Start spreadin' the news. New York's got talent. Of course there were quite a few less talented hopefuls last night, but so far The Big Apple has impressed me the most.
Let's recap the evening, shall we?
We met Sarah Burgess. I have special interest in Sarah because she is from East Palestine, Ohio which is pretty much in my 'hood. She has a nice voice and she'd better or potentially angering daddy was all for nothing. I don't know at this point if she could make Top 24 because of all the talent, but I guess she has just as much as shot as most of them.
Next was a familiar face in Ashanti Johnson. First of all, I don't know that I'd go through the agony of coming back and auditioning after I'd already been to Hollywood twice and gotten turned down. That's just me. Ashanti really does have a nice voice, but she chose a difficult song that showcased the fact that she has an old fashioned voice which is what the judges didn't like about her. And then she begged. It is true that the judges are looking for a certain something in people, but if you don't have it, you can't pretend that you do. 'Nuff said.
It's Amanda and Antonella. Weren't they a pretty pair? Randy and Simon thought so. They tried to go with a duet first, but it wasn't a really a duet so much as one sang one line and the other sang the next. At any rate, it didn't work. Amanda sang solo first going with "Crazy" by Patsy Cline. I thought she had a nice voice. Not one of the best I've heard but worthy of Hollywood. Well, Antonella did her one better which is why I fear this will not end well for these best friends.
It didn't end well for Clifton Biddle. He, again, tried to be original by going with ZZ Top. The problem was that he kind of screamed it; not in a good Chris Daughtry kind of way either. Then something strange happened. He was asked to do another song and he did. Only he didn't sing. Rule #573 of American Idol auditions: Most people who do not impress the judges on the first song do not get a chance to do a second so if you do - sing another song.
Next up was Kia Thornton. She went with the Anna Kearns method and sang some Aretha. Girl really can SANG. She oversang it a bit, but she is definitely talented. She reminded me of something I can never figure out with these auditions sometimes. If you can sing that well, how can you not know it? Is there such a thing as reverse tone deafness?
What we needed now was a man to step up to the plate. Jenry Bejarano did it and did it well. Boy is 16 years old, looks like Tyrese Gibson and can sing Gerald Levert like a pro. I am impressed. Paula was too.
Up next was Nakia Claiborne singing "Dancing In The Street." She was full of energy and had kind of an old time Motown kind of voice. Nakia blew it with the second song though. I thought she could sing. Wouldn't have made it too much further considering the serious talent this year, but she wasn't awful. It broke my heart to see her cry.
I had trouble finding words for the next audition if you can call it that. I hope to God that was an act because if not... Yes I do believe you don't have to sing to be an "American Idol". However, you do have to sing and sing well to win the singing competition called American Idol. With the title come the skills that earn you that title. Gosh.
Simon looked to be really hot for the next contestant, Jory Steinberg. Jory went with an obscure song also - "Chains" by Tina Arena. She has a really nice, controlled voice. I would have actually liked to hear her sing a different song but I would have given her the golden ticket no matter what. I like Jory.
Getting down to the wire here, we met the American Idol soldier. No, not Josh Gracin. Porcelana Patino. I really do admire her dedication although I'm not really sure how running and sit ups and stuff helps you sing better but she wound up with one heck of a body. She sang some Mary J and despite the fact that it was an R&B song she kind of reminds me of a female Chris Daughtry. Kind of a rough, gravelly voice. Edgy. It's what I would aspire to be as a singer. So, she gets my stamp of approval.
Christopher Henry does not look like Simon Cowell. At all. Chris can actually sing, but his voice is so... feminine.
Rachel Zevita is interesting. She has kind of a hippy vibe to her, but she sings opera. It's kinda cool. On that Jeff Buckley song she reminded me SO much of Alanis Morrisette. It'll be interesting to see what she does in the competition.
Next bringing Sexyback was Chris Richardson. He sang "A Song for You" made Idol famous by one Elliott Yamin. I definitely could see the J. Timb comparison visually and vocally. Simon is right. He could be surprising. We'll have to wait and see.
Second time was hopefully a charm for Nicholas Pedro. I actually vaguely remember him from last season. Still do not know how you could mess up the words to "Buttercup." It may be one of the easiest songs to sing. Nevertheless, He really has an awesome voice. I'd like to see him go pretty far.