Reviewcap: American Idol - Orlando Auditions

by Kona Gallagher, posted Jan 20th 2010 11:13PM
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(S09E04) Sweet! Kristin Chenoweth is the guest judge, which means that this episode is going to be awesome. Okay, perhaps that's overstating it a bit -- it is the audition rounds after all, but it's surely going to be just a bit sunnier. I'm really looking forward to this one, especially since Chicago had such a disappointing turnout (I mean, really... 13 Golden Tickets out of 12,000? Seriously?).

Orlando doesn't disappoint, and actually ends up getting 31 people to Hollywood. However, Kristin is only there, for the first day, so I feel a little ripped off. If I have to deal with Avril Lavigne at some point, shouldn't I get at least two days of Kristin Chenoweth? Come on!

Auditions Day 1

Before we get to the contestants, is it just me, or do you love the fact that Ryan, Randy and Simon all took a little vacation together in Miami, and rolled into the auditions all tired and obviously hung over? Because I think it's hilarious.

When we see see people like Theo Glinton, I get confused, because I wonder if they've ever seen the show before. Adam Lambert, who has been openly gay in his life for years, didn't actually "come out" until after the competition ended, many believe, because that's the way Idol producers wanted it. Does he really think that the Princess Sparkles act is going to fly with Simon (who has a very low tolerance for B.S.) or the conservative producers? Anyway, he sings Pat Benatar's "Heartbreaker," and it's very loud, and all on one level, if that makes sense. He starts up and just stays up. Simon proves my theory right when he tells Theo, "when you walked in like that, I mentally said 'no.'" The other judges agree with him. Theo isn't going to Hollywood.


Seth Rollins' inspirational story actually gets to me, because it involves cute kids (my weakness). I'm a new mom myself, so when his son starts crying about how he wants to go in [to the audition] with daddy, I just about melt into a pile of goo. He's singing "Someone to Watch Over Me," which is one of my favorite songs, so all in all, I really want to like this guy. Luckily, he's really good. He's actually pretty captivating to watch. I look forward to seeing what he's capable of. He gets our first unanimous "yes," and I almost die again when he's running around with his kids. Interestingly, someone with him has a sign that says, "third time's a charm." Does that mean he auditioned twice before? I wonder what happened those other two times, if that's the case.

Next up, we have someone who has definitely auditioned before, Jermaine Purifoy. He's singing Tony Bennett's version of "Smile." I love this song, and he does a really nice job with it. It's a perfect song choice, as he has the type of personality, that as cheesy as it sounds, makes you want to smile as you're listening to him. Randy actually says he's the best that he's heard all audition season, so naturally, he gets a unanimous "yes."


Shelby Dressel's 7th intracranial nerve wasn't developed, so she can't completely use the right side of her face. It's obviously been a source of insecurity for her, so it's interesting to see how this will go for her. She's singing "Turn Me On" by Norah Jones, and it's not the greatest thing I've ever heard, but she's pretty good. Unfortunately, she totally forgets the words halfway through. However, she does it in such a charming way, that it actually makes the judges like her more. She gets four "yeses."

Auditions Day 2

Kristin is gone. Sadness!

Jay Stone is up first, and he's singing "Come Together," by the Beatles. He beat-boxes, and he's actually very talented, but remember how we talked earlier about Simon's very low tolerance for B.S.? Yeah, this isn't going to please him. Kara enjoys it and says "yes," immediately. Jay actually starts singing, "Ain't No Sunshine," and he's really good. They should totally let this guy though. I like him a lot. At least he's not going to bore me to death.

Janell Wheeler sings "House of the Rising Sun," by The Animals, and it starts out rough, but gets surprisingly good. Brittany Starr James is similarly good, Kasi Beford sings "Something To Talk About," and is decent, but didn't blow me away. They all make it through to Hollywood.

Cornelius Edwards sings "Proud Mary," although he calls it "Rollin'," and drops down and does the splits so violently, that his pants get a rip down them that's at least a foot long. The whole thing is horrifying. The judges give him 3 "yeses," not because he's that great, but because they're so shocked.

Next up, we have a pair of sisters. Bernadette Desimone goes first, and she's actually pretty good. She's got a sexy, bluesy thing going on, and she sings, "Hit the Road, Jack." Amanda Desimone isn't as good, but is still decent. I'd like to see them both go through to Hollywood -- they'll be pretty entertaining. They don't exactly get a unanimous decision, but they're both going to Hollywood, nevertheless.

Jarrod Norrell believes that he's a great singer. He sings "Amazing Grace," because he's "gotta give it up to God." You guys, if you haven't figured it out by now, he is not great. God is all, "no, really dude. I'm good. You do not, in fact, need to give it up to me." He sounds painful -- like singing this song is literally causing him pain. Kara lets him down as gently as she can, but he's not accepting it. He cannot believe that they didn't offer him a record deal on the spot. He keeps singing, despite their protests. Security escorts him out, and things just go downhill from there -- he actually ends up in handcuffs. That's awkward.

Matt Lawrence had a nice life, but he apparently was an idiot when he was younger. Case in point: he robbed a bank with a BB gun when he was 15. As a result, he spent four birthdays in prison. Now he's auditioning because he wants to make his family proud. I almost hope he's going to be terrible, because that would be hilarious. He's singing "Trouble," by Ray Lamontagne. I like him. He's got a lot of natural talent, but would definitely benefit from some training. It's pretty obvious that he's going to go through to Hollywood, and he gets "the easiest yes" that Simon has said that day, and that gets him the last Golden Ticket.

In all, there are 31 Golden Tickets are given out in Orlando, which is much better than Chicago. What did you think about this batch of contestants?

Who was the best out of the Orlando contestants?
Seth Rollins29 (12.4%)
Jermaine Purifoy48 (20.6%)
Shelby Dressel9 (3.9%)
Jay Stone12 (5.2%)
Janell Wheeler12 (5.2%)
Brittany Starr James7 (3.0%)
Kasi Bedford3 (1.3%)
Cornelius Edwards5 (2.1%)
Bernadette Desimone10 (4.3%)
Amanda Desimone2 (0.9%)
Matt Lawrence96 (41.2%)



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jack

Can't wait to see Ellen's outfit sitting next to Kristin, anyone new will think it is a Holloween contest.

February 07 2010 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mariah

I have just recently started watching american idol, and I have to say my favorite part of the season is the auditions. So many hilarious parts!
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January 25 2010 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

EDIT: I DID think this episode had the best variety (so far!)

January 21 2010 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kristi

I was excited to see Kristin Chenoweth as a judge, but when she became over-the-top giggling bffs with Kara, I was right along side Simon in the 'I've got a headache' department and was glad she was there only one day. I don't think I could have taken those two together for a whole hour. BUT I didn't think this show had the best variety (especially after depressing Chicago) of the Good, the Bad and the Okay (with interesting backstories).

I can't believe you didn't mention the funniest part of the whole show: when Ryan picked up a little boy (during Pants Ripper's Golden Ticket Celebration). His face was HILARIOUS. I watched it several times and was rolling on the floor laughing!!

http://www.orble.com/teevee-american-idol-orlando-auditions/

January 21 2010 at 9:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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alameda

I TOTALLY agree with you on how annoying Kara was being.
I just hate how she constantly changes who she is with every new guest judge.

Also, that Jay Stone guy kind of bugged me. It's a SINGING competition. Not a beat-boxing competition. I was completely with Simon on that one.

January 21 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

Seth sounded like Nat King Cole to me, a voice I love. He's not really teeny bopper material so we'll have to see how it goes but I loved his voice.

January 21 2010 at 8:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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