Wednesday, January 14, 2009

American Idol @ Kansas City (Wed Jan 14 2009)

Alright - getting ready for tonight's show and it's on Cookie monster's home turf. You figure if Kansas City can churn out a pleasing pop-rocker like David Cook, maybe there will be other Midwest farmboys and farmgirls looking to make it big.

Oy Jason Castro's brother is here. Not a good sign.

Chelsea Marquardt seemed like a nice person, but umm, it was a disaster. Simon unfortunately is again correct: "Sounds like cats falling off the Empire State building, before it hit the floor." Hope she doesn't cry.

Ashley Anderson had a nice sound if slightly off pitch at one point. Oh she's going through.

Casey Carlson seemed to have a pretty voice and has a nice personality. She'll go through. Yup. See you in Hollywood Casey.

Brian Hettler is a big boy and was an opera student. Oy that was awful. What was he thinking, singing Aretha? Good heavens.

Now on to a trail of tears, all to Mozart's Requiem. Such drama!

A series of "original takes". A tall skinny dude sounded like a dying weasel unfortunately. Some guy named Billy Vinson was a large guy with a tiny voice. Chris Jones sang a song from Phantom and it was definitely music of the night. Deandre Hopkins sang an unholy song.

Vaughan Smith looked like the guy in High School Musical, what with his hat. He sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow. He has a strong voice, despite his crap start (maybe from a cold), and I am surprised. Doubt he'll make it, but I think he deserves a chance. He'd be cut right away I suspect if he goes through. He's in. Well, pack up Toto and come on over to Hollywood.

Oh no. Not another Castro. Hmm he's actually not bad. I like it. Good sound and mostly on pitch. Thank goodness he didn't bring a ukelele. Oh he's going through. I underestimated his older brother. Maybe this one will survive too.

He's wearing a yellow and orange suit. Vaughn English is another joke. Man I thought we were going to get real people this year!

Matt Breitzke is like the oil rig guy. All butch and not looking like a singer. Oh a nice bluesy voice. Wouldn't have expected this sound from him. Only a couple odd notes. I like him. Randy said no, but everyone else likes him. Cool.

Jasmine Joseph is unfortunately oblivious to her inadequate singing, as she sang it. Huh? No comments? Odd. It was perfect to diss this audition.

Now we get guitar-playing girl, Jessica with a deaf grannie. How fun! Singing Joplin. 19yo. She has a nice big voice with good control. She's going.

Asia and India are rapping sisters. Big girl Asia isn't that good. Ok she's bad. India is second. She's pitchy but has a nice sound. Not really going to go though. Oh my, they're sending India! Interesting.

Jamar Rogers sings “California Dreamin'” like Mama Cass on a loudspeaker. Screaming. Too bad cuz he has a nice voice and over the top. Interesting, he's going too.

Danny Gokey is a music teacher whose wife died. I hate sob stories. Oh. Great voice and a nice falsetto singing "Heard it through the grapevine". A real smokey voice that's for real. Nice, he's going.

Oh no, the stream of bad singers. Sad sad. Crazy wide-eyed blond. Crazy wide-eyed red-head. Crazy wide-stanced and wide-gapped singer.

An Indian guy Anoop Desai is a Masters student. Of course. He sings Boyz 2 Men. Oh nice soul voice. Surprised. Geeky guys like me CAN sing... :) haha, "Anoop dawg"

Montage of scary "Signed Sealed Delivered" and heavens this is not good.

Oh no. Two cheerleaders introduce the next guy. Andrew Lang. Oy. Sort of a cute twink but he's overacting. Not a great sound quality, but theatrical. It would be better if he could settle on a pitch. Cute but not for me. Oh he sings again. They said he's theatrical, too. Oh he won't go. Well that wasn't a surprise I guess. Oh so many people like him. Aww now I'm sad.

A middle school band director is next. Asa Barnes. He's doing Michael J? Not a wise choise to me, but hmm good voice. Despite the rough start, and as long as he doesn't go up to falsetto, it's not bad.

Michael Nicewonder needs a makeover. Hank Williams Jr is related to this guy? Oh no an original song. Not a good sign. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh no. Oh wait. Oh no. Oh no.

Now some guy Dennis dreams about Simon. Does a Brown song. Um, he's a dancing wide-eyed nutcase. I think he has a voice that could work without his look but it's hard to see him doing well. What? He's through? Interesting.

A sleeping Mia Conley thinks she's singing. Oh no she sang that note. Oh no.

Tornado victim Lil Rounds sings Stevie W. Oh, nice control and tone. They like her alot it seems.

That's it. I guess the farmboys and farmgirls weren't really in attendance. Mostly got urban types. Oh well, so much for perceptions on what the Midwest is all about.

So next week we go to where, Louisville? Looking forward to the Hollywood rounds, to be honest, because these bad singers that so many people like to watch, are, well, ummm, bad. Let's get to the meatier singers and go from there.

Til next week...

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