Before Idol, Von Smith was a YouTube sensation - VIDEO

by Eliot Glazer, posted Jan 27th 2009 9:02AM
american idol von smith viewWell, we're not through to Hollywood just yet, as the American Idol auditions keep on keepin' on. Indeed, as promised by the show's producers, we're not seeing as many crazies as we have in years past. However, it's safe to say that the pool of eccentric Idol wannabes has been anything but left on the cutting room floor. That's not going to happen anytime soon.

In terms of memorable performances thus far, Von Smith has arguably been "the big breakout," at least among the contestants on American Idol's Kansas City stop (he sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" and wore a white fedora ... which, when you think about it, doesn't necessarily differentiate him from every other contestant).

He's on his way to Hollywood for sure, where you can expect him to bring his enormous voice in a separate suitcase (yes, it's that big). But before he gets there, we should take a moment to remember that he got his break here on The Infranetz, boasting hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube, which ultimately led to Rosie O'Donnell cherry-picking him to appear on The View.

Here, in all its glory, is Von Smith's rousing interpretation of "And I Am Telling You" from Dreamgirls, introduced with unbridled enthusiasm as could only be mustered by Rosie O'Donnell:

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Mr. Smith's appearances have also been mocked by Joel and the gang at "The Soup." Hilarious.

January 28 2009 at 4:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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