So auditions started tonight for American Idol. By far, this is the most painful part of the show for me, but I still watch. Night one…Phoenix. Two words: Pain. Ful. Really a rough start to the show. A lot of the singers they were featuring were 16-year-olds, which really doesn’t bode well for this year’s crop. The night’s hype went to a 20-something singer/songwriter named Scott MacIntyre, who sang a decent version of “And So It Goes”, but honestly, it wasn’t THAT good. There were a few I liked, though. Watch out for Emily Wynn-Hughes, who sang a killer version of “Barracuda”, and Michael Sarver (above), who looks like a bouncer for a rock club, yet busted out a killer version of Boyz II Men’s “Thank You”.
Speaking of AI, Season 6’s Chris Richardson is STILL working on his debut CD. He’s got a sample of a track on his MySpace called “Guilty”, so I did a little digging, and found a YouTube clip of (most of) the song. Very promising, if you ask me. I’m a big believer in this guy, and the fact he writes, plays and sings his own stuff helps back that up. Check out the clip below: