s too early to tell.

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But of the 10 people who made it through that we saw tonight, four are on the spoiler top 40 at Joe’s Place.

Again, Ryan Seacrest did not say how many made it through to Hollywood. I wonder if the producers realized people are quickly getting that these judges are being much easier than any Simon-led group but don’t want to make it any more obvious.

Here’s my recap:

Darius Thomas from Nashville hits a shrieking high note to open the hour. Interestingly, one of the biggest crowds ever, 17,000, only deserves one hour.

At the Ryman Auditorium, “Idol” starts for real with auditioner Christine McCaffrey. She enters the room singing so badly with a painful nasal tone, it’s incredible they even let her go on to sing another tune. (Simon might have booted her out before she said a word.) “You should do voice overs for cartoons,” Randy Jackson said. Later, he added, “That’s not serious.” “I got one yes and two no’s,” she said. She thought Steven Tyler said yes when he said no.

- Rob Bolin and Chelsee Oaks are Nashville exes who decide to come in together. They sing a Bee Gees song in fine harmony, show lovely chemistry. They also sing pretty well solo. They both go to Hollywood. She has a boyfriend, though. Future story line?

- The crazies. A gal who can touch my tongue with a nose. Another in a cute costume. We then meet tattoo artist Allen Lewis from Franklin Furnace, OH, who does a very rough Lynyrd Skynyrd and not in a good way. “I feel like you’re more of a band guy,” Randy said. “The best singers have failed auditions,” he said. He’s the happiest rejected singer ever. A chipper upbeat guy packaged as a big meanie.

- Up next: Miss Teen USA 2009 Stormi Henley has a sweet demeanor and a sweet voice but clearly does not have the “belting” skills. “The voice is not strong enough,” Jennifer Lopez said. (Straight criticism! Go J. Lo!). She said no. Steven said yes. Randy said yes, too. “Seriously you two?” Lopez said afterwards. “That may be the smallest voice we’ve ever heard!”

- Adopted black girl with white parents: Adrienne Beasley from Kentucky. She sings country! She’s actually a bit rough singing Lady Antebellum. I’m not a fan. “You nailed the chorus. You almost made me cry,” Steven said. “You really surprised me there in the middle,” Jennifer said. She’s in.

- Halfway in and I’m not excited. Can Kameela Merricks from Oak Grove, KY get me going? Sadly, no. Just oversinging at its worst.

- More whack jobs and losers. A Blue Man Group dude doing Kelly Clarkson. Polina Kozhivoka is awful. Ditto, Patrick Counts, who cries. “It’s just an audition, buddy,” Ryan said as Patrick chokes on his tears.

- Jackie Wilson, a bar manager/singer from Nashville, has a real voice. She doesn’t quite have “the look.” I’m not sure she has the charisma either. But she has a voice. That’s good enough for this hour.

- Latoya “Younique” Moore, a recording artist from Nashville, thinks she’s a star. “They see a glow about me,” she said. But that glow does not extend to her very nasally singing style. “Your sound, your tone is not good. It’s like annoying,” Randy said. (Go Randy!) Then her number fell off. She leaves singing. “Still no,” Randy said firmly.

- Three good ones summarized: Paul McDonald has an interesting tone though not a lot of power. Jimmie Allen is a solid R&B singer. Danny Pate has great fun with James Brown to the point I’d wish we could hear more.

- Country boy Matt Dillard grew up with a lot of foster children. He opts for Josh Grobin, totally off the mark there. “I can pretty it up,” he said. He’s charming. I like him. “You need to have a better audition,” Jennifer said. Steven says yes, as does Randy, even if he worries he might get “swallowed up” by Los Angeles.

- Final gal up w ith sob story alert: Lauren Alaina, the 15-year-old  gal Nigel Lythgoe hyped to high heaven months ago.  Her cousin Holly has a tumor. She’s from Rossville, GA., which is right over the border from Chattanooga. (In other words, not quite my territory. Oh, well. I thought I heard her say Roswell and thinking, she doesn’t SOUND like she’s from Roswell!)  “Best I’ve seen today,” Randy said. Jennifer is crying. “You’re going to make 40 million people cry, tears of joy baby,” Steven said, exaggerating “Idols’” audience. She has so much confidence, she can sing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” back and forth with Steven.

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

January 27th, 2011
7:43 pm

obeekaybee….i’m heeeere!!!!

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
7:47 pm

Heyeeeee, linny!!!!

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Where is everyone?

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:00 pm

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

That’s a talent… for something

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:01 pm

Just the girls tonight?

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

Hey everyone! I’m trying sooooo hard to be interested this season.

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:02 pm

17 000 … in Nashville. First season, barely 10,000 – in the whole country – auditioned

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:03 pm

What was that?

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:03 pm

I guess we’re starting off with the bad ones tonight.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:04 pm

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:05 pm

Her face looked like Alfalfa when he tried to hit the high notes.

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:05 pm

I love that J-Lo had to brace herself on the guys

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:07 pm

JLo is all eyelashes tonight.

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:07 pm

J Lo’s lipstick is wrong

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:08 pm

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:08 pm

Steven is wearing the same color lipstick

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

He’s SO depressed. And depressing.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:09 pm

I like his voice better than hers

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:10 pm

they are both good

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:10 pm

I’m a few minutes behind. Just heard squeaky girl. She does seem like a joke. Simon would have said something, like, “That was painful! You are possibly the worst singer I’ve ever heard! Go away!”

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:11 pm

Bless his heart, he did not have anyone there!

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:12 pm

That couple made me think of “Gnomeo and Juliet”.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:12 pm

Just what I was thinking, Candlerz

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:12 pm

And her people all seemed to hate him.

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

January 27th, 2011
8:12 pm

wow they were good together. crazy story!

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:13 pm

They definitely have a problem with him.

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

January 27th, 2011
8:14 pm

i don’t think they’re in any way the best we’ve seen, but can you see the story now “exes compete for the same title” thank god the old backstory people don’t seem to be currently employed!

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:15 pm

Can you blame the dude for being glum? She’s got a better looking boyfriend!

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:17 pm

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:18 pm

Miss USA??? Where’s Neg????

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:19 pm

Miss Teen USA. Neg? Neg?

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:20 pm

She’s talented but has no talent?

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:20 pm

He caves again

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:21 pm

Once again, Wed has a different vibe from Tues

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:22 pm

They’re sending anyone to Hollywood. At least she’s better than bikini girl…that was all Simon’s doing.

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:22 pm

Let’s see them put through a pretty, but talentless, guy as well

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

January 27th, 2011
8:22 pm

Harriett i was about to say the same thing. Interesting that Milwaukee gets two hours, and was actually a decent show…. Nashville gets 1 hour and…some quirky stuff for sure

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:23 pm

It was the same last week. I guess they saw in advance that Milwaukee would be much more interesting and upbeat

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

Weird! With 17,000 people, you’d think we’d be seeing more talent.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

There will probably be a really good one before it is over, though

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

24 minutes in and we don’t have much to chew on, eh?

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

But it’s Wednesday and Thursday not Tuesday Wednesday. Old habits and all. lol

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:24 pm

The boobs got her in. ; )

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:25 pm

She has that kinda voice where she tries to be smokey and soulful but it does not work

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:25 pm

I think the problem with Nashville and Los Angeles is there are too many already professional singers floating around. Hard to find a Kellie Pickler or Clay Aiken from those cities.

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:26 pm

Being a pageant winner is not an advantage in “Idol.”

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:27 pm

Like Adrienne.

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:27 pm

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:28 pm

what a nice girl!

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

“I’m tickled.”

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

She’s got country roots due to her upbringing. That’s what ST was hearing in her voice.

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

I wasn’t that impressed with Adrienne but her unusual background definitely helped feed her “different” sound.

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:29 pm

Emotional folks in Nashville

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

January 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

very interesting combination in her voice. rich.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

He was not expecting that

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:30 pm

I think Rodney is probably right about Nashville and LA.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:31 pm

LOL, Rodney. We both made the same point!

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:33 pm

We’ve gotten many of our best “Idol” acts from tiny towns. Lasker, N.C. (Daughtry). Checotah, Okl. (Carrie Underwood). Albermarle, N.C. (Kellie Pickler).

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:34 pm

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:34 pm

Dang, show is pixillating

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:34 pm

WOW!! fooled me…I thought she was going to be good! Wrong again

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:34 pm

Sound gone… was she any good?

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:35 pm

Kameela needs to be taught subtlety. She just oversang it to death. There’s a good voice somewhere in there.

Harm

January 27th, 2011
8:36 pm

I’m here, just in time for the duds!

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:36 pm

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:36 pm

he looked like his forehead was on fire and someone tried to put it out with an ice pick

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:36 pm

Harm, it’s all been duds

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:36 pm

How could cowboy shirt think he could sing?????

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:37 pm

Sound on… and Jackie Wilson sounds good.

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:37 pm

Nice voice, Jackie!

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:37 pm

too much vibrato

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:38 pm

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:38 pm

I did not like Jackie at all. What’s wrong with me? They actually clapped and said she’s unbelievable

candlerboyz

January 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

Harriett we are with ya, not a fan

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

JLo gives Steven a lesson!

Exit Now

January 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

I agree Harriett.

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

How come there’s never any pixillating or sound problems during commercials?

Harm

January 27th, 2011
8:39 pm

Duds or not, I need a diversion from real life out here in Carroll county.

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:40 pm

Jackie’s boyfriend looks … wrinkly. She is the first truly great singer we’ve heard tonight but I’m not sure she has much charisma.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:40 pm

Oh, well. Some obviously loved her.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

Turly great,Rodney??? Really??? Uh uh, not for me.

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

I liked Jackie’s voice, didn’t like her look or her personality (or lack thereof).

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

I liked her but the boyfriend thing was icky.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:41 pm

Make that truly

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:42 pm

I’m grading on a curve today, obviously, Harriett! Guess all the truly great Nashville singers already have label deals!

Mo Schreibman

January 27th, 2011
8:42 pm

We are still at the tattoo guy. I may go to bed.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

That makes sense, Rodney. We are due for a sob story and a really good one.

Mo Schreibman

January 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

Now we are at Stormy. I may stay up.

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

I feel a train wreck coming

Harm

January 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

Mercedes S.

January 27th, 2011
8:43 pm

How old is Part Dress? 15?

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:44 pm

Keep at it Mo

Rodney Ho

January 27th, 2011
8:44 pm

Uh oh. We have arrogance personified in LaToya coming right up! Or deluded?

Deirdre

January 27th, 2011
8:44 pm

I knew she’d be horrible…..too much confidence

Harriett

January 27th, 2011
8:45 pm