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‘American Idol’ recap: season 11, auction city #3 San Diego

Jane Carrey, daughter of Jim Carrey, auditions.

Jane Carrey, daughter of Jim Carrey, auditions.

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.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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January 22nd, 2012
8:30 pm

You people really should be in Church. Have you no shame?

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Major Cleff

January 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

To present a symphony out of chaos, the Major is here.

1. Don’t take the show too seriously, look at each season as a musical movie. Some are pretty good, others wasted your time or left you aggravated over the failure of the voters to recognize talent.
2. The show is not “fixed”, but it is well scripted through Hollywood week.
3. Some of the entries can improve their prospects for a career in entertainment, by selection to Hollywood workshop, even though they may not reach the top 24 or 12.

An example of scripting is send a review from the first fact-finding audition and try-out to Idol selection staff – if it looks good and there is something of special interest, such as her father is known from the sport of baseball, it is scripted like this -
You inform the entry to have her family present and she will be sent to the official judges audition. Randy is scripted to ask what she does.

She has been scripted not to say she is a student, but rather to say that she plays Volleyball. Then Randy would say , is your family encouraging sports, or something like that. Then she tells who her father is, and surprise is shown. After the audition is filmed, then the photos are edited-in and set to appear during the interview.

Nothing wrong with the scripting, as that is how the production can run with best audience interest. There will be plenty of work and stress for the Hollywood selections and they will see how they react and progress, to wane the field.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
10:41 pm

Thanks Major, pointless, but thanks anyway.

Major Cleff

January 22nd, 2012
10:57 pm

The Major states that Steven Tyler should not again be singing the National Anthem, as he did today, but Idol representatives such as Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson would be a far better choice. This caused suffering among the staff.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:05 pm

Ryan is correct. That was one big bust!

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:06 pm

That first girl should have gotten a trip to Hollywood.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:11 pm

I love her! I have a favorite now!!!

Seth T.

January 22nd, 2012
11:12 pm

Jennifer was fine, in one way. Ashley goes to Hollywood, to get on the floor.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:18 pm

What no ladies here yet. Surely the idolettes haven’t already turned in.

Seth T.

January 22nd, 2012
11:18 pm

Jayrah was ok and since he brings an upbeat style, could be a contender for the top 24.

Rodney Ho

January 22nd, 2012
11:19 pm

Sorry. I’m going to put my recap up tomorrow morning. My wife is watching “Kourtney & Kim” so I’m going to sleep!

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:20 pm

Hello San Diego! Plenty of eye candy, and at least one out of three is smart.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:21 pm

Rodney, I’d tell you to take control of your television, but since I don’t have any control I can’t go there.

Seth T.

January 22nd, 2012
11:23 pm

Aubree wants to be a model. Can’t argue with that. Sings well too.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:24 pm

I now have control of the television but it happened after the divorce. In my case it was worth it! lol

Seth T.

January 22nd, 2012
11:30 pm

Ali has not asked to kiss me, so I doubt she will make it through Hollywood.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:36 pm

Kyle was actually good. I thought he was a goof when he walked in.

squirrelly mc cheesy grill pon pon pon

January 22nd, 2012
11:42 pm

Rodney, I like your blog a lot. I have this insane idea….wait for it……buy another TV !!! then you can watch what you want to and your wife can watch what she wants to. Seriously, TV’s are cheap these days.

Seth T.

January 22nd, 2012
11:42 pm

Judges seem to really like Kyle Crews. Guess the Football game must have sent a lot of the bloggers to bed tonight. About ready to sack-out myself before long. Maybe see your reviews and ratings tomorrow after work.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:46 pm

Jane Carrey creeps me out.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:48 pm

It probably is too late for everyone else, the only time the nation can live-blog at the same time and the east coast folks crash.

DanJ

January 22nd, 2012
11:49 pm

Ditto JT. I didn’t think she was that good either. Guess having a famous dad doesn’t hurt.

JTesla

January 22nd, 2012
11:56 pm

I’m liking Wolf. Good end, good show. Idol’s doing alright this year.

squirrelly mc cheesy grill pon pon pon

January 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

Jane Carrey had a decent enough voice, but didn’t know how to sing, didn’t understand dynamics, rhythm, you know all those music things. Is she the daughter that was left behind when Jim got big and dumped his wife and started chasing all that Hollywood snatch? Hey I would probably do the same but poor Jane has to have issues, identity seems to be the main one but I bet that closet is like a graveyard. Well, it ain’t nothing something black tar heroin couldn’t cure !

Major Cleff

January 23rd, 2012
12:05 am

The Major credits Aubree as the best of tonight, and Shannon Magrane as the best seen so far, in terms of combining both voice and performance animation. Good evening and a great tomorrow to all..

MyPatootie

January 23rd, 2012
12:18 am

AI screwed up big time placing this show tonite after the game. I was wondering what would happen if it went into overtime, now we see. Probably only about half of the TV football crowd are AI watchers anyway. They, like me, probably hung around, but the rest went byebye. The others, devoted AI watchers who are not football fans probably got tired of waiting or got sleepy(like RoHo) and went to bed. The ratings for tonight’s episode will be dismal. Fox needs to show some common sense and logic. Wait a minute, these are TV execs I’m talking about. NEVERMIND!

Demetrio

January 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

Seriously, “Major”? Speaking in the third person as if you were some sort of rap star? Give it a rest. A long rest. You’re past the point of annoying and the season is early yet.

Mercedes S.

January 23rd, 2012
8:48 am

Major, sure you’re not Newt in disguise? He too speaks of himself in thirs person and uses the royal “we”.

Show was dismal last night, and kinda R-rated. The “patriotic” girl was sad.
Whose stupid idea was it to air Idol after a football game that never ended?

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
9:05 am

Did Steven Tyler butcher ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at AFC Championship?

Published January 23, 2012
NewsCore

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/23/did-steven-tyler-butcher-star-spangled-banner-at-afc-championship/#ixzz1kI36q5Ey

DanJ

January 23rd, 2012
9:11 am

I like Ashlee/Ashley can’t remember how she spelled her name and Kyle and Wolf. I didn’t like XFactor having a Sunday night, hated Idol doing it even more.

Idol should go back to Tues. & Wed. I hate the Wed. & Thur days. I wonder if that has something to do with the ratings drop. It does appear Idol has some pretty good talent although it seems they’re letting a lot of mediocre talent through.

Harriett

January 23rd, 2012
9:49 am

Well, I made every attempt to watch, but fell asleep. I saw the first couple of acts and the next thing I knew it was almost over and Wolf came on. Midnight is way past my bedtime. My alarm goes off at 5:30 AM.

Good morning!

JTesla

January 23rd, 2012
9:56 am

Rodney, you missed the first, and best, audition. She was rejected. Can’t remember her name, but Ryan had fun with her and made her walk the steps a second time, bless you Ryan.

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
10:17 am

What’s a botty dance?? :-)

Sam-A

January 23rd, 2012
10:20 am

Harriett: me too – get up at 5:30 M-F, and tried to make it but I conked out after the dreadful “bikini girl” – and woke up about 12:10 with the news on.

DanJ: I too prefer Tue/Wed. Wondering if that’s not part of the sinking ratings. When you’ve done something very successfully for 9 years, it’s kinda stupid to make a big change like that one. Then add new judges and Simon/Paula gone – many people like myself are creatures of habit, and don’t care for all this change stuff!

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
10:27 am

Didn’t watch last night. Too tired to stay up that late. Hopefully the DVR got it all.

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

Here’s the recap from FoxNews.com:

Football and ‘American Idol’ don’t necessarily a good mix make.

Decked out in fur and a bedazzled Patriots scarf, ‘Idol’ judge Steven Tyler sang (some say butchered) the National Anthem at the AFC Championship on Sunday just before kickoff at 3pm EST.

Almost eight hours later – well past many ‘Idol’ fans’ bedtimes (including this one) – the NFC Championship game went into overtime, delaying the singing competition by almost an hour.

This edition of the “Idol” auditions took place on USS Midway, a retired aircraft carrier now permanently docked in San Diego Harbor. The location was clearly chosen for its visual appeal and not its acoustics, as contestants were constantly interrupted by a series of noises from helicopters, boats, planes – and yes, even a cannon.

Despite the less-than ideal soundstage, 53 contestants earned their Golden Ticket to Hollywood, including gorgeous 26-year-old single mom Ashley Robles, who confidently sang Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Slightly flighty Aubree Dieckmeyer at first seemed to think that she was auditioning for “America’s Next Top Model.” Despite her initial ditziness, the 20-year-old receptionist won over the judges by singing Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good.”

Contestant Ali Shields got her first big break by writing a song for Ellen DeGeneres. Shields rapped a goofy version of “Look at Me Now” for the judges, which had judge Randy Jackson cracking up.

When Jackson asked if she could do a “little ghetto dancing,” Shields happily complied by unselfconsciously performing some booty poppin’. The 19-year-old finally redeemed herself – and won a Golden Ticket – by singing Corinne Bailey Rae’s “Like a Star.”

Shlubby frat boy Kyle Crews wowed the judges, especially Tyler, who proclaimed that he was “the best male voice” that they have heard so far.

Judge Jennifer Lopez was horrified to realize that the last time she saw contestant Jane Carrey (comedian Jim Carrey’s daughter) was on the set of the ‘80s variety show “In Living Color” – when the “Idol” hopeful was just two.

Carrey sang Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” and won a ticket (back) to Hollywood.

Jason “Wolf” Hamlin closed the show by singing “Midnight Special” by Creedence Clearwater Revival followed by a stunning version of “Folson Prison Blues” on acoustic guitar – or as Hamlin described it, his “git fiddle.”

Unfortunately, they weren’t all winners on Sunday’s special version of “American Idol.”

Jennifer Diley, a curvy “sushi bar waitress” and self-described “patriot” failed to impress the judges with her warbled rendition of Jessica Simpson’s “With You.” Dressed in a teeny-tiny stretch bandeau top paired with what could best be described as jean bikini bottoms at least three sizes too small, the busty 19-year-old’s audition fell flat.

“I think your voice lacks the fire that your getup has,” lamented Tyler.

Next up: The lush mountains of Aspen, Colorado, where, presumably, it won’t be as noisy.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/23/idol-recap-jim-carreys-daughter-among-san-diego-wannabes-making-it-to-hollywood/#ixzz1kIOATuJ3

Sam-A

January 23rd, 2012
10:36 am

moved this from the last one, when I realized we’d moved on (a few people still posting over there this am)

Sadly, I fell asleep just as the show started, so saw none of it.

Mercedes: I was disappointed by last weeks “Downton” (don’t like using it as a hospital), but last night’s was much much better. I knew what was going to happen in the hall when Mary was singing, but disappointed she didn’t take off running up the aisle! I really LOVE this show. I think there are 8 episodes this time – if so, we’ve already gone thru 3 of them.

And, saw “Iron Lady” yesterday. I do not like Mme Thatcher, but it was a really sad movie. And Meryl was so absolutely spot on in the “dementa” scenes – I know how the eyes and expression look, having been around it the last year of Mother’s life. It will be criminal if Meryl doesn’t win the AA this year!

Harriett

January 23rd, 2012
10:41 am

I liked the Tuesdays and Wednesdays best, too. Habit or not, it suits be better.

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

Jane Carrey looks a little like Miley Cyrus, doesn’t she?

JTesla

January 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

Rickster, yes a little, but what gives me the heebie-jeebies is that she looks too much like her dad. Granted, Miley Cyrus kind of gives me that same feeling, looking like Jim Carrey is not a good thing.

Pitchy

January 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

Good morning.

@Rickster – yes, she does.

I didn’t watch any of the show last night. Couldn’t stay awake after watching the finale of Chef Roble.

ole richie (the artist formerly know as real music)

January 23rd, 2012
11:34 am

jane carrey can’t sing, if her last name was johnson she wouldn’t have made it. P.S. did AI really think anyone would stay up and watch AI after the game?

Rickster

January 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

To Squirelly McNutJob Bon Bon: “”You people really should be in Church. Have you no shame?”

Ummmmm.. No! Besides, what church is open at 10:00 in the evening?

Next time you go, ask the preacher/pastor/priest to show you the whole “Judge not – lest you be judged” part.

Thanks! :-)

DanJ

January 23rd, 2012
11:40 am

I have no clue what the networks executives think when they decide to juggle shows, moving them to different nights. In most cases it causes the ratings to go down. Idol was destroying the competition, still may be but the ratings have steadily declined since the move. That said I don’t know if the blame for the move falls on the network or the crew at Idol. Idol IMO held the trump card, which was being the most watched show on television. For whatever reason they seemed to go alone with the move.
XFactor was also a Wed. & Thur. night show which leads me to believe the brain trusts at Fox must think that is the best night for singing competition type shows. Makes no sense to me. Especially given the fact that some families go to church on Wednesday nights and these type shows are family oriented. If it wasn’t for DVR’s I wouldn’t watch because I’m in a bowling league on Wednesday night and have been for 7 years. My point is to agree with those who’ve said we’re creatures of habit. It the big wigs at Fox understood thatthen Idol would still be on Tuesdays.

Pitchy

January 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

@ole richie – I heard Jane Carey on the radio this morning and thought the same thing. If her last name wasn’t Carey, Randy would have talked about her pitch and say “sorry kid, it ain’t working for me, Steve?”

Mercedes S.

January 23rd, 2012
11:46 am

Sam-A, had to save my Downton viewing until tonight. Glad it’s perking up, “hospital” invasion episode not fun.

Agree about Tues+Wed for Idol.

Sam-A

January 23rd, 2012
11:53 am

Mercedes: Hope I was careful enough so I haven’t spoiled anything for you – tried to word it carefully in case you’d not seen it yet. Good things happening.

I Neg Your Pardon

January 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

Neg’s take…

Only 4 that were worthy enough to mention (not counting the big knockers on the sushi bimbo).

1. Ashley – By far the best of the SD round. I’m gonna led-pipe-lock her for the Top 24, and, no, I don’t check spoilers and have no idea who is in or out. Combine her good looks with those GREAT vocals and I think we have a potential finalist here.

2. Frat boy Kyle – Obnoxious douche singing boy band, but does have some good skills. Has an outside shot at the live shows.

3. Aubrey – Complete airhead with decent voice, though really lacking the necessary power to be a serious contender. Odds of making it to the live shows? Not bloody likely, but the pretty girl factor could sneak her in under the final cuts.

4. Jayrah – Hyperactive but charming with decent R&B chops, but not a real standout for me. Odds of making the live shows are slim at best.

Vidar

January 23rd, 2012
1:33 pm

They are all out with the gimmicks this year. This is a sure sign of a show taking it’s last breaths. I think this show is done – dead show walking. It might limp through another year or so but it’s just not the same without Simon. Ironically, I think The X Factor is a terrible show because Simon doesn’t seem as comfortable as he did on Idol. He left Idol and messed up two shows.

http://mankabros.com/blogs/onmedea/2012/01/19/american-idol-dead-show-walking/