Tonight's auditions come to us from Kansa City, home of last years American Idol, David Cook. If KC can produce talent like David Cook, let's see what else they have!
Ugh....we started out the night with a David Cook "love fest"...or for those of us who still think Archie was robbed, "Puke fest". I must admit though, there was much more talent here than I thought, and the guys totally dominated.
I totally disagree on the guy thing...I remember way more talented girls last night. Oh and Daphne, I ask that you at least try to keep the David Cook bashing on the back burner tonight, please.
No promises, Jules. I want to start with the audition I was looking forward to for months now. Michael Castro, little brother to the oh so adorable Jason Castro from last season (who in mind was runner up to Brooke White last season).
You could really tell he was nervous in his voice. I can't believe he came out after only singing 20 days. He does have an interesting sounding voice -and a cool look.
When I heard Michael was auditioning I was so thankful for another chance with a Castro. So he sang some Gavin DeGraw, and I was a bit disappointed. He is not quite as good as Jason. But he was decent, and definitely deserved a shot in Hollywood, but I don't think he'll be as successful as his older brother.
26 year old Jamar Rogers sang California Dreaming, and man did he have a LOUD voice, but not always on pitch. He was just alright for me, kind of forgettable. But it looks like the judges liked him because he is heading to Hollywood.
Next up, Anoop Desai who sang Boyz II Men's Thank You. Seriously, what is up with this song choice? It's a good song, but Anoop is the second guy to sing it this season....it wasn't that big of hit, and it has been around since 1994. Why is it suddenly HUGE in Idol world? I don't believe I ever heard anyone sing it before this season. Can someone explain this new Boyz II Men love to me? Anyway, about the dude, Anoop. I liked him. Made some weird faces here and there, but who cares, he can sing. And I like the Geek Chic look he's got going on.
Yeah I was greatly surprised by Anoop. The song choice was a little weird, but he did do a decent job on it. Did get a little theatrical, overall I think he deserved the golden ticket. One of my favorite guys of the night was Asa Barnes though. He's a very attractive guy with a nice voice and attitude.
Oh my gosh Jules! Finally, we have someone who can sing a Michael Jackson song on the show without imitating the King of Pop. Asa Barnes sang the "The Way You Make Me Feel" and he sang it well. I liked him a lot, and he proves that there are some original singers in Kansas City, and they aren't all rip off artists. Yeah, another David Cook dig, Jules...They are just too easy sometimes.
What did I tell you about that Daphne...let's leave David Cook alone -he IS an original.
We had a few other male talents in Kansas City, like Matt Breitzke, a welder with an unexpected soulful voice, and Von Smith who was weird, but in a good way. I liked his look of the stripes and hat. He had a HUUUGE voice.
Von was completely over the top, but still a really talented kid. I'd like to see him try some Jason Mraz, and not over do it. My favorite talent of the night goes to Danny Gokey. Let's just skip the sad back story (it doesn't have anything to do with his unbelievable talent) and talk about his amazing audition. I really like this guy. He had lots of soul and a fantastic voice. I still like Stevie Wright from last night better, but from the first two nights of auditions I think Stevie and Danny have my votes.
Danny really reminds me of Robert Downey Jr. He had an incredible voice, and the judges like him too -which never hurts. He was very emotional, his wife died just a few weeks ago. Whether we talk about it or not, I'm sure Idol is gonna keep going on his story.
Here we are gushing over the male talent but there were some wonderful chicks kicking butt last night like India Morrison, and the absolutely amazing Lil Rounds.
The judges loved Lil -even Simon loved her. You know that means she'll go far in the competition. I thought she was good, but I wasn't as blown away as they were. And I liked India, and her sister Asia as well. Loved their rap for Randy, that was great. These girls have flavor. And then there was Casey Carlson who had a great bubbly personality, her look reminds me of Mandy Moore. I'd really like to see her in the top 24.
I thought Casey looked like Mandy Moore too. Mandy, with a little bit of Rachel Bilson mixed in...she was cute, but my favorite of the night on the female front was Jessica Furney. When I saw her I thought she looked like a slightly chunkier version of Lisa Loeb...so when she busted out the Janis Joplin I was a little disappointed that we weren't going to hear the Lisa Loeb awesomeness....but disappointment quickly turned into delight. She was wonderful. Maybe an underdog in the competition, but girl's got some major chops. I'm routing for her.
It's so sweet that she takes care of her 93 year old grandmother. She acts much more mature for only 19. Definitely a "girl next door" kind of feel.
And remember Ashley Anderson? She sang a Leona Lewis song Footprints In the Sand, a song Simon Cowell helped to co-write. She started off a little shaky saying Footsteps rather than Footprints that Simon caught -but she was smart choosing a song that he co-wrote. Her voice actually surprised me, she had a big voice behind her.
Well, that was it for Kansas City. Tune in next week to hear what we had to say about the next round of auditions. And don't forget to leave us comments! Do you agree with us? Was there someone you really liked that we forgot to mention?
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And remember kids, when auditioning for American Idol, dress appropriately (no bikinis please), leave the cheerleaders at home, and rely on your talents to get you through.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times