American Idol Delivers!

The Simon-less American Idol premiered last night and I thought it wouldn’t hold up, but the episode didn’t disappoint!  Plenty of terrible singers, plenty of heart warming tales, plenty of awkwardly sexual comments from Steven Tyler…and NO KARA DIOGUARDI!!!!

Thousands of Idol hopefuls showed up in New Jersey for their chance to sing their way to Hollywood. 

Here’s my favorite Idol-Reject from the Jersy auditions…He’s guy named Yoji Asano . . . a.k.a., “Yoji Pop” .  He told the judges that he’s been copying Michael Jackson since before he was born. Then he auditioned with the Miley Cyrus song, “Party in the U.S.A.”

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTKBuX2rBU[/youtube]

Here’s my favorite contestant that earned a Golden Ticket to Hollywood.  16-year-old Travis Orlando from the Bronx made it through singing “Eleanor Rigby” by the Beatles and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJq4oMbR00Y[/youtube]

Here’s Victoria Huggins.  She’s 16.  She’s been waiting for her chance to sing for the judges for 10 years.  She’s the token country girl to the big city.  Not sure if she’ll make it all the way through Hollywood, but she sure is CUTE.  You’ll love her or hate her.  What do you think?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHHFoBhQupQ[/youtube]

So, who were your favorite contestants?  Did you see anyone that you think might be Top 12 worthy?