If I have to see another soon-to-be mother or father auditioning for a reality TV show at such a precious time in their lives, I am going to scream. I mean, you don't even pull for these guys. Cut the gimmicks! All you need is a good voice to make it on American Idol.
It's just like hey... what's up? Ya having a baby today? Yet your thoughts and motivations are consumed with becoming famous?
Come on! If it's that big of a deal, where were you last year? Or the last six years for that matter. And can't you just hang it up until there are less pressing matters like say...possibly... next year.
In tonight's show, this guy Oliver Highman is dragging his pregnant wife around with him like a prop...and oops... would you look at that - her water broke. She's going to have the baby today! I could be wrong, and hate jumping to conclusions, but this did not seem like an emergency delivery. It all appeared pretty natural, except for the overall tranquility.
Oliver even let an AI camera guy tag along for the ride.
Good ole Ollie doesn’t even break a sweat when he realizes that he got lost on the way to the hospital (with "printed out directions and everything!") … and then the pregnant stepford wife is all… la, la, la … as she also appears to be just going for the ride.
They traveled from NC for this audition. They aren’t even in their hometown… with their familiar doctor, etc. And everything is so freaking calm and la~de~da? Weird.
So, little Emma Grace is born. It is now time for HER to be taken along for the ride. Daddy auditioned. (Was that the VERY NEXT day????) He didn’t make it, but wanted to show the judges the new addition to his family anyway.
After all that exhaustion, I actually thought he had a pretty good voice. I’m into the falsetto. He was overly ambitious with it though and it was all over the place… like I am sure his emotions were too.
Save your idol dreams for your slumber Oliver, and enjoy your new family.
If you have a gimmick, chances are -- on this show your voice can’t carry you through the competition. DeAnna Prevatte from Aberlmarle, NC tried to be like Season 5’s Kellie Pickler. The biggest difference, besides the look, is Pickler (no matter how annoying) could actually sing. Just cause your from the same country bumpkin town and you are a waitress too doesn’t mean you will get the same opportunity.
“They call me the black Clay Aiken,” proclaimed Raysharde Henderson. Need I say more? I couldn’t even do it justice.
Crystal Ortiz and Randy Stark – found their niche – with each other. The two met on the AmericanIdol.com message board. Randy was "the man" with all the hot audition information. And Crystal was picking up everything this "expert" was laying down. I found it hysterical, listening to the words of their duet. It was such a coincidence. He sang, “not the girl I pictured at all.” And she’s all, “more than I dreamed of…” They had no idea what they were getting into with each other. True love forever! Or at least until he finds another AI student to "mold."
The big bro/sis duet had what they call -- the Ow factor! Michelle was a quiet girl with loud clothing. And Jeffery was flamboyant in his style and personality. He said he wore the black and pink tie around his head for Paula – who makes him hot -- hot pink that is. For Randy – the sports wear and shoes. And because Simon has that “military presence” – dog tags.
Michelle and Jeffery Lampkin tore it up. Jeffery is phenomenal… and he seems like a lot of fun. I hope he keeps advancing so we all can have laughs on him.
The "abstinence teen preacher" gave Simon the same spiel she gives to her peers -- about saving yourself for that special someone. When Amy Flynn sang Christina Aguilera's “Reflection,” Paula noted the moments in her voice that were pure and beautiful. (Kinda like her outlook on life.) Simon thought a lot of people are going to find her annoying. (Like me! Those stupid faces she was making were totally irritating.) And Randy told her she had mad potential, but she’ll have to work on it.
They gave Amy a chance to do that. And a bit of advice before she walked out with the Golden Ticket, “stay away from that Ryan Seacrest,” Simon joked.
It’s like Joshua Boson was trying to convince all three judges as he sang the words, “and you - and you - and you … you’re gonna love me!” The judges didn’t. And Joshua went off, “this show is fake and rigged!” Later he propositioned the audience, “Anybody out there looking for talent… My talent is too big… I’m looking to be the next World Idol!”
Aretha Codner just couldn’t believe it either when she wasn’t put through to Hollywood. She said that she stops crowds. Simon jabbed, you mean the crowds clear. Paula told her she loved her confidence (LOL, she's had some good ones this year) and Randy said, he loved her big belt. Aretha asked for another chance – stating she heard some of the other contestants who made it and said they weren’t up to par. No second chances for Aretha.
The Air Force pilot who flys C-17’s was jittery standing before the panel. Although they were impressed with her background, her singing just wasn’t there for them.
London Weidberg is a musician who put her career on hold to take care of her father dying of cancer. Three years later, the judges have given her the spark to fire it up again. I was amused by Randy’s comment, “Yes, based on your vocals.” Good Randy, good – seeing that it is a singing competition.
Out of all four cities so far, I deem South Carolina the worst episode in Season 7 to date.
Who’s up for more AI next week? We still have Omaha, Miami and Atlanta to scope out. And there are still a few weeks until we find out the Final 24 (Feb. 13).
Is American Idol going to keep your attention until then? Or does it even have it now?