In this Very Special Sunday Episode of “American Idol” after the NFC Championship Game (go Giants!), we travel to San Diego on the U.S.S. Midway.
And again, in the ode to positivity, Nigel Lythgoe and his editors focus on the good singers. Seven of the eight featured auditions resulted in tickets to Hollywood.
In the end, 53 people got through from the city. Yowza!
If you are into spoilers, this site has 21 of the 24 supposedly named. Feel free to compare to the names below if you’re into that thing.
I don’t expect ratings will be much different than they were last week – in the 17 to 20 million range. (UPDATE: The show drew about 20 million viewers and will be repeated in the “Glee” time slot Tuesday before the State of the Union address.) I think half of the football fans will disappear almost instantly the moment the Giants-49ers game ends. And it ended even later than expected because it went into overtime. This will impact East Coast viewing, that’s for sure.
If you didn’t DVR the show properly, MJ has videos of all the auditions.
First up: Jennifer Diley. In an ode to bikini girl (Katrina Darrell, season 8), Diley comes in a rather tight top and shorts that show off her assets, much to Steven Tyler’s lip-smacking happiness. (Heck, even Ryan Seacrest has her walk up the stairs twice.) Unfortunately, she is an even weaker singer than Katrina and fails to get through. And so ends the failure portion of this show.
Ashley Robles, a gorgeous 25-year-old mom/DJ from San Diego, has a good voice but it’s a bit too much like a Whitney imitation for my taste. “Ashley Robles, you’re going to be big,” Tyler said.
An energetic Jayrah Gibson, a self-described R&B and pop artist from Long Beach, Calif., sang a bit of his own song “Shake Your Money Maker” for J. Lo. He’s a better than average R&B singer, better than much of what “Idol’ has generated lately. “You are mad mad good,” Randy said. “Beautiful, the whole ball of wax,” said Tyler.
We see a bunch of folks who got golden tickets but didn’t hear them sing.
After the break: pretty, bubbly, ditzy Aubree Dieckmeyer, 20, from San Clemente, Calif., said she wanted to be “America’s Next Top Model.” Or something like that. Her “Feelin’ Good,” though actually feels good. She does an interesting, confident, textured vocal performance. I liked her better than showy Ashley Robles. “The runs and everything has such a pretty sound to it,” J. Lo said. “You lose a little power in the upper range,” Randy said. “But you have some really natural talent.”
A chipper, goofy Ali Shields, 25, got on “Ellen” as a fan and ended up on the red carpet interviewing celebrities at the American Music Awards. She does a bit of “Look At Me Now” rapping, then does a botty dance, then sings a bit of Corinne Bailey Rae. She’s decent, surprisingly so. “She’s just crazy enough to make it,” Randy said. She has no prayer of getting far in Hollywood but she’s entertaining.
Kyle Crews, Mr. Schlubby U.C. Berkeley Fratboy, loves his frat. Realliy loves his frat. At least that’s how “Idol” edits it. Oddly, he picks “Angel of Mine” by Monica. He does not look like a star but he has a very clean R&B sound, even if the melisma is over the top. “Best male voice yet,” Tyler said. He looks shocked. “You sound nothing like you look,” Randy said.
Intriguing audition of the day: Jim Carrey’s daughter Jane Carrey, 24. J. Lo remembers her as an infant when she was a Fly Girl on “In Living Colour.” Jane has a passable voice, doesn’t have much stage presence. “I like the potential,” Randy said. No way she’s going top 42 but they give her a pass.
“Idol” has yet to have a “Wolf” on the show. Now we have a likable golf course mechanic Jason “Wolf” Hamlin. He sings two songs and even allows to play his instrument, the second time we’ve seen them “break the rules.” He is even better with the guitar doing “Folsom Prison Blues.” And since he’s the last singer of the night, he is a keeper.
There was also a comedic segment featuring ambient outdoor noise and Tyler (and those ridiculous World War II goggles), who lets loose out of both ends of his body.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk