TV Review – American Idol Season 6, Week 3
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Written by Gabe
Week 3 of American Idol took us to Birmingham, Alabama and Los Angeles, California. An interesting thing they showed us over the two nights was the Southern hospitality from the majority of the rejected contestants in Birmingham still having the grace to thank the judges for the opportunity to audition. The LA rejects were pretty much like any other city with mixes of niceness and profanity.
Tuesday night’s Birmingham auditions started off with Erica Skye, a cute blond that was nice but just plain tone deaf and apparently rejection deaf, turning her into the contestant that would not stop. Hammering Simon, Randy and Paula with her clunking notes. She even drove the endlessly enthusiastic Paula to run away from the table for cover.
Birmingham also gave us a pair of interesting blonds that made it to Hollywood. First Katie Bernard with her little-girl voice and freakball twitchiness had a decent voice but was so goofy that the judges needed to get her to bring in her husband to make sure that she could handle leaving for Hollywood.
Then we got 17 year old hottie (I’m not gonna end up on Dateline for that am I?) Jamie Lynn Ward. Obvious comparisons to last seasons Kellie Pickler will be made because at the time of Kellie’s audition she revealed that her dad was in prison for stabbing someone. Jamie, not to be outdone revealed that her dad was at home paralyzed because he had shot her stepmother and then shot himself (stepmother has recovered and moved away). Hollywood is smacking its lips in anticipation.
Bama also gave us one of those “I never thought he could sing” moments with Jack Osbourne with a moppy fro look alike Chris Sligh. I liked Chris’ version of Seal’s song A Kiss From A Rose and I liked Chris’ sense of humor, dry and witty. I’m rooting for this kid.
And lastly Bama gave us the most original excuse I’ve heard with Brandy Patterson blaming the floor. Yes, she though that the 8 foot square of parquet flooring was causing the noise that was coming from her mouth so the judges let her move over and sing on the carpet. No luck. Brandy succumbed to the evil powers of the carpet also and still sounded horrible.
The audition weeks are all about extremes and when the show moved to LA on Wednesday night they started us off with, in my opinion by far, the best example of the over-the-top, self-confident, no-talent contestant that borders on mental illness, Martik “Panther” Manoukian. This is the contestant that believes, KNOWS that they are THE undiscovered talent that the world will love. If you missed it, do yourself a favor and try to find it online. Martik’s shirtless, growling, clawing audition is hilarious and horrifying.
LA gave us another beggar with Marianna Riccio a second-generation singer. Her mom was a backup singer for Dean Martin in Vegas. Apparently the talent skips a generation because Marianna did not have any part of “it”. I felt sorry for her as the pressure/want to follow in her mom’s footsteps broke her to her knees begging for the chance to pass to Hollywood (yes, it was odd for the judges to say “You’re going to Hollywood!” when they were already in Los Angeles). Marianna made it even more uncomfortable when it looked like it was over they finally got her to leave the room and she just grabbed her mom and brought her back in the room to beg some more. Mom succeeded in talking Marianna down while heating up Simon and Randy with her looks. Yes, I agree, mom was a MILF.
Two of the talented that got golden tickets were Alaina Alexander with her tearful story of making the decision to give up on singing if this audition didn’t work out, and Brandon Rodgers another back-up singer that is taking a chance on going solo. Brandon has a great voice and a quiet confidence. I definitely think he is going to make the top 12.
And even though Martik gave us more than enough, LA brought us the warbling stylings of Phuong Pham with her spastic dancing. Though I did get a hint of it being an act when she was leaving the audition.
Next week is the last week of open auditions with San Antonio on Tuesday and a “Rest of the Best” on Wednesday.