American Idol Recap: Rest of the Best

It's official! The judges give away secrets to making it in this competition. For all of you clearing your windpipes for next season... pay attention very carefully to the six steps of success. You have to: 1. Have the Look 2. Seek Inspiration 3. Never Give Up 4. Audition on Your Own 5. Shake Your Money Maker 6. Have Clarity

So why was Margaret Fowler passed up in Birmingham then? That's her dressed in yeller to the right. She has the, uh... "a look"... albeit Big Bird. She seems quite inspired. I'd say with an act like that - who'd ever give up. She had the confidence to audition alone and had no problem shaking that money maker. It was also pretty transparent she didn't fit the age requirement. Oh yeah, she was 50 going on 26! Each of the seven cities had its own element of surprise. Out of Minneapolis, Seattle, Memphis, NYC, Birmingham, LA and San Antonio -- I was most entertained by what New York had to offer. Although there is still quite a way to go until America will be the judge, the choices have been whacked down significantly to 172 hopefuls.

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