Review: 'American Idol' - Denver Auditions
by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 3rd 2010 1:22PM
Wow, there were a few whack jobs at the Denver auditions of 'American Idol,' including Bikini Boy (see above). But also an adorable kid who drew pictures for the judges, as well as a few good singers who got sent through to Hollywood. After the jump, let's take a look at some of the Denver auditions.
Mark Labriola. First of all, Mark likes cheese. But even more interesting is the fact that as a kid, he was taken by his mother and the pair were on the run for six years, landing in places like Alaska and Maui. But then his father found him and took him to Colorado when he was ten. He's a pretty good singer, though, winning over the judges with his rendition of Squeeze's 'Tempted.' He's through to Hollywood. Oh, he also has a little boy named Ian. Watch his audition here.
Kimberly Kerbow. The 24-year-old college student from Marina del Ray, California has a five-year-old daughter who's convinced her mom will be the next 'American Idol,' even if she can't quite get the words right. Indeed, Kimberly is headed for Hollywood, but not before singing some weird lyrics about buying Simon some Rogaine at some point in the future in case he needs it.
Danelle Hayes. She's been pursuing her dream to be a singer in bars, casinos and corporate parties, and seems seriously burnt out on that whole thing because she practically bursts into tears the minute she walks into the room. All of this prompted Simon to say, "You're almost broken, where you may have come in here just in time to rescue you from corporate hell." Kara loved that "you wear your heart on your sleeve. It's priceless." Danelle and her giant earrings are headed to Hollywood. Watch her audition here.
Casey James. His life-changing event was a motorcycle accident that left giant scars on his arms and pain every day. He has a great voice, but Simon said he showed "no charisma, no effort." So guest judge Victoria Beckham asked him to take his pony tail out, and Kara told him to unbutton his shirt. He promptly took it off. Simon called the whole thing embarrassing; regardless, the Fort Worth, Texas guy is on his way to Hollywood. Watch his audition here.
Tori Kelly. The high school student brought a bunch of kids with her, and one named Hope Starr actually presented drawings she'd done of the judges. It was pretty adorable how she sat on Victoria's lap the whole time and ... oh yeah, the audition. Tori is a pretty good singer and Victoria loved the "whole package." She's on her way to Hollywood, and Hope Starr is on to her next big thing. We're not sure what it'll be, but who bets she'll end up on the Idol stage at some point? Watch
Austin Paul. He's a little freaky, and talks about how he's a student at the University of Colorado, studying music and playing football. He did this weird thing where he grabbed his pecs, and Kara and Victoria thought he was a bit arrogant and cocky. "I think you need to be a little less confident," said Kara. Austin did not make the grade and was sent home without a golden ticket.
Kenny Everett. For those of you who don't know him, he's the world's best singer. "I consider myself the male Mary J. Blige," he said. Well, he may consider himself that, but his wild runs with a fake microphone didn't do much for the judges. "It sounded actually like you'd been punched," said Simon. No ticket for Kenny, and he just would not stop singing and almost had to be bodily removed. Dude, continuing to sing never works after the judges reject you.
Nicci Nix. We'll call her helium girl because she's got this voice that sounds like she just took a few tokes off a helium balloon. But she clearly has confidence in herself, because she flew 14 hours from Florence, Italy through Frankfort, Germany to get there. Simon couldn't stop talking about helium, but Victoria liked her look, attitude and beautiful skin. Thank goodness Nicci's long flight was not for nothing. She's through to Hollywood.
Haeley Vaughn. Sad story alert. This teenager from Fort Collins, Colorado was born premature and had to spend a long time on a heart monitor when she was a baby. Then her dad passed away when she was ten. What's interesting is she's black, but wants to be a country singer. Kara called that "a big dream." Simon liked her, too. After bringing her star-struck mom and sister into the audition to meet the judges, Haeley is through to Hollywood. Watch her audition here.
Ty Hemmerling. Last year, we had Bikini Girl. This year, we have Bikini Boy. Well, you've gotta admit, he did make a memorable entrance. Unfortunately, after the first few words of Billy Ray Cyrus' 'Achy Breaky Heart,' the judges made a quick getaway. It had obviously been a long day. Hopefully, that's the last we'll see of Bikini Boy, but I'm guessing not. Watch his audition here.
Any standouts from the Denver auditions?