Friday, January 21, 2011

American Idol Season 10 - New Orleans Auditions

American Idol Season 10

It was a short 1 hour episode (compared to last night's 2-hour opening, that is) where all the judges seemed to agree on everyone either going though or not going through.

I see the first signs of a crack here - they need to disagree sometimes while making believable cases why it is a yes and why it is a no.

The ratings for the opening show was a huge 10% dip compared to last year - but I'm optimistic it will grow again. They need better direction though - I expect to be wowed by their talent, and not just swayed by their back stories. Bring it America!

New Orleans Auditions

Here are some featured people in the New Orleans auditions and what I think about them...

Sarah Sellers auditions in New Orleans
  • Jordan Dorsey opened the New Orleans auditions with a confusing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" rendition - it started off really painful sounding, and although he reigned it back fast enough to get good reviews and an eventual golden ticket to Hollywood, he didn't impress me at all.
  • This girl, Sarah Sellers sounds like she can do rock music really well. She's confident and charming. I predict she'll make it to Top 12. Her and her huge lips. Plus, she's a food and music blogger. Haha!
  • Ship builder Jovany Barreto got golden ticket then took his shirt off for no apparent reason, saying "I just got to!" Then the judges joined him to show their bellies too. I didn't get it. Haha.
  • Jacquelyn Dupree brought Randy Jackson's photographs from when he was a high school student in Baton Rouge, plus his football coach that happened to be her uncle. Then the show becomes a reunion show of sorts. There were a few awkward moments and then oh did she sing? I don't remember. Haha. Oh yeah, "I'll Stand By You". It was kind of shaky and okay.
  • Brett Loewenstern sang "Bohemian Rhapsody?" He looked odd, made weird gestures with his hands when he sang and well, didn't really sound all that wonderful. I think it was a weird call by the judges to let him through. And no this is not bullying - it's a critique of his performance. He just wasn't that great.
  • 15 year old Jaycee Badeaux charmed his way to Hollywood with his raw, sweet voice. I don't know if it's anything special though. He did make some really interesting runs in there. We'll see if he can shine in Hollywood.
  • Paris Tassin closed the show with a heart wrenching rendition of "Temporary Home" which brought Jennifer Lopez to tears. She got a golden ticket and extended air time too with JLo giving her and her daughter a hug after the auditions officially closed.

37 people made it through to Hollywood in the New Orleans, Louisiana auditions. Next stop Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

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