Folks, I think it became quite clear this week that, unless Freemantle believes in some seriously horrible pranks, this is the season that American Idol jumps the shark. I sat through all three audition shows this week (yes, three), and it appears that God has forsaken the American public of any talent whatsoever. This will be one of the most concise recaps yet, simply because there really isn’t much on the show worth recapping.
– Jacksonville – When Yuri is the best thing coming out of your city, you’re in trouble (and I say that with much love and respect to Olga). The featured singers were really bad for the most part: Jasmine Murray seemed nice enough, but even though Chris Rich called it a style of singing, “nasally” just doesn’t work here. TK Hask has a good voice, but he oversang his song big time. The only person that did impress (Anne Marie Boskovich, above) had to get a do-over, so what does THAT tell you?
– Salt Lake City – Okay, a bit better, but still. Frankie Jordan’s got a good voice, but come on, stop copying Amy Winehouse phrase by phrase! David Osmond…okay, talent. Fine. But boring. It was good to see an episode with two stellar voices, and for once they were both female. Taylor Vaifanua (right) did her thing on “Joyful, Joyful”, and Megan Courkey had a really cool take on “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man”. Although I don’t think he’ll make it far, I did like Austin Sisneros on a personal level. There’s just something about him that’s really likable, and he has a great tone to his voice, even if he didn’t have the best audition.
– NYC/San Juan, PR – So craptastic that they squeezed both cities into an hour. You know it’s bad when you look at your notes, and see multiple names that you started to write down, and then crossed off because they didn’t deliver. Did you catch at the end that San Juan only saw 9 golden tickets? Pitiful. Jorge Nunez (left), though, is one to watch out for. I fear he might flame out early (you can guess whether there’s a pun there or not) like AJ Tabaldo. New York didn’t fare much better, and it’s sad when the most memorable one to get a ticket is the one the producers framed as a freak. Having said that, I do like Melinda Camile, but I think she’s going to end up in the same category as Austin.
Here’s my big beef, though. They splice in a clip of Randy saying “one of the best voices we’ve heard today”, but you don’t get to hear the singer. Is that poor placement, a little foreshadowing, or just a sorry indicator of just how bad things were in these two cities? I guess we’ll find out next week.
So there you have it…so little good news to report, but Hollywood Week looks interesting. Now, there is a list of the Top 50 and Top 36 floating around, and whether they are fabrications or the real thing, it looks pretty much spot on.
and the question is really, how long can these shows go on for? the talent pool has gotta run dry at some point unless it’s a bunch of people who are just reaching the age criteria every year and haven’t applied before. Sheesh!
I agree with Paul, they have got to stop sooner or later! I mean, Joanna Pacitti was a big plant in the auditions process and this has pretty much become a joke but it seems like we can’t get enough of it.
But who would want to see a really brilliant artist be butchered by Simon Cowell and has team of Idol butcherers? No one! At least I didn’t want to.
Listen, folks. It’s a big scheme. I live in Jacksonville and there are plenty of talented people in this city. I went with my best friend to the audition and heard Amazing voices everywhere. This show is a real (or should I say fake) as the WWE. It’s just brutal rigged entertainment.
Ha ha, JH, you got jokes….you got jokes.
As a Jacksonville blogger, I agree with the decisions made by the judges on the show. The problem is, we only saw a fraction of the auditions. And I have no doubt whatsoever that there is some “rigging” going on. I mean, why else would there be so many horrible auditions still be highlighted on the show?
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Paul, there actually is some talent floating to the surface. Whether it’s just ship wreckage or actual talent is another story.
Parkstreet, I recognized long ago that I had to suspend true reality in my mind to watch “reality” TV. I don’t doubt anything you’ve said.
Yuri, I got nothin’ but love for ya. You know that.